Travis Pastrana has had a tough start to 2012, wrecking out of nearly every race he's entered. The Global RallyCross Championship has been particularly frustrating, with the Red Bull Motorsports driver finishing 8th and 15th in the first two events of the season and failing to make its past the first round of the X Games after getting smashed into the wall in the first turn.

Pastrana hopes his fortunes have turned around, though, after managing to give the Dodge Dart its first RallyCross win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past weekend. He qualified third overall and managed to win his heat, giving him a spot on the front row for the final race. Pastrana took advantage of his position, jumping out to a first lap lead after passing Tanner Foust in a hairpin and eventually finishing just ahead of Samuel Hubinette. Brian Deegan rounded out the podium in third place, with Foust finishing in fourth and Ken Block in fifth.

"It's been so long, I almost forgot what it's like to win," said Pastrana after the race. "It is absolutely awesome to get out here and get on top. It has been a rough season."

The next and final race of the 2012 Global RallyCross season will be at Las Vegas Motor Speedway over the weekend of September 28-29. Check out the videos below for all the leaps, jumps and bumps.

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Travis Pastrana erased the disappointment of the first three races of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship season with an impressive victory in Saturday night's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Pastrana drove his Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart to a 1.431-second win over Samuel Hubinette.

"It's been so long, I almost forgot what it's like to win," said Pastrana. "It is absolutely awesome to get out here and get on top. It has been a rough season."

The low point for the team came at the 12th X Games in Los Angeles. Hopes of a medal were crushed when Pastrana was taken out on the first turn of the first lap. "We've had such a hard run," he said. "Everyone on this Dodge Dart team has worked so hard. We've just been creamed and crushed every race. I have to thank everybody that has supported me. It's been a really rough year."

The challenging circuit involved more elements and obstacles than previous events at Charlotte and Texas. Drivers had to deal with a chicane, moguls, dirt, a tabletop jump, a 180-degree hairpin turn and a 70-foot gap jump. The race also involved a Joker Lap (turn) – each driver was required to take a longer route at least once during the Heat Race and Main Event.

Pastrana qualified third fastest and won his heat race which gave him a prime starting spot in the Main Event.

"It really comes down to qualifying and we were able to qualify third which put us up front for the Heat Race," he said. "We qualified second at X Games and should have had a smooth run like this but we had help in the first turn (hit from behind and pushed into the retaining wall).

"This is a brand new car. Dodge put so much behind this. Guys from every different branch of Dodge were coming out. The motor has been strong the whole time. It's just a matter of getting everything else in place. I want to thank everyone for backing me. I know it's only our fourth race in this brand-new car which actually, if you think about it, it's amazing to be on top of the podium. But for us, we had a lot of expectations coming into this season and we wanted to win. X Games was such a letdown, this was a good way to bring it back."

Getting out front was the key. Pastrana was able to do that in the Heat Race and Main Event. He and Hubinette had a torrid battle in their Heat Race and it continued in the Main Event. After overtaking Tanner Foust at the tricky hairpin turn on the first lap, it was vintage Pastrana maneuvering the Dodge Dart through the various obstacles in the finale.

"This Dodge Dart is an awesome car," said Pastrana. "These guys (crew) gave me what it took to win. I just want to thank each and every one of those guys standing back there (in Victory Lane) with the big smiles. Thank you guys for believing in me and thanks to all the fans that kept backing me because I tell you what, it's been tough."

Brian Deegan finished third with Foust and Ken Block rounding out the top five.

How big was the victory? "It's bigger than you could ever imagine," said Pastrana. "I feel like we had the best car, we have a great crew and we finally showed where this Dodge Dart should be – Victory Lane."

Race Final Results
Global RallyCross Series - Round 4
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 14, 2012
2. Samuel Hubinette
3. Brian Deegan
4. Tanner Foust
5. Ken Block
6. Andy Scott
7. Liam Doran
8. David Binks
9. Stephan Verdier
10. Dave Mirra
11. Bucky Lasek
12. Patrick Moro
13. Sverre Isachsen
14. Richard Burton

