PPIHC Announces New Video Series

August 17, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

PPIHC Announces New Video Series

Mastering the Mountain

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is thrilled to launch an exciting new YouTube series where competitors break down a past run up Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. Mastering the Mountain episodes reveal not only what the race looks like from behind the wheel, but feature turn-by-turn competitor commentary. The Race to the Clouds is a unique venue where the course climbs 4,725 feet in elevation over 12.42 miles encompassing 156 turns. Fans will hear stories, challenges and strategies with exclusive analysis and much more.

Robin Shute, King of the Mountain, kicks things off by taking us through his 2019 winning run in the series premiere.

Tune in and learn what it truly takes to make it to the Summit from some of the best racers in the world in Mastering the Mountain.


Porsche and Pikes Peak Organizers Announce Assault on Records with New 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and 935-19; Return of Clubsport Cayman GT4 Clubsport Division

August 10, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Porsche and Pikes Peak Organizers Announce Assault on Records with New 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and 935-19; Return of Clubsport Cayman GT4 Clubsport Division

Porsche Presence at Pikes Peak Continues with New Models and Division Continuations.

Colorado Springs, Colorado. Porsche first appeared in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo in 1958. The German marque won its class for the first time in 1960 and has since left its mark on the “Race to the Clouds” capturing 27 class victories and twice turning the quickest time for the overall win. In 2020, the sports car manufacturer will return to contend in four divisions for honors as the fastest among its peers up “America’s Mountain”. The 98th running of one of motorsports truly unique events is scheduled for Sunday, August 30. Pikes Peak will be the scene for both the return of storied names to the 12.42-mile Colorado Springs, Colorado race course as well as new faces. Thirteen Porsche-built sports cars will anchor the 51-car entry list.

One of the most exciting entries to carry the Porsche crest is the No. 11 Porsche 935-19 which “Mountain Master” Jeff Zwart (Aspen, Colorado/Long Beach, California) will pilot up to the 14,115-foot finish line. The eight-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (1994-’98, 2002, 2010, 2015) saw the benefits of using the limited production track and race car for his return to the “Race to the Clouds” in the Time Attack 1 Division.

The Porsche 935-19 is a single-seat race car based on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS road car. The lightweight 3,042 lbs. (1380 Kg) rear-engine machine is powered by a 700 HP, 3.8-liter flat-six boxer engine with twin-turbochargers. The seven-speed PDK gearbox transfers the power to the rear-wheels only. The weight-optimized bodyshell is created from an aluminum-steel composite with carbon-fiber and Kevlar parts added to improve aerodynamics and overall stability. Zwart, a recent inductee into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame, successfully tested the car at Willow Springs Raceway (California) earlier this summer.

The one-make Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama comprises four entries in 2020. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and the previous generation Cayman GT4 race car are both eligible to compete in the division. Appropriate performance balancing will assure an equal field. All cars within the division will utilize Yokohama’s ADVAN A052 high-performance, street legal tires. Yokohama is a longtime partner of PMNA and supported the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division the past two years as well. The Japanese tire manufacturer is also the sole-supplier to the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA.

Colorado Springs’ own George Hess III will be behind the wheel of a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport as will first-timer Charles “Chas” Wirken (Mesa, Arizona). Kathryn Mead (Austin, Texas) will be in the newest Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, model year 2019, for her debut at Pikes Peak and the sole female competitor in the field this year. Veteran Blake Williams, who lives in Murrieta, California, but representing Australia in this year’s event, will race a 2018 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

Zwart will reprise his role as coach to the four invited drivers. Zwart’s experience has proven invaluable to division drivers since its inception in 2018. Travis Pastrana (Davidsonville, Maryland) currently holds the division-record up the mountain with a time of 10-minutes, 33.897-seconds accomplished in 2018.

Privateer Porsche entries are a hallmark of the world’s most famous hill climb and 2020 will be no exception. Japan’s Akio Kobayashi, a veteran Porsche racer, has entered a modified 2000 model year Porsche 911 GT3 in the Pikes Peak Open division. Chris Strauch (Colorado Springs, Colorado) will pilot a 1970 Porsche 914 “wide body” in the same division. Fellow Colorado Springs resident Fred Veitch will also race in the “Open” division with a 2001 Porsche 911 “TT” (type 996). Don Wickstrum will bring a 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car from Monroe, Wisconsin to challenge for “Open” honors.

