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Mobil 1 Named Official Motor Oil of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

April 10, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

       

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Mobil 1 Named Official Motor Oil of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Winning motor oil brand returns to Pikes Peak to showcase latest synthetic technology

  • Mobil-branded products have earned more than 40 wins at Pikes Peak dating back to 1934
  • Louis Unser’s first win was secured with conventional Mobil oil, and Jeff Zwart’s latest win came under the protection of fully synthetic Mobil 1 motor oil
  • Pikes Peak records today are now more than twice as fast as the first record-setting time

SPRING, TX – ExxonMobil has announced that the Mobil 1 brand has become the Official Motor Oil of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brought to you by Gran Turismo. This return builds upon the legacy of Mobil-branded products winning on “America’s Mountain.”

This year’s event is focused on deep integration with fans and racers aimed at improving the fan experience. Content displayed on the large LED screen will allow fans in the paddock area to easily engage with up-to-date stats, race times, track temps and the competitor leaderboard.    Additionally, exclusive behind-the-scenes content focusing on the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama class – all vehicles which rely on off-the-shelf Mobil 1™ FS 0W-40 motor oil – will be featured along with the Mobil 1 brand’s partnership with Bentley, who will be competing for a new record with the Continental GT3.

The pedigree of the Mobil brand at Pikes Peak has been unmatched since 1934, when American auto racer, Louis Unser claimed first place. Louis went on to become a nine-time champion using conventional Mobiloil™ lubricants. The first wins were secured on the original dirt surface by more than a dozen manufacturers who went on to have two-decades of consecutive wins exclusively using Mobil™ products.

Following generations of technological developments at tracks around the world, Mobil 1 full synthetic motor oil was introduced commercially to the U.S. in 1974. Hall of famer and legendary Pikes Peak Hill Climb competitor Jeff Zwart also secured numerous victories using Mobil 1 in his Porsche 911s. Today, ExxonMobil scientists and engineers actively work with technology partners like those at Porsche and Bentley, who have set various records at Pikes Peak, to develop the next generation of Mobil 1 products.

“Pikes Peak is the ultimate proving ground in the U.S., much like the Nürburgring in Germany, because of the numerous driving challenges it presents,” said Christian Flathman, global motorsports and sponsorships advisor at ExxonMobil. “The record setting vehicles at Pikes Peak feature the same Mobil 1 products you can buy off-the-shelf and help deliver the performance and protection needed at the extremes found at 14,115 feet of elevation.”

Today, drivers and consumers can also benefit from Exxon and Mobil Synergy™ fuels, which meet the demands of the most advanced engines.

“We’re proud to have had so many of the best brands in the world competing on our mountain over the years, with the Mobil brand having been a part of the bloodline going all the way back to 1934,” said Megan Leatham, executive director of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “Over time, we have seen speeds increase dramatically and innovations in technology we couldn’t have imagined. It’s very encouraging to have partners who have been with us since our early beginnings and who continue to showcase the performance potential of Pikes Peak, while improving this incredible experience for competitors and fans alike.”

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb records today are now more than twice as fast as they were when the first record was set. This year’s annual hill climb will serve as evidence once again, that Mobil 1 motor oil is an industry leader in the development of innovative, reliable and high-performance lubricants designed not only for the race-track but the everyday driver.

To connect everyday enthusiasts with those on the mountain, participating Chevrolet and Porsche dealerships nationwide will have the same Mobil 1 products used during the 97th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb available for oil changes. Consumers who prefer to change their own oil can find these products for purchase at their preferred automotive retailer. In testament to this track-to-street technology, all entries in the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama class will use Mobil 1 FS 0W-40 motor oil, the same technology found in more than 1,000,000 Porsche vehicles.

If you plan on attending this year’s event, don’t miss the Mobil 1 Performance Experience at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Fast Fest on June 28, 2019.

For more information, follow Mobil 1 on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook or visit PPIHC.org.

About Mobil 1

Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand, has been factory fill in the most powerful Porsche and Bentley vehicles for more than 20 years. Mobil 1 motor oil features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond our conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 full synthetic motor oil to meet or exceed the toughest standards of vehicle manufacturers like Porsche and Bentley, to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even some of the most extreme conditions. Mobil 1 motor oil flows quickly in extreme temperatures to protect critical engine parts and is designed to maximize engine performance and help extend engine life.

