LEAP YEAR: Travis Pastrana Barges into 2010 with History-Making Feat in Long Beach at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Rally Car Champion Soars 269 feet to Break World Record for Longest Distance Jump in a Rally Car 

Long Beach, California, December 31, 2009  - On New Year's Eve, action sports icon Travis Pastrana made history in Long Beach, ringing in 2010 with a bang. The four-time Rally America Champion and nine-time X Games Gold Medalist broke boundaries and accelerated himself in to the history books by accomplishing an amazing feat of skill and calculated risk at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. local time (midnight ET), Pastrana launched his Vermont SportsCar prepared Subaru Impreza STI rally car off the Pine Avenue Pier in Long Beach at 91 miles per hour, soaring 269 feet 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. Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. was telecast live on ESPN/ESPN HD to a worldwide audience and was witnessed live in Long Beach by more than 75,000 fans, according to authorities.

Vermont SportsCar is a technical partner on the stunt and has prepared the Subaru jump car as well as conducted extensive testing with the car over the past two months. The Vermont SportsCar prepared Subaru is a modified version of Travis Pastana's usual rally car that he campaigns in the Rally America National Championship with the Vermont SportsCar run Subaru Rally Team USA squad.

"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!"

Pastrana is a pioneer in his sport - he completed the first ever double back flip on a motorcycle, has jumped out of an airplane without a parachute, and now officially holds the world record for the longest jump in a rally car. After successfully completing the record jump, Pastrana celebrated by performing a back flip off the landing ramp into Rainbow Harbor.

Pastrana's successful feat follows in the footsteps of fellow motorsports athletes Robbie Maddison and Rhys Millen, who rang in the last two New Year's Eve celebrations by pushing their physical, mental and technical limits to break boundaries and records, in front of thousands of fans in Las Vegas and millions of viewers on ESPN.

For additional event information, as well as information on Pastrana, visit: www.redbullnewyearnolimits.com

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On New Year's Eve, A Car Will Fly! 

December 21, 2009 - Before the clock strikes midnight on the East Coast on December 31, Travis Pastrana will attempt to accomplish the first ever ramp-to-ramp car jump over water, a feat that will test the laws of physics and take his career to yet another level. The action sports legend and Subaru Rally Team USA driver will attempt to shatter the world record for distance jumping in a rally car as part of the Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event series. Pastrana will be driving a Vermont SportsCar prepared Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car off of the Pine Street Pier in Long Beach (Calif.) and attempt to land over 250ft away on a barge floating in the harbor.

Vermont SportsCar is a technical partner on the stunt and has prepared the Subaru jump car as well as conducted extensive testing with the car over the past two months. The Vermont SportsCar prepared Subaru is a modified version of Travis Pastana's usual rally car that he campaigns in the Rally America National Championship with the Vermont SportsCar run Subaru Rally Team USA squad.

Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. will be televised live on ESPN/ESPN HD on Thursday, December 31, immediately following the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (approx. 11:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. PT). Viewing of Pastrana's jump will be free to the thousands of revelers in downtown Long Beach. The stunt will be part of ESPN TV's live East Coast New Year's Eve show - historically one of the most watched television productions of the night, second only to Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve. Following the jump, festivities will continue along the waterfront with music, dancing and a flurry of exciting events leading up to Midnight.

For more information please visit the event website: Red Bull: New Year. No Limits or contact Vermont SportsCar at info@vtcar.com.

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Subaru Rally Team USA is proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), DC Shoes, BFGoodrich Tires, RECARO, Alpinestars, Motul, Exedy, GReddy and Vermont SportsCar. Visit www.subaru.com/rally  for Subaru Rally Team USA photo galleries, news and team information.

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