Colorado Springs—–The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is proud to introduce Futureshirts of Nashville, Tennessee as its official merchandise provider, just in time for the Holiday Season.
Fans of the Race to the Clouds have a chance to check names off their holiday gift list with purchase of special gifts designed to please race fans of all ages in advance of the 97th running of the world’s most famous motorsport hill climb on June 30 on America’s Mountain.
Futureshirts, which has more than 300 clients, will feature a new online store and will be on-site during Race Week with multiple locations at Fan Fest as well as various Race Day locations on the mountain. The company will release new designs online as the June event approaches.
The official Hill Climb store opened on December 1 at https://ppihc.myshopify.com.
“We think our fans will be pleased with the new offerings in our online store,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “Futureshirts really shares our vision for providing a variety of on-trend apparel and souvenir items.”KEEP READING
Colorado Springs——-The holiday season is officially open, and purchasing advance tickets for the 2019 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, might be the perfect answer to the annual question of what to get for family and friends.
Fans can purchase tickets online for the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds beginning Saturday, December 1st. So, take advantage of the opportunity to purchase your tickets to watch the world’s most prestigious hill climb and the nation’s second-oldest motorsports event on Sunday, June 30.
Ticket Price List:
|Online Race Day
|Single Ticket||$65 ($65/ticket)||$75 ($75/ticket)|
|Vehicle Packs - All "Family Pack" Ticket Holders must enter the Gateway in the same vehicle|
|Family 2 Pack||$110 ($55/ticket)||$130 ($65/ticket)|
|Family 3 Pack||$150 ($50/ticket)||$180 ($60/ticket)|
|Family 4 Pack||$180 ($45/ticket)||$220 ($55/ticket)|
|Family 5 Pack||$200 ($40/ticket)||$250 ($50/ticket)|
|Family 6 Pack||$210 ($35/ticket)||$270 ($45/ticket)|
|Family 7 Pack||$245 ($35/ticket)||$315 ($45/ticket)|
|Family 8 Pack||$280 ($35/ticket)||$360 ($45/ticket)|
|Single Motorcycle Ticket||$35 ($35/ticket)||$45 ($45/ticket)|
|Double Motorcycle Ticket||$60 ($30/ticket)||$80 ($40/ticket)|
Pricing remains the same as last year’s race with the exception of Practice Day tickets, which will now be $50 per ticket. Camping permits are also available at $150 each. Information and ticket purchasing options can be found at http://ppihc.org/spectator-guide-fans/.
Tickets are available online only. PPIHC may limit the number of tickets sold to the 2019 event. Spectators are not guaranteed a parking spot if specific locations are full. Parking at the spectator viewing areas is on a first come, first served basis.KEEP READING
Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, who almost singlehandedly put a face on the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb over three decades, was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame on October 23.
The legendary driver was accompanied by his wife, Yumiko, for the gala evening with 425 attendees on hand at the Broadmoor World Arena.
Tajima is the sixth Hill Climb celebrity to join the Hall of Fame, produced by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, since the inaugural ceremony in 2000.
The others are Bobby Unser (2000), Leonard Vahsholtz (2008),Nick Sanborn (2013), longtime chairman Bob Gillis (2015), and theDonner Family (2017).
The Japanese driver was the first in history to break the elusive 10-minute mark when he piloted his twin-turbo Suzuki SX4 to the summit of 14,115-foot America’s Mountain with an extraordinary time of 9:51.278 in 2011. He made his debut on the Peak in 1988, taking third in the new Production GT Class in a Mazda 323 4WD auto, jump-starting a brilliant relationship with the race that now spans thirty years.
The 67-year-old driver/businessman, Chairman and CEO of the Tajima Motor Corporation, dominated the prestigious Unlimited Division from 1992-2011. He won the division eight times, including six times in a row from 2006-2011, placing himself among the great drivers of past years who won the signature event– Michele Mouton, Bobby Unser, Ari Vatanen, Walter Röhrl, Rod Millen, David Donner, Romain Dumas and Sébastien Loeb.
