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Renewable Fuel to Power Continental GT3 to the Clouds

April 12, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

 

 

 

 

 

RENEWABLE FUEL TO POWER CONTINENTAL GT3 TO THE CLOUDS – BENTLEY’S 2021 PIKES PEAK RACER UNVEILED

  • Bentley launches new sustainability initiative with return to Pikes Peak
  • “Continental GT3 Pikes Peak” to run on renewable fuel
  • Modified race car to be the most dynamic Bentley ever built
  • Bentley bids for triple crown of Pikes Peak records
  • Targeting Time Attack 1 record, to add to Production SUV and Production Car records attained in 2018 and 2019
  • Former King of the Mountain Rhys Millen returns to drive for Bentley
  • Car developed in conjunction with GT3 customer team Fastr
  • The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brought to you by Gran Turismo to take place on 27 June 2021

(Crewe, 9 April 2021) Bentley has today launched a major new sustainability initiative, with the announcement of a renewable fuels research and development programme spearheaded by the most extreme road-car-based Bentley in its 101 year history. The Continental GT3 Pikes Peak, designed and built to compete for the Time Attack 1 record at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, will be the first competition Bentley to run on renewable fuel, ahead of a goal to offer sustainable fuels to Bentley’s customers around the world.

The modified Continental GT3 racer, based on Bentley’s race- and championship-winning car, will power its way through the 12.42-mile course running on a biofuel-based gasoline. Various blends of fuels are currently being tested and evaluated, with possible Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions of up to 85% over standard fossil fuel. This first step marks the start of a longer programme that will investigate both biofuels and e-fuels for their potential to power the Bentleys of past and present in a sustainable way.

Bentley’s ambitious and transformational Beyond100 programme will see the brand become the world’s leading sustainable luxury mobility company, with the entire Bentley model range offered with Hybrid variants by 2023 ahead of Bentley being BEV-only by 2030. The adoption of renewable fuel for this project signals the start of a long-term ambition for Bentley, initiating a research and development programme that aims to offer renewable fuels to Bentley customers in parallel to Bentley’s electrification programme. This two-strand strategy is set to maximise the pace of Bentley’s progress towards outright carbon neutrality, as part of its Beyond100 journey.

Combustion-engine Bentleys will still be produced for the next nine years – and Bentley’s new project aims to make those cars as sustainable as possible through the use of innovative fuel technologies. With more than 80% of all Bentleys ever built still on the road, a genuinely sustainable and customer-facing renewable fuel offering will also allow customers to enjoy their current and classic Bentleys responsibly for years to come.

Bentley’s Member of the Board for Engineering, Dr Matthias Rabe, comments:

“We are delighted to be returning to Pikes Peak for a third time – now powered by renewable fuel, as the launch project for another new element of our Beyond100 programme. Our powertrain engineers are already researching both biofuels and e-fuels for use by our customers alongside our electrification programme – with intermediate steps of adopting renewable fuels at the factory in Crewe and for our company fleet. In the meantime, the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak will show that renewable fuels can allow motorsport to continue in a responsible way, and hopefully it will capture the third and final record in our triple crown.”

Bentley’s pinnacle Pikes Peak project is being run in conjunction with British Continental GT3 customer team Fastr, who have successfully campaigned their Bentley race car in time attack competitions across the country. Technical teams from Bentley and Fastr are working together with specialists from M-Sport in Cumbria to extract the maximum possible performance from the Continental GT3 package, which will be run in Colorado by the same team and with assistance from K-PAX Racing.

To break the record, the car will have to complete the nearly 5,000 ft climb, which includes 156 corners, at an average speed of more than 78 mph to cross the finish line in less than nine minutes and 36 seconds. To help achieve this ambitious target, Bentley has once again turned to three-time Pikes Peak champion and former “King of the Mountain’ Rhys Millen (NZ) – who holds individual class records. It was with Millen that Bentley captured its two existing Pikes Peak records – the Production SUV record attained in 2018 with a Bentayga W12, and the outright Production Car record scored in 2019 with a Continental GT.

“There is no better proving ground for automotive engineering than the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Historically, manufacturer success on Pikes Peak translates to advances in consumer offerings,” explained Megan Leatham, executive director of the event. “With Rhys Millen’s proven performance on this mountain, we’re excited to see a possible third record from Bentley.”

