FANS WELCOME INAUGURAL PIKES PEAK GT4 TROPHY BY YOKOHAMA

Colorado Springs, Colorado — The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, along with division sponsor Yokohama Tire, are pleased to introduce the inaugural Pikes Peak GT4 Trophy by Yokohama. Five drivers representing three manufacturers will take part in the 2024 Race to the Clouds.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Yokohama to bring the Pikes Peak GT4 Trophy by Yokohama to life for 2024,” said PPIHC CEO Melissa Eickhoff. “The GT4 platform is one of the most popular and versatile forms of racing in the world today, and those who have brought GT4s to the mountain in the past have had success. This is a natural expansion to more manufacturers and that tricky element of Balance of Performance – which will prove to be interesting and new ground for GT4s. We’re looking forward to watching our inaugural division do battle this June, and we hope to encourage more manufacturers to bring GT4s to the Race to the Clouds in future events.”

The Pikes Peak GT4 Trophy by Yokohama succeeds the popular Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama, which debuted in 2018. The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport that competed in the former class remains eligible, while Yokohama ADVAN tires also carry over.

“Yokohama is excited to expand its presence at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as the title sponsor of a new class, the Pikes Peak GT4 Trophy by Yokohama,” said Tricia Wall, Motorsports Senior Manager, Yokohama. “The popularity of GT4 sports car racing is at an all-time high in North America and this class presents a unique opportunity for multiple vehicle manufacturers to compete against one another at one of the world’s most iconic racing venues. The cars will all go through a B.O.P. (balance of performance) process and compete on the Pikes Peak-proven Yokohama ADVAN A052 tire ensuring the racing will be fierce, but fair.”

PPIHC worked with SRO to obtain the licensing for the GT4 division. SRO is the world leader in GT Class Racing. After creating the GT3 class, the SRO created a GT4 class in order to have a world standard for manufacturers to fairly compete on racetracks around the globe. The SRO licenses the GT4 Class globally with either SRO owned or licensed series running in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and North America. In 2023, the GT4 class had the largest number of competitors of any class worldwide. By licensing the GT4 Class from the SRO, manufacturers and teams can be confident they have a fair chance to compete at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The SRO runs many of the world’s premier single and multi-class GT4 series and maintains a homologated platform for each licensed GT4 that allows for efficient balance of performance. The new division is capable of welcoming numerous other global manufacturers and GT4-spec vehicles to compete in the same division moving forward with sub-classes for normally aspirated and turbocharged cars. In 2024, PPIHC will have Porsche and Ford competing in the normally aspirated class and Toyota in the turbo class.

“Porsche and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb have a long history together,” said Volker Holzmeyer, President & CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America. “In many ways, Porsche is tied to this event like we are tied to Daytona, Sebring or Le Mans. It goes very deep. We are proud to return in 2024 supporting the new GT4 class with the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport. We look forward to being part of another historic and successful weekend.”

“The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is very significant to all of us at Ford Performance,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “We have been fortunate to have seen success in this event with the record-setting SuperVan 4.2, but competing with the all-new Mustang GT4 this year during the model’s 60th anniversary will be a special moment. Events of this magnitude give us the perfect test bed for our Ford Performance products around the world and a great opportunity to develop our vehicles in the toughest environments to ultimately benefit our customers.”

“Toyota is proud to participate in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the new GT4 division,” said Paul Doleshal, group manager, motorsports, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “This historic event is a perfect opportunity to showcase Toyota’s hallmark reliability and performance attributes featured in our Toyota GR Supra GT4. Toyota continues to push the limits for greater, ever better vehicles for our customers, and participating in events like the Pikes Peak Hill Climb allows us to put our vehicles to the test in the most strenuous situations. We are confident that our GR Supra GT4 will be up to the challenge of the more than 150 turns this event requires and look forward to engaging with the many fans who will be on-site.”

All five drivers competing for the inaugural Pikes Peak GT4 Trophy by Yokohama have previous experience on the mountain.

#16 Chris Becker, Englewood, CO

2024 Ford Mustang GT4 (S650); 6th year

#22 Laura Hayes, Greenville, SC

2022 Toyota Supra GT4; 3rd year

#727 Hayden Bradley, Seminole, FL

2023 Porsche 718 GT4 RS Clubsport; 2nd year

#77 Nuno Caetano, Lisbon, Portugal

2023 Porsche 718 GT4 RS Clubsport; 2nd year

#99 Robb Holland, Denver, CO

2023 Porsche 718 GT4 RS Clubsport; 8th year

Bradley, Caetano, and Becker competed in the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama last year, finishing first, second, and fifth respectively, while Holland was fifth in the Pikes Peak Open class last year. Hayes most recently competed in the Time Attack 1 class in 2022 and formerly drove the Parade of Champions car in 2020.

