19 Aug 2019
Nitro Rallycross pioneer Travis Pastrana said was pleased to have featured in the event’s final, even though he missed out on a podium finish.
The action sports legend qualified for the main event by winning his ‘Challenger’ round race, beating Tanner Foust in a closely-fought contest.
However, the Subaru Motorsports USA driver didn’t fare as well in the six-lap final. Pastrana ran in the podium positions at first, but had to settle for fifth after he suffered gearbox trouble as a result of early contact with Ken Block.
“I talked to Ken in the beginning because I know I’ve been having trouble getting off the starts – Scott Speed’s got our Subarus absolutely dialled in but they’re still tough to get just right,” Pastrana said. “Sandell messed his start up and I was trying to be a good team mate and not bump him and then as I was downshifting I got hit by Ken so I lost third gear right off the bat, I think I might have given him a flat too which was disappointing.”
Pastrana felt that had he not come together with Block, the pair, along with 2018 Nitro Rallycross winner Timmy Hansen, who made a poor start, would’ve all been more of a feature in the fight for the win.
“I fell like Ken, myself, and Timmy could’ve made some passes, not to say that we would’ve been quicker, but it would’ve been a lot more of an interesting race if I had third gear, Ken not had a flat, and if Timmy had not been taken on the first turn but having said that, I was just excited to make it into the main.”
Immediately following the conclusion of Nitro Rallycross, Pastrana rushed to the other side of the Utah Motorsports Campus to compete in the RSD Super Hooligan flat track motorcycle racing competition.
Riding an Indian Scout, Pastrana started from ninth in the 12-bike field and moved up to eighth on the opening lap of the 12-lap race. He eventually slipped back down to ninth by the end of the race as Andy DiBrino beat Joe Kopp for the race win.