Travis Pastrana’s New Line of Clothes Inspired by His Iconic 199
Fans of Nitro Circus and Ringleader Travis Pastrana know that the number 199 is important. It represents Travis, and so it represents everything Nitro is all about. Pushing the limit, finding adventure at every turn, stepping outside your comfort zone, and having an awesome time while you’re doing it. So Travis and Nitro Circus are pumped to announce a new line of T-shirts for those of us who want to rep that mindset all day long: The TP199 collection is for sale now in the Nitro Shop.
Everyone we talked to about TP199 knew what that number symbolized, but we were a little surprised to find out that almost none of them knew where it came from, what it actually stands for. We asked several veteran members of the Nitro Crew, athletes who are friends with Travis and have known him for years, and even they had no idea in most cases. So we asked Travis himself to tell us the story. It’s surprisingly simple for how hugely symbolic this number has become.
So there you have it. 199 was Travis’ racing number, which he picked because his hero when he turned pro at age 16 was the legendary Robbie Reynard. The AMA stipulates that you can’t turn pro until you’re 16, and Reynard turned pro as soon as he could: May of 1993. So he was 593. He went on to absolutely crush it, immediately taking titles and leaving everyone in his dust — gaining a huge fan in Travis in the process. Travis took a similar approach: He turned 16 in October of 1999, but because AMA numbers are never more than three digits, he chose 199. The numbering system has since changed and is a bit complex, with numbers changing based on various factors, but Travis is grandfathered in and will always be 199. Check out some of the shirts on offer, hit this link to see them all, and be one of the first to get one: