Colorado Springs—–The 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, will enjoy the distinction of being opened and closed by American Olympic medal winners, an appropriate highlight for the famed race on America’s Mountain in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA.
Elana Meyers Taylor has accepted Winslow BMW’s invitation to drive the BMW i8, the Pace Car for the Parade of Champions, at the close of the world’s most famous motorsport hill climb on June 24. The i8 has received numerous accolades, including “Performance Car of the Year,” and Myers Taylor’s role will add luster to the auto’s superb portfolio.
Meyers Taylor teamed with Lauren Gibbs for her third Olympic medal in the 2018 Olympic women’s bobsled finale, taking silver with the Olympic rookie push athlete from Denver.
With the podium finish in PyeongChang, the USA is the only women’s bobsled program to medal in each Olympic Winter Games since the discipline’s debut at Salt Lake City in 2002. Meyers Taylor has claimed three of the six medals earned by the U.S. women since then and is one of only two women bobsledders to earn medals in three Olympics.
Meyers Taylor has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from George Washington University, where she played softball, and her MBA from Keller Graduate School of DeVry University. She played professional softball prior to discovering bobsledding in 2007 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. She is active as an Athlete Mentor for Classroom Champions, a non-profit organization partnering Olympic and Paralympic athletes with students and teachers in underserved communities.
She is married to fellow bobsledder Nic Taylor, who proposed on the medal podium at the 2013 World Championships. Her goal is to eventually become the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Her father is U.S. Naval Academy football great Eddie Meyers, who rushed for almost 3,000 yards from 1978-1981.
Her 2018 Olympic teammate, figure skating medalist Chris Knierim, will pilot a 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec, the Official Pace Car for the race, at the start of the day.
Knierim and his wife, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, captured the bronze medal in the team event in PyeongChang. In the pairs free skate, the Knierims became the first U.S. pair and the second pair in history to successfully perform a quad twist at the Olympic Winter Games.KEEP READING
Colorado Springs— Ducati has set its sights on taking back the course motorcycle record at the 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo.
Ducati motorcycle team record holder Carlin Dunne and current middleweight record holder Codie Vahsholtz will make up the 2018 Spider Grips Ducati Pikes Peak team for the Race to the Clouds on June 24. This year’s race will also include the introduction of the new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak.
The Pikes Peak Heavyweight Division will be a must-watch event for race fans and Ducatisti around the world. Ducati has garnered six victories on America’s Mountain since the company’s debut in 2008 and held the all-time course record from 2012 until 2017, a year in which Ducati was not part of the official race competition.
Dunne was the first motorcyclist to conquer the backbreaking Pikes Peak race course in less than ten minutes (9:52.819), achieved on the game-changing Multistrada 1200 S in 2012, and this year marks his return to Ducati’s racing team. In 2017, he led the Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina as part of the Race Smart program, which was created in 2016 by Ducati in partnership with the PPIHC. The program utilizes the experience of former champions to ensure all rookie motorcycle entrants have the highest level of preparation and knowledge prior to tackling the serpentine course to the summit of the Peak at 14,115 feet.
“After holding the course record for many years, we had decided to use our experience on the mountain to help support the safety of riders with the introduction of the Squadra Alpina program and keep the tradition of motorcycle racing on the mountain. Our efforts proved to be successful,” said Jason Chinnock, Chief Executive Officer of Ducati North America. “After 2017, when Dunne’s record was finally broken by a small margin, it inspired us to race again with the goal of reclaiming the title. The riders, team and new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak are destined to be a force on the mountain.”
New to the team but not to the race is rider Vahsholtz, a Woodland Park, Colorado native who comes from a family of Pikes Peak champions. He has recorded series victories of his own 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, coupled with the 23 wins by his father, Clint Vahsholtz, he carries on the family legacy that has produced the most Pikes Peak victories by any family.
The debut of the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak will showcase the versatility of the new, larger displacement Multistrada. The 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine delivers 18% more torque in the mid-range and is paired with a redesigned chassis for increased stability. In addition, the motorcycle is fitted with a cutting-edge electronics package with distinct Riding Modes, Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Wheelie Control to improve control in all conditions on the mountain. A motorcycle built for sport adventure, the new Multistrada 1260 is available in the standard version, the Multistrada 1260 S and Multistrada Pikes Peak.
Ducati is partnering this year with Shell Advance, Brembo, Pirelli, Termignoni, Spider Grips, Ducati by Rizoma, Race Tech, Revl and Racing Cowboys for the Pikes Peak event.
Additional information about Ducati, including participating dealers and availability can be found at www.ducati.com.