For more information, visit mobil1.com and follow @Mobil1 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Pikes Peak Superstar Rhys Millen and the magnificent Bentley Continental GT are coming to America’s Mountain with a Record Performance on the Menu

April 5, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs—–Bentley Motors and The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo superstar Rhys Millen will return to America’s Mountain on June 30, determined to capture the Time Attack 2 Production record with the breathtaking 2019 Continental GT.

Powered by the world’s most advanced 12-cylinder engine, the stunning Continental GT, with Millen behind the wheel, will attempt to set a new Time Attack 2 Production record in the Exhibition Division as they tackle the 12.42-mile, 156-turn course on Pikes Peak. Long time competitor David Donner holds the current TA2 Production record of 10:26.896, set in 2015 in a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo.

In 2018, Millen and Bentley targeted the Production SUV record, setting the current mark of 10:49.902 in a Bentley Bentayga SUV.

“When I learned of Bentley’s plans to compete at Pikes Peak for a second time, the decision to work together again was an easy one. The Continental GT and its W12 provide us with the perfect platform to begin chasing a new record, and I am looking forward to once again being part of the Bentley Motorsport team that will prepare the car over the coming months,” said Millen.

Crafted for effortless, exhilarating driving, the new Continental GT is built on an innovative chassis and electrical architecture, featuring a completely new 6.0 litre W12 engine and an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, for smooth, fast and efficient gear changes.

As a result, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (0 to 100 km/h) and deliver a phenomenal top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h) with an amazing 626 hp, complimented by an advanced 48-volt roll control system for extraordinary dynamic ability. Twin-scroll turbochargers minimizing turbo response time coupled with high and low pressure direct fuel injection optimize power and torque delivery.

“Bentley’s success last year along with the experience we gained will prove to be instrumental in preparing for our return to the mountain. The challenge to establish a new record for production cars is not one we underestimate, but we are confident in the combination of our W12 engine, the dynamic ability of the new Continental GT and the outstanding skill of Rhys Millen,” said Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush.

With over 20 years of racing experience, Millen (Huntington Beach, CA) has carved out a solid career and reputation, becoming one of the most sought after performance drivers in the gigantic U.S. automotive scene. Millen, born in New Zealand in 1972, is the son of famed rally and off road racer Rod Millen, a Pikes Peak legend. Rhys joined Rod in the U.S. as a teenager and founded Rhys Millen Racing at the age of 21. RMR (Rhys Millen Racing) is an automotive tuning and parts shop concentrating on rally, drift and movie car preparation.

Millen, making his 24th appearance on the Peak since his rookie debut in 1992 and triumph in the Pikes Peak Open Class, has won a dozen championships on the mountain and was named King of the Mountain in 2015 when he raced a Drive eO PP03 Electric to the top with a clocking of 9:07.22, a record that lasted only a year. He set a new Electric Modified standard in 2016 at 8:57.118 behind the wheel of the 2016 version of the auto.

Besides racing, Millen is also a stunt driver for films such as The Dukes of Hazzard, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He also did the driving for the first Hyundai Genesis Coupe commercial.

 

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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Elite German and Northern Ireland Racers Coming to Pikes Peak in June

March 28, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs—–The 2019 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo international reputation will continue to grow in June as top-flight motorcycle racers Lucy Glöckner of Germany and Michael Dunlop of Northern Ireland will tackle America’s Mountain.

Glöckner was the 2018 motorcycle Rookie of the Year in the Race to the Clouds, finishing fifth in the Pikes Peak Heavyweight Division, clocking 10:21.932 on her BMW S1000R, the 23rd fastest time overall.

The 28-year-old racer, who lives in Krumhermersdorf, Germany, will be entered in the Heavyweight Division again, where she will face veterans like Codie Vahsholtz (third last year) and Australian Rennie Scaysbrook (second).

She’ll also face a decorated international racer in Pikes Peak rookie Dunlop, who comes from Moneymore, Northern Ireland. He’s set to race a 2019 BMW S1000R in his debut, the same motorcycle as Glöckner’s entry. Both will be a part of the team, Wunderlich MOTORSPORT powered by ProKASRO.

Dunlop (29) is part of a motorcycle racing dynasty, the brother of the late William Dunlop, son of Robert and nephew of former World Champion Joey Dunlop.