Joining Zwart in Time Attack 1 will be a pair of Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport race cars as well as two modified Porsche 911 models. The purpose-built Porsche Motorsport machines will be raced by Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame member David Donner (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and David Donohue (West Chester, Pennsylvania). Donohue is not only a Pikes Peak class winner and record setter but also a 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner and 24 Hours of Daytona overall winner. He finished second in the Pikes Peak Open division, fourth overall, in a modified 911 GT3 R race car in 2019. Andy Kingsley (Buena Vista, Colorado) will drive a 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo in the division while Robert Prilika (Larkspur, Colorado) will guide a 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car up Pikes Peak in the Unlimited division.

The first Pikes Peak Hill Climb was run in 1916 on a gravel circuit carved up to the Mountain’s summit. By 2012, the full 12.42-mile, 156-turn circuit was paved over, up to the 14,115-foot pinnacle. The race itself starts at the seven-mile marker giving competitors a 4,725-foot elevation change during their timed run.

Dr. Daniel Armbruster, President and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America.

“Pikes Peak has such a long motorsport history in North America that it is only natural Porsche wishes to strengthen our legacy here. Pikes Peak allows us to showcase the versatility of our Clubsport line, both the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, in a very special and unique location. Through this ultimate testbed, we have made the public aware of not only how performance-oriented each of these models is but also how versatile as well. We are able to do this with ‘turn-key’ products from Porsche Motorsport. These are thoroughly tested cars which provide the highest levels of safety and cost-effectiveness. Pikes Peak is very special and we are proud to face its challenges each year.”

Jeff Zwart, Driver, No. 11 Mobil 1/Michelin/Road Scholars Porsche 935-19.

“I have been coaching the Porsche GT4 Clubsport class at Pikes Peak the last few years and I wanted to continue coaching but also race again this year. That meant I needed something which was not too complicated to run. Underneath the amazing 935 bodywork and Porsche Motorsport chassis, there is basically the Porsche 911 GT2 RS road car which allows it to be a full ‘turn key’ race car with plenty of power delivered for the horsepower. I have run Pikes Peak in all of its configurations, meaning full dirt, half dirt/half asphalt and now full asphalt. After 16 years at Pikes Peak and 12 different Porsche models, I like when there is a good story involved. The 935 is built to maximize performance in the current Pikes Peak conditions. So, naturally when the new 935 was released I was attracted to it visually and the stories it could tell. At the same time, it seems like a great package to take on Pikes Peak. I really look forward to driving a full factory-built package with the latest upgrades and in the 935 bodywork. It should really be something special to drive.”

“Porsche has been winning on Pikes Peak for decades. We’re excited to watch our elite competitors as they demonstrate what’s possible when they challenge America’s Mountain in a variety of Porsche race cars. For the first time, members of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame will return to competition following their induction. David Donner and Jeff Zwart’s vehicles will sport white Gran Turismo windshield banners to honor this milestone.”

PHOTO CREDITS: Larry Chen, Leif Bergerson, Louis Yio,


Frank Wiesmann

Porsche Cars North America

Manager, Product Communications

Office. 770-290-3414


Tom Moore

Motorsports Public Relations

Mobile. 615-509-5000



Tesla to Storm Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

August 5, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Three Race-Ready Model 3s to Challenge America’s Mountain

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is pleased to welcome three Model 3 Tesla’s to the field on August 30. America’s Mountain will play host to three unique Tesla racecars driven by Blake Fuller, Josh Allen and Randy Pobst, and the competition is sure to be electrifying.

“For decades, Pikes Peak has served as a proving ground for automotive technology,” states Megan Leatham, Executive Director, “but it also offers race teams an opportunity to showcase vehicle and driver performance and share those milestones with the world.”

In 2003, five engineers had a vision for a cutting edge, fully-electric vehicle that wouldn’t sacrifice power or performance for clean energy. With a unique business strategy, a company named after Nikola Tesla planned to target multiple groups of buyers for different models and partially use profit from earlier, low volume luxury vehicles to drive production of the higher volume based models such as the Model 3. The Tesla Model 3 sets the bar for not only safety but performance. With a dual motor and All-Wheel Drive, the performance model 3 has 0-60 time of only 3.2 seconds and maximum speed of 162 MPH, making it a top selling plug in electric car in the US and Europe.