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Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been manufacturing sport-inspired motorcycles characterized by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. With its factory located in Bologna’s Borgo Panigale district, in 2016 Ducati celebrated 90 years since it was founded. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, SuperSport and Panigale. In 2015 Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand make of bikes, accessories and apparel that provide the last word in creativity and self-expression. These authentic icons representing what the world knows as “Made in Italy”, together with an extensive range of associated accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries globally. Breaking all records for the company, in 2017 Ducati delivered 55,871 bikes to customers. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In Superbike, Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers’ titles and 14 Riders’ titles. Ducati has been competing in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles in 2007.KEEP READING
Colorado Springs, CO (May 15, 2018)—— The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is pleased to announce the return of Matchsports for their second in a 10 year contract to broadcast ‘The Race to the Clouds’ live on Sunday, June 24th, 2018.
Despite the PPIHC’s 100+ year history, until last year, this prestigious event had only been broadcast on a delayed basis. Until then, the uniquely challenging environment on Pikes Peak thwarted all attempts to produce a high-quality live broadcast. SBI Media (Matchsports’ Swiss Parent) developed a solution to overcome the technical obstacles of Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain, and delivered a high-quality live broadcast covering the race course from start to ?nish.
With a successful year behind them, Matchsports incorporated on-course experience to develop new strategies to tell a richer story this year. Matchsports will not only increase the number of cameras on the ground but will bring enhanced technology and additional personnel to bring it to fans seamlessly.
“Our partnership with the PPIHC is moving from strength to strength, behind the scenes and publicly, forged on a mutual respect for the mountain and our ongoing commitment to deliver a world class production. Matchsports is honored to be here again. We have learned more, built more and will bring more this June,” explained James Kalogiros, CEO of Matchsports.
“By bringing new and better technology to Pikes Peak, we can offer fans a more intimate understanding of the race as we celebrate the LIVE era through a new Pay-Per-View (PPV) experience. Proceeds from the $4.99 subscription will be reinvested, bringing tomorrow’s production to the hill today, and we know race fans will embrace this opportunity to say they were a part of making it happen.”
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This year’s 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be a major focus on the Matchsports global calendar. One long-term goal is to attract an additional partner, possibly a major TV network, to assist in sharing the race with new audiences worldwide.
Matchsports harnesses the power of cutting-edge technology to deliver next generation efficiencies in broadcasting. Founded in Switzerland as an interactive sports and entertainment broadcaster, Matchsports designs and manufactures products and systems for the digital media space. No matter the complexity of the challenge, projects are turnkey and seamless based on the Matchsports mantra #ItJustWorks.
Dynamic connectivity and remote area production with end user interactivity were key elements of the Matchsports vision, well before its founding. Originally designed around a series of interactive products for the UCI World Tour, in 2014, the group diversified strategies and restructured technologies to encompass a much wider portfolio of sports and other events across the globe.
An (over the top) IPTV broadcaster, Matchsports delivers TV quality productions with new ways for audiences to experience events. The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was the group’s flagship event in the United States in 2017. That success established the group’s focus in the US where they are developing new partnerships with motorsport organizations, as well as golf, paragliding and cycling events.
About The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb:
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, also known as the Race to the Clouds, is an annual 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 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 and riders climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps competitors’ mental and muscle strength, in addition to robbing internal combustion engines of up to 30% of the power they are capable of producing at the Start Line. Competitors and their 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 with everything from Sidecars, Motorcycles, and 1,400+hp Electric Vehicle & Unlimited racers competing in the same event.KEEP READING
Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Superstar Clint Vahsholtz will Drive the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports/Toyo Tires McLaren 12C on June 24
Colorado Springs—– Flying Lizard Motorsports and Toyo Tires® have partnered to enter an auto in the 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo. PPIHC legend Clint Vahsholtz will be in the driver’s seat of the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports/Toyo Tires 2014 McLaren 12C, a throaty 616-hp, 3.8-liter V-8 flyer, in the Time Attack 1 Class.
Vahsholtz (Woodland Park, CO) owns 23 championships on America’s Mountain since 1992, the most by any competitor in the grand history of the race. After switching from motorcycles to autos in 1996, he collected 16 titles in the Super Stock Car Division, including 11 straight wins from 1996-2006. Vahsholtz holds the Super Stock Car record of 10:55.603 set in 2011.
The former NASCAR driver won the Pikes Peak Challenge – Open Wheel Class crown last year in his 2013 Ford Open with a class record time of 9:35.747, and he’s looking forward to a new challenge on the mountain this summer.
Vahsholtz will face stiff competition in the Time Attack 1 Class, featuring 23 drivers from seven nations. Hill Climb veterans Fumio Nutahara (2012 Electric Division winner), David Donohue (2nd in Time Attack 1 last year at 9:49.954), James Robinson (3rd in Time Attack 1 in 2017 at 10:03.433, and current Alternative Fuel-Hybrid record holder), and Fred Veitch (2014 Time Attack 2 Production Class champion) are among the entries in the field. Belgian driver Vanina Ickx, a 24 Hours of Le Mans veteran, will join the group in her rookie debut on Pikes Peak.
