Team Hot Wheels' "Fearless at the 500" record jump attempt - Click above for high-res image gallery

Prior to the start of today's Indy 500, fans finally got to see the long-awaited Team Hot Wheels world-record jump attempt. The mystery "Yellow Driver" piloted specially-prepared truck down the 90-foot ramp that had been under construction in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's infield over the last several weeks. The neat gimmick behind Hot Wheels' "Fearless at the 500" event was that the launch ramp itself was built to simulate that orange track we all grew up with, hung from a giant 10-story door. Talk about pandering to a guy's inner child...

Anyhow, the stunt itself was a success, and fans at the Brickyard watched the truck sail, ramp-to-ramp, 332 feet through the air, setting a world record for four-wheeled vehicles in the process. Upon landing, the mystery driver doffed his helmet to reveal himself as American Top Gear host Tanner Foust. If you want to see the jump yourselves, be advised that ABC will air the stunt at 3:30 PM Eastern time today, following the conclusion of its Indy 500 race coverage. Check out the first few photos from the event below, and follow the jump for the press release.

UPDATE: Video of the jump now added after the break as well.

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Mystery Yellow Driver Revealed as Tanner Foust, Three-Time X Games
Gold Medalist, Takes New Four-Wheeled Vehicle Distance Jump Record,
Exclusive Content on Facebook

May 29, 2011 (Indianapolis, Ind.) – Today as part of "IZOD Presents
Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500™," Team Hot Wheels™ Yellow Driver
Tanner Foust successfully landed a ramp-to-ramp distance jump of 332
feet. Foust, a three-time X Games gold medalist and professional stunt
driver smashed the previous world record by an impressive 31 feet at
the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.

"Fans witnessed not only a record-breaking jump today, but also an
incredible childhood fantasy come to life which engaged multiple
generations," said Simon Waldron, vice president of marketing for Hot
Wheels®. "Hot Wheels has a deep and rich history in racing that spans
over 40 years and there was no better global stage than the Indy 500
to create this once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Spectators at the Indy 500 watched anxiously today as a masked mystery
driver sped down a 90 ft. ramp, suspended on an enormous 10-story high
door (100 feet tall) and flew across the infield of the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway. Moments after the jump occurred, Foust was revealed as
the mystery Team Hot Wheels™ Yellow Driver. The "IZOD Presents Hot
Wheels Fearless at the 500™" jump brought to life the iconic Hot
Wheels® V-Drop® track set boys have played with on their bedroom doors
for years. The stunt will be nationally televised today at 3:30 PM EST
in a 30-minute ABC Special highlighting various Team Hot Wheels™
stunts, including the new world record distance jump. Additional
behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Tanner Foust will be
available on Facebook after the ABC Special. Complete footage of the
jump will be available on at 4:00 PM EST.

"As a kid playing with Hot Wheels I could only dream of experiencing
something as outrageous as a life-sized V-Drop track set, and today it
became reality," said Tanner Foust, Team Hot Wheels Yellow Driver.
"There's a lot that goes into being on Team Hot Wheels and the
training and testing leading up to the jump gave me the confidence
needed to push the mechanical and mental limits of the challenge and
land the world-record title."

Foust is a professional stunt driver with a record number of top
finishes and thrilling behind-the-wheel moments captured on-screen. In
addition to being a three-time X Games gold medalist and two-time
Formula Drift champion, Foust is also an on-air host for Top Gear USA
on HISTORY. He recently became the first American ever to win a round
of the FIA European Rallycross championship in his Rockstar Energy
Drink Ford Fiesta. His professional stunt driving credits include Fast
and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazzard, Bourne Ultimatum, Iron Man
2, and the remake of Red Dawn.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      k o
      • 3 Years Ago
      The whole Hot Wheels deal was a half-hour of crap anyway. Just show the freaking jump and let's be done with it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @k o
        That's where a DVR comes in handy. In fact, that's how I watched the whole pre-race and the race itself. I came into it about two hours after the race had started in real time and fast forwarded through the commercials, nonsensical hype, cautions, and other crap, and watched only the meaningful action. It cut my time investment in half.
      Jim in Tampa
      • 3 Years Ago
      What?? No loop-de-loops??
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree i thought it was supposed to be powered only from the ramp.. He shouldve done a loopdloop.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The ONLY way to fly! I would LOVE to do that! The technology and labor just to build the truck much less the track is incredible. Then of course lots think they would do it, it takes real guts to actually do it. If the truck would have crashed it would have been much worse than any Indy car wreck. But that's a lot of the reason to do it, no risk, no reward! No necessarily money reward, just knowing you did it!
      • 3 Years Ago
      A self powered hotwheels car is called a SIZZLER
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looked like the truck was being self-powered. So technically not a Hot Wheels jump, because it should have been done strictly using the gravity from the drop ramp. If they were going to add power, they should have build a giant PowerBooster wheel house. Or alternatively, they could have started the vehicle on a flat surface and used a Power Blaster (which would have been a huge pneumatic piston which launches the truck out the front.)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who remembers getting welts from getting slapped by those Hot Wheels tracks?
        • 3 Years Ago
        i do!! every time i got into trouble then i learned to hide them but that only worked for awhile cause we had our own willow tree where we had to make our own switches out of 3 twigs to braid the bent over and grab the ankles im sure glad those days are long gone .roflmao
          • 3 Years Ago
          Me too. Wooooooooooo weeeeeeeeeeeeeee, What's up wit that ! Hide the hot wheels track and then have to pick out a belt to get a swat or two from on a bare butt. The edge of belts really can cut though. Good ol'fashioned bare butt spanken with a belt. Yeooooooooooooooooooooouh ! Instant attitude adjustment !
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yea, and it really HURT, espessially on my BARE BUTT with my pants down. Bleeding a little too. Those Hickory Switches are something, arnt they.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What kind of shitty parents did you have?
          • 3 Years Ago
          The kind that wouldn't allow a person to say s--t-y!
          • 3 Years Ago
          The kind that didn't have a spoiled, lazy, self-entitled disfunctional child like we do today.
        • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      No loop? Not impressed ... ;) Guess we need a bigger door to start with
      • 3 Years Ago
      Balls the size of melons...made of steel...
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks 10x more exciting than the entire first season of TG America. Hear that, Tanner?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait! The Greatest Race on Earth has to have a Hot Wheels stunt as a sideshow to keep things interesting? Sad.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Try the Dakar rally!
        • 3 Years Ago
        "The Greatest Race on Earth"? Really? The Indy 500 is the greatest race on Earth? Get out more Bubba
        • 3 Years Ago
        Search Bathurst 1000 or Mount Panorama on youtube for the greatest race on 4-wheels..
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