Dave Mirra, BMX legend and current holder of the most X Games medals (24 to date), finished in second place at the season opening Sno*Drift Rally in Northern Michigan on Sunday. The finish was Mirra's best career rally placing. Mirra, driving a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car with co-driver Marshall Clarke, advanced up the leaderboard from fifth place to second place during the race and covered nearly 130 miles of snow and ice-covered roads with few mistakes.
"I had a game plan for Sno*Drift to start slow and stay composed and mistake free, while not worrying much about stage times," said Mirra on the podium. "So much can happen here, the conditions and the traction change from turn to turn. As things progressed I felt more and more comfortable with the car and the notes, plus Marshall and I were working perfectly together. It feels great to earn a podium here after having stuck to my strategy and staying patient. My Subaru ran great in these tough conditions."
Mirra started the race cautiously, and took time to familiarize himself with his new co-driver Marshall Clarke. The team suffered a tire puncture late on day one of the event, and lost five minutes due to repairs. On day two, Mirra remained focused and increased his speed, jumping from fifth to third place. In the final two stages, Mirra moved into second overall and maintained that position through the end of the rally.
The Sno*Drift Rally featured nearly 130 miles of snow and ice-covered roads in northern Michigan with nearly one third of the miles run at night. Constantly changing weather and road conditions historically make this rally one of the most difficult in the Rally America Championship. The event is made even more challenging due to Rally America rules that prohibit the use of spiked or studded ice tires, placing a premium on traction.
Dave Mirra, 36, is an undisputed BMX legend and full-time BMX and Rally Car professional. A longtime resident of the Greenville, N.C. area, Mirra rose to fame in the late '80s as an expert vert and flatland rider, turning pro for GT Bicycles in 1991. In 1995, Mirra won a silver medal for vert in the inaugural X Games, and has medaled in almost every X Games since, holding the record for most medals won by an athlete (currently at 24.) In 2006, Mirra founded MirraCo Bicycles. Currently, Mirra continues to ride at a professional level and also races rally cars on a professional level. His sponsors include Bell Helmets, MirraCo Bike Company, Pahr, DC Shoes, Monster Energy, Maxxis Tires, Oxy and Subaru.