Masked driver set to make Hot Wheels jump

Sat, May 28
Hot WheelsCourtesy Bruce CarverA driver suspended on a 10-story door will speed down a 1,500-foot ramp and soar across the infield.

INDIANAPOLIS -- It must be a pretty big deal.

Media from Holland, Germany, Hungary, France and Spain have converged on the city not to cover the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Instead, worldwide print and TV crews are here to cover Team Hot Wheels, a newly created crew of stunt drivers attempting to break the world-record distance jump of 302 feet in a four-wheeled vehicle before Sunday's big race.

Just like on a toy track, a masked mystery driver suspended on a 10-story door will speed down a 1,500-foot ramp and soar across the speedway's infield to hopefully reach a landing ramp.

"We came here a year ago with the idea to use our imagination and bring this to life," said Laissez Faire Presents founder Ajamu White, who helped organize the event. "It's going to be something spectacular to see. We wanted to raise the bar for fans. And kids can buy everything we are using, just on a smaller scale."

The four-wheel, Pro2-style truck with an 850-horsepower engine and weighing more than 3,000 pounds will go about 100 miles per hour and will take less than 10 seconds to go from top to bottom on the track and then launch onto the landing ramp.

"It's going to be 7 seconds of fun," White said.

The driver will be revealed after the jump, and Page 2 isn't saying who it is, but here's a hint: He was a stunt double in movies "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Iron Man 2."

"Of course, I'm nervous," the driver said. "While speed is important, there is much more to this stunt than just inertia. We will be doing right around 105 mph and, through the scientific abilities of the team, we will hopefully break the record."