Photos: Larry Chen Photo, Ford Performance, Toyota Motor North America

Contributor: Chris Leone

Contact:

Lisa Haight
Communications Manager / Historian
lisa@ppihc.org
(719) 685-4400
www.ppihc.org

PPIHC REVEALS 2024 COMPETITOR AWARDS

Colorado Springs, Colorado — The 102nd Running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is pleased to roll out a host of competition awards for drivers in this year’s Race to the Clouds. The PPIHC Awards Ceremony, is slated for Monday, June 24, and will be presented by B.R.M Americas.

Division Winner Timepieces

Each custom timepiece features a specially-designed dial including tribute flags representing participating countries. The motif continues in the colorful Alcantara strap.

“The Race to the Clouds is truly one of the most thrilling Sundays of the year,” shared BRM Americas President, Frederic Gasser. “It’s not just a race; it’s the ultimate motorsport quest.” Gasser will be on hand to present these unique chronographs to each division winner. Fans may also inquire about ordering a similar version here.

Unser Legacy King of the Mountain Ring

In the second year of a partnership with Jostens, the PPIHC will award this one-of-a-kind, gold and diamond championship ring to the 2024 King of the Mountain.

This coveted jewelry creation is sponsored by the Museum of American Speed, new home of the expanded Unser Collection. The MOAS, along with Speedway Motors in Lincoln, Nebraska, have a long history of racing success on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.

The ring’s unique styling includes course statistics, a symbol of the iconic mountain, and a nod to the 2024 PPIHC theme, “Often Challenged. Rarely Conquered.”

King of the Mountain Custom Sports Coat

The 2024 King of the Mountain will also receive a custom-tailored, hand-stitched sports coat, courtesy of INHERENT.  This popular award is created exclusively for the overall event champion, custom-tailored, crafted of the finest material, and valued at more than $1,600.

PPIHC Trophies by Glassical Designs

The PPIHC has revealed the new trophy design for 2024. Division sponsors are: Pikes Peak GT4 Trophy by Yokohama, sponsored by Yokohama Tire; Unlimited, sponsored by Colorado Springs Airport; Time Attack 1, sponsored by Mobil 1™; Pikes Peak Open, sponsored by Olsen Plumbing and Heating; Open Wheel, sponsored by Museum of American Speed; and Exhibition, sponsored by Alpine Bank.

PPIHC Prize Money

A $70,000 purse will be awarded to competitors across five divisions including $5,000 to the King of the Mountain. If a new overall course record is set on Race Day, an additional $10,000 will be awarded to the overall record-setting competitor.

Fast 15 Awards

The PPIHC’s Fast 15 qualifiers will be recognized with a framed Larry Chen photo commemorating their qualifying time.

Turtle Wax Product Package

The winning driver in each division will receive a variety of auto detailing products, including car wash, cleaner, tire prep, tire shine and a variety of ceramic products, courtesy of Turtle Wax.

Be All You Can Be Award

NEW for 2024 – The US Army’s 10th Special Forces Group (A), based at Ft. Carson, Colorado, is proud to offer the “Be All You Can Be” award. The winning competitor will be chosen by the 10th Special Forces Group.

Alcon Brake No Holding Back Award

A voucher for $12,000 worth of bespoke race brake/clutch products will be presented to the award winner. Chosen by Alcon, this award is presented to a driver who has demonstrated outstanding perseverance and determination in their 2024 race to the 14,115’ summit.

Bergmeister Trophy

Under a multi-year agreement, participants racing in five divisions, including Open Wheel, Exhibition, Pikes Peak Open, Time Attack 1, and Unlimited will have the opportunity to earn up to four (4) free Hoosier tires. To be eligible for the program, teams must use approved Hoosier tires and display Hoosier decals on their vehicles. Tires will be awarded to those taking part in the contingency program based on podium finishes.

PPIHC WELCOMES WOMEN WITH DRIVE: Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs, Colorado — The 102nd Running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is partnering with Women in Motorsports North America and Parity to host their latest Women with Drive event.

