Hot Wheels and track to come to life at Indy 500

Tue, Apr 12
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Almost every boy remembers attaching a plastic toy track to the top of a bedroom door and sliding a Hot Wheels car down, watching as the car leaped into the air and land next to the bed.

Now imagine that happening in real life.

Hot Wheels
Courtesy of Hot Wheels

A masked driver will speed down a 90-foot ramp, suspended on a 10-story door (100 feet tall) and soar across the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

On May 29 in Indianapolis, Team Hot Wheels -- a newly created crew of stunt drivers -- will attempt to break the world record distance jump of 302 feet in a four-wheeled vehicle at the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Just like something out of the toy track, a masked mystery driver will speed down a 90-foot ramp, suspended on a 10-story door (100 feet tall) and soaring across the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

So Page 2 decided to ask a few questions of the mystery driver who will making the attempt:

1. Did you play with Hot Wheels as a kid?

"It was one of my first introductions into the world of cars and racing. The feeling of strapping into the V-Drop, that I played with as a kid, for this year's Indy 500 is, well, as outrageous as it sounds."

2. Are you nervous?

"Of course, I'm nervous. However, the team of engineering and design experts involved in this project have been hand selected from the best in the world. Just listening to them discuss the details puts my nerves at ease. While speed is important, there is much more to this stunt than just inertia. We will be doing right around 105 mph and, through the scientific abilities of the team, we will hopefully break the record."

3. Do you feel like you've shrunk and are really playing on a kid's toy?

"When you look at the size and design of the stunt and see the iconic orange track, it feels much more like Hot Wheels has come to life. It's the first time that any of us get to experience the fusion of imagination with the reality of action sports. I love it!"