At approximately 9:00 p.m. local time (midnight EST), 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 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-backflip 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 backflip 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.