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Michael Dunlop Isle of Man Champion Withdraws from 97th Running of the Race to the Clouds

June 25, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

June 25, 2019 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michael Dunlop Isle of Man Champion Withdraws from 97th Running of the Race to the Clouds

Colorado Springs, CO—–World-class rider, Michael Dunlop has officially withdrawn from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb due to a previous racing accident. “All of us at the PPIHC wish Michael and his navigator a speedy recovery and hope to see him return to Pikes Peak next year,” said Megan Leatham, Executive Director.

An official statement was released from his team, MD Racing, Wunderlich and ProKASRO, “Michael and his navigator were involved in a high speed, heavily impacted accident on Saturday, June 22nd at the Donegal International Rally in Ireland. Neither party was at fault.  Michael suffered serious injuries which will leave him out of action for two weeks. A further update of his condition will be made in the near future.”

Dunlop was scheduled to compete in the 97th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday in the Motorcycle Heavyweight Division. His teammate, Lucy Glöckner, 2018 PPIHC Motorcycle Rookie of the Year, and currently the fastest woman to compete on Pikes Peak, will return this year riding a 2019 BMW S1000R.

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Fan Fest will jump start more than 35,000 fans on June 28 for the 97th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo

June 25, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs——–The 18th Annual Fan Fest, presented by Toyo Tires and Budweiser, will make downtown Colorado Springs the place to be on Friday, June 28th, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., as the city prepares for the 2019 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 30.

“The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brings thousands of visitors to our city year after year and remains a proud tradition in Colorado Springs. As the most prestigious hill climb in the world, it has been a significant part of our city’s history for over a century, and it energizes our entire community with both the event and the associated Fan Fest downtown celebration,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. 

“In addition, the Hill Climb offers a great opportunity to showcase our natural beauty to visitors and viewers from across the world,” added the Mayor.

This year’s Fan Fest entertainment package includes the Budweiser Beer Garden, the Fire Fighter Chili Cook Off, 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. 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!

“The Hill Climb team is tremendously grateful for the support and contributions of Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli to Fan Fest,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “The Guadagnolis are once again presenting the appearance of the Red Bull Motocross Team. We could not make Fan Fest the tremendously popular event it has become without their generous financial support.”

“The Pikes Peak region is steeped in a long-standing history of motorsports and world-class events that entice travelers from across the globe. We are excited for yet another summer of full-throttle thrills during the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb week,” said Doug Price, President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. “From Fan Fest to race day there are so many reasons this renowned event has stood the test of time and continues to infuse valuable tourism dollars into our local community through international travel.”

Fan Fest, free and open to everyone, celebrates the 97th running of the famed race with fun, food and thrills for some 35,000 fans who will take part in the gala street festival, spanning seven blocks of Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. This year, Budweiser is proud to present the beloved Budweiser Clydesdales on display from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Bring the family to see these majestic horses – a part of the Budweiser legacy since 1933.

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 with donations benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association/Rocky Mountain region. The spicy recipes of southern Colorado’s finest firefighters are sure to set off alarms!

This year’s race will feature 62 autos and 29 motorcycles in the field, with competitors from 16 nations.

Fans can meet many of the 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.

Driver James Robinson, Raymond, Ohio, is looking forward to taking part in his ninth Fan Fest on June 28. He’s entered in the Time Attack I division behind the wheel of a 2019 Acura NSX. He finished fourth last year and was third in class in 2017.

“Fan Fest is an awesome opportunity for the teams and the competitors to interact and connect with thousands of fans. It gives us lots of energy and excitement to compete. I really look forward to it,” Robinson says.

Keep up-to-date on all PPIHC activities, news and ticket purchases at: www.ppihc.org or on the Official PPIHC App.

 

Mike Moran

mike@thesportscorp.org

PPIHC Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161

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Seven ways to follow the excitement and thrills of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

June 25, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

If you are lucky enough to have a ticket to join some 7,500 spectators, credentialed media and race officials along the 12.42-mile course for the 97th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, congratulations!

It’s not too late to get your tickets and be there in person to see the drama, excitement and thrills as the lineup of 100 drivers and riders take on the Race to the Clouds and the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain.