Tajima recorded four sub-ten minute finishes, the best being his 9:32.401 in 2015 when he took second to Rhys Millen in the Electric Modified Class. Tajima was named King of the Mountain seven times and recorded ten wins. He was inducted into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame in 2016.
Dear Past, Present and Future PPIHC Competitors,
Fall is upon us. Temperatures have started to drop, leaves are turning yellow and the 2019 PPIHC Rule Book has been posted online. While the majority of the Rule Book has remained unaltered from the 2018 race, there are a handful of major changes that we would like to bring to your attention. Additionally, we have some general updates to share.
The car and motorcycle division structure has been condensed from previous years:
Several previous division/class rules have been moved to the Records Appendix at the end of the Rule Book, preserving the opportunity for competitors to challenge for a record.
PIKES PEAK HEAVYWEIGHT MOTORCYCLE DISPLACEMENT LIMIT
The cc limit for Heavyweight Motorcycle displacement has been lifted. Electric motorcycles are now eligible to run in Heavyweight or Exhibition Powersport.
RACE DAY START TIME
Pending unexpected issues (course conditions, weather, etc.), the start time for the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be moved 30 minutes earlier, with the Green Flag dropped at 7:30am.
REQUEST FOR INVITATION TIMELINE
In 2018, we shortened the Request for Invitation Timeline issuing Invitation, Waitlist and Declination letters in January. This change was well received, and expedited the Request for Invitation process. It allowed invited competitors additional time to prepare, test and tune their race vehicles for June, and to finalize their sponsorship agreements. Therefore, we will follow the same timeline for the 2019 Event.
Request for Invitation Timeline:
RACE WEEK SCHEDULE
Similar to 2018, the optional practice/test and tune session will be held on the Friday of Race Week. The official practice/qualifying sessions will now be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Race Week. With all competitors now completing qualifying before Friday, and Friday’s practice being optional, competitors will have the option to take things easy at the end of the Practice Week and have a full two days to prep their vehicles for Sunday’s race.
JUNE DATES AND TIMELINE
Race Bulletins will be posted on our website as they are released. Please check the site frequently to read these important updates. www.ppihc.org
MARKETING DECK and RACE STATS
As we prepare for the 2019 Race to the Clouds, we would like to share our PPIHC Marketing Overview that includes spectator numbers, fan demographics, race history, media coverage and more. Feel free to share this link with your sponsors and team members – Marketing Deck
SUMMIT HOUSE UPDATE
In June, groundbreaking for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex was the first whisper of significant change on the iconic mountain. The new state-of-the-art complex, scheduled to open in late 2020, will include enhanced visitor experiences, such as interpretive exhibits, accessible walkways and expanded dining facilities. These are just a few changes coming to America’s Mountain to provide the best experience possible for all of our visitors, including the PPIHC competitors. We invite you to be a part of our journey and learn more at www.givetopikespeak.org.
Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board, PPIHC Megan Leatham, Executive Director, PPIHC
Please note that although the 2019 Rule Book is currently posted online, it will not become effective until November 15, 2018 and changes may be made prior to that date. All dates listed above are subject to change.KEEP READING
Colorado Springs——Randy Schranz is enjoying his summer in a way that he won’t forget anytime soon.
The motorsport legend has been selected for induction into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame, with the official ceremony set for Friday, October 5th at Wings Over the Rockies in Denver. He will be honored for his amazing 40-year motorsport career.
The honor follows on the heels of his induction into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame on June 21 in Colorado Springs.
As a competitor, Schranz captured ten class wins and 17 additional top 10 finishes during his Pikes Peak racing career, setting his fastest time of 10:35.225 in 2013 in the Pikes Peak Open Class, driving a 1966 Shelby Cobra. He greatly advanced the use of propane as a racing fuel, quickly adapting the latest technology to modify his racing machine.
Schranz owns the propane record on Pikes Peak, set in 2012 and he inspired and supported his son, Layne, as a fellow competitor on Pikes Peak. As the long-time owner of Randy’s High Country Towing, he provided towing and vehicle recovery for the race for nearly 15 years. Randy’s 40-year competition history on Pikes Peak is a testament to his love of the mountain, his competitive spirit and his generosity.