Blake Fuller – Two-time winner on Pikes Peak, Fuller returns for his sixth attempt at the famous summit. Founder and CEO of GO PUCK, Blake Fuller has always been a pioneer in the electronics world. With demanding needs for power ever on the horizon, Fuller found himself getting crafty with batteries and power solutions. As an inventor, he discovered he could lighten up industrial batteries for his electric cars without compromising the power they stored. He was shocked to find that the automotive battery industry had been so lackluster with ingenuity and began reducing the weight to a fraction of the industry standard for powering electric cars. These inventions gave Fuller an advantage and powered his vehicle to a win and class record in 2016 on Pikes Peak. He wanted to be one of the first to create a Tesla racecar, originally starting with a Tesla Model S. Not only did he make it work, but he made it win, producing a record-breaking run. Fuller has his sights set on breaking his current Electric Production record of 11.48.264 on Race Day. According to Fuller, “In 2016 when we set the Production Electric record, it was done in the Tesla Model S P90DL. At the time, it represented the most capable performance vehicle available from Tesla. This year we are using the Tesla Model 3 Performance, a vehicle we feel best showcases the progression of technology in Tesla’s electric vehicles.”

Josh Allen a rookie at Pikes Peak this year, made the Model 3 famous by setting track records in California with his modified machine at the Tesla Corsa event. The car may be top-notch for the Tesla-only track, but how will it do on Pikes Peak? Allen made adjustments and upgrades to the brakes, suspension and braking systems, thanks to Unplugged Performance, to maximize efficiency and aerodynamics in hopes to secure the Electric Modified record. He has an extensive background in the car world beginning with his experience with a software design company that was big in the automotive and aerospace realms. He moved on to the Formula 1 world where he learned a lot about the auto industry, applied that knowledge to racing projects and eventually led him to race at Pikes Peak.

Randy Pobst is no stranger to Pikes Peak. Finishing in second place in the Exhibition division last year, behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Pobst will compete this year in the same division but piloting the third Tesla. When asked about the difference in race vehicles, Pobst shared, “It’ll sure sound different! The Dodge had a thundering roar, and the Tesla is silent. We’re going from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive, riding the electric wave of the future up the Peak. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity with top Tesla tuner, Unplugged Performance. It’s a full race build, featuring their body and suspension products. We’re going for the win in Exhibition Class. High altitude doesn’t slow down electrons!”

Still a Model 3, the upgraded Ascension-R as seen at SEMA will be joining the field to test its true potential as an all-around racecar. Pobst was a part of the team that created the Model 3’s Performance TrackMode and will be showcasing the available Ascension Kit designed to enhance the cars drivability with improved aerodynamics and handling from the suspension and alignment.



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Lisa Haight

Event Coordinator & Historian


2021 TLX to Make Racing Debut at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

July 30, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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2021 TLX to Make Racing Debut at Pikes Peak Hill Climb, TLX Type S Prototype Serves as Official Pace Car

  • Acura to field three Pikes Peak race entries; two race-tuned 2021 TLX sport sedans and a “Time Attack” NSX – all piloted and crewed by the company’s R&D engineers
  • TLX Type S development prototype set to pace the race, powered by Acura’s new 3.0 V6 Turbo producing an estimated 355-horsepower, 354 lb. ft. of torque
  • New TLX arriving at Acura dealers this fall; Type S high performance variant to follow next spring

TORRANCE, CALIF., JULY 30, 2020—The 2020 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, marks the official racing debut of the completely reimagined 2021 TLX, set to go on sale this fall. Acura will compete in the 98th running of the “Race to the Clouds” on Aug. 30, with two race prepared second generation TLXs, powered by modified versions of the production 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, along with a “Time Attack” NSX supercar. Pacing the race to the 14,115-foot summit will be a development prototype of the highly anticipated TLX Type S, ahead of its market introduction next spring.

Racing is a key expression of Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA and, for the past nine years, Acura has utilized the grueling Pikes Peak hill climb as an opportunity to grow the skills of the company’s young engineers and as a test bed for future performance technologies in Acura production vehicles. Acura’s Pikes Peak team is comprised of a group of volunteer R&D engineers and is responsible for all aspects of the competition, including the development of vehicles, race prep, crew support and navigating race cars to the finish line.

Acura’s long-standing competitive presence at Pikes Peak includes scoring numerous race records and podium finishes. In 2019, Peter Cunningham took the win in the Open Class for the third year in a row with the RealTime Racing TLX GT (9:24.433). Additional record setting runs include a Hybrid-production car record for the Acura NSX driven by James Robinson (10:02.448) and a front-wheel drive record for the Acura TLX driven by Nick Robinson (10:48.094), records established in 2018 that have yet to be surpassed.

