Travis Pastrana announced late Monday via his Facebook Page that he will be leaving NASCAR after the season finale Nationwide Series race at Homestead, Florida.
In his message to his fans he cites poor sponsorship, a desire to spend time with his wife and new daughter (Addy was born in early September this year). He also mentions his frustration over his struggles in NASCAR
"It's tough to step back now and prove the critics were right, but unfortunately my results were not good enough to get the sponsors I needed to appropriately fund next season.
"My wife Lyn-z has been more than supportive of my foray into NASCAR, often times being my biggest source of encouragement and support. But as my wife had to take a step back from being a professional skater to let me chase my goals in racing, I too need to take a step back and look at my situation as a father and husband.
"The NASCAR schedule is grueling and takes enormous sacrifices from those you love to make work. With a lack of funding next year, now is my opportunity to sit back and offer (her) support as she chases her goals."
Pastrana remains one of the most popular action sports stars in the world and is a 17-time medal winner at the X Games
He made his delayed NASCAR debut (after breaking his leg days before he was due to race in 2011) last season. He compete in nine races in that rookie year.
2013 saw him join Roush-Fenway Racing this season. He has four Top-10 finishes and sits at 14th place in the Nationwide standings , with just the last race of the year to go.
I've never been able to figure out the finesse required in pavement racing and that is disappointing, but I'm looking forward to driving more rally and racing more off-road trucks and there will be some announcements on those fronts shortly! My wife is excited to get back to skating on the Nitro Circus Live Tour and I'm excited to spend some quality time with my girls.
Local South African promoters Big Concerts announced in October that Pastrana would be bring his Nitro Circus Live tour to South Africa in early 2014.