The Most Extreme Road-Car-Based Bentley in History

With the start line at 9,300 ft, the course climbs to 14,115 ft – where the air is 1/3 less dense than at sea level. This environment means that the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak features modifications both to its aerodynamics package and its engine, turning it into the most extreme iteration of a Continental GT – or indeed any Bentley road car – ever.

The biggest rear wing ever fitted to a Bentley dominates the rear of the car, sitting above a highly efficient rear diffuser that surrounds the transaxle gearbox. This rear aerodynamic package is balanced by a two-plane splitter at the front, flanked by separate dive planes.

The engine is Bentley’s proven racing power unit, developed from the 4.0-litre turbo V8 fitted to the Continental GT V8. For the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak, engine modifications together with the use of carefully selected biofuel will ensure the engine develops significant horsepower despite the rarefied conditions it will operate in. Short side-exit exhausts will ensure the car sounds as dramatic as it looks.

Further modifications include cooling air scoops in place of the rear windows, and the obligatory stopwatch mounted to the roll cage next to the steering wheel, to allow Rhys Millen to keep track of his sector times up the mountain.

The Continental GT3 Pikes Peak now enters a major test and development phase, based initially in the UK before being shipped to the USA for altitude testing. An update on the progress of the car will be issued in May, ahead of the 99th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 27th June. More technical details about the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak will be released in due course.

Notes to editors

Bentley Motors is the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering, Mulliner and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur, and Bentayga. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

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MOBIL 1 RETURNS TO PIKES PEAK TO STREAM LIVE RACING ACTION ON JUNE 27

April 7, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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Colorado Springs, CO – From 14,115 feet to your mobile device, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, will be covered live from America’s Mountain as part of an innovative partnership with the Mobil 1™ brand.

Race enthusiasts will be able to access the livestream via the Mobil 1 Facebook page, on Sunday, June 27, 2021. The free online experience titled, “PPIHC Race Day Powered by Mobil 1,” will bring fans closer than ever to the racing action, including live commentary, special guests, exclusive giveaways, and more.

“While we are thrilled to be able to invite spectators back to the mountain for the 99th Running of this famous race, we know not everyone who would like to join us can do so. Thanks to our long-standing partnership with the Mobil 1 brand, and their dedication to showcasing all this race has to offer, we are able to bring this motorsports event to anyone wishing to experience it,” explained Megan Leatham, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “The cutting-edge livestream that the Mobil 1 team pioneered last year will return in June and allow our fans a unique opportunity to view the action anywhere they have access to Facebook.”

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 on the last Sunday of June on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, near Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. The famous 12.42-mile course consists of 156 turns, boasts an elevation gain of 4,725 feet, and reaches a finish line at 14,115 feet above sea level. The PPIHC’s automobile categories feature a wide variety of vehicles representing multiple forms of motorsport; everything from production-based Time Attack challengers to purpose-built Open Wheel racers and state-of-the-art Unlimited vehicles take on America’s Mountain pursuing victory. The 100th Running of this iconic motorsports event will take place in 2022.

Contact:
Lisa Haight
Event Coordinator / Media / Historian
lisa@ppihc.org
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Dumas, Donohue and Astier Among Thirteen Porsche Racers to Challenge Pikes Peak on June 27

April 6, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs, Colorado. Porsche has been racing since its first vehicle rolled off the small assembly line and immediately went to a hill climb… and won. In 1958, the first Porsche came to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In 1960, Robert Donner, Jr. drove a Porsche RSK to the sports car manufacturer’s first division win. In 2020, his son, David Donner (Colorado Springs, Colorado), raced a Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport to the marque’s 29th victory with a time of nine-minutes, 36.559-seconds in the Time Attack 1 Division. On June 27, a baker’s dozen of Porsche privateers will challenge “America’s Mountain” in the 99th Running of Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you Gran Turismo, near Colorado Springs, Colorado spread across three divisions: Time Attack 1, Pikes Peak Open and the bespoke Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama. Pikes Peak is North America’s second oldest motorsport event, just behind the Indianapolis 500, and will celebrate its centennial edition in 2022.

