Travis Pastrana Readies for New Years Jump

December 30, 2009
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Travis Pastrana
Travis Pastrana will attempt to break the world record for rally car jump distance, launching off the Long Beach peir as the headliner for Red Bull’s New Year No Limits.

“On New Year’s Eve, A Car Will Fly.”

At least that’s the plan for Travis Pastrana on Decemeber 31st, as he headlines the ESPN-aired Red Bull New Year No Limits. The nine-time X Games gold medalist will attempt to break the world record for longest rally car jump, breaking the standing 171-foot record of his rally teammate, Ken Block.

Of course, the No Limits attempt won’t be your average, ordinary world’s-longest-rally-car jump. Pastrana will make his world-record run by jumping his car over the Pacific Ocean, or at least a small part of it located off Long Beach, California. The planned stunt will have the Nitro Circus star take off from a ramp on the Pine Street Pier, soar over the water and then land on a floating barge in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.

Travis Pastrana practices for his Red Bull New Years stunt.
A recent practice jump by Pastrana resulted in a crash, making his New Year’s success anything but certain.

Title sponsor Red Bull bills Pastrana’s attempt as “a feat that will test the laws of physics and take his career to yet another level.” Pastrana failed the physics test with a crash during practice jumps earlier this month. after rolling his Red Bull Rally car on the faulty landing, the typically chipper off-road icon commented, “On a positive note, I’m still kind of inline with what would have been the water.”

The Red Bull New Year No Limits will air live on ESPN and ESPN HD at 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (that’s 8 p.m. Pacific Time for time-zone impaired).

During last year’s event, daredevil Robbie Maddison set the No Limits bar incredibly high with his jump up, and even more exciting jump down, the Las Vegas Arc de Triomphe. But if anyone can top last year’s No Limits New Year’s, it’s the charismatic Pastrana. Make sure to check out the excitement New Year’s Eve on ESPN.

Check out Pastrana’s practice crash and relive Maddo’s steely 2008 jump in the Red Bull video clips below.

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