Over the weekend, rally cars took over the streets of downtown Los Angeles to compete in X Games 17. The field of drivers was perhaps the most prestigious yet, with plenty of X Games veterans like Tanner Foust, Travis Pastrana and Brian Deegan facing tough new challengers in the form of Marcus Grönholm, two-time World Champion of the World Rally Championship series and European RallyCross veteran Liam Doran.
The El Toro Marine Base in Irvine, CA has become somewhat of a quasi West Coast testing ground for the automotive industry in the past several years. Currently, it's perhaps best known for being the site of the Top Gear USA test track, but we've attended media events, learned how to drift, and watched a variety of manufacturers test out their wares on the military compound's abandoned runways.
This weekend was supposed to be a busy one for Travis Pastrana. In what had been dubbed "Pastranathon," the Moto X / RallyCross driver / NASCAR rookie was set to compete in X Games 17 Thursday and Friday, fly to Indianapolis on Saturday for his NASCAR Nationwide debut, then be back in Los Angeles on Sunday to compete in RallyCross for Subaru. Instead, Pastrana will be sitting this weekend out with a broken right foot and ankle.