NASCAR Driver and X Games Superstar Travis Pastrana Shows ESPN Site Survey Team Why Charlotte Motor Speedway is Home of Extreme, Deserves X Games Bid
One of the most decorated athletes in the history of X Games is throwing his support behind Charlotte Motor Speedway as the legendary facility bids to land ESPN's extreme action sports contest beginning in 2014.
During ESPN's visit to Charlotte, Travis Pastrana, who now drives in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Roush Fenway Racing, took members of the X Games survey team for a few laps around the 1.5-mile superspeedway and shared his thoughts about what makes Charlotte such an attractive option for X Games competition.
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"Charlotte is the motor racing capital of the world," the 17-time X Games medalist said. "Coming to Charlotte would take action sports to a whole new level. These facilities are amazing. They've got everything in place. They've got places where fans can see everything. They've got the huge TV screen. It's just so much fun. I'd love to see some off-road short-track racing and some drag racing (added to the X Games competitions), just to add a little Charlotte flavor. I think this is just a perfect fit."
Pastrana's visit came on the first of two days where the ESPN X Games site survey committee visited all three venues at Charlotte Motor Speedway and discuss the possibility of awarding a three-year contract to bring the summer games to the iconic speedway beginning in 2014. Other cities in consideration are Austin, Texas; Chicago and Detroit. Officials plan to announce which city will host the games in the next few weeks after completing site visits at each of the four finalist cities.
For the latest news and information about the bid, like "X Games Charlotte Bid" on Facebook, follow @XGamesCLTbid on Twitter or visit the official X Games Charlotte Bid page at www.xgamescltbid.com. Fans can also sign a letter in support of bringing X Games to Charlotte Motor Speedway at www.change.org by searching "Help Bring X Games to Charlotte."