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Tanner Foust’s World Record Jump

Posted in Event Coverage, General, Hoonage, IndyCar, Racing, Racing Coverage, Stunts, Videos by MrAngry | May 31st, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Tanner Foust World Record Jump

332 feet; that’s the in-flight distance that Team Hot Wheels Yellow Driver Tanner Foust covered this past weekend when he set a new world record at the Indianapolis 500. The stunt was performed this past Sunday before the running of the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 and featured a 10 story ramp that was constructed to look just like the old pieces of Hot Wheels tracks that we grew up with as kids.

“As a kid playing with Hot Wheels I could only dream of experiencing something as outrageous as a life-sized V-Drop track set, and today it became reality,” said Tanner Foust. The three-time X Games gold medalist, host of Top Gear USA, two-time Formula Drift champion, and Hollywood stuntman also stated, “There’s a lot that goes into being on Team Hot Wheels and the training and testing leading up to the jump gave me the confidence needed to push the mechanical and mental limits of the challenge and land the world-record title.”

The jump is simply spectacular to watch and will help bring back some memories to all of us that grew up in the 1970’s with those long orange tracks covering our bedroom floors. Click through for the video.

Source: Autoblog.com

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4 Responses

  1. Set says:

    Seems strange they pixelated his face and called him “Driver”. Why not Tanner? Plus, he didn’t take off his helmet. Something odd about that.

  2. crispy says:

    Part of the whole Hot Wheels schtick was to keep the drivers’ identities secret for all of the testing and radical stuff that supposedly has gone on in their ultra secret testing center for decades. They used this stunt at Indy to start to “reveal” some of the previously ‘classified’ drivers’ names – among them Mario Andretti and Tanner.

    According to Hot Wheels’ marketing folks; the test teams on the real vehicles that are the basis for the ones we played with as kids were divided into colors – blue, yellow, red; depending on what kind of ultra-edgy testing was being done. Yellow team were the stunt guys according to the backstory – hence “Yellow driver” during the stunt and pixellated face, etc. Viewers were supposed to go to their website to see who “yellow driver” really was after the record jump was aired (after the 500) – but it was posted on blogs within minutes as Tanner.