Ticket Sales

Ticket sales have moved online! To expedite entry to the event, and improve traffic flow, tickets will NOT be sold at the Gateway. Click here to purchase practice day tickets, Race Day tickets, and Camping Permits.

  • Tickets can also be purchased throughout Race Week. See the locations HERE.
  • PPIHC may limit the number of tickets sold to the 2019 event.
  • Parking at the spectator viewing areas is on a first come, first served basis.

But You Won’t Have a Ticket?

If you just can’t be up there to experience the race in person, here’s a list of ways to follow America’s second oldest motorsport event, and the world’s toughest hill climb, from start to finish in your home, auto, or just about anywhere else.

KRDO Radio Broadcast 

KRDO NewsRadio, the Official Radio Broadcast Partner of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, will provide flag to flag coverage of the 97th running of Race to the Clouds. Listeners have a variety of options to hear the broadcast. Complete coverage is available on 105.5 FM, 1240 AM, and 92.5 FM. The broadcast will also be available at https://www.krdo.com/ and on the KRDO NewsRadio App.

The NEW PPIHC App

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is pleased to introduce a new App in conjunction with MYLAPS. This free app is available for download on both Android and iOS devices. Features include the ability for fans to link to social media platforms, track the Race Day run order, listen to live flag-to-flag coverage on KRDO 1240AM Radio, and follow live timing during the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds.

Live Timing & Scoring

Follow the results throughout Race Day at www.ppihc.org.

YouTube and Social Media

In-car video from many competitors, as well as post-race interviews will be uploaded to the Official PPIHC YouTube Channel and promoted through PPIHC social media channels.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter for real-time updates from the Summit!

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Perkins Motors Steps up for the Sports Corp’s Summer of Awesome Events!

June 19, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs——Perkins Motors of Colorado Springs has partnered with the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation to support a summer menu of marvelous sports events in the city.

The dealership, which has been a fixture in the city’s business sector since 1944 will help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the organization by providing a fleet of vehicles to The Sports Corp for the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack (June 22-23), The 97th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (June 30), the Rocky Mountain State Games (July 19-21 & July 26-28), and the incredibly popular Labor Day Lift Off (August 31-September 2).

The dealership will provide four trucks, one van and one SUV for the Airstrip Attack, a dozen safety trucks, six operational vehicles and two cargo vans for the Hill Climb, and six trucks, two cargo vans and a pair of SUVs for the State Games and Labor Day Lift Off.

“Perkins Motors is thrilled with this opportunity to partner with the Sports Corp and these marvelous events,” said David Perkins, President of Perkins Motors. “The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a part of our city’s rich history, and we are delighted to have a presence with the race, as well as the other summer events. It’s part of our commitment to the community, and we salute the Sports Corp for providing us with this opportunity.”

“These vehicles are critical to the success of our fantastic events this summer, and we are grateful to Perkins Motors for stepping up to support us and these community events,” said Sports Corp President & CEO Tom Osborne.

The Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack at the Colorado Springs Airport features a half-mile side-by-side trap speed competition that features the fastest stock and modified street cars in the world. In 2018, more than 7,000 spectators, 60 media outlets, 30 sponsors and 11 vendors gathered at the Colorado Springs Airport to witness the event. Roughly 1.9 million viewers across the world tuned into the live broadcast to watch 315 die-hard competitors hit the tarmac, making the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack the largest event of its kind in the world.

Some 7,000 racing fans from as many as a dozen countries and 44 states will watch the 97th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, from designated spectator areas on the 14,115-foot mountain as 88 competitors from 17 countries, including 29 rookies, take on the challenge of the world’s most famous hill climb and the second-oldest motorsport race in America (1916) just in back of the famed Indianapolis 500 (1911). Competitors on the Peak will come from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, France, Japan, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, China, Brazil, Germany, Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic.

The 18th annual Rocky Mountain State Games will take place primarily over the last two weekends in July, (July 19-21 & 26-28) with the majority of competitions in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, which owns and operates the Games, is looking forward to a sixth consecutive year with more than 10,000 athletes competing. Last summer, Colorado’s largest multi-sport festival attracted a record 10,874 athletes of all ages and abilities from across Colorado and other parts of the country, breaking the previous mark of 10,513 set in 2016.