“I am very excited for the 96th running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and my new partnership with Flying Lizard Motorsports and Toyo Tires this year,” said Vahsholtz. “With the precise car set up and engine tuning of Flying Lizard Motorsports for the McLaren 12C and the extreme grip of Toyo Tires on what can be a very slick course surface, I’m looking for my 24th win.”
“It is always a huge pleasure to welcome Clint Vahsholtz to the race,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “He’s the winningest driver in Pikes Peak Hill Climb history, and his amazing record and skill partnered with the broad-based appeal of Flying Lizard Motorsports will be exciting to watch.”
“When this opportunity was first brought up, we knew we couldn’t pass this up,” said Flying Lizard Motorsports Program Manager Darren Law. “We’ve had a lot of success with Toyo Tires in our tire development program, and we’re really looking forward to this event and a new challenge.”
“The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a bucket list item for any motorsports fan in the world and we are thrilled to partner with Flying Lizard Motorsports, McLaren and Clint Vahsholtz this year,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, Senior Manager, Motorsports for Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Pikes Peak is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the grip and performance of our Toyo® Proxes® Race Slicks as the race presents many unique challenges for a tire due to the bitter cold, uneven road surface, and constantly changing conditions.”
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Based in Sonoma, California, Flying Lizard Motorsports is one of the most iconic sports car teams in auto racing, having celebrated six driver and team championships, as well as competing eight times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team currently races in Pirelli World Challenge, Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, and Porsche Club of America.
The Lizards burst on the American Le Mans Series scene in 2004, competing in the GT class until 2012. In 2013, the team moved to the GTC class, still competing in legendary events such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona. In 2014, the team expanded its program to include running two Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR Championship, expanding again in 2015 to include two Porsches in Porsche Club racing. Flying Lizard closed out the 2015 season with a dominating win at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with Toyo Tires, a win they repeated in 2016 and 2017.
For more information, visit lizardms.com. Flying Lizard Motorsports has proven to be a championship contender no matter the race series or race car.
About Toyo Tires®
Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for over 70 years. The company offers a full line of premium tires for nearly every vehicle including light trucks, SUVs, crossovers, sports cars, luxury cars and hybrids as well as commercial trucks. Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in White, Georgia. To find the right tire for your vehicle as well as an authorized dealer, visit www.toyotires.com. Join the Toyo Tires community on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.KEEP READING
Colorado Springs—-2018 Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Chris Knierim will be behind the wheel of the Official Pace Car for the 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 24.
Knierim and his wife, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, captured the bronze medal in the team event in PyeongChang. In the pairs free skate, the Knierims became the first USA pair and the second pair in history to successfully perform a quad twist at the Olympic Winter Games.
“It’s a surreal honor to be selected as the Official Pace Car Driver for the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb,” said the Olympic star. “I say surreal because I can still remember the first couple of times that my Dad let me work on cars with him. In hindsight, I wasn’t doing much more than passing a wrench or holding a light, but it brought us closer together and also forged my love of cars at a very young age. There’s a part of me that still feels like that 10-year old Chris–the one that was holding the light is now leading the pack! It’s all wonderfully surreal.”
“It’s also an honor, and I say that because I understand and appreciate the history and heritage of this event. The 96th running–with 156 turns and nearly 5,000 feet of climbing–will undoubtedly be one for the ages, and I’m humbled to play a small part in such an iconic American sporting event,” added Knierim.
“Chris is the perfect choice to drive the Official Pace Car,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “Colorado Springs is Olympic City USA, Chris and his wife train here, and the city has hosted this unique motorsport event since 1916.” Knierim enjoys working on cars and hopes to open his own auto shop. He graduated from Pikes Peak Community College in 2015 with an associate degree in diesel mechanics.
Acura returns to Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain for the seventh consecutive year with the all-new 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec selected as the Official Pace Car for the 96th running of the world’s most famous motorsport hill climb.
In addition to its pace car distinction, Acura will field multiple entries, ranging from production cars to full-fledged race car applications for the race. Competing vehicles include a production-based NSX race car, TLX V6 A-Spec, all-wheel drive TLX GT race car, and the all-new RDX A-Spec making its racing debut.
Acura will present the 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec, the first-ever Acura SUV available in sport appearance A-Spec trim. Sporting an all-new design, platform, and powertrain; the 2019 RDX is the first in a new generation of Acura vehicles and delivers top-of-class performance, a more spacious and luxurious cabin than ever before, and a host of premium technology and features. Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the new turbocharged RDX will go on sale mid-year as the quickest, best handling and most luxurious RDX yet.
