Rally car champ and sports icon Travis Pastrana soared 82 metres to break the World Record for the longest distance jump in a Rally Car on New Year's Eve
Around 75,000 spectators watched the four-time Rally America Champion and nine-time X Games Gold Medalist jump into the history books in Long Beach at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.
At approximately 9pm local time, Pastrana launched his Subaru Impreza STI rally car off the Pine Avenue Pier in Long Beach at 91 miles per hour (146kph), soaring 269 feet (82m) over Rainbow Harbor and successfully landing on a floating barge.
The jump put Pastrana almost 100 feet over the former record, which stood at 171 feet.
“I was really nervous all day long, but when I got in the car I felt really calm,” said Pastrana. “It was definitely a lot more fun than any of my practice runs, and when I landed, man did that retaining wall come up fast! I’m just happy the car and I didn’t end up in the drink. What a way to head into 2010!”