The Race Entries

TLX Type S Pace Car // Driver: Nick Robinson

The TLX Type S Pace Car, an early development prototype used for circuit testing, will be driven by Nick Robinson, a principal engineer in the company’s Chassis Development Group. The prototype TLX Type S is undergoing final development tuning before it is set to arrive in market next spring. Powering the TLX Type S is Acura’s new 3.0 V6 Turbo engine, expected to produce 355 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque, and distributing power to all four wheels via Acura’s fourth-generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®). Additionally, the TLX Type S Pace Car has been equipped with the optional lightweight Y-Spoke wheels, inspired by the NSX’s own, and several safety modifications including a roll-cage and fire suppression system.

A Pikes Peak veteran himself, Robinson established a new front-wheel-drive record for Pikes Peak in 2018 with an Acura TLX and achieved a Time Attack 2 Class Win with a second-gen NSX in 2016. The year prior, he won the PP250 class on a Honda motorcycle. In addition, Nick Robinson serves as a driving safety expert and helps mentor new drivers throughout their careers at Honda R&D Americas.

2021 TLX 2.0T // Driver: Jordan Guitar

Both of the 2021 TLX race cars will compete in the Exhibition Class, with multiple modifications in preparation for the grueling hill climb. The TLX’s standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has been race-tuned with a larger turbo and intercooler for increased power. Stopping performance from the electro-servo braking system is improved with 4-piston Brembo® front calipers and rotors from the TLX Type S, along with high-performance racing pads. A more aggressive suspension set up is applied, as well as unique tuning for the 10-speed automatic transmission and Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. Lightweight 19-inch HRE wheels with Pirelli racing tires complete the TLX’s race preparation.

Driver Jordan Guitar, a member of the company’s team’s Chassis Development Group, made his Pikes Peak debut in 2018 and returned in 2019, piloting Acura SUVs in both instances. Unfortunately, foul weather hampered Guitar’s runs both years, limiting him to just the lower two thirds of the mountain.

2021 TLX 2.0T // Driver: Justin Lumbard

The second TLX entered into the Exhibition Class will be driven by Justin Lumbard – team manager of Acura’s Pikes Peak efforts. Lumbard’s TLX benefits from a higher-output tune for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a more aggressive set up for the TLX’s double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Rounding out the race-ready modifications are high performance brake pads, lightweight 18-inch HRE wheels and Pirelli racing tires.

A rookie Pikes Peak competitor, Justin Lumbard joined the Acura Pikes Peak team in 2017, under the wing of team leader James Robinson, and became co-leader a year later. Lumbard assumed the lead role for Acura’s Pikes Peak racing program this year, including overseeing the development of the two 2021 TLX race car builds.

“Time Attack” NSX // Driver: James Robinson

Returning to the Peak for the third consecutive year is the “Time Attack” NSX driven by James Robinson. A 10-time Pikes Peak veteran, Robinson’s past successes in the “Race to the Clouds” include a hybrid production car record set with NSX in 2018 (10:02.448) as well as podium finishes in the Exhibition, Open and Time Attack 1 classes.

The “Time Attack” NSX features a larger rear wing and aggressive front splitter to add significant downforce for better lateral grip at speed. Larger turbochargers and new engine management software optimizes performance of the twin-turbo V6 and three-motor Sport Hybrid system for maximum performance during the hill climb, with total system output of around 625 horsepower. Through various weight reduction measures, including a stripped interior, the “Time Attack” NSX shaves more than 200 lbs. from its factory weight. Finally, lightweight HRE forged wheels are wrapped in high-grip Pirelli R-compound tires.

Acura’s 2020 Pikes Peak Entry List:

The all-new 2021 Acura TLX ushers in a new era of Acura performance as the quickest, best-handling and most well-appointed sedan in the brand’s 35-year history. With a model-exclusive body structure and chassis architecture, all turbo engine lineup, and an athletic stance with bold proportions, the new TLX delivers dramatic gains in both style and dynamic performance. The first Acura sedan fully designed around the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance ethos, the 2021 TLX will arrive at dealerships early this fall with a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) starting in the mid-$30,000 range. 