He will be a star in a superb class of 2018:
Jeff Walters amassed over 300 victories and eight track championships over a 36-year career racing on asphalt and dirt tracks in five states.
Jim Opperman’s racing career included competing in Supermodified and Late Model divisions at Englewood Speedway, as well ownership of Colorado National Speedway.
John Metcalf completed in ARCA, NASCAR Southwest, and Winston West Series in a career that included 204 victories and two championships as either a driver or crew chief.
Ricky Orlando began his racing career in 1975, and in motorcycle competition across the country won approximately 75 class championships in MRA events, along with five state championships.
Rob Williams raced Top Fuel Funny Cars while drag racing from 1967 to 1983. He compiled a long list of wins and five Division 5 NHRA championships while competing in events across the country.
Rod Guilford competed as a driver in NHRA drag racing in Colorado and many other states. He has also been a successful car owner/engine builder and crew chief for numerous drag racing and circle track racing teams, winning at the local, regional and national level from 1961 through 1991.
Ron Berry was active in both oval track and drag racing on the western slope of Colorado during his racing career, driving to 99 main event wins, as well as track championships at Cactus Park Speedway in Grand Junction in 1969 and 1970.
Tony Rossi’s racing career with the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association includes four season championships and numerous main event, heat, and quick time wins, as well as a Colorado Mini Sprint Association championship, in more than two decades of competition.
Walt Pickard’s motorsports career involved racing at all southern Colorado tracks, as he compiled 112 main event wins over 17 years. He was also track owner of Beacon Hill Speedway, and played a key role in forming the Oly Challenge Cup Late Model racing series.
The Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame has selected the world famous Hill Climb as the winner of its 2018 J. C. Agajanian Award for its contribution to Colorado motorsports.
The PPIHC staged its 96th running of the Race to the Clouds on June 24, with French driver Romain Dumas establishing a new course record of 7:57.148 in an all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak auto.
Drivers and riders from 14 nations competed in the race to the summit of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain, with fans on hand from 25 countries and 45 states.
The award is named for Agajanian, who was an influential figure in American motorsports history. He was a promoter and race car owner who was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.
For information on the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, visit: www.coloradomotorsportshalloffame.com.
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Colorado Springs—–Rhys Millen, already among the most decorated champions in the history of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, embarked on a new course during the 96th running of the Race to the Clouds on June 24 and emerged again as a champion in his 25th appearance on the mountain.
The New Zealander drove a 2018 Bentley Bentayga to a new Production SUV record with a clocking of 10:49.902, averaging an impressive 66.5 mph and obliterating the 2014 mark of 12:35.610 set by Paul Dallenbach in a 2014 Range Rover Sport.
“To take a luxury SUV with minimal modifications and be able to drive up this course in under 11 minutes is a huge testament to the performance and level of engineering in the Bentayga,” said Millen.
“I had a great run – the car was planted all the way up and gave me the confidence I needed to push hard. I’m delighted to take the SUV record for Bentley and for everyone who’s been involved in this project.”
Bentley said before the run it worked for six months to prepare the turbo 12-cylinder SUV for the climb, and even so, the most changes were made to the car’s weight, which was reduced by removing 663 pounds of interior trim. Additional tweaks to the adaptive air suspension and a 48V electric active anti-roll control also helped Millen make his record run.
Millen, a two-time King of the Mountain, has recorded 12 division/class wins on the mountain, beginning with his 1992 crown in the Pikes Peak Open Class, piloting a Mazda on his way to Rookie of the Year honors.
Millen enjoyed history in 2016, winning the Electric Modified crown in a ‘16 eO PP100, with a time of 8:57.118, joining Sebastien Loeb and Romain Dumas as the only three competitors to finish the course in under nine minutes at the time. That was the first title in the history of the race for an electric auto.
He won in 2017 in the rugged Time Attack 1 Class, driving his 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe and clocking 9:47.427 to set the stage for his 2018 adventure with Bentley.
To celebrate the occasion, Bentley will release a limited-edition version of its first production SUV. Limited to just 10 models, the SUV will feature a number of interior and exterior design elements in the same shade of Radium green that covers the Pikes Peak car. There are a few Pikes Peak logos spread about the interior, as well, in addition to numbered doorsill plates. Customers in the U.S. and Europe can order one starting in August.
