ESPN, creator of the X Games, announced today it will bring the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain beginning in 2013. Those cities will join Aspen, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif. and Tignes, France to host the X Games in an effort to expand globally. With relevance to contemporary youth around the world, this expansion is a transformation from an action sports competition brand into an action sports lifestyle brand that will highlight new locations and enhanced cultural and digital elements around the world.

ESPN conducted a formal bid process starting last May which resulted in significant interest from locations around the world that bid to host one of three new events (which join Los Angeles, Aspen and Tignes).  Beginning today, local organizing committees for Foz do Iguaçu (pronounced Fawz Day Ig wah soo), Munich and Barcelona will collaborate with ESPN for the next three years to bring the premier action sports event to their cities, launching an annual, six-event X Games calendar  – four of which will be summer events and two winter.

Los Angeles, CA – It just wouldn’t be X Games without a good dose of Travis, would it? He’s busier than ever with his Nitro Circus Live show, NASCAR racing, rally racing and Freestyle motocross, but extreme sports icon Travis Pastrana is always sure to be found at the ESPN X Games ( tickets on sale now). He’s not an easy guy to pin down, but in the midst of navigating through LA traffic, Travis phoned in to talk about the upcoming X Games 17 and what he has in store for STAPLES Center fans this weekend.

What events are you going to be doing at X Games 17?
Um, that’s a great question. The first one is best trick [on Thursday] and if I don’t get too hurt there I’ll probably be doing Freestyle X on Friday. Then on Saturday I have to fly back to Indianapolis for the Nationwide NASCAR race. Then I’m going to fly back on Sunday for the Rally event. That’s the plan… unless I’m really hospitalized. [laughs]

The word is you’re going to be attempting your signature “Toilet Paper roll” trick again for Moto X Best Trick. Is that the plan?
Yeah. [laughs] It’s basically a 720. We’ll see how that goes. It’s a lot of mass rotating in a lot of different directions. You have to launch with the same pull for the double backflip and then you have to translate that energy into a spin and then somehow try to land it. I’ve been practicing a lot but right now I’d say it’s about 50/50 [whether I land it or not]. We’ll see how it goes!

According to a recent report, Travis Pastrana will be adding a new form of competition to his list of motorsports activities – Pastrana is headed to NASCAR. Pastrana started out as a young Supercross and motocross racer, but he is mostly known for his freestyle motocross career that really took off with the success of ESPN’s X Games. In recent years, Pastrana has battled in the rally racing circuit, winning titles from 2006-2009 .

According to the report, Pastrana will compete in the Nationwide tour in 2011 as both a driver and team owner under Pastrana-Waltrip Racing.  Although he is technically not yet approved to race just yet (though there isn’t expected to be any issue with that), he plans to race in seven events in 2011 and jump up to at least 20 races in 2012.