The 2018 season was a tragic one for the Dunlop family, as Michael’s older brother William was killed during practice for the 2018 Skerries 100 on a Yamaha YZF-R1, joining his father, Robert, and uncle, Joey, as riders who lost their lives racing.

He’s widely regarded among the most tenacious competitors in motorcycle racing. He won Superbike TT and Supersport TT races at the prestigious Isle of Man TT last year and has 18 wins in the famed race over the years.

The Heavyweight Division this year boasts racers from Germany, Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic, Japan, Australia and the USA, including Scaysbrook and Vahsholtz.

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The 100-day Countdown to the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Has Begun!

March 22, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

New Start Time

The start time has changed and the green flag will now drop at 7:30am! The Gateway will open to spectators on Race Day beginning at 2:30am.

Merchandise

Futureshirts, the official merchandise provider of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo has something for everyone! Shop their online store HERE, or get your gear at Fan Fest on June 28th or on the Mountain in several spectator areas!

Hotels

The PPIHC has great hotel partners, some offering discounts for race fans! Click HERE to book your room now!

Schedule

Race Week is full of exciting activities and events open to all spectators. You can find the Spectator Race Week Schedule HERE. Notable events are Tech Inspection on June 24th, practice days from June 25th-June 28th, and Fan Fest on the evening of June 28th in downtown Colorado Springs!

Competitors

Always find our most current competitor list HERE! This includes all the information you need to know, including vehicle, country representing, race number, division, and more.

Fan Fest

Help us kick off the 97th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb at Fan Fest! Presented by Budweiser and Toyo Tires, Fan Fest is 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. Held annually on the Friday before Race Day, more than 30,000 people gather in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs to experience this 10-block street party. This year, Fan Fest is June 28th from 5:00-10:00pm.

Tickets

Race Day tickets are still available! Note that all ticket sales are online or at one of our Race Week locations, found on our Spectator Schedule HERE. Reminder, there are no ticket sales at the Gateway!

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Porsche Division-Yokohama Trophy, Headlined by Travis Pastrana, Returns to Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June

March 4, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is pleased to announce the continuation of the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division for a second consecutive year. Following the successful invitation-only class launch in 2018, the group makes its second-appearance, now as a one-make division for Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport machines. The recently debuted 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and the previous generation Cayman GT4 race car are both eligible to compete.

Six drivers will have the opportunity to run the German marque’s mid-engine sports car in the “Race to the Clouds” with full support of Porsche Motorsports North America, RennsportOne (RS1), Porsche Colorado Springs and Yokohama.

We are extremely excited to have the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division returning in 2019,” declared Megan Leatham, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “We pride ourselves in showcasing the best competition in hill climb racing and nothing is more competitive than six guys in basically the same car on the same course. Last year was really successful and our fans enjoyed seeing the all-Porsche class take on the mountain. We really appreciate Yokohama’s support of this division and of our event overall.”

Travis Pastrana will return to Pikes Peak for the fourth time to challenge America’s Mountain and defend his title. The three-time AMA Motocross and Supercross Champion, X-Game winner and stunt performer set the class-winning time of 10-minute, 33.897 seconds in 2018. Joining Pastrana in his attempt to better that effort will be Blake “Bilko” Williams, George Hess, Phil Bloom, Marc Bunting and Gustav Lundh. These talented drivers will be coached and mentored by Porsche legend Jeff Zwart. The Long Beach, California-native is renowned for his prowess on the rally scene, and on Pikes Peak where he has won eight times (1994-’98, 2002, 2010, 2015), all in Porsche race cars.

Yokohama, celebrating its 50th anniversary in the U.S., will supply each of the Porsche entries with ADVAN A052 high-performance, street legal tires and support throughout the event.

In 2018, Porsche created a video showcasing the debut of the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama class. Follow the participants up the Mountain at 2018 Travis Pastrana + Porsche Pikes Peak Challenge: https://youtu.be/2Wt5GGfVeX0

For 2019 PPIHC information visit ppihc.org

 

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Italian star Faggioli and Fearless Fillmore head up a brilliant field of drivers and riders for the 2019 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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

Colorado Springs—–Driver Simone Faggioli of Italy and superstar motorcycle rider Chris Fillmore head up an accomplished roster of competitors for the 97th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on June 30.

