Motorsports star Travis Pastrana paid tribute to legendary stuntman Evel Knievel in Las Vegas last Sunday night by successfully landing three of Knievel’s most famous jumps on live television.
On Sunday night, July 8, an estimated 25,000 fans watched in-person from Las Vegas as action sports superstar Travis Pastrana celebrated Evel Knievel during the History live event, “Evel Live.” Produced in partnership with Nitro Circus, “Evel Live” saw Pastrana pay homage to Knievel’s legacy as he set out to recreate three of the American legend’s most iconic jumps.
Pastrana successfully broke Knievel’s famous car and Greyhound bus jump records before completing the epic Caesars Palace fountain jump that left Knievel with life-threatening injuries 50 years ago.
You can watch clips of Pastrana’s jumps below:
“I’m thrilled to have had this opportunity to honor Evel Knievel, whose guts and showmanship created the foundation for action sports,” Travis Pastrana said afterwards. “Evel pushed himself and flew further on a motorcycle than anyone thought possible. So with this modern day tribute we wanted to bridge generations – from my parents generation who was inspired by Evel to the generation after me who may not know much about the original stunt men who paved the way – History and Nitro Circus wanted to show just how incredible his accomplishments were. To be able do that in Las Vegas and at Caesars Palace, where Evel’s legend was born, is so awesome.”
During the broadcast, Pastrana also announced that Nitro Circus, BASE Entertainment, and Caesars Entertainment are teaming to produce a residency show at Bally’s, which is set to debut in spring 2019. The Nitro Circus Vegas residency will feature the core action sports elements of the Nitro Circus touring show, but reimagined in a new format with an up-close intimate setup featuring world-class athletes in in FMX, BMX, skate, scooter, and more. The show will be conceived and produced by Travis Pastrana (who will not perform in person), and is designed to be immersive and unique, so that no two nights will be the same.
For more information about Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus and Las Vegas, visit nitrocircus.com/nitro-circus-las-vegas.