Melissa Eickhoff, PPIHC CEO, shared, “We are proud that WIMNA has chosen Colorado Springs, and the Race to the Clouds, as the latest installment in their Women with Drive series. As the sport continues to evolve, it’s important to focus conversations on diversity and inclusivity across motorsport genres.”

“Over the span of this 102-year-old event, we have never had the depth of experience represented by women in this year’s race,” explained Lisa Haight, PPIHC Historian. “The opportunity to hear their stories and talk about how they reached this point in their careers will certainly motivate the next generation.”

According to Alex Urban, PPIHC Event Manager/Competitor Services, “We feel it’s important to recognize and include women from all aspects of motorsports in our event. We’re pleased to have a number of women, not only in leadership, but as key officials, volunteers and in our internship program.”

Women in Motorsports North America and Parity Announce New Event at 2024 Pikes Peak to Honor Six Female Racing Phenoms

Women with Drive Event will Feature a Panel Discussion & Reception

at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

in Colorado Springs on June 21

Presented by RBC Wealth Management

Women in Motorsports North America (WIMNA) and Parity, the sports marketing and sponsorship platform dedicated to closing the gender income and opportunity gap in professional sports, today announced the latest edition of their collaborative event series Women with Drive: Pikes Peak, presented by RBC Wealth Management. The event will celebrate that for the first time in history, the PPIHC will feature six women drivers: Mary Barker, Ryan Cheek, Laura Hayes, Katherine Legge, Kathryn Mead, and Loni Unser.

The event will feature an exclusive panel and reception on June 21 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for 100 notable industry leaders, race car drivers, and executives. Parity CEO Leela Srinivasan will moderate the panel discussion and will include Laura Hayes and Loni Unser (both scheduled to compete in the race) as well as Kate Brim (2x World Champion, handcycling) and Sammy Schultz (Olympian, modern pentathlon). The discussion will touch on various topics, including the continued growth of women’s sports, women athletes as leaders and competitors, opportunities to continue equal representation, and the future of women in racing. Additional event sponsors include Yokohama Tire, Toyota of Colorado Springs, Porsche, and Mobil 1.

“We’re honored to continue our partnership with Parity and RBC Wealth Management for our second reception and panel discussion during this historic moment of women racers participating in the 102nd running of the PPIHC. Our shared commitment to gender neutrality perfectly aligns with WIMNA’s efforts to enable and advance careers for women,” says Cindy Sisson, Executive Director. “The afternoon will be engaging, informative, and entertaining in the iconic venue of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum.”

For press interested in attending, please contact michelle@22-spring.com for more information.

About Parity:

Minority-founded in 2020, Parity is a sports marketing and sponsorship platform dedicated to closing the gender income and opportunity gap in professional sports. By developing high-impact collaborations between brands, professional women

athletes, and their fans, Parity has proudly put millions of dollars in the pockets of women athletes, attracting dozens of brands to the movement in the process. The platform connects brands like Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, AdventHealth, and Superfeet to over 1000 women athletes from 75+ sports, including well over 250 Olympians and Paralympians. For more information on how to tap into the rapidly rising influence and popularity of women athletes, visit https://paritynow.co or follow us on InstagramLinkedIn, and Facebook.

About Women in Motorsports North America (WIMNA):

Women in Motorsports North America is a community of professional women and men devoted to enabling opportunities for women across all motorsport disciplines. Founded as a 501c3 in April 2022, WIMNA is quickly establishing its positive impact on motorsports, supporting and creating resources that enable women drivers, technicians, engineers, operations staff, business-related staff, media, and more to thrive in the industry. Best known for its Women with Drive Summit, which is held each year, WIMNA also provides resources, mentorship, coaching, career connections, and more. Learn more at womeninmotorsportsna.com.

About RBC Wealth Management

Founded in 1909, RBC Wealth Management delivers trusted advice and world-class wealth solutions to individuals, families, and institutions. A subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), it is one of the largest full-service wealth management firms in the U.S., supporting the complex needs of high-net-worth and institutional clients by providing access to private banking, credit, investment management, asset management and other services. In the United States, RBC Wealth Management has $570 billion in total client assets with more than 2,100 financial advisors operating from 190 locations in 42 states. RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, registered investment adviser and Member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC. Learn more at rbcwm.com

REMEMBERING PARNELLI JONES PPIHC STOCK CAR CHAMPION

Colorado Springs, Colorado — The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is mourning the loss of motorsports icon, Parnelli Jones. Jones raced on Pikes Peak for the first time in 1962 in the Stock Car division in his #24 Ford. He finished in third place behind Curtis Turner, who set a division record of 14:55.50, also in a Ford; and Nick Sanborn who claimed second place in his Chevrolet.

