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End Over End Crash at X Games 14 for Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX

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Team ACP Rally accomplished several firsts for the Rally Car Racing Super Special of X Games 14 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Driver Andrew Comrie-Picard and co-driver Jen Horsey were first in qualifying, had the fastest Mitsubishi, and were in first place overall until they had the first motorized end-over-end crash at the X Games.

First motorized front flip at X Games in the record books for Team ACP Rally in Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. photo by Coogan Taylor
First motorized end-over-end crash at X Games in the record books for Team ACP Rally in Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, photo by Coogan Taylor

Team ACP readies for Rally Car Racing Super Special on final day of X Games 14 at The Home Depot Center
Team ACP readies for Rally Car Racing Super Special on final day of X Games 14 at The Home Depot Center
In the quarterfinals, Dave Mirra and Alex Kihurani were lined up against Comrie-Picard and Horsey. Comrie-Picard jumped first on the two-lap race, then on the biggest jump on the course Team ACP Rally came up short. “We had what it took to get to the gold,” said Comrie-Picard. “We were well ahead of everyone else. For whatever reason, we landed half a car length short on the ramp. We did a front flip and went end-over-end.” Mirra saw ACP just ahead, pushed his Subaru and smashed into the wall. He was not able to turn left for the remainder of the race, but managed to limp to the finish line.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX flies at 43 MPH over mega jump just before X Games crash
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX flies at 43 MPH over mega jump just before X Games crash

North American Rally racers Andrew Comrie-Picard and Jen Horsey at X Games 14
North American Rally racers Andrew Comrie-Picard and Jen Horsey at X Games 14

“Everyone went home with damage to their cars,” said Horsey. “Our crash just happened to be the most spectacular crash. There are six jumps on that course and they are very different from the jumps we’re used to in North American Rally. It will take some time before we get down to the business of getting the physics right for next year’s jump.” The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 1X is going to need a lot of work after the crash. “The engine restarted even though our intake was in a position to suck dirt directly off the stadium floor,” said Horsey. “It’s a credit to our K&N air filter.”

The safety equipment also did its job. “It saved our lives,” said Horsey. “We have a head and neck restraint system that prevents the neck muscles from tearing off the back of your skull. I felt it work. The bottom line is we’re safe and we’ll make it to the X Games again next year.”

Comrie- Picard said it’s a testament to the crew that everything else went off without a hitch. “I'm disappointed, because we had everything in place for the win,” he said. “We didn’t medal but we are still in second place in the North American Rally.”

Travis Pastrana took the gold at X Games 14 and dedicated his win to the late Colin McRae, the most famous Rally Car Driver in the world.

Team ACP Rally will compete again in northern Minnesota in a few weeks.

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