On a Rally Cross roster full of stars, Travis Pastrana is still the biggest name.Of course, he's one of the biggest names in action sports, period.A year and a half later, Travis, 29, and Lyn-Z Pastrana, 23, have cooked up a stunt that makes that night look like child's play: They're going to become parents. Travis: We were in Mexico with Andy [Bell] and Jolene [Van Vugt] when Lyn-Z was like, "Um … Lyn-Z: After Mexico, I flew to San Diego and he flew to North Carolina to do a press day announcing his partnership with Roush. I don't want our kid to ride." Then he gets over it a few minutes later. Lyn-Z: We're both big on being respectful and truthful and we want our kids to be independent. It's good he's planning to do that instead of waiting until the baby, as he puts it, is "sturdy." Have you talked about names yet? Travis: Lyn-Z -- I mean, she spells her name with a dash -- she likes cool names. If she has one one-hundredth of the awesomeness his grandma had, we'll be psyched.In their first interview since announcing their news, Travis (who's currently with his NASCAR Nationwide Series race team in North Carolina) and Lyn-Z (who's at home in Carlsbad, Calif.) talked baby names, diaper changes and how their lives will change once they welcome a new little bundle of chaos into the world. I'm a little bit late." We kept joking, "Better late than pregnant! I woke up early and couldn't wait to take the test, but I had to wait all day for him to be able to talk on the phone. Lyn-Z: It'll be such a joy to see this little being grow and develop. Where does "having a baby" rank on the scale of scary things you've done in your life? He was like, "It's going to change your life." It's been amazing how many friends have called up genuinely excited for us. He supported me, but the second I didn't show interest in something, he was like, "Great! Lyn-Z: My mom and dad supported me in anything I wanted to do. Travis: Lyn-Z will be the go-getter, getting them on bikes and boards early. Lyn-Z is good at conventional sports, but I never learned how to throw. It will be interesting to see what path they choose. We want to give them the opportunity to learn things on their own without forcing it. I was doing laundry at 6 and packing my own lunches for preschool. I don't want my kid going to college not knowing how to do laundry … Travis thinks if we have a girl first, we should stop. I think it's cool to name your kid after influential people in your life.At an early age he developed an interest for racing and his parents could gauge the inherent talent in their son, and supported him in enhancing his skills.He got his first motorbike when he was only four, and even at that tender age, he performed stunts which would astonish people.
He met with several accidents and was wounded and injured innumerable times, but this daring racer never gave up his endeavours.
A 17-time XG medalist, Pastrana has changed up his 2014 schedule dropping NASCAR from the line up and returning to his love of stage rally where he is currently ranked 2nd overall in the Rally America series.
The first person to land a double backflip on a motorcycle, Pastrana has 13 medals from Moto X and 4 from Rally Car, including Racing gold in '06 and'08.
Lyn-Z: I made my mom a little onesie that said, "Gramma's bundle of joy." Our friend Cam Mc Caul, who's a mountain biker on the Nitro tour, and his wife, Bonnie, made the cutest announcement when she got pregnant, so then I had to start thinking of ideas for ours. When I was in kindergarten, during spring break, I would go to the school and help with the little kids. But then they were all really excited once we told them. That would be the meanest thing possible to do to your child. There's a theory in motorsports that having children slows drivers down. Travis: I think you have to take a certain amount of risk to live and that is something I want to pass down.
I think all the boys in Maryland are thinking, "Great. Lyn-Z: It's going to be hard for our kid to skate or ride a dirt bike without expectations. How has the thought of possibly raising a kid just like yourself changed how you think about your own parents? There are definitely things I will probably take off the list of things I will be doing.