BMX racer-turned-rally-driver Dave Mirra has won his first race at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRX STI. The win gets him more backing from Subaru Rally Team USA.
BMX and X-Games athlete Dave Mirra won more than just a race when he finished in first place at the 2009 Team O'Neil Rally in New Hampshire last week. He also won the support of Subaru Rally Team USA. The organization will give Mirra more support than he previously was receiving.
With Subaru Rally Team USA behind him, Mirra will now be able to participate in all nine rounds of the Rally America National Championship. He will also drive his rally car in X-Games 15 later this year. During the season, he will be behind the wheel of a 2008 Impreza WRX STI in the Super Production class.
Mirra took the win been behind the wheel of a BFGoodrich and Monster Energy sponsored, Vermont SportsCar prepared 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Mirra piloted the car to fastest times in seven of the eight event stages, winning the overall event by 50 seconds. He used the same vehicle in several races last year, which led to a 2008 Rally America Rookie of the Year title.
"I'm really excited to get my first win, the roads were a lot of fun here," Mirra said. "Running in these snowy conditions was perfect preparation for the Sno*Drift Rally next week, so I will have a lot more confidence from the start." The Sno*Drift Rally is the first race of the Rally America Championship series.
This is Mirra's first win in a rally career just one year long. He is much more well known as a BMX rider, having one medals in every X-Games event since its creation. In total, he has 23 medals from the X-Games.