Faggioli soared to a blistering 8:37.230 clocking as a rookie in the Unlimited Class last year, behind only the extraordinary all-time record 7:57.148 established by Romain Dumas of France in his Volkswagen I.D. R on America’s Mountain. The Italian driver returns in a loaded Unlimited lineup that also features Switzerland’s Fabien Bouduban, who was third last year.

Motorcycle star Chris Fillmore (Oxford, MI), the fastest rider in race history, will try to become the first triple record holder in Pikes Peak history when he competes in the Lightweight Division. He owns motorcycle records in two divisions, (9:49.625) Heavyweight Division, 2017 and (10:04.038) Middleweight Division, 2018.

The world’s most famous hill climb is still basking in the glow of the fabulous performance last summer by Dumas in his VW Electric auto. It was ranked third in the world among Autoweek’s Top Ten motorsports stories of 2018. More than 7,000 spectators from 23 countries and more than 40 states were on hand to see Dumas stage one of the most dramatic moments in the history of the race.

“We never know what amazing moments will become part of the race’s history,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham, “and we have a wonderful lineup of competitors from around the world coming to Pikes Peak this summer to take on the mountain, so buckle up.”

View the 2019 Competitor List here.

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“A good fictional character once said, “I just wanna go fast.” That’s a noble pursuit, yet when you delve into the world of racing, you come up against so many rules and regulations in most series prohibiting you from so much that you just want to tear your hair out. Not so much at Pikes Peak,” said Stef Schrader of Jalopnik.com last year. “It’s the ultimate display of human ingenuity and a captivating madness all in one. It draws you in. The enthusiasm is infectious. They aren’t just here to run the cars—they’re here to suck you into this madness with them.”

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Here’s a look at some of the top competitors for the 2019 Race to the Clouds:

Automobile Drivers

Simone Faggioli, Italy – Unlimited:  Second in the prestigious Unlimited Division last year with a fabulous 8:37.230 clocking behind only the record 7:57.148 recorded by Romain Dumas. He’s a ten-time European mountain champion and will be behind the wheel of a 2018 Norma M20 SF PKB, the same auto that he piloted last summer on America’s Mountain to the fantastic sub-nine minute finish, third fastest in PPIHC history, and Rookie of the Year honors.

Fabien Bouduban, Switzerland – Unlimited: A member of the Faggioli Racing Team who took third last year in the Unlimited Division with a clocking of 9:28.254 in a 2018 Norma M20 SF PKB identical to Simone Faggioli’s auto.  He will drive the same car   this summer in his second trip to Pikes Peak.

David Donohue, West Chester, PA – Pikes Peak Open: The champion in Time Attack 1 last year with a time of 9:37.152 driving a 2017 Porsche GT3 R, he’ll race a 2016 Porsche 911 this summer as he moves over to Pikes Peak Open. Donohue took second on Pikes Peak in 2017 in Time Attack 1. Son of racing legend Mark Donohue, David won the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans GT2 Class and was second in 2000. He won the 2009 Daytona 24 Hours race on the 40th anniversary of his father’s win.

Peter Cunningham, Milwaukee, WI – Pikes Peak Open: Defending his 2018 crown on Pikes Peak in a 2019 Acura TLX GT, Cunningham clocked a 9:27.352, the third fastest time in the race and a Class record last year driving a 2018 Acura. As a PPIHC rookie in 2017, he won the Open Class with a time of 9:33.797. As a high school graduate in June 1980, Cunningham happened upon an autocross, a driving contest held in a parking lot around a pylon-defined course against the clock. After winning his class on that first day, he became enamored with and engulfed in the sport. Cunningham has 19 starts and five podium finishes in the American Le Mans Series.

Ray Evernham, Mooresville, NC – Exhibition:  Back again in his 1936 Chevrolet Sedan, “The Ghost,” after taking the crown in the Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition Class last summer (10:11.334). The Ghost is a custom-built race car designed to look like a modified that would have raced in the 1960s but features state-of-the-art mechanics and electronics. Evernham is a three-time Winston Cup Series Champion with driver Jeff Gordon. In 1999, Evernham won the NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated “Person of the Year,” and was inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Class of 2018.

Raphaël Astier, France – Time Attack 1: Second in Pikes Peak Open last summer, driving a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS to a clocking of 9:53.718, Astier moves to TA1.  This year he will drive a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Turbo on the Peak in search of a championship. Last year, the French pair of Astier and Frédéric Vauclaire, in the Abarth 124 rally belonging to Team Milano Racing, won the FIA R-GT world championship. Astier was second in 2016 in the Time Attack 1 field as the PPIHC Rookie of the Year.