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Joe Carter
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sound cut out near the end of the first video, but definitely a very unique type of racing. I personally think it would be pretty bad ass to be doing this stuff!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs more dirt. Still awesome fun though.
      Mike Fernandez
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty unique racing, I like it!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see Dodge get this win, they need it. I hope they get more wins because it's about time Chrysler gets some exposure in a Motorsport other than NASCAR or NHRA. I'm hoping to see some Darts out on the track at SCCA and NASA events. Congrats to Pastrana, he did a hell of a job to get and stay out front.
      • 3 Years Ago
      makes curious if the inevitable SRT-4 Dart will be AWD ;-)
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Although I'm not familiar with this form of racing, I'd guess Dodge has targeted it to promote the Dart. I have little doubt that they will succeed once they work out the kinks, one of which is the self inflicted pressure Travis obviously has been racing under. He has the talent, Dodge has the equipment and everything will fall into place, including victories like this one. If it's a Dodge in the winners circle, no matter the event, I'm thrilled. Congrats !!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs more dirt, better jumps, and more corners. But otherwise pretty fun to watch.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh. Tight track. Seems like the barriers, ramps, & jumps are placed in strategic locations to cause shoulder bumping & wrecking. Those trailers in the background indicate that there is an upcoming main event (NASCAR maybe?). I dunno. Maybe I'm just being hard on the sport because it revolves around drivers like Tanner Foust, Ken Block, & Travis Pastrana who sites like AB portray them as AUTOGODS. Just sick of hearing about these "stunt drivers". Just wish Rallying got as much attention as this crap. IMO it's far more exciting and takes a whole different level of skill & concentration.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Agree with you on that. Real rallying like WRC is insane compared to this. Monte Carlo stages for example, Sweden's ice and snow stages, horrible weather. The real rally guys actually deal with conditions that test the driver on so many more levels. Rally-X to me is for the younger generation (I'm in my 20s by the way) who don't want to think about a sport or study it but want to be entertained. It is what it is. When Foust first started getting into the industry he did a segment on super cars exposed where he drove some cars up and down Mulholland Highway. When I timed him vs me UPHILL he was only a few seconds quicker than I was in a stock engine Miata (he was driving a Ferrari, Porsche and Super charged Lotus). When I emailed him about it he wrote me back and said something like "yeah I'm sure there are locals up there who are faster than me." He was using 2 lanes by the way. I would only use one because of safety concerns. I think deep down these guys know they are entertainers and they did whatever they could to get paid to do what they love. Shrug...
          • 3 Years Ago
          I should add that during the 5-6 years I was driving I took 3 friends from school at the time with me and 2 of them had panic attacks. I was so concerned I actually started driving to the hospital with one of them becuase he couldn't move his jaw or his arms or his legs.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Rick he actually did close down the road and he was driving against the stop watch vs Townshend Bell. They were driving uphill which on this particular stretch of road using 2 lanes is incredibly safe to do especially in a modern car. I drove the particular stretch of road they were on and the surrounding roads for about 5-6 years as a driver and 4 years as a passenger to someone who was teaching me when I was younger. Driving myself I have put about 40,000 miles on the roads between 2 cars in 5-6 years and as a passenger I don't know how much...if I had to guess combined experience as a passenger and driver on these roads would be well over 80,000 miles so I can judge pretty accurately how honest the times were. Townshend Bell is an Indy Car driver, I would expect a guy like that to not be intimidated by a Ferrari. ;) As for Tanner the segment was made to showcase the speed of the vehicles so yeah it would make sense to drive hard. The road looks wet, but it's not enough to really impact the performance of the cars. I drove all the time when it was slightly damp on these roads and it really doesn't do much to the car unless you go up there and it's raining heavily. Hope that provides some insight
          • 3 Years Ago
          Lol.. wait wait.. you took a video a guy did to show off cars on TV, to entertain people, and then derive that that is the peak of their skill levels when compared to competitive events? I'm surprised the time they gave on TV wasn't completely made up anyway. Do you expect him to go out all out on TV and time it? Is there an actual point to that even? Does going all out on an exotic, that you barely know the quirks of, on a public road (even if closed off for you), without safety gear, make any sense?
          • 3 Years Ago
          I just wanna go fast :(
          • 3 Years Ago
          It's okay Ricky Bobby......
      • 3 Years Ago
      Full title of story: "Travis Pastrana, Dodge Dart get first RallyCross win because Loeb was not present." :P I had to say it guys sorry.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty weak course if I'm honest. They could have done a lot better. As a person with racing experience myself I can tell you guys that isn't a very challenging track.The chicane before the jump can practically be flat footed in a straight line. The turn after the jump is way too open. They more turns and more dirt to tarmac transitions. Who do I email to ask for a job designing courses?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's put this win in perspective... series leader, Marcus Gronholm is sidelined due to his accident at X Games. Last race winner, Sebastien Loeb, is not competing full time in this series. And Travis, week after week, gets stomped by Danica in the Nationwide series - when she is not punted off the track. At X-Games - did you see his reaction when he got taken out in the first corner? He whined for 5 minutes, acting as if he is entitled to clean, no contact racing because of who he is. He's just another wannabe. The more I hear about this series, the less I like it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah, I would love a Focus ST AWD or a Dart SRT4 AWD.
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