IndyCar’s Conor Daly to Make NASCAR Trucks Debut; Action Sports Star Travis Pastrana Returns

IndyCar’s Conor Daly to Make NASCAR Trucks Debut; Action Sports Star Travis Pastrana Returns


Action sports star Travis Pastrana will make his return to NASCAR in the Sept. 25 Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Niece Motorsports but he’s bringing IndyCar Series star Conor Daly with him.

With financial support from iRacing, the duo will drive the No. 42 and No. 45 Chevrolets. The sponsorship is an activation of the LCQ League – a private iRacing league that features motorsport stars and action sports legends having fun in cars across numerous disciplines.

Pastrana previously raced full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Roush Fenway Racing. This will be his fifth career start and his second of 2020 following an appearance in the July 25 race at Kansas Speedway where he finished 22nd.

“I’m really looking forward to bringing our rivalry from the LCQ League to the real world,” Pastrana said in a press release. “We’ve been getting lots of advice and iRacing on-track coaching from fellow LCQ member Parker Kligerman. I’m looking forward to seeing how the hours in iRacing pay off on the track, especially for Conor who has never driven a NASCAR truck in real life.

“He might be the first person in history to jump into a professional racing series and take the green flag without so much as a single practice lap in real life. Conor is a phenomenal IndyCar driver and a quick learner so I think he will surprise a lot of people.”

Daly, who has 61 IndyCar Series starts made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2018 with Roush. He finished 31st.

“I could not be more excited to jump in a Gander Outdoor Series truck for the first time ever in Las Vegas,” Daly said in a press release “This will be one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever faced in my career as it will be the first event I’ve ever done where I’ve never driven a single lap in the Chevy Silverado before taking the green flag for the race.

“Travis and I have been going head to head on iRacing getting as much practice as possible since that’s the best possible form of preparation we have.”

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