In 1963, Jones returned to Pikes Peak in the Bill Stroppe-prepared Mercury, not only winning the division, but setting a Stock Car division record of 14:17.40.

Learn More About the Legendary Racing Career of Parnelli Jones

FINAL DAYS FOR PPIHC PRACTICE, CAMPING, AND RACE DAY TICKETS

Colorado Springs, Colorado — It’s almost June and that means the 102nd Running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is right around the corner! For those hoping to view the Race to the Clouds in person, get your tickets now.

PPIHC TICKET FAQ

May I still buy a camping permit?

Camping on Saturday night, June 22, is sold out at every area except 9-Mile, which is tent/car camping only – no RVs.

Are there tickets for Practice/Qualifying mornings?

Yes, a limited number are still available. Tuesday, June 18 through Thursday, June 20 there is qualifying in the lower section, and practice runs on the middle and upper sections. Friday, June 21, is an optional practice day for competitors.

I want to purchase a Race Day ticket. Where can I do that?

The following locations are sold out: Devils Playground, Glen Cove (except shuttle).Tickets are available online only HERE. This is the official ticket site.

No tickets will be sold at the Gateway on Race Day.

Is there a way to get to the race without driving?

NEW for 2024 – Glen Cove Shuttle! – Book a ticket for the Glen Cove Shuttle which will pick up 26 passengers at Marcroft Hall in Chipita Park at 5:00am before driving to Glen Cove. It will remain on the mountain for the entirety of the race before returning to Marcroft Hall at the end of the day. There will be room to bring a small cooler and/or camp chair/blanket to help you enjoy the race. Passengers will have access to the motorcoach throughout the race should they wish to escape the elements, or take a quick nap.

What else do I need to know?

Everything you need to know is in our 2024 Spectator Guide – HERE

If you already have tickets, be sure you’ve signed the Spectator Waiver! HERE

I can’t attend but still want to catch the Race Day action, how do I do that?

Check out our live stream Pikes Peak Live presented by Mobil 1™!

Listen to live radio coverage on KRDO NewsRadio 105.5FM, 1240AM or 92.5FM or at KRDO.com

Follow live timing on our website – PPIHC.org

And be sure to follow us on all PPIHC social media channels!

ALL-ELECTRIC ACURA ZDX TYPE S SETS THE PACE WITH TOP BMX ATHLETE COCO ZURITA BEHIND THE WHEEL

Colorado Springs, Colorado — The Official Pace Car for the 102nd Running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo has been announced.

THE CAR

A 2024 Acura ZDX Type S, the performance brand’s first all-electric model, will pace the 102nd Running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo. This year marks a decade that Acura has provided the Official Pace Car for the Race to the Clouds.

“From their supercar NSX to high-performance SUV’s, we have seen many impressive Acura vehicles take the first green flag over the last ten years. Acura’s constant pursuit of precision crafted performance sets the perfect example for the 70 competitors to follow,” expressed Melissa Eickhoff, PPIHC CEO.

The 2024 ZDX is Acura’s highly anticipated all-electric SUV, and the high-performance ZDX Type S stands as the most powerful Acura ever. Built upon a state-of-the-art electric vehicle platform with a low center of gravity and near 50/50 weight distribution, the ZDX Type S delivers nearly 500 horsepower and 544 lb.-ft. of torque at all altitudes.

THE DRIVER

Pro BMX athlete, car tuner and amateur drifter, Coco Zurita, will pace the field in the PPIHC debut of the first all-electric pace car in the history of the event.

Meliza Humphrey, senior manager of Acura Marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., shared, “Coco Zurita has been a great partner of the Acura brand, first collaborating with us through custom builds that have been a huge hit with enthusiasts, including an Acura TLX that debuted at the 2024 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and an Integra at the 2022 SEMA Show. As an extreme sports athlete, ranking among the top BMX athletes in the world, he has no fear of high elevations making him the perfect person to take our ZDX Type S to the summit.”

