Travis Pastrana Nails Record Setting New Years Eve Jump

Horn FanSenior Writer IJanuary 2, 2010

LONG BEACH, CA - DECEMBER 31:  In this multiple exposure handout image provided by Red Bull Photofiles, Travis Pastrana breaks the world record for the longest distance jump in a rally car  on December 31, 2009 in Long Beach, CA. The ramp to ramp jump was made over water at the 'RedBull: New Year. No Limits' event. Pastrana jumped in his rally car off the Pine Street Pier onto a floating barge anchored in Long Beach's Rainbow Harbor, establishing a new record of 269 feet, which broke the existing mark of 171 feet. (Photo by Chris Tedesco/Red Bull Photofiles via Getty Images)
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Call me crazy or just plain stupid.

But won't it be cool to see a NASCAR Sprint Cup COT car or one of those rough and tough Camping World Trucks pulling a stunt like Travis Pastrana did in a Rally Car.

Pastrana did another stunt jump on New Year's eve, and in typical fashion he made it look easy.

Minutes after the the East Coast rang in 2010. Pastrana strapped himself into his Red Bull Subaru Impreza Rally car and nailed a record setting setting jump of 269 feet.

Pastrana eclipsed his teammates Ken Block's previous record of 171 feet set in 2006.

To add a little ambiance to the jump, he did it in front of a live television audience and under the first blue moon on New Year's in 19 years.

Pastrana took off at an estimated 90 miles per hour, landing on a barge floating 200 feet off of the Long Beach Pier and came to a stop sliding sideways slamming into a tire barrier at the end of the barge.

He jumped out of his wrecked car to celebrate with the estimated crowd of 20,000 fans lining the pier and did a perfect victory backflip off of the landing ramp into the chilly water.

According to Pastrana, he skidded at the end due to dew. Otherwise he would have done some celebrating burnouts for those in attendance on the barge.

"It was a wild ride," said the wild man of action sports.

Pastrana broke the old record by some 98 feet.

"The flight was awesome," the 26-year-old daredevil said. "I couldn't have asked for anything better."

The stunt was just the latest installment in Red Bull's New Year, No Limits series.

Pastrana also is the first to do a double backflip on a motorcycle, and he's won four straight Rally America Championships.

Prior to making his historic jump, Pastrana tried to get another driver in the Red Bull family to ride shotgun with himNASCAR's Brian Vickers.  

Which Vickers passed on doing, but I'm of the opinion had he ask Scott Speed, Vickers teammate in Cup...Speed would have taken him up on the offer and probably would have inspired him to try the same stunt himself in a stock car. 

Source for quotes: sports.yahoo.com & espn.com


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