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X Games: Travis Pastrana practices at LAPD road course

July 30, 2011 |  7:13 pm

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Rarely does the Los Angeles Police Department encourage high-speed driving. Saturday night, they are doing just that.

According to Travis Pastrana’s Twitter account, @travispastrana, he is test-driving his altered Rally Car at the Los Angeles Police Academy.

“At the police academy where the LAPD was nice enough to let me practice with the hand controls at their road course,” Pastrana tweeted shortly after 6 p.m.

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Saturday morning, Pastrana informed the world that his team had put together a steering wheel with hand controls for the accelerator and clutch -- that may allow him to race in Sunday’s RallyCross competition at X Games 17. Pastrana broke his right ankle and foot in a crash during the Moto X Best Trick competition Thursday night.

The ankle prevented him from making his Nationwide Series debut in Indianapolis on Saturday. Instead, he drove his hand-controlled rally car around the course at L.A. Live.

And now, he’s testing it with L.A.’s finest.

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-- Douglas Farmer

Photo: Travis Pastrana during an interview last week at Michael Waltrip Racing, where he was preparing for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Credit: Jason Smith / Getty Images for Michael Waltrip Racing

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