More than 165,000 spectators will be at Memorial Park for the Labor Day Lift Off, with some 75+ hot air balloons filling the sky. Activities will include skydiving demonstrations, wakeboarding exhibitions, paddle boarding, live entertainment, and donut eating competitions and the popular hot air balloon glows at dusk.

For more information on all Sports Corp annual events, visit ColoradoSpringsSports.org.

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88 drivers and riders from 17 nations set for the 97th running of the legendary Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

June 18, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs—–America’s motorsport world will have its eyes focused on Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain, on Sunday, June 30, at 7:30 a.m., for the 97th edition of the fabled Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo.

Some 7,000 racing fans from as many as a dozen countries and 44 states will watch from designated spectator areas on the 14,115-foot mountain as 88 competitors from 17 countries, including 29 rookies, take on the challenge of the world’s most famous hill climb and the second-oldest motorsport race in America (1916) just in back of the famed Indianapolis 500 (1911).

Media credentials have been issued so far to representatives from the USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Mexico, with others anticipated.

Competitors on the Peak will come from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, France, Japan, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, China, Brazil, Germany, Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic.

The Race to the Clouds is still basking in the glow of the fabulous performance last summer by French driver Romain Dumas in the 2018 Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak toppling the old mark of 8:13.78 set by Sébastien Loeb of France in 2013. Dumas careened up the 156-turn, 12.42 mile course to the summit in a jaw-dropping time of 7:57.148 to establish a new course record and earn Autoweek’s “Moment of the Year” award.

“We never know what incredible moments each year will become part of the race’s history,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham, “We have an awesome lineup of competitors from around the world coming to Pikes Peak again this summer to take on the mountain, so buckle up.”

Pikes Peak has seen champions since 1916 who are part of American motorsport history—Ari Vatanen, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Michèle Mouton, Nobuhiro Tajima, Bobby Unser, and Malcolm Smith, just to name a few.

This year’s Indy 500 winner, Simon Pagenaud, took second on Pikes Peak in 2013 in the Exhibition Class.

While it’s unlikely that Dumas’ mark will be eclipsed this year by a talented stable of drivers, everyone will be watching the decorated veteran Rhys Millen, as he attempts to break the Time Attack 2 Production record in the Exhibition Division. The time to beat is David Donner’s 10:26.896 set in 2015, driving a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Millen, 46, a New Zealander who moved to the USA in 1990, and son of Pikes Peak legend Rod Millen, will be competing for the 24th time in the race, this time in a jazzy, luxurious Bentley Continental GT coupe sporting the Bentley 100th anniversary livery. He’ll also be seeking his 13th championship in his race history, which began in 1992 with a title in the Open Division.

In 2015, he was named “King of the Mountain” after breaking the electric modified record with a time of 9:07.22 — a record he topped the following year by 10 seconds (8:57.118). His fabulous life includes stunt driving for commercials and movies, the latest a sizzling spot for Hankook Tires, seen by millions.

Other notables entered this year:

Automobile drivers

Paul Dallenbach, Basalt, CO – Open Wheel: A fixture on Pikes Peak, Dallenbach has been driving in commercials and feature films since 1992. With a background in road racing, he has over 25 professional wins and a 2nd place finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona. He has won nine times at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (eight Open Wheel crowns) and set an overall record (10:43.63) in 1993. He won the Open Wheel title last year in his 2006 PVA Dallenbach Special with a clocking of 9:37.135. He also tried his hand in rally racing earning wins at the Alcan 5000 Winter Rally three times. Additionally, he was an instructor at ESI anti-terrorism school for five years teaching Navy Seals, bodyguards and law enforcement personnel defensive driving. He has also spent 12 years instructing at the Mid-Ohio School of High Performance. Paul is a Colorado native and comes from a racing family. His father, Wally, was an IndyCar star of the ‘70s and his brother, Wally Jr, a NASCAR driver for 8 years.

