X Games: Travis Pastrana advances to RallyCross final
With one functioning foot, Travis Pastrana advanced to the RallyCross final through a last-chance qualifier heat Sunday.
Pastrana took second in his initial heat, but capitalized on the last-chance opportunity to reach the seven-car final with a 6.46-second cushion.
Pastrana broke his right foot and ankle in the Moto X Best Trick competition Thursday night, forcing his crew to design a steering wheel with a gas pedal control attached to it.
After his first heat, Pastrana admitted he had trouble both steering and working the hand control. Every time he fumbled the steering wheel throughout the street course at L.A. Live, he also lost his grip on the throttle.
By the last-chance qualifier, though, Pastrana appeared to have worked out the kinks. He got out to a poor start, but after a nifty move on the first lap, Pastrana mainly raced himself throughout the five-lap race.
-- Douglas Farmer
Photo: Travis Pastrana takes his car over a jump on the RallyCross course in downtown Los Angeles during the finals on Sunday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times