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The PPIHC and Matchsports will deliver a high-quality, live broadcast covering the entire race course from start to ?nish. The second year of a 10-year partnership will see the PPIHC live-streamed for a subscription fee of $4.99 (USD) using revolutionary production techniques speci?cally adapted by Matchsports to overcome Pikes Peak’s many challenges.
The Matchsports’ live presentation of the race will be hosted by Ramona Bruland and Mitch Snow, with insight from competitor Carlin Dunne and Hall of Famer David Donner. Our team will be joined by a revolving ‘hot seat’ of knowledgeable guests who will help walk viewers through Race Day events.
Ramona Bruland is a broadcast veteran, with more than 1,000 hours of live TV experience, who specializes in action sports, travel adventure and luxury lifestyle programming. Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, she previously worked as the on-air host for the global expansion of X Games on ESPN, covering six events in five countries that aired in more than 430 million homes across 182 countries.
Mitch Snow is a Colorado Springs native and third generation PPIHC supporter who served as the PPIHC’s Director of Promotion & Legacy for the past five years before joining the team at Polyphony Digital, Inc. – developers of the Gran Turismo video game franchise – as Manager of New Business in March, 2018. The Race to the Clouds is Snow’s passion and he has attended every edition of the PPIHC since 1995.
Joining us at the Finish Line after he completes his run is Carlin Dunne. Dunne has claimed three titles of 2-Wheeled King of the Mountain in three attempts, and became the first motorcycle competitor to break the 10-minute barrier in 2012 while setting a new 2-Wheeled course record time of 9:52.819.
To round out the broadcast team, David Donner is a third generation PPIHC competitor and supporter, as well as a member of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame. Donner holds the record for the former Time Attack 2 Production class, and is a three-time
4-Wheeled King of the Mountain.
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Colorado Springs——A galaxy of racing legends will be inducted into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame on June 21 in Colorado Springs.
The enshrinement ceremony at Penrose House (4:00 pm) will help set the stage for the 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb three days later on America’s Mountain.
Hill Climb headliners Leonard and Barb Vahsholtz, Jeff Zwart, Randy Schranz, Davey Durelle and the late Glen Shultz make up the Class of 2018 set to take its place amidst the event’s rich history and tradition.
The Class of 2018
Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame
Glen W. Shultz (1892–1936)
Glen Shultz (sometimes listed as “Schultz,”) dominated the Open Wheel division, winning six times in a Stutz and once each in a Ford Special and a Hudson Essex. He also won the 1929 Stock Car title in a Studebaker B. Glen Shultz was a dominant force throughout the first two decades of competition on Pikes Peak, earning seven King of the Mountain titles, setting three overall course records, capturing eight division wins (four of those division records), and 11 podium finishes. Nicknamed “The Old Master of Pikes Peak” by a Colorado Springs Gazette writer in 1932, Shultz set his fastest time in 1932 in his Open Wheel Stutz DV-32, 16:47.200. He was the first competitor to capture three course records. Shultz, an auto parts store owner, died on February 8, 1936 in his home in Colorado Springs.
Leonard and Barb Vahsholtz
With 18 wins in 33 years on America’s Mountain, Leonard Vahsholtz’s success as a driver is matched only by his leadership in building a local racing dynasty, his legendary engine-building skill and his “I race to win” attitude. He captured his most unique win on Pikes Peak in 1993 when he set a record in the Stock Car Division, was helicoptered back to the Start Line, and raced again in the Super Stock Truck Division, capturing his second record-setting run of the day. One day, two record-setting runs, an unprecedented event in PPIHC history. Leonard’s fastest time of 11:30.536 was set in 2007 in the Pikes Peak Open Class in a 2005 Ford Explorer.
