Yesterday’s running of the Indianapolis 500 - the 100th anniversary of the inaugural race - will go down as one of the most dramatic auto races in the series’ long and illustrious history.

23-year old rookie J.R. Hilderbrand already had the race won until he lost control of his car and crashed at the very last turn before the checkered flag. Hilderbrand’s misfortune paved the way for Dan Wheldon to make the pass just before the caution came out, leading to a stunning win that left everybody at the Brickyard and all those watching on TV shocked and completely speechless.

But that wasn’t the only notable item to happen during the weekend. Just before the start of the Indy 500, the long-awaited world-record jump attempt by Team Hot Wheels, dubbed "Fearless at the 500", finally took place. The team’s "Yellow Driver" - later revealed to be Top Gear USA’s own Tanner Foust - drove a specially prepared truck down a 90-foot ramp before blasting off into another ramp, clearing 332 feet through the air and setting the record for the longest jump of a four-wheeled vehicle in the world.

For everybody who’s ever had dreams of riding a stunt like this - we know we did at one point in our lives - Foust’s record-setting jump was a surreal moment, one that probably saw a lot of kids doing their own "world record jumps" in the backyard of their homes after watching the spectacle.

If you missed the whole thing, you can check out the video that Hot Wheels released of the jump in its entirety.

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Source: Hot Wheels

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7 comments:

  (444) posted on 06.30.2011

Hey, have you guys seen the behind the scenes of this one? Foust nearly got killed when one of his trial runs went wrong. Lucky for him that he not only finished it, but he also broke the record.

  (488) posted on 06.6.2011

Wow! What a world record! It’s so fantastic. I wonder how they drive this car and make this longest jump ever. This one is a breath taking act I ever seen.

  (530) posted on 06.3.2011

Ha, that one is definitely one heck of a jump. Imagine the distance they got there. Maybe they practiced that one in small scale with a Hotwheels track set smiley

  (683) posted on 06.1.2011

Well, that’s a world record right? The video is fantastic! I wonder how fast that truck goes from the road up to the time it jumps on the field. Hot Wheels makes another step for setting the record for the longest jump of a four-wheeled vehicle.

  (334) posted on 06.1.2011

This is definitely one of the banging race world record attempt that I have seen.
The height of the jump is impressive and the landing is so perfect!

  (429) posted on 05.31.2011

Awesome! Tanner Foust makes an incredible jump here! The part wherein he needs to jump from the first ramp to the next ramp really makes me nervous. However, seeing it jump perfectly gives me a conclusion that he will landed safely and it did! Congrats to his team for breaking the record this really a great thing to celebrate.

  (378) posted on 05.31.2011

Incredible! I’m a bit nervous while watching the video its kind of breath taking world record attempt!And Knowing that the height of the first ramp, it really makes me want to hold in my sit! Thankfully it landed safe and I think its a perfect jump!

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