Travis Pastrana Wins First Rally America Event of 2010

On New Year’s Eve, Travis Pastrana jumped his 2010 Subaru WRX STI off the Santa Monica Pier, setting a new world record for distance jumped in a rally car. Less than a month later, Pastrana was able to defend his four straight previous wins as the winner of the 2010 Sno*Drift rally, the first stop on the Rally America tour.

Braving single-digit temperatures and icy trails, race entrants complained that they weren’t able to attack the stages at full-tilt because of the extreme road conditions. Entrants aren’t permitted to use studded tires; the series prohibits such equipment.

The highly anticipated debut of Ken Block in his 2011 Ford Fiesta was less than exciting. Block was forced to drop out of competition in the early stages with a broken suspension component. His crew was apparently unable to repair the car to allow its return.

On New Year’s Eve, Pastrana safely landed his Subaru 269 feet off the pier on a barge anchored in the bay. Defending his four-year tenure as the Rally America champion, Pastrana may be on his way to a repeat celebration -- but there are five events remaining in this year's Rally America season. We'll see if Pastrana can keep his momentum throughout the series.

Source: Rally America

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