Romie Gallardo, Carlin Dunnes’ Mother
It’s been two weeks now since my son left us. In my heart I knew the instant that Carlins time did not register in the 4 th
and final section of the race that I’d lost my baby boy (Yes, at 36 he was still my baby boy). Dear Lord, take care of my
boy, he is truly in your hands now.
From the moment of his crash, the entire Pikes Peak International Hillclimb officials handled the situation with my full
support. They exhibited the utmost privacy, respect, and dignity, and continue their steadfast support today. Media was
instantly shut down and an outpouring of love and support was extended from the moment that I arrived in Colorado
Springs. Megan Leatham, Executive Director of The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Tom Osborne, Chairman of the
Board of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Paul and Becca Livingston Owners of Spridergrips, Jason
Chinnock, CEO Ducati of North America and Ducati Motor in Bologna, Italy, all took care of me, protected me, and more
importantly protected my son. I will forever be grateful.
Carlin was beloved by all who knew him. He was everyone’s friend. Whether playing the role of little brother, big
brother, son, or best friend. From a young age, I shared him with the world because I knew he was bigger than me,
bigger than our mother-son bond. He fiercely pursued his passions with my full blessing and complete support. He held
the security and confidence of knowing, “Mom will take care of the homestead.” He was never reckless in action or
deed. I trusted him implicitly. Many years ago, he evolved beyond me. The funny thing is, Carlin never thought of himself
as a “big deal.” I did, but I was “just the mom.” He still did his own laundry, picked up Sonny’s dog poop. He always said,
“please” and “thank you.”
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.” With that being said, I know for a fact that he would not want the motorcycle
program to end. He would want us to learn from this tragedy. He would encourage the official accident reconstruction
authorities do what they are trained to do, and for the race officials to implement additional safety precautions
Three days after Carlin’s crash a reporter asked me, “How do you feel about the race now?” To which I replied, “The
same way I felt on June 29th , the day before he crashed.” All his life I’ve known that losing him was a possibility. We went
into this with eyes-wide-open. We were aware of the flip side of this sport. I was committed to him and his dreams. He
was doing what he loved. So, who are we to take away other racers’ dreams of racing Pikes Peak International Hillclimb?
In closing, I would like to give a massive worldwide THANK YOU to all of Carlin’s extended family and friends near and
far! Our family is humbled beyond words. All of your love, support, stories, videos, and pictures without a doubt have
helped me – and continue to help me. I am truly touched by your love and the ways in which you honor my son. Carlin
would have been in awe at all the attention. He would have loved everyone coming together in harmony. He truly lives
on in each and every one of us.
Rest easy baby boy, we’ve got this. We’ve got Sonny. As you told your little sister many years ago, “Just keep pedaling.”
That’s what we are going to do – just keep pedaling. I’ll see you when I get there.
Colorado Springs, Colo, — Following the tragic death of the Spider Grips Ducati motorcycle rider on June 30, 2019 while racing at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, Ducati North America and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb have created a GoFundMe online fundraising account to support Carlin’s mother, Romie, during this difficult time. His loss is felt throughout the international motorcycling and racing community.
Carlin was a 4-time champion of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, won Rookie of the Year in 2011 and broke the 10-minute barrier the following year, setting a new course record that stood for five years. He then selflessly volunteered two race seasons as part of Ducati’s Squadra Alpina Team, with the Race Smart program, mentoring rookie riders as they first came to race the mountain. He was loved, respected and admired by all those whose lives he touched. Watch Carlin’s Saturday preparation video which is a true picture of who Carlin was as a man and a competitor. https://youtu.be/r3kjd-SCPd0
Following the race, at the Awards Ceremony on Monday, competitors paid tribute to Carlin as a mentor, a friend, a competitor, a racing icon and spoke of the impact he made on their lives. Awards Ceremony Video
In addition to his efforts at Pikes Peak, Carlin’s passion for two wheels took on all forms. He raced and won the Score Baja 500, competed in the Score Baja 1000, was one of the first two riders to traverse the La Carrera Panamericana, competed in the Super Hooligan series Bonneville Land Speed Racing, was a pioneer in Freeride Mountain biking, served as a partner in Ducati Santa Barbara and performed motorcycle stunt work for both television and film, among many other accomplishments.
All proceeds raised through the GoFundMe account will go directly to Carlin’s mother to help with expenses and to honor his legacy with a celebration of Carlin’s life in Santa Barbara a month from now.
The PPIHC Board of Directors have donated $932 to represent Carlin’s incredible estimated time of 9:32 had he crossed the finish line. This would have been a new motorcycle course record, beating the current by 12 seconds. We ask you to consider matching the 9:32 unofficial time with a $932 donation to honor Carlin’s remarkable run on Sunday. We would appreciate any donation to support Carlin’s mom with funeral expenses and Carlin’s celebration of life.
This is the only official channel for donations and support.