Originally from Santiago, Chile, Zurita has been riding BMX since he was 14 years old. He has competed in over a dozen X Games, achieving multiple podiums. His driving experience includes amateur drifting and competition in the Unlimited AWD class at Global Time Attack.

Photos courtesy of Acura

ABOUT ACURA

Acura is a leading automotive brand committed to delivering expressive styling, innovative engineering and high-performance, all built on the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA. The Acura lineup consists of two sport sedans, the Integra and TLX, and three sport-utility vehicles, the RDX, MDX and all-electric ZDX. A line of high-performance Type S variants further demonstrates the virtues of Acura Precision Crafted Performance. All Acura vehicles sold in America are made in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Contact:
Lisa Haight
Communications Manager / Historian
lisa@ppihc.org
(719) 685-4400
www.ppihc.org

OFFICIAL PPIHC MERCH ON SALE NOW

Dress like a true PPIHC fan!

Order your 2024 Official Merch now!

Jackets, T-shirts, hats, stickers and more are available now.

Look for NEW items rolling out throughout the month of May.

Place online orders by June 12th to ensure delivery by Race Day. 

Race fans may also shop the store in person throughout Race Week in Colorado Springs, beginning at Technical Inspection on Monday, June 17 at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Shop early for best selection!

INTRODUCING THE 2024 PPIHC POSTER ART CONTEST WINNER

Colorado Springs, CO — In preparation for the 102nd Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, and as part of the Tom Osborne Community Engagement initiative, regional artists were invited to submit poster designs that both captured and incorporated this year’s theme: Often Challenged. Rarely Conquered.

The winning design was submitted by Rachel Aweida, a Colorado native who works in marketing for a commercial real estate firm. She will receive a $1,000 cash award. The Aweida name is likely familiar to PPIHC fans, as her father, Dan, and brother, Trevor, are both competitors.

The artwork is titled: 14,000′ Closer to Mars

“I have a strong family connection to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. It has been inspiring to watch and support my father and brother in their passion for racing on this mountain.

A couple of years ago, we lost our home and shop in the Marshall Fire, and my dad and brother were faced with the daunting task of rebuilding their dream from the ground up. Despite all the challenges they encountered, their determination and true love for cars never faltered. Watching them pour their blood, sweat, and tears into their race cars has been a humbling and awe-inspiring experience. 

I found myself drawn to participate in this year’s contest and contribute to my family’s legacy in this event. The 2024 slogan, “Often Challenged. Rarely Conquered” struck a chord with me on a personal level. As I watch my family ascend the mountain, I’m reminded of the extraordinary feat they accomplish every single year. This led me to create something “out of this world” because that’s how special and astonishing I see the race – just like landing (not to mention racing) on Mars. I used a photo of my dad racing in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the car that was lost in the fire, but instead of on Pikes Peak, he’s racing around a planet similar to Mars. I aimed to capture the essence of this remarkable event by conveying the out-of-this-world experience, the thrill of the climb, and the triumph of overcoming all the obstacles we have faced along the way.” 

Rachel Aweida

POSTERS AVAILABLE AT FAN FEST

Meet Rachel and get a free copy of this exclusive poster at PPIHC’s Fan Fest on June 21st in Downtown Colorado Springs from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

See additional designs and vote for your favorite on PPIHC social media channels in our People’s Choice category, beginning Monday, May 6.

Winner of the People’s Choice will be awarded $250.

BRUCE JOUANNY AND FRENCH AUTOMAKER QUARKUS TAKE PROTOTYPE SUPERCAR TO PIKES PEAK

Colorado Springs, CO – The 102nd Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is just two months away. Some teams have been preparing for nearly a year to return to the mountain. Bruce Jouanny of Èze Bord de Mer, France and French automaker, Quarkus, with advice and backing from Pikes Peak icon, Ari Vatanen, began planning the project in November, 2023. On June 23, Jouanny will strap in behind the wheel of the #26 Quarkus P3 in Pikes Peak’s Unlimited division.

The Driver

Bruce Jouanny started his racing career as a teenager in single seaters – Formula Renault, Formula Palmer Audi, Formula 3, and World Series By Nissan/Renault, before moving onto sports cars – LMP2 and LMP1 – and racing at 24 Hours of Le Mans.

He has since then raced many different cars, but now focuses on TV as he was one of the three presenters of the French Top Gear show, and is now a test driver for the Automoto show on French TV channel TF1.