Greg Tracy, Long Beach, CA – Unlimited: Tracy is the only person in Pikes Peak Hill Climb history to complete the race in under ten minutes racing both a car (Mitsubishi Electric, 9:08.188- 2014) and a motorcycle (Ducati, 9:58.262- 2012). He has six motorcycle championships on Pikes Peak, beginning in 1996 with a victory in the 250cc Class. Tracy is one of the top stunt drivers in Hollywood, having spent the last two decades working in several hundred commercials, TV shows, and many of the top stunt driving films including Marvel’s Black Panther, Jack Reacher, The Avengers, The Fast and the Furious, Talladega Nights and The Bourne Ultimatum, a project that earned him a World Stunt Award. He’ll drive a 2019 Palatov D2EV in his move to Unlimited this year.

Liam Doran, Dolton, United Kingdom – Unlimited: Doran is a professional rallycross driver competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Global Rallycross Championship, X Games, and European Rallycross Championship. He is the son of British rallycross driver and Lydden Hill Race Circuit owner Pat Doran. He won a gold medal in the 2011 X Games in Los Angeles in Rally Car Racing. Alongside his driving duties, Liam also heads up the UK-based LD Motorsports squad and oversees the race preparation of no less than eight cars. Doran will drive a 1987 Ford RS200 Evolution on Pikes Peak in his debut.

William Au-Yeung, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – Unlimited: As the 2017 and 2018 Global Time Attack Pro Unlimited Champion, Au-Yeung also recorded the fastest North American time in 2018 at Sydney Motorsports Park, where he took second in the ProAm Class. Known as the fastest Time Attack Driver in Canada, Au-Yeung will drive a 2012 Honda Civic on Pikes Peak, one of the fastest time attack cars in the world.

Robin Shute, United Kingdom – Unlimited: The British driver is back for the third time on Pikes Peak after a sixth-place finish last year in the rugged Unlimited Division. He’ll be driving a 2018 Wolf TSC Honda on June 30 in the field of Unlimited entrants from the UK, Canada, Belgium and the USA. He’s a professional test/development driver and has worked on projects with Jaguar Land Rover, Tesla Motors, Faraday Future and Adess. Hampered by the weather on the Peak last year, Shute, a Formula Pro Mazda champion, is anticipating better things this time around.

Motorcycle racers

Carlin Dunne, Santa Barbara, CA – Exhibition Powersport:  Back to the Peak aboard the highly anticipated 2019 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype comes Dunne, one of the most accomplished riders in the history of the race with four victories. Dunne won the PP Heavyweight crown last year with a time of 9:59. 102 on his Ducati MTS-1260 Pikes Peak. He holds the Pikes Peak record for Electric Motorcycle (10:00.694, 2013) and held others until Chris Fillmore exploded on the scene in 2017. He was the 1205cc winner in 2011 and 2012 and became the first rider to crack the ten-minute barrier in 2012 (9:52.819) on a Ducati Multistrada 1200. Born into motorcycling, Dunne’s father, a South African road racer and former Isle of Man competitor, made sure there was a small bike waiting for Carlin when he was born. Living above his family’s 1,000 sq. ft. motorcycle repair shop until the age of seven, it’s no surprise that his toys growing up consisted of old engine parts.

Chris Fillmore, Oxford, MI – Pikes Peak Lightweight: The fastest rider in Pikes Peak history, Fillmore is aiming to become the first triple record holder on America’s Mountain. He currently holds Heavyweight and Middleweight titles on Pikes Peak (9:49.625), 2017 and (10:04.038) 2018, respectively, and is hoping to add the Lightweight Division trophy this year. He’ll enter a KTM 450SX-F Factory Edition motorcycle this summer in his attempt at another record. He got started racing motocross before turning pro, spending seven years in the AMA Pro Supermoto series and five in AMA Superbike, campaigning KTMs all the way.

Codie Vahsholtz, Woodland Park, CO – Pikes Peak Heavyweight: He’s a third-generation member of the famed Vahsholtz family, which owns more Pikes Peak titles than any family in history. He was third last year in the Heavyweight Division (10:12.703). He also established series victories with the record time in 2017 for the Middleweight Division, the record time in 2015 for the Lightweight Division and in 2013 for the 250 Pro Class. With the 19 victories of his grandfather, Leonard Vahsholtz and the 23 wins of his father, Clint Vahsholtz, he carries on the family legacy on America’s Mountain again this summer. He will ride a 2019 Ducati Multistrada MTS-1260 Pikes Peak.

