Pastrana gets full-time Nationwide ride

Turns out, Trevor Bayne won’t be the only full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series driver in the Roush Fenway Racing in 2013. RFR announced on Thursday that it has worked out a deal with Travis Pastrana that puts Pastrana in the No. 60 Ford for all 33 races this upcoming season.

“I am extremely excited about making the move into full-time NASCAR competition in 2013 and equally thrilled to have the opportunity to make that move with (team owner) Jack Roush and the team at Roush Fenway Racing,” Pastrana said. “I am very serious about making this move running competitively and ultimately winning races in NASCAR.”

Pastrana drove the No. 60 car once in competition in 2012, finishing 17th after starting fifth at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. In all, Pastrana has nine-career series starts, with the other eight coming in Pastrana-Waltrip Racing and RAB Racing cars.

“Travis is a champion,” Roush said. “It takes a great deal of drive and determination to reach that level of greatness in any field. He is serious about this move to NASCAR, and we are committed to doing everything we can to see his career develop in NASCAR.”

Prior to his move to NASCAR, Pastrana racked up honors that include four rally championships and motocross championship and several X Games gold medals.

The Roush Fenway No. 60 team is also a champion. The No. 60 group claimed the Nationwide Series owner’s championship in 2011 with Carl Edwards behind the wheel. Over the years, the No. 60 has driven into victory lane some 90 times, making it the winningest car in series history.

Chad Norris will be crew chief and several sponsors will adorn the hood of Pastrana’s first full-time NASCAR ride throughout the season.

– Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR.

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