Barb’s involvement with Vahsholtz Racing has been vital to their success. She went beyond supporting her team and helped develop a back-up timing system that benefits the entire field and is still in use today. Competitors and officials praise the accuracy of her hand-calculated times when they are compared to the electronic computer timing systems. Asked about her many years of back-up timing and scoring on Pikes Peak, she explained, “I got started in 1984 when Aaron Danis was the Timing Director. I was curious and he clued me in on how they did it. I worked with Ken Rounds and we just started learning and practicing. In the beginning, we rented ham radios and bought clocks and stop watches. We just paid for it out of our own pocket because we needed it. I think at the time a few drivers pitched on the radio rentals.” Barb and her crew have been providing accurate timing and scoring for 35 years.
The Vahsholtz legacy on Pikes Peak lives on with son Clint’s incredible racing success, grandson Cody’s motorcycle racing victories, and Shelly Vahsholtz’s dedication to continuing excellence in timing and scoring.
“We would like to thank the PPIHC Educational Museum for recognizing our efforts. We have been a part of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb since 1977, when we first raced in it. I can’t think of another racing venue that has the spectacular views and sunrises (which of course you have to see because you are on the mountain at 4 a.m.) We are proud to share this honor that recognizes both Leonard’s racing ability and Barb’s timing efforts.” – Barb & Leonard Vahsholtz
Porsche enthusiast Jeff Zwart has worn many hats on Pikes Peak, first as a photographer for Road and Track magazine, then as a competitor and champion, and for 2018 a mentor and rookie driving coach. Zwart’s Hill Climb experience covers competition in at least six classes, with all eight Class Championships captured behind the wheel of a Porsche. He dominated the High-Performance Showroom Stock Classes in the mid and late 1990s with four wins, including three division records. His induction to the 9 Minute Club took place in 2015 when he set his fastest time of 9:46.243 in the Time Attack 1 Class in a 2013 Porsche 911. A visionary filmmaker, Jeff has directed multiple films and commercials on Pikes Peak, including Ken Block’s latest film “ClimbKhana” which was released in 2017 and has over 14 million views to date.
“I have been fortunate to race and rally all over the world so to be honored by an international event like the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which has really become my main focus of competition and passion over nearly 25 years, is quite an honor. My success with Porsche and this great event has run parallel in so many ways in 5 different classes, both through the dirt era and into the fully paved era. In addition to competing here at Pikes Peak I have had the opportunity to translate my first hand experiences of racing with filmmaking by directing multiple television commercials and films up on the mountain, most recently directing Ken Block’s latest film that was released late last year. All of this adds up to the Hill Climb being a very special place for me.” – Jeff Zwart
As a competitor, Randy Schranz captured ten class wins and 17 additional top 10 finishes during his Pikes Peak racing career, setting his fastest time of 10:35.225 in 2013 in the Pikes Peak Open Class, driving a 1966 Shelby Cobra. Randy greatly advanced the use of propane as a racing fuel, quickly adapting the latest technology to modify his racing machine. He owns the propane record on Pikes Peak, set in 2012. Randy inspired and supported his son, Layne, as a fellow competitor on Pikes Peak. As the long-time owner of Randy’s High Country Towing, he provided towing and vehicle recovery for the race for nearly 15 years. Randy’s 40-year competition history on Pikes Peak is a testament to his love of the mountain, his competitive spirit and his generosity.
“I am very honored to be selected to join many of my heroes and several of my long-time competitors in the Hall of Fame! I never dreamed this would be in my future. I am thankful for 40 years of support from my family, friends, crew members, sponsors and race organizers and officials. Without them this wouldn’t be possible.” – Randy Schranz
Davey Durrell got his first motorcycle at age ten, rode in his first race at age eleven, and won his first short-track race in 1978. The fan favorite has garnered more victories on a motorcycle (currently 17) than any other rider in the history of Pikes Peak competition, with six King of the Mountain titles, eight motorcycle division/class records and one motorcycle course record to his name. He’s still racing on America’s Mountain, set to compete for another title in the Pikes Peak Middleweight field in the 96th running of the PPIHC. His fastest time on America’s Mountain was set in 2017 when he won the Lightweight Division with a time of 10:35.354. With multiple course records and division records, Durelle has earned his victories and the respect of fans and competitors and was inducted into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2016. Despite his focus on winning, Durelle is always willing to support other riders with parts and expertise. Known as a mentor, he is eager to share knowledge of the course with fellow competitors. Long-time friend and fellow competitor, Brian Anderson, said, “Riding with Davey, I became driven and a better racer as he pursued me, pushed me and passed me. A tough competitor became a respected and cherished friend.”
