Originally Posted by Cannibal
I think we are forgetting one VERY essential piece of information here.
The car in the trailer ends up sailing over a cliff!
That, to me, is not something that would happen if Kirk were a good driver.
If you watch the trailer carefully you will see that it is premeditated action by Kirk. He wants to wreck the car. He knows there is a quarry there. He has to pass through the gate which is sign posted. He dives out of the car at the last possible moment. He needs the near death experience, just like when he climbs El Capitan.