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 seven 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.

Jeff Zwart, Corona del Mar, CA – Pikes Peak Open: Zwart, who was inducted into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame in 2018, will make his 16th appearance on Pikes Peak since his debut in 1989 and his first since 2015. He has won eight crowns in that span, most recently his 2015 win in the Time Attack 1 Division. Porsche enthusiast Zwart has worn many hats on Pikes Peak, first as a photographer for Road and Track magazine, then as a competitor, champion and most recently as a Porsche 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. This year, he’s entered a 2010 Porsche.  He dominated the High-Performance Showroom Stock Classes in the mid and late 1990s with four wins, including three division records. A visionary filmmaker, Jeff has directed multiple films and commercials on Pikes Peak, including Ken Block’s film “ClimbKhana” which was released in 2017 and has nearly 18 million views to date.

Rookies To Watch

Liam Doran, Great Britain – 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:  2017 & 2018 Global Time Attack Pro Unlimited Champion. Took second place in Pro Am at WTAC 2017.  Recorded the fastest North American time in 2018 at the Sydney Motorsports Park, where he took second in the ProAm Class. Fastest Time Attack Driver in Canada.  Au-Yeung will drive a 2012 Honda Civic SI, one of the fastest time attack cars in the world.

Darren Law, Chandler, AZ – Time Attack 1:  A Canadian-born American racing driver, he has been involved in the automotive and racing industry for more than two decades. Law established himself with his success as both a racing driver and a business man. Starting in Go-karts at age 11 he went on to win two karting championships as a teenager then further developed his professional driving career progressing into sports cars. Having spent more than a decade driving for several top tier teams, the majority of his time was spent behind the wheel of a Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche, one of the most highly recognized Porsche factory-supported GT racing programs. He also spent several years racing prototypes primarily with Brumos Porsche and Action Express. He achieved many successes including two driver’s championships, three trips to LeMans and the overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2009 driving the Brumos Porsche Daytona Prototype. He will be behind the wheel of a 2013 McLaren 12C in his Pikes Peak debut.

Motorcycle Riders

Chris Fillmore, Oxford, MI – Pikes Peak Lightweight: The fastest rider in Pikes Peak history, Fillmore is aiming to become the first triple record holder in America’s Mountain. He currently holds Heavyweight and Middleweight titles on Pikes Peak 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.

“I enjoy the challenge of Pikes Peak,” says Fillmore. “Figuring out how to go fast and learn something new. Watching the sun rise every morning for a week on top of a 14,000-foot mountain is pretty amazing too.”

Carlin Dunne, Santa Barbara, CA – Exhibition Powersport:   Back to the Peak aboard a 2019 Ducati 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 9:59.000 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.

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) and holds the record in the former Pikes Peak 250cc class, set in 2013. 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.

Joseph Toner, Scotland – Pikes Peak Lightweight: Toner was the winner last summer in the PPC Exhibition Powersport competition, riding a 2007 Aprilia SXV Custom motorcycle. He will ride the same machine this year as he moves into the Lightweight Division, his 8th appearance on Pikes Peak. A Scotsman, he has fashioned a noted career, winning one Scottish Production Championship title as well as the British Endurance Championship.

Greg Chicoine, Jefferson, SD – Pikes Peak Lightweight: This veteran competitor will be back on Pikes Peak for his 20th appearance, again riding his Kawasaki.   He won the 1998 250cc Amateur title, then rattled off championships in 1999-2000-2001 in the 750cc Division. He tacked on a title in the 2007 450cc field. He owns Champion Cycle in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

Rennie Scaysbrook, Sydney, Australia – Pikes Peak Heavyweight: He’s been the runner-up in the division for the last three years, so maybe the fourth time will produce a crown for the Australian rider. He was the Rookie of the Year in 2016 when he logged a nifty 10:28.407 on his 2015 KTM Super Duke 1290 R. Scaysbrook became only the fifth rider in the history of the Hill Climb to break the 9-minute barrier in 2017 when he chalked up a 9:57.712.  He will ride a 2018 Aprilia Tuono.