Rafael Paschoalin, São Paulo, Brazil—Pikes Peak Middleweight: He’s considered the only specialist in street racing in Brazil. In 2012 he made his debut on the world calendar, participating in races such as North West 200 and Macau GP. The following year, he became the first Brazilian in the famous TT Isle of Man. The accomplished South American rider is coming back for his fourth crack at America’s Mountain following two straight podium finishes in 2017 and 2018 in the Pikes Peak Middleweight Division. He was third last year behind superstar Chris Fillmore and veteran Davey Durelle, and will race a 2019 Yamaha MT-07 on June 30 in an attempt to win a title. A three-time Brazilian Supermoto champion, Paschoalin, 35 years old, is an official Yamaha Road Racing rider and races Brazil and the world for the biggest challenges that exist on two wheels.

Feel the need for speed?

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), brought to you by Gran Turismo, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain in Colorado, USA held annually on the last Sunday of June. Founded in 1916 by Spencer Penrose (also the founder of The Broadmoor Hotel, Pikes Peak Highway and El Pomar Foundation), The Broadmoor PPIHC takes place on a 12.42 mile (19.99 km) public toll-road boasting 156 turns, while competitors climb 4,720 ft. (1,440 m.) from the 9,390 ft. (2,862 m.) Start Line at Mile 7 marker on the Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115 ft. (4,300 m) Finish Line at the mountain’s summit. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps competitor’s mental and muscle strength in addition to robbing internal combustion engines of up to 30% of the power they are capable of at the Start Line. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape and condition simply to finish, let alone win. The race is self-sanctioned and is the most diverse one day motorsports event in the world.

 

Mike Moran mike@thesportscorp.org

PPIHC Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Vacation Planner

June 13, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Coming to Colorado Springs for the 97th running of the world famous Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 30?

You’ll be among more than 7,000 motorsport fans from more than 20 countries on the Peak for the legendary motorsport race to the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain!

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Auto and motorcycle competitors from 17 nations will be on hand this year to challenge the Peak over the 12.42 mile course.

Join more than 35,000 racing fans in downtown Colorado Springs on Friday, June 28 for Fan Fest, the official celebration of the event. It’s free and open to everyone. Presented by Budweiser and Toyo Tires, it’s Colorado Springs’ largest and most popular street festival action packed with stunts performed by the Red Bull Motorcycle Jumpers, courtesy of Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli and much more entertainment, music, food and a chance to meet the drivers and riders.

If you are flying into Colorado Springs, here’s some important information on our awesome COS Airport, which served 1,725,037 flying customers last year alone!

Then, book your stay for your Hill Climb experience with one of our Official Lodging Partners. You’ll find a wide variety of accommodations, amenities and prices to fit your budget.

During your stay, you can choose from an exciting list of things to do. Great places to eat, Rocky Mountain Vibes minor league baseball, Switchbacks Soccer, Penrose Heritage Museum (The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience), Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Street Breakfast, U.S. Olympic Training Center, the nationally ranked Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, our bustling downtown, and much more.

To find out more about what’s going on in the Pikes Peak Region, check out the calendar of events at PeakRadar.com.

Visit us now at: www.ppihc.org

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Simon Pagenaud’s epic win at Indy spotlights the historic link between the race and the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

May 31, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Simon Pagenaud’s epic win at Indy spotlights the historic link between the race and the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Colorado Springs—-America’s oldest auto race is the fabled Indianapolis 500, getting off and running in 1911 and won by Ray Harroun.

The nation’s second-oldest is the fabled Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, which got its start on America’s Mountain in 1916, held to commemorate the building of a new road, which was won by Rea Lentz driving a Romano Eight in a time of just under 21 minutes.

The two legendary races are historically and anecdotally linked through the performances of the champions and other drivers through the decades.

French driver Simon Pagenaud’s epic triumph in the 103rd running of the Indy 500 on May 25 added another chapter to the fascinating bond between the two races.

“This race chooses its winners,” Pagenaud said after holding off Alexander Rossi in a frantic finish. “Today, I was the chosen one.”

Pagenaud is the latest Indy 500 champion who also gritted his teeth on the historic Pikes Peak Highway in the race to the summit of the 14,115-foot mountain near Colorado Springs.