The Official GoFundMe account can be found here: Carlin Dunne GoFundMe CampaignKEEP READING
Carlin Dunne Accident Information
July 2, 2019
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb’s Race Director and Race Safety Team have completed their investigation regarding the racing accident with Carlin Dunne that occurred on June 30, 2019 during the 97th Running of the Race to the Clouds.
The motorcycle was inspected and there were no signs of a mechanical failure.
After reviewing footage from the incident, it appears that the rider highsided coming into the last turn before the Finish Line.
“We mourn the tragic death of Carlin and he will remain in our hearts forever as part of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb family. Carlin was loved by everyone who was lucky enough to know him. We not only lost one of the greatest ever to compete on Pikes Peak, but more importantly an irreplaceable friend to this organization,” said Megan Leatham, Executive Director.KEEP READING
2019 PPIHC Official Results
Following the conclusion of the 97th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, the official results have been posted. Click here to view them!KEEP READING
The collective hearts of the Colorado Springs community and the Board of Directors of The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, along with Ducati North America, share the grief and pain of Carlin Dunne’s family, friends and fans over his untimely death.
Throughout the 97 years that this unique race has been conducted on America’s Mountain, we have experienced the ultimate joy in victory, the disappointment of failure and now, the unexpected heartbreak of the loss of a competitor, whose love of the race brought him to Pikes Peak. We mourn the tragic death of Carlin and he will remain in our hearts forever as part of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb family. Carlin will be remembered as a warm hearted mentor with a competitive spirit. He was a gentle and thoughtful man who touched everyone who met him. We will always remember his contagious smile and genuine love for sport.
“There are no words to describe our shock and sadness. Carlin was part of our family and one of the most genuine and kind men we have ever known. His spirit for this event and love of motorcycling will be remembered forever as his passing leaves a hole in our hearts,” said Jason Chinnock, CEO Ducati North America.
With our deepest condolences,
The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Ducati North AmericaKEEP READING
Based upon official qualifying times, the 2019 Run Order has been released for the 97th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo.
Check it out HERE!KEEP READING
Colorado Springs, CO—–Acura is taking Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain by storm on June 30th. In addition to fielding five entries, a 2019 Acura NSX will be the Official Pace Car in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo. The driver of the Official Pace Car will be six-time Pikes Peak champion, David Donner.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of this historic hill climb event, and to have local legend David Donner behind the wheel of the NSX Pace Car is a great addition. The NSX made its competition debut at Pikes Peak in 2016, and has raced to the summit every year since.” Jon Ikeda, Acura Vice President and Chief Brand Officer.
“It will be an honor to drive the 2019 Acura NSX Pace Car to the top of Pikes Peak on race day. While I’ll be trading in my race helmet for a street drive up Pikes Peak, I’m very aware this car fits into the class of Supercars everyone wants to experience. The hybrid technology employed by Acura is truly state-of-the-art,” stated Donner, “Thank you to Acura and the race organizers for giving me this opportunity. I’ll try not to break my current production car record!”
Donner, following in the footsteps of his father, Robert Donner, Jr., and his brother, Bobby Donner, both race winners, has been a top finisher on Pikes Peak since the late 1980s. This will be David’s 25th appearance on Pikes Peak racing everything from purpose-built Wells Coyote and Donner/Dykstra machines to Porsche GT3 Cup cars. Donner holds the record for the Time Attack 2 Production Class set in 2016 in a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S – 10:26.896.
“Acura has been a great supporter and partner of our event since 2013,” according to Megan Leatham, PPIHC Executive Director, “and they have provided the Official Pace Car for the past five years. We are so pleased to have the NSX pacing our race again this year, and it’s great to have Pikes Peak champion, David Donner, behind the wheel.”
ABOUT THE 2019 ACURA NSX
Hand built in the Acura Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, Acura’s one-of-a-kind hybrid exotic is the only supercar made in America and features an innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid electrified drivetrain. Combined with a bespoke, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, the NSX produces an impressive 573 horsepower and launches from 0 to 60 MPH in just three seconds. Coated in an eye-popping Thermal Orange Pearl, and updated for 2019, the NSX is even more responsive to the will of the driver, thanks to the chassis enhancements elevating performance driving in all circumstances – whether on the street, at the track or climbing to the 14,115 summit of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain.KEEP READING
June 25, 2019 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michael Dunlop Isle of Man Champion Withdraws from 97th Running of the Race to the Clouds
Colorado Springs, CO—–World-class rider, Michael Dunlop has officially withdrawn from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb due to a previous racing accident. “All of us at the PPIHC wish Michael and his navigator a speedy recovery and hope to see him return to Pikes Peak next year,” said Megan Leatham, Executive Director.
An official statement was released from his team, MD Racing, Wunderlich and ProKASRO, “Michael and his navigator were involved in a high speed, heavily impacted accident on Saturday, June 22nd at the Donegal International Rally in Ireland. Neither party was at fault. Michael suffered serious injuries which will leave him out of action for two weeks. A further update of his condition will be made in the near future.”
