Pastrana Breaks World Record on New Year's Eve

Travis Pastrana kept his promise and gave spectators of the Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event in Long Beach an incredible show on New Year’s Eve. The renown motorsports and stunts performer managed to break the world record for longest distance jump in a rally car. Pastrana launched his Subaru Impreza STI rally car off the Pine Avenue Pier at 91 mph, soaring 269 feet over Rainbow Harbor and 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 and was witnessed live in Long Beach by more than 75,000 fans, according to authorities.

"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 therefore added another important achievement to his portfolio which includes four consecutive Rally America championship titles, nine X Games gold medals, the first ever double back flip on a motorcycle and jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. After successfully completing the record jump, Pastrana celebrated by performing a back flip off the landing ramp into Rainbow Harbor.

The successful attempt can be watched below.

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