About the 2021 TLX

The second-generation TLX also marks the highly anticipated return of Acura’s Type S high performance variant after a decade-long hiatus. The TLX Type S, arriving next spring, will be powered by an all-new Acura exclusive 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine developed for Type S levels of performance. Additionally, the new TLX Type S will be the first Type S model to feature Acura’s torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system, making it the best handling and most performance-oriented Acura sedan yet.

About Acura

Acura is a leading automotive nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to expressive styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the ILX and TLX sport sedans, the RDX and MDX sport-utility vehicles and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar. All Acura models sold in North America for the 2021 model year are made in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at Consumer information is available at



000 Announces Six-Time Pikes Peak Winner David Donner Will Race One of a Kind Art Car in This Year’s Race to the Clouds

July 29, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator
Dan Weikel
Joseph Anderson
IBP Media Inc.




Stunning Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport “000 Art Car” will compete in
legendary Colorado race at elevations of up to 14,115 feet.


LOS ANGELES (July 29, 2020) – As teams prepare for the 2020 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, the Colorado race welcomes an unexpected entry in the form of the 000 art car—a Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport driven by three-time King of the Mountain David Donner. Since 1916, Pikes Peak has been one of the world’s most challenging motorsport contests. The 12.42-mile course’s rapid ascent from its start line at 9,390 feet to the finish line at 14,115 feet taxes driver stamina and acuity. Donner is no stranger to its extraordinary challenges, having taken three overall wins and three class wins at an event that has long attracted top rally and racing drivers from around the world—with many of them supported by manufacturer teams.

“I was never interested in returning to Pikes Peak unless I could drive something with a racing pedigree, plenty of horsepower, traction control, and ABS,” says the three-time King of the Hill. “Porsche’s GT2 RS Clubsport checks all those boxes, and then you place it on Michelin race tires and we have the car. And the 000 art car looks spectacular.”

“Funny enough, the art car’s entry was completely serendipitous,” comments Pete Stout, co-founder of 000 Magazine (pronounced “Triple Zero”). “This began as an editorial project for a shoot on Pikes Peak, and a fun way to let 000 readers and followers know our Rare Shades™ events will go on even if we couldn’t hold one in Toronto this summer. While Larry Chen was shooting the car at a track test, I asked David if he was racing at Pikes Peak this year. He said no—but that he might be if the GT2 was available! When everyone stopped laughing, I asked what it would take and we moved quickly to develop a program to support him with the brand partners who supported the creation of the 000 art car—Michelin, Champion, Chopard, and Meguiar’s. We’re absolutely thrilled to see Donner Motorsports enter the car in one of the world’s most storied races.”


Donner’s connection to Pikes Peak runs deep, as his grandfather helped restart the race after World War II and his father drove a Porsche RS-61 to three wins in the 1960s. David has raced a wide variety of machinery on the hill, from production-based race cars to purpose-built open-wheelers. “I’ve always looked at it as racing the mountain with great respect,” comments Donner. “First you have to finish, then your position is determined.”


Designed by 000 creative director Justin Page and wrapped by Pro Graphics Install of Denver, the colorful art car is sure to stand out in the Time Attack 1 division. Its design takes a cue from Rare Shades™, an event series launched by 000 in collaboration with @ptsrs to highlight Porsches in unusual colors or Paint to Sample. Page’s design includes many “Easter eggs,” with the zeroes in the magazine’s logo appearing throughout the car.


“It will be exciting to watch David Donner return to competition on Pikes Peak this summer in the 000 Porsche,” said Megan Leatham, Executive Director for the PPIHC. “The Donner family has been part of the history of this world-class event for more than 60 years. We were pleased to induct the Donner family, including David, to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame in 2016. David and fellow competitor Jeff Zwart, who was inducted in 2018, are the first Hall of Fame recipients to return to competition on Pikes Peak. We are pleased to offer a bespoke white windshield banner from our partner, Gran Turismo, to exclusively honor current Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Famers who return to competition on America’s Mountain.”


About 000 Magazine 
Launched by longtime editor-in-chief Pete Stout (formerly with Excellence and Porsche Panorama) and editor/writer Alexander Palevsky in 2016, 000 is a collectible quarterly journal that provides Porsche enthusiasts with new insights and unrivaled perspective. Each issue has 260 pages, weighs three pounds, and is limited to 7% advertising. The magazine’s name is a reference to three-digit Porsche model numerology and a promise to explore the marque from its origins forward. 000 is not affiliated with Porsche AG, Porsche Cars North America, Inc., or any of their subsidiaries. For more information, please visit

2020 Souvenir Race Program Now Available in Digital and Print Editions

July 29, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator


For the first time, the 2020 Souvenir Race Program for The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo will be available in the traditional magazine-style printed version as well as in digital format. Program highlights include driver profiles, past race champions, race history, photographs and sponsor information.