“The Pikes Peak Hill Climb has been such a big part of my life. It is truly a great honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.” – Davey Durelle
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame is committed to honoring and preserving the achievements of individuals who have left an indelible mark on the Race to the Clouds; whether they are competitors, organizers, officials, members of the press or volunteers. Anyone who shares a passion for speed and competition in addition to a great respect for Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain is eligible to be nominated for the Hall of Fame as a tribute to their passion, competitive spirit and support for this world-famous motorsport competition.
The Hall of Fame is located in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience at The Penrose Heritage Museum (formerly known as the El Pomar Carriage House Museum), across the street from The Broadmoor Hotel.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on June 21st at 4:00 pm at Penrose House, located at 1661 Mesa Avenue in Colorado Springs.
Members of The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame
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Colorado Springs——–The 17th Annual Fan Fest, presented by Toyo Tires and Budweiser, will make downtown Colorado Springs the place to be on Friday, June 22nd, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., as Olympic City USA casts it eyes on the 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 24th.
“Each June, the most talented and skilled drivers and motorcycle riders from across the globe descend on Olympic City USA to celebrate top speed. We’re fortunate to host the world-renowned Race to the Clouds and showcase America’s Mountain on an international stage. The drivers, riders and their dedicated crews also help create a family-friendly and unforgettable experience by interacting with our community and visitors during Fan Fest in our vibrant downtown,” said Doug Price, President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Fan Fest celebrates the 96th running of the famed race with fun, food and thrills for some 30,000 fans who will take part in the gala street festival, spanning seven blocks of Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.
“The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most prestigious hill climb in the world and has a long and rich tradition in our community. The event itself, as well as the accompanying downtown Fan Fest, are great community celebrations and I encourage all of our residents to get out and experience this proud tradition.” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.
Fans can meet competitors and see their cars and motorcycles as they prepare to take on the world’s toughest hill climb on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. The PPIHC is the USA’s second-oldest motorsport event behind the famous Indianapolis 500.
“Fan Fest is one of the best parts of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It gives the drivers and teams a chance to connect with the fans. We can display the cars and answer questions. Plus, it’s a great chance for the sponsors to showcase their product. It’s a highlight of the week for Dallenbach Racing,” said race superstar Paul Dallenbach, who will drive his 2006 PVA Dallenbach Special in the Open Wheel Class.
This year’s Fan Fest entertainment package includes the Budweiser Beer Garden, the Fire Fighter Chili Cook Off benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association/Rocky Mountain region, sponsor booths, food trucks and vendors for the fans. Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli will present the Red Bull Motocross Team, a true highlight of the evening.
“The Hill Climb team salutes the support and contributions of Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli to Fan Fest,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “Sam and Kathy are once again presenting the appearance of the Red Bull Motocross Team. They are great supporters who simply want to make good things happen in Colorado Springs. We could not make Fan Fest the tremendously popular event it has become without their generous financial support.”
The Guadagnolis are successful downtown business owners and longtime supporters of sports-related events, including U.S. Olympic downtown celebrations and Fan Fest. The husband and wife entrepreneurs have launched a $75 million redevelopment project spanning South Nevada Avenue, Tejon Street and Cascade Avenue that is re-shaping the area into a prized destination for thousands who want to live, shop and dine in the area.
Fire departments in Southern Colorado will compete in the annual Chili Cook Off with ladles in hand for the title of Best Green Chili, Best Red Chili, Best Booth Design, and Most Money Raised. Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 5 will host the Cook Off during Fan Fest. The spicy recipes of southern Colorado’s finest firefighters are sure to set off alarms! Donations gathered during the event help support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
“MDA Rocky Mountain is extremely grateful for the dedication and passion shown by the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters in the fight against muscle disease. Their commitment to a cure has played a huge role in recent medical breakthroughs in the MDA community. We would not be able to achieve our mission without them,” said Nathan Ressler-Aragon, Director of Development.