“The all-new RDX represents the very definition of what Precision Crafted Performance means for the Acura brand,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura, “I can’t think of a more appropriate motorsport event for us to debut it than on Pikes Peak.”
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.
The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.
Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Superstar Rhys Millen returns for the 2018 Race to the Clouds in a Bentley Bentayga
Colorado Springs—Rhys Millen, one of the most celebrated drivers in the history of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, will be back at the start line for the 96th edition of the world famous race on June 24.
Millen will be behind the wheel of a 2017 Bentley Bentayga in the Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition Class with five other drivers who will tackle the rugged course to the summit of 14,115-foot peak of America’s Mountain.
The two-time King of the Mountain has chalked up five overall titles, and multiple 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. He took the title last year in the rugged Time Attack 1 Class, driving his 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe and clocking 9:47.427.
Photo courtesy of Bentley
Millen made 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.
The race-ready Bentayga, featuring an unmodified 600 bhp, 900 Nm (664 lb.ft) Bentley W12 engine, has been prepared by a special team in Bentley’s motorsport department in the UK.
The car has been built as close to production standard as possible, with minimal changes in accordance with PPIHC Production Class rules.
A full roll cage, on-board fire suppression system, racing seats and harnesses will support Millen’s assault on the mountain. Production tires will be supplied by Pirelli, and the auto will run with a custom exhaust system from Akrapovic, which also produced the bespoke exhaust for the Bentley Continental GT3-R motorsport-inspired model. In every other respect, including the air suspension with 48V electric active anti-roll control, the car will mirror the unmodified production Bentayga, the fastest SUV ever built.
“The opportunity to race with Bentley at Pikes Peak is one that I couldn’t pass up,” said Millen. “I visited the Bentley factory in Crewe, England, last month and was amazed at the level of skill that goes in to handcrafting these cars. I also had the chance to drive the race-prepared car for the first time and was blown away by the performance that’s already available. I’m really looking forward to preparing for the race, competing on the mountain with Bentley and hopefully establishing a new SUV marker.”
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From the first race, an upset victory by Rea Lentz while driving a homemade car, to Sebastien Loeb’s record smashing run in 2013, “Race to the Clouds ™ 100 Years in the Making” is a 90-minute documentary film capturing the history of America’s second oldest auto race, the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The greatest challenge in motorsports for both man and machine, founded in 1916 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Spencer Penrose, has grown into an international event attracting the best drivers and riders from around the world.
“Race to the Clouds”™ features amazing historic footage and interviews with past Champions Bobby, Al, Al Jr., and Robby Unser, John Wells, David Donner, Greg Tracy, Paul Dallenbach, and many more.KEEP READING
Colorado Springs, CO: Inspired by the BMW Art Car collection and the brand’s racing history, Winslow BMW of Colorado Springs has partnered with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to invite design entries for the ultimate art wrap. The design will be highlighted on a BMW i8 Coupe and showcased as the official Pace Car of the Parade of Champions at the conclusion of the 96th Running of the Race to the Clouds on June 24, 2018.
It will be unveiled to the public on Friday, June 22, at Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs. Thereafter, the car will be displayed in the dealership’s showroom and at special events.
There will be $10,000 in prizes available, as well as a driving experience at the BMW Performance Center West in Thermal, California. The contest runs from March 1 until May 15.
“We’re really excited to be staging a contest that celebrates two of the things that make Colorado Springs so unique and special – the Arts and the Hill Climb. We’re looking forward to sharing the winning design at the Race to the Clouds and showcasing the vehicle at our dealership location thereafter,” notes Winslow BMW Managing Partner, Gregg Randolph.
The BMW Art Car collection itself represents mobile works of art celebrating the connection between art and technology – the world’s most outstanding artists, the Ultimate Driving Machine their canvas. And now – WRAPsody, an enthusiastic expression of excitement in contemporary art.
For full competition rules and prize information, including acceptable file formats for entry submission, visit www.winslowbmw.com
Additionally, watch for five BMWs in their racing stripes during the month of June in the Pikes Peak area. The BMWs will be used for the SMART Program (Special Mentor Assisted Road Training) whereby seasoned veterans of the Hill Climb work with rookies to ensure a safe race.
For more information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, go to ppihc.org
About the BMW i8: The BMW i8 is part of BMW’s “i” brand focused solely on plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Since its debut in 2015, the BMW i8 has won several Green Car of the Year and International Engine of the Year awards, as well as Car of the Year and Performance Car of the Year honors. It’s the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid sports car to date. For more information, go to www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/bmwi/bmw-i8.html
About Winslow BMW of Colorado Springs: Winslow BMW is a BMW Authorized new and pre-owned automobile dealer located at 5845 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Locally owned and operated, it is BMW’s premier luxury car dealership in the Pikes Peak region, building lifelong relationships with its customers, providing growth opportunities for its employees, and investing in the success of its community.
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