HAVING ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE NAMES IN SPORTS TODAY, BMX LEGEND DAVE MIRRA IS ADDING TO HIS REPERTOIRE BY TACKLING RALLY RACING. INVITED TO COMPETE IN BOTH BMX AND RALLY RACING AT X GAMES 14, MIRRA INCREASED HIS RECORD COUNT OF X GAMES MEDALS TO 23 BY TYING FOR BRONZE IN THE RALLY EVENT.
BMX bikers and almost anyone who follows sports have heard of Dave Mirra. Winning his first BMX competition at the age of 9 and turning pro in 1992 after graduation from high school, Mirra has been one of the undisputed leaders in BMX competition.
Mirra made his rally racing debut at the Rally of the Tall Pines, the final round of the 2007 Canadian Rally Championship, in which he drove a MONSTER Energy® Subaru Impreza rally car prepared by Vermont SportsCar. In 2008, Mirra has competed in most of the Rally America National Championship events in the #40 MONSTER Energy STI with co-driver Alex Kihurani. For X Games 14 Rally, he was chosen as an “at-large” entry.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
A couple of weeks after X Games 14, Drive Performance had an opportunity to ask Dave Mirra a few questions.
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We’ll start with the same question that everyone probably asks: It seems like the transition from BMX to rally would be difficult on a number of levels. What have been the most difficult aspects for you besides being asked the same question over and over?
The most difficult aspect has to be the amount of time to practice. Riding is very easy to practice on a day-to-day basis. To be a better rider, I rode every day. As we all know, seat time [in a rally car] is hard to come by due to the costs of operation. So, I would say that is the most difficult obstacle.
X Games 14 threw together both BMX and rally racing for you. In terms of logistics, the BMX superpark was right next to the Subaru Rally Team USA service area. What kind of adjustments did you have to make going from one to the other?
That was really easy to decide. I worked around rally practice. I was really looking forward to the opportunity to rally at X Games, and I wanted all the practice I could get.