That list includes Bobby Unser, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Parnelli Jones and Al Unser, each a winner at Indy and Pikes Peak over the years. Though Pagenaud did not win at Pikes Peak, his 2013 ride on the mountain remains notable nonetheless.

Driving a highly-modified Honda Odyssey minivan, Pagenaud was a crowd favorite in his Pikes Peak debut, powering up the 12.42-mile course to a second-place finish in the Exhibition Class with a clocking of 12:54.325.

“For me, it was amazing,” said rookie Pagenaud that day. “Pikes Peak was always a dream for me, ever since I was a kid in France. There is a lot of interest in this event in Europe, and I think that’s why you saw so many French drivers this year.

That reference to French drivers at Pikes Peak was something that exploded into history last summer when Romain Dumas, driving a Volkswagen electric I.D. R, smashed fellow French star Sébastien Loeb’s 2013 Pikes Peak record (8:13.878), becoming the first driver to traverse the rugged course in under eight minutes (7:57.148) on a gray Sunday morning.

On June 30 at the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds on Pikes Peak, three French drivers will attempt to carry on the national legacy established by competitors like Loeb, Dumas, Pagenaud, Vincent Beltoise, and the great Michèle Mouton.

All three are entered in the Time Attack I Class: Raphael Astier (Le Teil) in a 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Turbo, and two rookies–William Cavailhes (Montpellier) in a 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RGT, and Christian Schmitter (Strasbourg) in his 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

 

Mike Moran mike@thesportscorp.org

PPIHC Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161

 

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Official PPIHC App

May 20, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Official PPIHC App (iOS and Android)

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is pleased to introduce a new App in conjunction with MYLAPS. Every year, over 20 million racers and athletes perform in MYLAPS-timed events, such as: NASCAR, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Super GT Japan, and FIA WEC Endurance Championship as well as countless amateur sporting events worldwide.

This free app is available for download on both Android and iOS devices. Features include the ability for fans to purchase race tickets, link to social media platforms, track the Race Day run order, listen to live flag-to-flag coverage on KRDO 1240AM Radio, and follow live timing during the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds.

Click here to get the app now!

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2020 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame Nominations are Now Open!

May 1, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

2020 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame Nominations are Now Open!

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame is committed to honoring and preserving the achievements of individuals and/or organizations 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 for a Hall of Fame nomination. The next induction will take place in June, 2020.

Please click HERE to submit nominations for 2020 inductees.

Distinguished members of The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame are:

  • Joshua J. “JC” Agajanian
  • Sonny Anderson
  • Bill Brokaw
  • The Donner Family
  • Davey Durelle
  • Rodney K. “Rod” Millen
  • Spencer Penrose
  • Frank J. & Judith K. “Kaye” Peterson
  • James J. “Jim” Reilly
  • Alfred C. “Al” Rogers
  • Nicholas J. “Nick” Sanborn, Jr.
  • Randy L. Schranz
  • Glen W. Shultz
  • Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima
  • Charles L. “Charley” Tutt, IV
  • William Thayer Tutt
  • Louis “Uncle Louie” Unser, Jr.
  • Robert W. “Bobby” Unser
  • Leonard & Barb Vahsholtz

The Hall of Fame is located on the upper level of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience of The Penrose Heritage Museum across the street from The Broadmoor Hotel at 11 Lake Circle, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906.

For more information, please contact – Lisa Haight, Event Coordinator & Historian at lisa@ppihc.org.

 

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Pikes Peak Performers

April 26, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

The world-famous Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo features great autos and motorcycles. It also features some of the world’s most colorful and talented drivers and riders. Here’s a look at four of them ready to roar on June 30 on America’s Mountain.

