Danny Way's road to Rally
Long Beach Grand Prix, 2009
Legendary skateboarder Danny Way has dedicated himself to racing his way into Global Rallycross. Way has had a long interest in racing and took the pole position for the celebrity race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009 (pictured at right).
Way on Mega, X Games 14
Way celebrates successfully landing his run after clipping both his ankles on the coping of the MegaRamp and being treated by the paramedics after his previous run at X Games Los Angeles in 2008. Way finished with the silver medal. While Way still dedicates much of his time to the MegaRamp, racing is where he wants to go now.
Way at Lydden Hill
Way began his foray into rallycross by racing the British Swift Sport Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill in Canterbury, England. He finished seventh out of 11 drivers.
Way shows off his car on Instagram before his first race at Lydden Hill. He'll have many cars just like it if his career in racing takes off.
Block wrecks in Foz
Way's good friend Ken Block said his first-turn crash at X Games Foz do Iguau, Brazil last year underscored how a pile of money invested in a single race can disappear in an instant. "It can be quite frustrating, and the expense makes it a very hard sport to break into," Block said.
Ken Block, GRID
Block has leveraged his popularity to create his own competition series, called Gymkhana GRID. With more rally circuits forming worldwide, including GRC and GRID, there will be plenty of opportunities for Way to prove himself behind the wheel.
Fellow skateboarder Bucky Lasek has successfully transitioned into a rally driver on the GRC circuit. While he's had moderate success behind the wheel, Lasek swept every Skateboard Vert event at X Games last year.
Dave Mirra retired from BMX to race full time, but this year, he's had trouble finding money to fund his 2014 GRC effort. "My advice to anyone who wants to get into rallycross? Go to church on Sundays and pray for some funding," Mirra said.
Way on the podium
Way, center, tops the X Games Los Angeles MegaRamp podium with friends Bob Burnquist with the bronze, left, and Jake Brown, silver, in 2006. Way has six X Games medals, including five gold. He would love to add a RallyCross medal to his X Games trophy case.