"I'm really excited to get my first win. The roads were a lot of fun here," explained Mirra. "Running in these snowy conditions was perfect preparation for the Sno*Drift Rally [which serves as the first round of the Rally America Championship] next week, so I will have a lot more confidence from the start."
Mirra's rally program will expand in 2009, with increased support from Subaru of America Inc. and Monster Energy, that will see him join Subaru Rally Team USA drivers Ken Block and Travis Pastrana at all nine rounds of the 2009 Rally America National Championship as well as X Games 15. Mirra will compete in the new Super Production Class and will debut a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI early in the race season.
Mirra became a pro BMX rider in 1992 and holds the record for most X Games medals (including most Gold medals), and has medaled in every X Games since its inception in 1995. With his current X Games medal count at twenty-one, Mirra is recognized as one of the world's most well-known Action Sports athletes and is credited with bringing freestyle BMX into the mainstream. Mirra has always been a car enthusiast and became hooked on rallying after friend and Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block introduced him to the sport. Mirra completed a test and training program with Vermont SportsCar in late 2007 and entered a limited number of rounds of the 2008 Rally America National Championship, making an impressive debut season to earn 2008 Rookie of the Year honors. He surprised rally veterans and casual fans alike at his rally debut at X Games 14 where he earned a Bronze medal after defeating two championship-caliber North American drivers in separate head-to-head heats.