Series interview - Dave Mirra 2010-04-13

Dave Mirra Exclusive Q&A On Recovery and Olympus Rally BMX legend and the most decorated X Games athlete in history, Dave Mirra, rally drives for Subaru Rally Team USA. He recently opened up about his illness and the upcoming Olympus Rally to be...

Dave Mirra Exclusive Q&A On Recovery and Olympus Rally BMX legend and the most decorated X Games athlete in history, Dave Mirra, rally drives for Subaru Rally Team USA. He recently opened up about his illness and the upcoming Olympus Rally to be held April 24-25th at Ocean Shores, WA.

Golden Valley, MN (April 13, 2010) -- Last month's surprising news about Subaru Rally Team USA's Dave Mirra contracting Bacterial Meningitis prompted an outpouring of well wishes from fans and competitors on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Mirra faced the more severe form of Meningitis that causes inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord. If left untreated the infection could ultimately result in damage to the brain. But with early detection and diagnoses Bacterial Meningitis is treatable towards a full recovery.

Fortunately a month and a half break on the Rally America National calendar is giving Mirra the time he needs, but the infection still placed Mirra's Olympus Rally participation in doubt and the Subaru Rally Team USA took a wait and see approach to his recovery.

Not making the Olympus Rally could be a serious blow to a Championship title when every point counts in the new 6-event season format. Mirra is currently tied with Travis Hanson for 5th place overall and within striking distance of points leader Antoine L'Estage leading up to the Olympus Rally.

Already the Olympus Rally is seeing a plethora of Championship caliber teams vying for top honors and an X Games 16 invitation. Mirra's ability to be a top 5 finisher directly impacts other teams' ability to net the points they need if he is there or not.

Can Dave Mirra recover in time and be well enough to compete? In an exclusive Rally America Q&A Dave Mirra speaks out about his ordeal and gives us the word about his Olympus Rally participation!

RA: Can you explain your ordeal with the Bacterial Meningitis and your time in the hospital?

DM: It was is the gnarliest thing I've ever had. It started out one morning after breakfast with flu like symptoms. As it progressed, I could barely walk. I had no choice but to go to the emergency room. After a ton of tests, they checked me into the hospital where I stayed for the next 6 days. Following the hospital I was on some pretty heavy medicine for the next 11 days. The tough part was after going home from the hospital i had a pick line for the anti-biotics. So I had to sit for 1 hour 3 times a day and take my medicine through an I.V. Crazy.

RA: How is your recovery going, how do you feel now and will you be 100% for the Olympus Rally at the end of this month?

DM: My recovery has been great. I'm back on the road bike and hitting the gym daily and getting my strength back. It was a tough ordeal that took a lot out of me. But I will be 100% in Olympus and I'm very grateful for that.

RA: Have you ever had anything this serious happen to you before, or have you ever had anything like this before?

DM: This was the most serious sickness I've ever had. Luckily I came out with a 100% recovery and no serious side effects which is extremely lucky.

RA: What are your expectations for the Olympus Rally?

DM: I can't wait to get to Olympus and get back in my Subaru. My goal is to step up my pace and enjoy some of the most amazing roads in the country.

RA: With a snow event and a gravel event under your belt now in the new more powerful Open Class Car (after having competed in the lower spec Super Production Class in 2009) what are your key goals for Olympus with regard to your driving and getting up to speed with the car?

DM: Olympus will be a great rally, with the roads being so technical, to get to know my open class Subaru much better and step up my pace to stay competitive in the overall championship points. This season means alot to me so finishing is very important since you can't drop any events in the points tally. We are doing some pre-event testing with Travis and so I should be really comfortable in the car for Olympus. I'm really looking forward to it.

Event schedules, team entries, and a (soon to be available) spectator guide complete with driving directions can be located at: rally-america.com/events/2010/Olympus/

Top teams in the Series are also invited to compete in the Summer X Games 16 Rally Car Racing event, the leading action sports event broadcast live on ABC and ESPN.

-source: rally america

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Series Other rally
Drivers Antoine L'Estage , Dave Mirra