Amazing Story: Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen to race 3 months after horrific crash

Following incredible recovery, Finish driver is back behind the wheel

Tomas Heikkinen crash

Let me be honest here: if I suffered the injuries that Global RallyCross driver Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen suffered three months ago, the last thing I’d be doing right now is getting back behind the wheel and getting ready for an upcoming race.

Here are some of the highlights:

Shattered left ankle—in 15 different places
Internal injuries
Damaged urethra
Plenty of other minor cuts, stitches, bumps, and bruises.

The banged-up dude had surgery to insert a plate and seven pins to get his ankle to heal properly during a five-day stay in an LA hospital. When he was let out, he returned to his home in Joensuu, Finland, where he continued his recovery.

Heikkinen had the cast removed August 6, his boot off in mid-August and he started walking on his foot Sept. 3 (three weeks ago!) He began physical therapy the same week.

Just to re-cap as to what caused all of this, the 21-year-old driver crashed during a RallyCross practice for the X-games Los Angeles event when he tried to clear a 50-foot-gap but instead went headfirst into a metal jump ramp. Here’s video of the incident and a warning – if you don’t like seeing people crash headfirst into things, especially at high rates of speed, then you might want to skip this video.

If not, check it:

http://youtu.be/rmBysnF2vX8

Pretty gnarly stuff, right? Well that was three months ago and now Heikkinen is getting ready to race again.

“There is no question — I plan to post the fastest time and take home the win,” Heikkinen said in a release. “The crash was a minor setback, but I’m fully recovered now, and thanks to the support of my team at OMSE [Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution] and my sponsor, Bluebeam Software, I am ready to get back on the track and show what this new car can do.”

Now, given that he totaled his last car, he’s going to have to race a new one. This time around he’ll be behind the wheel of a new 2012 OMSE Ford Fiesta:

Topi Heikkinen 2012 Ford Fiesta

It features a 600-horsepower Ford Duratech 2.0 liter engine with Garrett Turbo that will deliver 650 foot-pounds of torque at the wheels and is capable of going 0-60 in less than two seconds.

Heikkinen is scheduled to practice the new car Tuesday and Wednesday and if all goes well (knock on wood), he’ll race this Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

From the makers of the best portable speaker in the world to the craziest mo-fo rallycross driver on the circuit, best of luck man. Best of luck.

Our take on XGames Skier Big Air

This past week, history was slated in ESPN’s 14th X-Games.  In freestyle skiing , switch double misti 1440s are NO trick to scoff at, and Bobby Brown is one amazing skier.  Buuuuuut that doesn’t mean we aren’t PISSED about it.

TJ Schiller whipped out a 1620, and took SECOND place.  This is a trick that HAS NOT been done in competition….either.

There you have problem A: Two athletes have just redefined the paradigm of what is humanly possible:


Problem B: The age old debate of whether inverts are as stylish as spins is always hot on our minds. In our opinion, the look of spins that are slightly corked, or where the feet never go higher than the head just look more aesthetically pleasing. You get the look of control and fluidity rather than this video game rag-doll action.

Bottom line: This comes down to personal preference, but we’re gonna have to tip OUR hats to TJ on this one.  Side note: The X-Games judges are borderline retarded for pretending they needed a calculator to add 1440 to 180.  This is not rocket science, but what else can you expect from X-Games commentators.

On another note, we can’t help but be stoked on the speed of progression for these athletes.  Its almost as though every year, without fail, someone is tagging on an additional 180 degrees of rotation.  This is on average, a half degree of rotation for ever day in the calendar year.  At this rate, by 2015, we will be seeing athletes do 2520s.

Will it happen?