There are two ways to purchase it:

Print Edition

  • If you prefer the printed version of the Souvenir Race Program, fill out an order form HERE and we will mail one to you!

Digital Edition

  • Click HERE to visit our online bookcase complete with programs from 2020 and prior events available for purchase. These programs are available to view both on a browser and on your mobile device. This is a view-only purchase, not available for download.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Famer Jeff Zwart Anticipates Success with Porsche 935 on August 30th

July 22, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator
Photo credit: Larry Chen

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, will welcome Hall of Famer, Jeff Zwart, back to America’s Mountain for the 98th running of the Race to the Clouds. Zwart, a Porsche aficionado, will showcase the Porsche 935 when he rockets to the Summit on August 30th.

With dual careers as a film director and professional racecar driver, Zwart’s unique skill sets are not typically found on the same resume. As a die-hard Porsche enthusiast and a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in California, Zwart established a successful career from his fascination with both art and fast cars. His passions came together while making commercials for top automotive brands like Porsche and Hyundai which introduced him to Pikes Peak.  Capturing cars on film quickly became a full time job for Zwart, but there was still something nagging at him, and that was the bug to race one of those fast cars on Pikes Peak.

Although a seasoned driver now, he looked up to previous racers early in his career, in particular Rod Millen with whom he is recognized in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame. With Zwart’s 17th appearance on Pikes Peak in August, he will become the first Hall of Famer to return to competition following his induction.

Zwart coaches CJ Wilson before a 2018 practice run

Zwart’s accomplishments on Pikes Peak are many. He has claimed eight class wins and set three division records. In 2015 he joined the “9-Minute Club” with a sub-10-minute time of 9:46.243 when he captured the Time Attack 1 record. He will take on ten competitors in the Time Attack 1 division this year.

Driving a Porsche feels like home, according to Zwart, “Having grown up in and around them, the familiarity and comfort of knowing exactly how they handle and drive works well with my driving style and is a huge benefit to racing, especially on Pikes Peak.”

Mobil Oil Winner’s Circle 1964. Parnelli Jones, Al Unser and Bobby Unser.

Many racers have a story behind their race number, and Zwart is no exception. In his Pro Rally days, he recalls he had tied for points in the National Championship but lost by one win. The following season, race numbers were assigned based on placings and he was given #2 since, technically, he placed second. He opted for #11 feeling there were really two #1’s the previous season. The number has followed him through his racing career. Interestingly, when asked about his favorite section of the course, 11 Mile claimed the top spot. Car #11 racing through 11 Mile will be impressive. This carbon fiber 2019 Porsche 935 will feature the classic Mobil One winged horse as a classic tribute to the long-standing relationship between the Pikes Peak race and Mobil Oil, going back to the 1940s.

Zwart’s success on Pikes Peak isn’t defined only by his impressive racing statistics or his visionary films such as Ken Block’s “Climbkhana” but includes his willingness to give back to the race he loves. Zwart has dedicated the past four racing seasons on America’s Mountain to coaching the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division for Porsche Motorsports. “I have really enjoyed sharing with the competitors my approach to racing the Hill Climb. Through that experience, I feel like even after 17 years of competing here, I know the road better than ever.”



Last American King of the Mountain David Donner

July 8, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — When The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, welcomes a talented field of drivers to Colorado Springs on August 30th, one question will be on everyone’s mind, who will be crowned King of the Mountain. The coveted trophy for King of the Mountain is awarded to the competitor with the fastest time on Pikes Peak every year.

Known as America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak has played host to champions from around the world. In 2019, Robin Shute (Great Britain) claimed the coveted award. Romain Dumas (France) set a blazing fast course record in 2018 and is the fastest competitor ever to reach the summit. Dumas was no stranger to the top of the podium, receiving King of the Mountain honors on three previous attempts. Rhys Millen (New Zealand) accepted the honor in 2012 and 2015, while Sébastien Loeb (France), a rookie on Pikes Peak, set an overall course record on the newly paved course in 2013. One of the most notable King of Mountain streaks was from 2006 to 2011 when legendary racer, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima (Japan) won every year, setting two course records in the process. In fact, an American hasn’t been crowned King of the Mountain since 2005 when David Donner took the crown in his Donner/Dykstra Special with a time of 11:15.680. Like many others David Donner has claimed the title multiple times – with his 2005 win and in 2002 with an even faster time of 10:52.30.