Admission to Fan Fest is free, it’s great family fun, and delivers a chance to get into the spirit of motorsport racing. Since Fan Fest took its place in 2002 as one of the premier events leading up to the race each year, more than 400,000 fans have made their way to downtown Colorado Springs to enjoy the excitement, making it likely the biggest downtown event in the city. During the last four years, some 30,000 enthusiasts have been part of the event annually.
Red Bull Motocross Team performer Keith Sayers says “This is one venue I love coming to each year! The event staff and race fans really make this a must-attend event for me! I’m looking forward to June 22 in downtown Colorado Springs.”
Fan Fest spectators will see some of the best riders in the world performing jaw-dropping aerial tricks while jumping a distance of 75′ and soaring 35′ in the air!
Keep up-to-date on PPIHC activities, news and ticket purchases at: www.ppihc.org
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Colorado Springs—–One of America’s greatest motorsport crew chiefs was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this past January and will now be coming to Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain on June 24 as a driver. Ray Evernham will be driving his very special auto, “The Ghost,” in the 96th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo.
The decorated Evernham will be part of a colorful field in the Hill Climb’s Pikes Peak Challenge-Exhibition Class that features Hill Climb superstar Rhys Millen behind the wheel of a 2018 Bentley Bentayga, Scott Birdsall with his 1949 Ford F1, “Old Smokey,” Honda Brake design engineer Jordan Guitar, Californian Ross Murray in a 2015 Dodge Viper, and Donald Greenberg with his own 2015 Viper.
The Ghost is a custom-built race car designed to look like a modified that would have been raced in the 1960s but features state-of-the-art mechanics and electronics. It’s named The Ghost due to the pearl white Axalta Coating Systems-provided paint scheme. While it has the appearance of a 1936 Chevrolet sedan, The Ghost has the aero performance of an Indy car and is powered by an 850+ HP Chevrolet SB2 engine.
“I’m truly honored to have been given the opportunity to compete in the 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The hill climb at Pikes Peak is an event I have always had tremendous respect for but, to be honest, is never one I envisioned myself competing in. It is one of the premier and most historic racing events held anywhere in the world so to earn a spot in the field is like a dream come true,” Evernham said.
“The Ghost is a culmination of my 40+ years of experience in auto racing. We wanted to design and build the car from the ground up the way we did in the 70s and 80s. No computers, no lasers, just using the knowledge we have accumulated through the years. On the outside, the car looks like the modifieds I grew up watching race at short tracks in New Jersey but, on the inside, it is packed with all of the latest and greatest racing technology you can get. Countless hours have gone into getting both the car and me ready for this event. We can’t wait to get on the mountain to see what it can do.”
Evernham’s amazing career in motorsports is rich in accomplishment.
In the 1992 season finale, a young driver and his crew chief made their NASCAR premier series debut. Less than a decade later, Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham were in the record books. Evernham guided Gordon and the No. 24 team to three championships in four seasons (1995, 1997, 1998), and a series-leading 47 wins in the 1990s.
Evernham led Gordon to 47 Cup wins—including two Daytona 500s (1997, 1999), two Brickyard 400s (1994, 1998), and three titles (1995, 1997, 1998) before leaving Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the 1999 season.
Matching Evernham’s mechanical prowess was his innovation on pit road. Under his direction, the “Rainbow Warriors” revolutionized the art of the pit stop.
In 2001, Evernham tried his hand at ownership, leading the return of Dodge to NASCAR. His drivers won 13 times, including NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott’s (Class of 2015) triumph in the 2002 Brickyard 400. After selling majority ownership of his team in 2007, Evernham worked for ESPN as a race analyst before returning to Hendrick Motorsports in 2014 as a consultant for its competition department. After retiring from that role in 2017, Evernham has focused on his passion for vintage racing and preserving historic automobiles.
Born and raised in upstate New Jersey, Evernham is a child of the northeastern NASCAR Modified culture. He grew up competing on tracks like Wall Stadium and Flemington Raceway and won seven features at Wall from 1976-1981. Thus, The Ghost is Evernham’s full-circle moment.KEEP READING