“To be honest, coming to Pikes Peak is always something I wanted to do,” explained Jouanny, “but my racing career was 100% on circuits, and I never really had the occasion. So I feel extremely lucky to be here. It’s a bit of a dream come true, but it’s also completely new with a lot to learn and to take in. I hope it’s only the beginning of many more Pikes Peak races for me.”

The Car

The project was initiated in November of 2023. With such a tight timeline, Quarkus chose the experienced team of RD Limited led by four-time Pikes Peak King of the Mountain and current course record holder, Romain Dumas. RD Limited will provide operational and technical support.

From concept to creation, it took several months of research and development for the Quarkus team of enthusiasts, headed by Damien Alfano, to put the brand’s first car on the track.

When asked how he and this innovative machine came to be on Pikes Peak this year, Jouanny replied, “Ari (Vatanen) introduced me to Quarkus CVEO, Damien Alfano, saying that I needed to check out that car and broadcast it on French TV. After having a good look at the car, thinking that Ari was the link, I thought to myself, ‘We should do Pikes Peak with this car.’ I left a voice message for Damien at 2 a.m., and here we are!”

The Quarkus P3 in its Pikes Peak configuration features:

  • carbon tubular chassis
  • drivetrain and suspension developed in-house
  • 4 cylinder engine combined with a micro-hybrid system
  • biofuel capability
  • bespoke aero kit

Asked about the team’s goals for this year, Jouanny offered, “We are here to learn. We started from scratch, and I really mean from scratch, five months ago. So, reaching the top, taking it all in, and gathering information is the target.”

“After months of intensive work on the prototype of this car, I feel an immense sense of pride and accomplishment to finally be able to present it to you. As a motorsport enthusiast, I’m proud to share our vision of innovation and performance with luxury car aficionados. The Quarkus P3 Pikes Peak embodies the very essence of our commitment to excellence and the thrill of driving. I would also like to express my gratitude to our dedicated teams, whose hard work has made this dream possible.” Damien Alfano, founder of Quarkus

The Quarkus P3 with Pikes Peak livery will be revealed on May 2 at the Prestige Auto Show in Beaune, France.

About QUARKUS

Quarkus SAS, was created on November 26, 2020, Les Mureaux, France.

Quarkus is a new French carmaker. It’s not just an assembler or tuner. All vehicle systems are designed, developed and manufactured in France at QUARKUS.

Quarkus is based in the Vallée de Seine in western Paris. It’s a region that saw the birth of the automobile over 120 years ago. This historical anchorage has meaning and is part of the brand’s philosophy.

www.quarkus.fr

The Legend

The choice to compete Pikes Peak was an obvious one, since the renowned Ari Vatanen is a close follower and patron of the Quarkus project. The Finnish driver was crowned King of the Mountain in 1988, winning the Rally Open division and setting the course record at the time.

Vatanen was featured in the short film, Climb Dance, and through the film has become an ambassador for the race by introducing viewers worldwide to the excitement, sights and sounds of auto racing on Pikes Peak. Vatanen will be inducted to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame, in Colorado Springs, in June.

GET TO KNOW BRUCE JOUANNY

Fun Facts:

“Skydiving is my hobby, but I enjoy sports in general.”

“I drive a Toyota FJ Cruiser, Desert Beige, that I have customized a bit. A perfect car for holidays with the kids…just not easy to park in Monaco.”

“My favorite food is raw meat for breakfast with an egg on top!”

When did you first hear about Pikes Peak?

“In 1989 in a video called Speed and Beauty? There was two episodes about PPIHC, and then a second Speed and Beauty tape with Ari Vatanen in 1991, Climb Dance.

Any Pikes Peak Heroes? “Michѐle Mouton, and Ari, obviously. Ari is also my Paris-Dakar hero because, beyond the fact that he is a phenomenal driver, he is also the most humble person I have ever met, and in that respect he is a true hero.”

Who has given you advice about racing on Pikes Peak? Romain Dumas just said to me, “you know it’s not like how we do on racetracks, you need to keep a margin here…”

Favorite Track: Macau Street Circuit because it’s freackin’ nuts. Best track on earth!” (Pictured: Jouanny racing in the Macau F3 World Cup)

Photos by: PPIHC Archives, Quarkus, Bruce Jouanny

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FOUR PIKES PEAK LEGENDS TO BE INDUCTED IN 2024 PPIHC HALL OF FAME

Colorado Springs, CO — The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame is pleased to announce four outstanding inductees for 2024, Ari Vatanen, Beck Bechtelheimer, Clint Vahsholtz and Ted Foltz.