Donner hails from a racing family following in his father and older brothers’ tire tracks racing on Pikes Peak. A local to Colorado Springs, he did his town and family proud. His father Robert Donner Jr. raced in and won the Sports Car class in the 1950s and his older brother Bobby III won the Open Wheel class in 1989.

Racing Pikes Peak was an evolving goal for Donner. Having raced in events in Germany, England, and New Zealand, everybody talked about the Race to the Clouds. Pikes Peak was a family tradition that Donner couldn’t turn down. Of all his victories on the mountain, he felt his most notable accomplishment was winning on both the dirt and pavement surfaces. Donner competed in numerous cars and with his promising results was able to showcase his ability to build successful racecars.

There have been 97 previous runnings of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, yet only 41 people can claim they were King of the Mountain, or Queen, in the case of Michèle Mouton (France) in 1985. Of that group, 26 wins have been claimed by a member of the Unser family, including ten by Bobby Unser who holds the most King of the Mountain titles.

Recalling his history of records, wins and achievements, Donner isn’t certain he would return to racing on America’s Mountain, stating, “I’m content with the name I’ve made for myself on the mountain,” adding, “It would have to be the right opportunity. I don’t feel the need to race again just for the sake of racing. Running the Hill Climb is a huge commitment and takes months of preparation. I would love to see more young competitors get involved with Pikes Peak to keep the tradition alive.”



Lisa Haight

Event Coordinator & Historian

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

(719) 685-4400


A Tribute to Carlin Dunne – King of the Mountain

June 30, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Perhaps the finest motorcycle racer ever to perform on Pikes Peak, Dunne became the first racer to break the motorcycle ten-minute mark in 2012 with his winning time of 9:52.819 aboard a Ducati Multistrada. The next year, he beat every motorcycle to become King of the Mountain on an electric motorcycle. He won four titles overall before a tragic crash near the summit of Pikes Peak last summer claimed his life and cut short one of the most amazing careers in the history of the race.

“To me adrenaline is both friend and foe, it can heighten your senses but it can also cause you to lose your cool. Racing up Pikes Peak requires a sound mind and the nerve to push the envelope at the grandest race course on earth.” 

Carlin Dunne, 2/25/2019

“Son, brother, teammate, friend. Fearless competitor and devoted mentor. Carlin played endless roles, always leading with the same unmistakable charisma, unwavering calm, and signature twinkle in his eye. Whether racing on blacktop or in Baja, he led with the same fiercely competitive spirit, loving heart, and unwavering dedication. Destined for a life on two wheels, Carlin developed a lifelong obsession with perfecting his craft. Instilled with dreams of becoming a racer, filmmaker, and stuntman, he remained humble and gracious as his career took a meteoric trajectory.

While his list of achievements on two wheels stretches for miles, arguably Carlin’s greatest accomplishment during his short time on earth was the positive impact that he had on the lives of everyone he came across. His passion for racing was truly connected to his passion and care for family and friends. Carlin lived every moment to the absolute max. He was kind, genuine, and so full of life. 

Renowned for taking fellow riders under his wing, mentorship came second nature to Carlin. Whether showing youngsters the ropes or simply embodying a life lived at full throttle, he had an unmistakable knack for bringing outsiders into the fold, exemplifying love, kindness, and camaraderie along the way.”

The Carlin Dunne Foundation

“Carlin loved the mountain. She challenged and enticed him, calling him back again and again. He gave her due respect. He was fully aware of her ability to take.”   

Romie Gallardo, Carlin’s mother


“Mate, I know you’re looking down on us, and I hope wherever you’re going, you have a great racetrack, and a movie that needs some stunt riders, and you’re having a good time.”

Rennie Scaysbrook, friend and competitor 



“Carlin came to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with our team for the first time in 2008. We asked him along as Ducati motorcycles were quite new to us and he had experience with them. That year he didn’t race, but it was clear that he was eyeing the course in the quiet, careful way that was his hallmark. Over the next decade we grew to know and love Carlin, and to marvel at the skill he brought to competing at Pikes Peak.

