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Travis Pastrana wants in on $5m challenge

X Games superstar daredevil Travis Pastrana has confirmed that he's making a bid for one of the five 'guest' spots in the season finale in Las Vegas - and a shot at the $5m jackpot.
X Games star and famed stunt performer Travis Pastrana boasts that if it has an engine, he'll drive it: from motorcycles to rally cars he's been true to his word, and as his NASCAR Nationwide Series début approaches this weekend he's also keen to add open wheel cars to the CV.

Specifically, he wants a shot at the $5 million prize being offered to five guest drivers at the season finale Izod IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas if they can come and steal the race win from under the hoses of the series regulars.

"For me to not do that, I would regret it for the rest of my life," Pastrana is reported as saying by the Indianapolis Star. "It's absolutely amazing, and I'm definitely looking forward to it."

Pastrana confirmed this weekend that he was one of four motor racing stars believed to have put in a formal application for the race so far. He said he decided to put his name forward after talking with Marco Andretti who told him, "You'd be an idiot not to try it."

"I'm looking forward to getting a test and seeing what [IndyCar] is all about," said Pastrana. "We're definitely not expecting to set the world on fire, but if I can be safe and fairly competitive, then I think it's a worthwhile experience."

The 27-year-old, who has won 16 X Games gold medals, has been a regular competitor at the annual Race of Champions against the likes of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel in his thirst for as wide a range of motorcars to race as possible.

"I've got to test it and I've driven pretty much every other form of racing," he said. "I feel like I can be safe. Whether or not we are competitive for the $5 million is a whole other question."

He is yet to organise a potential team to ally with, but it had better be a good one: "If I can't keep up the pace, I'll pull out," he insisted. "This is a serious deal." But realistically he doesn't expect that either he nor any other 'guest' stands any reasonable chance of actually winning the top prize, and that doesn't put him off in the slightest - he's just in it for the experience and the adrenalin, as always.

The other drivers believed to have put their names forward at this stage include Joey Hand from Ganassi Racing's 24 Hours of Daytona team and one-time IndyCar race winner Airton Dare. Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon - without a full-time ride in 2011 - would also like to be considered, but his inclusion as a non-IndyCar regular 'guest' is unlikely to be agreed as it would not be within the spirit of the $5m challenge.




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