Founded in 1997, the PPIHC Hall of Fame is committed to honoring and preserving the achievements of individuals and/or organizations who have left an indelible mark on the Race to the Clouds – whether they are competitors, organizers, officials, members of the press or volunteers. Anyone who shares a passion for speed and competition, in addition to a great respect for Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, and plays a role as an ambassador for this famous race is eligible for a Hall of Fame nomination. A new group of inductees is welcomed every other year.

“The level of achievement, knowledge and enthusiasm accumulated in this year’s inductees is incredible,” shared Lisa Haight, PPIHC Historian. “The depth of experience in this group spans decades, and we’re pleased to shine the spotlight on these very deserving individuals as we welcome them to the Hall of Fame.”

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on June 20th in Colorado Springs.

WELCOME THE 2024 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Beck Bechtelheimer

Often referred simply as Beck, everyone knows the name, from drivers, to race fans, to the broader racing community. Bechtelheimer’s voice is known far and wide for his behind the microphone announcing and interviewing prowess. He called the action at tracks throughout Colorado for 49 years, and for many years was a fixture on the KRDO race day radio broadcast where he described the action in detail, with enthusiasm and by tapping into his unmatched insight into what was going on behind the wheel.

Ted Foltz

A local racing hero to many, Ted Foltz, was a two-time King of the Mountain, capturing his crowns in 1970, and repeating in 1980. Foltz was a second generation racer on the mountain, along with his brother, Dick. A third generation of motorcycle racers eagerly followed in their footsteps.

Foltz first entered the Open Wheel division in 1954 and raced sprint cars, open wheelers, including a Wells Coyote, through 1989. In the late 1970s, Foltz ventured into the Stock Car division in his Chevrolet Camaro.

Foltz was dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Race to the Clouds and worked diligently to help build the original Race Car Museum in Manitou Springs in 1989. His knowledge in sourcing and preparing exhibits for the museum along with his countless volunteer hours was invaluable.

Clint Vahsholtz

The Vahsholtz name garners immediate respect on Pikes Peak, and for good reason. Patriarch, Leonard Vahsholtz carved his name into the PPIHC record books with his success on Pikes Peak from 1977 to 2008. Leonard’s son, Clint, began making a name for himself in 1992 racing in the Motorcycle Open Pro division winning three times in 4 years and setting two division records.

From 1996 through 2012, Clint raced in the Super Stock Car division notching 16 division wins and two division records. The father and son duo raced and won on Pikes Peak for years. In 2013 Clint moved to the Open Wheel division continuing his winning ways and was crowned King of the Mountain in 2020. No one has earned more division wins on Pikes Peak – Clint has collected 24 – making him the winningest driver in PPIHC history. Now, third generation Codie Vahsholtz is proving himself on the same mountain that built his family’s legacy.

Ari Vatanen

Often asked by fans to strike the iconic pose of one hand shielding eyes from the sun and the other steering the powerful Peugeot, Finland’s Ari Vatanen is a motorsports legend. The 1988 art film, Climb Dance, immortalized Vatanen and allowed fans a glimpse of what it takes to conquer Pikes Peak.

The World Rally Champion took the mountain by storm in 1988 by winning the Rally Open division and setting an overall course record to become King of the Mountain. Since the release of the film, viewers worldwide have come know the excitement, sights and sounds of racing on Pikes Peak, and Vatanen has become an ambassador for the race he loves. He has been recognized in the FIA Hall of Fame and the Rally Hall of Fame. He has also authored an autobiography titled, Every Second Counts.

ABOUT THE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

First staged in 1916, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest race in America. The invitation-only event, often referred to as The Race to the Clouds is held annually near the end of June on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, near Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. The famous 12.42-mile (20 km) course consists of 156 turns, boasts an elevation gain of 4,725 feet (1,440 m), and reaches a finish line at 14,115 feet (4,302 m) above sea level. The PPIHC’s six race divisions feature a wide variety of vehicles – from production-based Time Attack challengers to purpose-built Open Wheel racers and state-of-the-art Unlimited vehicles. The current race record was set in 2018 by Romain Dumas and Volkswagen in the all-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak – 07:57.148.

Contact:
Lisa Haight
Communications Manager / Historian
lisa@ppihc.org
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