We are proud to be his team, and to be a part of the records he set here.”

Paul and Becca Livingston, Spider Grips


“If you didn’t know him, he was a fierce competitor and a really kindhearted person.” 

Chris Fillmore, friend and competitor


“Carlin is somebody I always looked up to. He showed up and hauled (butt). He did unbelievable things. He was like Superman to me. That’s who he will always be to me.”

Codie Vahsholtz, Ducati Teammate 




“At 36 years old, Carlin had set off on his own road racing career, been a professional downhill mountain biker, tackled Baja, ridden motocross, trials and claimed several Pikes Peak International Hill Climb titles. He was seasoned, confusingly multifaceted, and had an impressive natural drive that was evidenced in his skill across all disciplines.

He appeared to be unwavering in focus; he displayed a meticulousness in his craft that is only seen in the greats. All of that was reflected in his riding. It was elegant, controlled, and mystifyingly smooth; surely a byproduct of his contemplative nature.”

Nic de Sena,

Carlin Dunne

Best of 2019 Awards

“The loss of Carlin Dunne to the motorcycling community was absolutely devastating. Dunne’s skill was only overshadowed by his humble character, which went a long way towards masking the fact he could haul ass on anything with two wheels, regardless if it had an engine or not. The undisputed King of the Mountain, Dunne made the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb look easy, so much so that he stepped away from competition for a few years to help guide new competitors to the mountain and show them the way. That’s why his death, at the hands of the very same mountain top, is so hard to bear. He was so close to tasting victory and setting an astonishing lap record. Instead, he left us far too soon. I’d be lying if I said I was friends with Carlin Dunne, but I raced Pikes Peak the same year he took the crown on the electric motorcycle and was awed by his speed. I again shared the racetrack with him this year, as he was testing Ducati’s new Streetfighter, and again was floored by his speed and his easy-going nature. He was simply someone you wanted to be around, regardless of how you felt about motorcycles.

To say I had a massive amount of respect for him would be an understatement. It seemed all but a certainty that he would win again this year. When it didn’t happen, the collective motorcycling community took a second to reflect on the worst aspect of our sport. It hurt, and it was gut-wrenching, but he would, undoubtedly, want us all to keep pushing. It speaks volumes about a person when people they’ve never met feel a deep loss when they pass. Carlin Dunne was that kind of person. He will forever be missed, but will never be forgotten, and would like to further cement his legacy by awarding him the 2019 Motorcyclist of the Year.”

Troy Siahaan,


Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to be Conducted Without Spectators on August 30

June 18, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO – Since March 19 when the announcement came that the 98th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, would be postponed until August 30, race fans everywhere have been eager to learn if they would be allowed to attend the world-famous hill climb in person. With input and advisement from state and local agencies the decision to conduct the race without spectators was announced today by the Board of Directors.

The race will take place as currently scheduled, but the atmosphere and energy will feel very different. “For the first time, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be staged without its loyal, enthusiastic fans lining the course and no one is more disappointed than we are,” shared Megan Leatham, Executive Director. “Our staff and board of directors have discussed and analyzed multiple scenarios in which our race could be staged. However, with the government-issued long-term mandates for wearing personal protective equipment, providing appropriate social distancing, and limiting the size of group gatherings, we feel it is impossible to safely host spectators at the race on August 30.”

All Camping Permits, Practice and Race Day Ticket purchases will automatically be refunded in full.

The popular downtown street festival, Fan Fest, a kick-off event slated for Friday, August 28 has been canceled. Leatham added, “For many, this is one of the highlights of the summer. It’s always exciting and packed with people. We typically welcome over 30,000 fans but in light of current government guidelines we feel it would be irresponsible to hold the event this year. The risk to our competitors, sponsors, volunteers and our fans is just too high.”

Board Chairman, Tom Osborne, stated, “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the way we all do business, we are finding ways to adapt to the new normal and will continue to monitor the federal, state and local regulations on large crowds. Despite this unforeseen challenge, our iconic motorsports event has proven its ability to adapt and endure, and it will continue to do so this summer, next year, and in preparation for the 100th Running in 2022.”

Leatham concluded, “We want to thank our amazing fans for their continued support and understanding and we really look forward to welcoming them back to the mountain in 2021.”

Watch the Video Press Release HERE

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Lisa Haight, Event Coordinator & Historian

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

(719) 685-4400