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GRC Insider: Pastrana To Skip SEMA Round, Menzies To Rejoin Series

Image via TravisPastrana.com

Last week, Travis Pastrana’s absence from the official Global Rallycross Championship entry list for the October 30 season finale at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas sparked curiosity in fans of the sport and series. On Tuesday, fans received confirmation that Pastrana would indeed miss the race, but not for the reasons suggested previously.

According to ESPN, Pastrana underwent surgery to repair both the rotator cuff and labrum in his left shoulder two days after the Las Vegas round of the championship on September 29. Pastrana cited frequent shoulder dislocation during races as an issue, noting that it led to many of his accidents over the course of the year.

Pastrana’s goal is to be fully recovered by February in time to start the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. He is currently listed on the K&N Pro Series East entry list for a race this weekend at Greenville Pickens Speedway, but the revelation of the surgery, plus its four-month recovery time, suggests that he may skip that event as well.

At ninth in GRC points with 39, Pastrana is far out of the championship running, though a strong finish and a little bit of help could have mathematically elevated him to as high as third. Instead, he’ll stick with that score and risk falling out of the top 10, resting on the laurels of a dominant win at New Hampshire as proof of the competitiveness of his No. 199 Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart.

Image via Las Vegas Motor Speedway Facebook

In Pastrana’s place, Bryce Menzies will take out the No. 99 car that has run alongside Pastrana’s main entry twice this season. Filipe Albuquerque drove it to a 16th place finish in Texas, while Menzies made his rallycross debut at X Games and finished 14th.

This year, Menzies’ focus has been the Traxxas TORC Series, in which he scored the Pro 2WD championship this season with six wins in 14 starts. He also took the win in the Trophy Truck class in this year’s Baja 500, best in a field of 36 trucks and ahead of such legends of the sport as B.J. Baldwin, Rob MacCachren, and Robby Gordon.

– Chris Leone

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