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X Games: Travis Pastrana will race RallyCross with hand controls

July 31, 2011 | 12:30 pm


Three days after breaking his right leg and ankle in a crash during the Moto X Best Trick competition Thursday night, Travis Pastrana will take part in the RallyCross race Sunday at X Games 17.

Pastrana's injured leg prompted his team to develop a steering wheel with hand controls for the gas pedal and clutch pedal. Thus, Pastrana's cast-bound leg will remain motionless during the race.

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Pastrana first tested the altered car Saturday morning on the RallyCross course. Saturday night he took it to the Los Angeles Police Academy for test runs on the LAPD's road course.

Sunday morning, word became official that he would be allowed to take part in the RallyCross races. The first RallyCross heat is scheduled to take place in downtown Los Angeles at 2 p.m.


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Photo: Travis Pastrana injures his right leg and ankle during a crash in the Moto X Best Trick competition on Thursday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times