Dunlop was scheduled to compete in the 97th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday in the Motorcycle Heavyweight Division. His teammate, Lucy Glöckner, 2018 PPIHC Motorcycle Rookie of the Year, and currently the fastest woman to compete on Pikes Peak, will return this year riding a 2019 BMW S1000R.KEEP READING
Colorado Springs——–The 18th Annual Fan Fest, presented by Toyo Tires and Budweiser, will make downtown Colorado Springs the place to be on Friday, June 28th, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., as the city prepares for the 2019 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 30.
“The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brings thousands of visitors to our city year after year and remains a proud tradition in Colorado Springs. As the most prestigious hill climb in the world, it has been a significant part of our city’s history for over a century, and it energizes our entire community with both the event and the associated Fan Fest downtown celebration,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.
“In addition, the Hill Climb offers a great opportunity to showcase our natural beauty to visitors and viewers from across the world,” added the Mayor.
This year’s Fan Fest entertainment package includes the Budweiser Beer Garden, the Fire Fighter Chili Cook Off, sponsor booths, food trucks and vendors for the fans. Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli will present the Red Bull Motocross Team, a true highlight of the evening. Fan Fest spectators will see some of the best riders in the world performing jaw-dropping aerial tricks while jumping a distance of 75′ and soaring 35′ in the air!
“The Hill Climb team is tremendously grateful for the support and contributions of Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli to Fan Fest,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “The Guadagnolis are once again presenting the appearance of the Red Bull Motocross Team. We could not make Fan Fest the tremendously popular event it has become without their generous financial support.”
“The Pikes Peak region is steeped in a long-standing history of motorsports and world-class events that entice travelers from across the globe. We are excited for yet another summer of full-throttle thrills during the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb week,” said Doug Price, President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. “From Fan Fest to race day there are so many reasons this renowned event has stood the test of time and continues to infuse valuable tourism dollars into our local community through international travel.”
Fan Fest, free and open to everyone, celebrates the 97th running of the famed race with fun, food and thrills for some 35,000 fans who will take part in the gala street festival, spanning seven blocks of Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. This year, Budweiser is proud to present the beloved Budweiser Clydesdales on display from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Bring the family to see these majestic horses – a part of the Budweiser legacy since 1933.
Fire departments in Southern Colorado will compete in the annual Chili Cook Off with ladles in hand for the title of Best Green Chili, Best Red Chili, Best Booth Design, and Most Money Raised. Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 5 will host the Cook Off during Fan Fest with donations benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association/Rocky Mountain region. The spicy recipes of southern Colorado’s finest firefighters are sure to set off alarms!
This year’s race will feature 62 autos and 29 motorcycles in the field, with competitors from 16 nations.
Fans can meet many of the competitors and see their cars and motorcycles as they prepare to take on the world’s toughest hill climb on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. The PPIHC is the USA’s second-oldest motorsport event behind the famous Indianapolis 500.
Driver James Robinson, Raymond, Ohio, is looking forward to taking part in his ninth Fan Fest on June 28. He’s entered in the Time Attack I division behind the wheel of a 2019 Acura NSX. He finished fourth last year and was third in class in 2017.
“Fan Fest is an awesome opportunity for the teams and the competitors to interact and connect with thousands of fans. It gives us lots of energy and excitement to compete. I really look forward to it,” Robinson says.
Keep up-to-date on all PPIHC activities, news and ticket purchases at: www.ppihc.org or on the Official PPIHC App.
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If you are lucky enough to have a ticket to join some 7,500 spectators, credentialed media and race officials along the 12.42-mile course for the 97th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, congratulations!
It’s not too late to get your tickets and be there in person to see the drama, excitement and thrills as the lineup of 100 drivers and riders take on the Race to the Clouds and the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain.
Ticket sales have moved online! To expedite entry to the event, and improve traffic flow, tickets will NOT be sold at the Gateway. Click here to purchase practice day tickets, Race Day tickets, and Camping Permits.
But You Won’t Have a Ticket?
If you just can’t be up there to experience the race in person, here’s a list of ways to follow America’s second oldest motorsport event, and the world’s toughest hill climb, from start to finish in your home, auto, or just about anywhere else.
KRDO Radio Broadcast
KRDO NewsRadio, the Official Radio Broadcast Partner of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, will provide flag to flag coverage of the 97th running of Race to the Clouds. Listeners have a variety of options to hear the broadcast. Complete coverage is available on 105.5 FM, 1240 AM, and 92.5 FM. The broadcast will also be available at https://www.krdo.com/ and on the KRDO NewsRadio App.
The NEW PPIHC App
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is pleased to introduce a new App in conjunction with MYLAPS. This free app is available for download on both Android and iOS devices. Features include the ability for fans to link to social media platforms, track the Race Day run order, listen to live flag-to-flag coverage on KRDO 1240AM Radio, and follow live timing during the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds.
Live Timing & Scoring
Follow the results throughout Race Day at www.ppihc.org.
YouTube and Social Media
In-car video from many competitors, as well as post-race interviews will be uploaded to the Official PPIHC YouTube Channel and promoted through PPIHC social media channels.
Make sure to follow us on Twitter for real-time updates from the Summit!KEEP READING