Aaron Kaufman

Kaufman is an American television personality and owner of Arclight Fabrication, a Dallas enterprise that supplies aftermarket components for Ford F-100 pickups. He is the former lead mechanic for the famous Gas Monkey Garage and currently stars in a television show called Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman on the Discovery Channel, now in its second season. The show premiered in 2018 and spotlights his unusual business adventure. The 37-year-old driver was born in Crowley, Texas, and discovered a childhood gift for taking things apart and rebuilding them. He customized his first car at 16, a Jeep Cherokee. His high aptitude for mechanics and passion for cars led him to the Hot Rod world. Kaufman isn’t your typical car mechanic. There’s his status as a reality television star. He helped launch an entire genre of car shows that started on the Discovery Channel with the 2012 premiere of the Dallas-based Fast N’ Loud, which has become one of the most popular shows on television, especially with men old enough to have a driver’s license. He’s entered in the Open Wheel Division on the Peak in June, driving a funky 2019 Sierra Alpha. He’s been on the Peak three times before in a 1963 Ford Falcon, with his best effort in 2014 when he took second in the Pikes Peak Challenge-Exhibition Class with a clocking of 12:53.892.

Daijiro Yoshihara

The Japanese rookie racer brings a reputation as one of the world’s best drifters to Pikes Peak, where he will be at the wheel of a 900hp 2013 Toyota 86 specially prepared for the 12.42-mile race by Evasive Motorsports. He’ll be in the Time Attack I Division with a talent-rich field that includes racers like Clint Vahsholtz, Tim Hardy and James Robinson. Yoshihara is a professional with more than a decade of championships in drifting and road racing. He was the 2011 champion in the Formula Drift Championship Series and the Tires.com Triple Crown. Yoshihara has also carved out a spot for himself as a stunt driver with Lexus, Top Gear, Subaru, BMW, Acura and Toyota. Aside from his high-speed life he has also taken on opportunities including a car dealership, a telephone company, and a trucking service. Yoshihara has starred as himself in the reality/documentary web series Slide or Dai, along with crew members Chris Eimer of Eimer Engineering, Mike Kojima of MotoIQ and Chris Marion of KW Suspension. While away from the track, he leads an effort to support and restore Japan after its March 2011 disaster. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” says the rookie, “I followed Pikes Peak as a kid in Tokyo, and while I always dreamed of being there it’s crazy to think it’s actually going to happen.”

Robin Shute

The British driver is back for the third time on Pikes Peak after a sixth-place finish last year in the rugged Unlimited Division. He’ll be driving a 2018 Wolf TSC Honda on June 30 in the field of Unlimited entrants from the UK, Canada, Belgium and the USA. He’s a professional test/development driver and has worked on projects with Jaguar Land Rover, Tesla Motors, Faraday Future and Adess. Hampered by the weather on the Peak last year, Shute, a Formula Pro Mazda champion, is anticipating better things this time around. “2018 was a roller coaster for our team. The car showed very good pace, but we were challenged by a condensed timeline for the program. Unfortunately, mechanical issues race week forced us to miss qualifying, pushing us to the back of the grid for race day, with a late storm stopping us challenging for the podium.

For 2019 we are very pleased to have increased support from Honda Racing HPD along with new technical partnerships from Mountune USA and BorgWarner Performance. This has helped us to create a complete race program with a focus on both reliability and performance. We believed that in 2018 we had a genuine sub 9-minute car, and for 2019 we are going one step further with a 50% power bump. We are a smaller volunteer team with the car built out of a home garage, so making it to the top of the hill in one piece will be the focus for us. Even so, I think we will be in a strong position to challenge for the top step of the podium, and conditions permitting, raising a few eyebrows with the run time.”

Rafael Paschoalin

Rafael Paschoalin is considered the only specialist in street racing in Brazil. In 2012 he made his debut on the world calendar, participating in races such as North West 200 and Macau GP. The following year, he became the first Brazilian in the famous TT Isle of Man. The accomplished South American rider is coming back for his fourth crack at America’s Mountain following two straight podium finishes in 2017 and 2018 in the Pikes Peak Middleweight Division. He was third last year behind superstar Chris Fillmore and veteran Davey Durelle, and will race a 2019 Yamaha MT-07 on June 30 in an attempt to win a title. Paschoalin is a three-time Brazilian Supermoto champion with one goal in mind every day. “Live the motorcycling in its fullness, cross boundaries of styles or terrain and devote 100% to learn and reap the best results in each experience. For this it is necessary to wake up, spend the day and sleep thinking about motorcycling, including of course, the task of father, husband and friend,” he says. Paschoalin, 35 years old, is an official Yamaha Road Racing rider and races Brazil and the world for the biggest challenges that exist on two wheels.

 

 

Mike Moran mike@thesportscorp.org

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