This just in: freestyle motocross is a dangerous sport, and it’s best not to participate when you’ve got your NASCAR Nationwide debut coming up in a few days. That’s advice that adrenaline junkie Travis Pastrana didn’t heed, and the result is a broken right ankle and foot, and torn ligaments in his hand. The damage occurred in an opening-night crash at this year’s X-Games 17. Pastrana was attempting to stick the landing on a corked 720 when the bike came down on his foot; the ligament damage in his hand occurred in practice for the stunt.
Pastrana was set to make his NASCAR Nationwide debut on Saturday, driving for car co-owner Michael Waltrip. That’s now on indefinite hold, as are any plans for Pastrana to test an IndyCar and participate in the series’ season-ending $5,000,000 challenge. Pastrana was a heavy favorite to be approved by IndyCar, thanks to his varied racing background and legions of fans that IndyCar would love to add to their base.
We wish Pastrana a speedy recovery, but at the same time want to ask him, “Dude, what the hell were you thinking?”