The world’s most popular freestyle and motocross rider, Travis Pastrana, will make his Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia debut with series partner PUMA as part of the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend on March 21.
The 20-year-old X-Games gold medalist will take to the wheel of the PUMA-backed VIP Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in front of the 100,000-strong crowd at Sepang International Circuit and will be up against some of the region’s finest sports car pilots
Pastrana is one of the biggest names in action sports, with multiple titles under his belt, and has reach almost iconic status in the world of X-Games. He is one of the most exciting and diversified off-road riders in the world, excelling in both motocross racing and extreme motocross competitions. He drew national headlines in the US in 1999 when he jumped his bike into San Francisco Bay during the freestyle motocross competition at the X Games. He has made countless mainstream and sports television appearances including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and David Letterman, and even has his own action figure doll.
No stranger to four wheel racing, Pastrana competed in the Porsche Michelin Supercup races during the US F1 Grand Prix last year, and made his first foray into special stage rallying last month.
“I would like to thank PUMA and the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia for providing me the opportunity to race in the debut of the Carrera Cup in Sepang, Malaysia. I am very excited about the race and cannot wait to get out on the track. I know that the competition will be pretty fierce, I am confident to get in the mix with all of the talented drivers,” commented Pastrana.
The Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia has set the benchmark in Asia for one-make racing, and the VIP car has added to the vast attention the series has attracted. Last year, Porsche Asia Pacific brought former Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong of Malaysia to compete in the car for the final round of the series in Macau, which he won in spectacular style. Other drivers invited to drive by Porsche last year were Hong Kong singing star Aaron Kwok and Thailand’s Tourism and Sport Minister, His Excellency Sontaya Kunplome. Another series partner, Mobil1 brought popular actor Jimmy Lin of Chinese Taipei to compete in two rounds of the series in Malaysia and at China’s Goldenport Circuit in Beijing.
March 15, 2004
Report from 15/03/2004
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