Rennie says: “Relaxation is probably the best way to describe it. Some people like to do yoga, other people like to run marathons. I like to ride motorbikes. It blocks out all the negative stuff in my life and just lets me do what I’m good at, which is get out there and ride. I like putting the helmet on and just being on my own. I’m probably a bit of a loner in that regard. But it’s not wasted energy. You could sit there and play PlayStation all day and it’s not going to mean anything in real life. On the track, I’m improving the skills that make me better at my job, which is a bit of a double win.”

Rafael Paschoalin, São Paulo, Brazil – Pikes Peak Middleweight: Finished third last year in the division with a time of 10:38.380.  Also took third in 2017 and sixth in 2016, so he’s aiming at a breakthrough on the Peak this year, riding a 2019 Yamaha MT-07. He’s also a veteran of the famed Isle of Man TT races over his career, averaging 119.499 mph in the TT2015 PokerStars Senior TT competition in the 2015 race.

A Rookie To Watch

Cory West, Eureka Springs, AR – Pikes Peak Heavyweight: A fourth-generation motorcycle racer who began in 2000. He began riding at age 4 and then started competing in his early teenage years. What started as some local flat track racing in nearby Oklahoma and Texas, quickly led to regional and national championships in flat track and road racing. Then came 15 years of professional road racing at national and international levels that took him to tracks in Spain, England, and China. West has ridden for two national championship-winning endurance teams, recording many victories.  He collected Superbike Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 and earned five AMA Pro podiums with a best championship result of 5th. Besides racing, he has ridden as a test rider for multiple tire manufacturers, motorcycle manufacturers, magazines, and currently works as an instructor at Colin Edwards’ Texas Tornado Boot Camp. He’ll ride a 2020 Zero SR/F in his debut at Pikes Peak.

Learn More:  For information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, or to purchase tickets, visit www.ppihc.org

 

Mike Moran

PPIHC Senior Media Consultant

mike@thesportscorp.org

(719) 338-9161

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Futureshirts teams up with the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as official merchandise provider

December 3, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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.”

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Ticket Sales Open Online December 1st

November 30, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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:

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Single Ticket$65 ($65/person)$75 ($75/person)
Vehicle Packs - All "Family Pack" Ticket Holders must enter the Gateway in the same vehicle
Family 2 Pack $110 ($55/person)$130 ($65/person)
Family 3 Pack$150 ($50/person)$180 ($60/person)
Family 4 Pack $180 ($45/person)$220 ($55/person)
Family 5 Pack $200 ($40/person)$250 ($50/person)
Family 6 Pack $210 ($35/person)$270 ($45/person)
Family 7 Pack $245 ($35/person)$315 ($45/person)
Family 8 Pack $280 ($35/person)$360 ($45/person)
Single Motorcycle Ticket$35 ($35/person)$45 ($45/person)
Double Motorcycle Ticket$60 ($30/person)$80 ($40/person)

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.

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Tajima Inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame

October 29, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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.

Photo courtesy of Ford McClave

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.

Mike Moran
PPIHC Senior Media Consultant
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2019 PPIHC Information to Competitors

October 17, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor

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.

DIVISIONS 

The car and motorcycle division structure has been condensed from previous years:

2019 Divisions

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:

  • October 2018 – 2019 Rule Book posted on PPIHC website
  • November 15, 2018 – 2019 PPIHC Request for Invitation Period Opens
  • January 4, 2019 – 2019 PPIHC Request for Invitation Period Closes
  • January 16, 2019 – Competitor Invitations issued for 2019 PPIHC
  • January 18, 2019 – 2019 Competitor List posted on PPIHC website
  • January 31, 2019 – Deadline for competitors to withdraw with a refund
  • April 15, 2019 – Deadline for waitlisted competitors to be added to the field

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

  • June 24, 2019 – PPIHC Technical Inspection
  • June 25, 2019 – PPIHC Practice/Qualifying Day #1
  • June 26, 2019 – PPIHC Practice/Qualifying Day #2
  • June 27, 2019 – PPIHC Practice/Qualifying Day #3
  • June 28, 2019 – Optional PPIHC Sanctioned Practice/Test and Tune
  • June 28, 2019 – PPIHC Fan Fest
  • June 29, 2019 – PPIHC Load-in/Pit Set-up Day
  • June 30, 2019 – PPIHC 97th Running
  • July 1, 2019    – PPIHC Awards Ceremony

BULLETINS

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.

Thanks,

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.  

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