• Jan 30, 2008
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After amassing a healthy lead over their competitors, Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom were able to play it cool for the second to last stage of the 2008 SnoDrift Rally last weekend. All was well as they made their way through the forest roads and fresh powder until one of God's creatures decided that now would be a good time to cross the ice-covered stage road. As the 2007 WRX STI careened down the road at over 60 mph, Bambi colliding with Pastrana's left front bumper, causing irreparable damage to the engine and ending the team's race as the Subaru coasted to a stop. We're not sure if it was Pastrana or Edstrom who let out the shriek just as the deer hit, but we've got to give them points for using far fewer expletives than we would've.

You can check the video after the jump and read a full account of the race over at Vermont Sports Car's website.

Thanks for the tip Chris!



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      • 6 Years Ago
      more cowbell.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only sure fire way of staving off dear at night...Glock 9mm with a laser sight. Works for me at least. I've hit two deer in the past.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Unfortunately with a car. First was in an 83 CJ7...CAR-1, DEER-0. Second was in a Camry...CAR-1, DEER-1.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Hit two deer in the past...."

        ....with the gun or with the car? =)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had the opprotunity to go to the Sno*Drift rally this year and we arrived at the last stage late and noticed that no cars had came through. I found a event worker with a walkie talkie and he told us that " Car 199[Pastrana's car] hit a deer or elk and was now stationary." At least he wasn't hurt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was there, but we didn't stay late enough to see the last stage. I will stay longer next year!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't have the same effect as a Spectator being crushed. Man, I miss Group B.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pastrana screms like a little girl!
        • 6 Years Ago
        That was kinda my first reaction, but then again I'd do that trying to back flip on one of them two wheeled dirt mobile contraptions. So yeah, I probably wouldn't have screamed....or kept the car on the road, or kept my suit unsoiled, or not had a heart attack.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He does that every time he wrecks a car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah! You'll need to watch his Nitro Circus videos, then get back to me on that little girl comment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I watched his car being towed out by heavy sweep afterwords.. Pretty damn good hit. He was a good but ahead of the field when this happened too. This years sno*drift had a lot of disappointments but it sure was fun to watch!!!

      Best part was when the 00 sweep car tried to show off at a spectator point and missed a right turn. He took his s4 through a pole and did some fairly good damage to the front end. Made for a good laugh!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      You'd think rally cars would have those little deer whistlers on em. I had those growing up and never hit a deer, then hit two deer with my next car that didn't have em. May just be coincidence but they seemed to work well for me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "May just be coincidence"

        you got that right. those things have never been proven to work. i know of a couple of people who have creamed a deer with them on the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whats with the big gay sounding screaming yelp from one of the drivers...??? Sounds like he spilt his hot moccacino all over himself thus causing him not to see the deer that just so happened to stroll out in front of the car... tisk tisk...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ya know your right. Pastrana was going really slow and not paying attention.. and he is such a worthless driver..

        I tell you what.. PLay the video and try and hit the pause button the second your see the deer.... looks like you would hit it too.

        Unless you have driven rally STFU
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aaaaaaaahhhh!!!



        • 6 Years Ago
        That yell/scream actually made me jump a bit...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ouch. Venison, anyone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        wow that guy screamed like a little girl lol. My gf didnt even sound that bad when she nailed one when she was 17 lol.

        poor car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Make mine summer sausage and some jerky. oooo, get the backstrap too. Sucks though, for both parties, maybe the deer was one of those crazy European spectators in a former life.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any chance the deer was fleeing the FIA because of its involvement in the McLaren - Ferrari Spygate saga from 2007?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe Michigan needs more wild coyote to cut the deer population.

      Man, they seem pretty controlled in spite of losing the race on the last stretch. I'd be fuming mad.
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