The 12.42-mile, two-lane road winds over 156 turns as it climbs from its 9,390-foot starting line, up Pikes Peak to the finish at 14,115-feet. The all-time race record is seven-minutes, 57.148-seconds set by Porsche factory driver Roman Dumas (France) in 2018 driving the electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak prototype race car. The current Time Attack 1 record for production-based cars is 9:23.721 established in 2019 by French rally racer Raphael Astier in a modified Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car which had been fitted with a turbocharger. Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, Maryland) holds the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama course record in a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport at 10:33.897 set the first year of the division, 2018.

As it was in 2020, Porsche is in-line to make a challenge for the overall win when the race returns to its traditional date in June. Leading the effort will be Dumas who returns to Pikes Peak in a Porsche. As announced on February 15, the Frenchman will team with longtime dealer and motorsport partner Champion Porsche to field a 911 GT2 RS Clubsport in the popular livery of the Florida operation. While his all-time record may remain safe, the outright victory is within the grasp of the track-only variant of the road-going Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Major competition in the Time Attack 1 Division will come from David Donohue (West Chester, Pennsylvania) who was a leading contender in the BBi Autosport-prepared Porsche in 2020. A third Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport – a twin-turbocharged machine capable of 700 Hp – has been entered by Germany’s Christoph Breuer. It will be his first attempt at the event which is also wildly popular in Europe and Asia.

Two more Europeans will travel to Colorado this summer with first-time aspirations in the Time Attack 1 Division with Porsche-built race cars. Laurent Millara (France) has entered a 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 while Steve Zimmer (Luxemburg) has modified his Porsche Cayman GT4 for the intense competition of Time Attack 1.

Five of the dozen Porsche entries in the “Race to the Clouds” come in the invitation-only one make division known as the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama. Headlining the group of contenders, all racing the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport race cars, is veteran rally and stunt driver Tanner Foust (Newport Beach, California). Challenging Foust will be 2020 Rookie of the Year Kathryn Mead (Austin, Texas) who is making her second start in the Cayman race car after an impressive run that caught organizer’s and fan interest alike. Local George Hess is back for another attempt to sit atop the division standings as is Charles “Chas” Wirken (Mesa, Arizona). Cameron Ingram (Durham, North Carolina) is the fifth entry in the division. Ingram – whose Road Scholars is a longtime supporter of eight-time event winner and division coach Jeff Zwart (Aspen, Colorado/Long Beach, California) – is making his competition debut in the new mid-engine Porsche after intense preparations.

The Pikes Peak Open Division is home to three Porsche-based entries. Astier – who calls Huntington Beach, California home – returns to try and better his production-car based event record in the BBi-built turbocharged, modified 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Andy Kingsley (Buena Vista, Colorado) faces down the challenge in a modified twin-turbocharged 2002 Porsche 911. Colorado Springs’s own Chris Strauch looks to impress his neighbors in the division with a 1970 Porsche 914 “Wide Body” he has modified.

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.

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Erik Skirmants, Event Manager, Pikes Peak, Porsche Motorsport North America.

“The Pikes Peak Hill Climb’s heritage in North America, and the strong international following it has, continues to be an excellent venue to showcase Porsche strengths in competition. Power to weight is critical in a hill climb, as well as the tested durability of our motorsport cars. We have a few modified/shop-prepared Porsches as there has always been but with the introduction of the turn key Clubsport models, we have shown that Porsche has series produced models that are instantly competitive on the world stage. We are very happy with the mix of competitors who will be showing that the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport sets the bar for versatility and speed exactly as produced.”

Megan Leatham, Executive Director, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

“The excitement of our event is definitely elevated by the presence of Porsche on the mountain. The racing technology that Porsche presents, along with the top-tier drivers they attract, really takes competition to the next level. Combine that with their history on Pikes Peak, going back to the late 1950s, and the number of wins and records set over the years, and Porsche is undoubtedly a major player.”

Andrew Briggs, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, Yokohama Tire.

“The Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama has become a classic race. Each year the competition is incredible. For Yokohama, it’s been a tremendous honor to combine our heritage on the mountain with our ongoing support of Porsche activities in North America, and we’re excited about this year’s Race to the Clouds.”

Photo Credit: Larry Chen Photo

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Lisa Haight
Event Coordinator / Media / Historian
lisa@ppihc.org

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Special License Plate in 2022

March 30, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Looking for a new way to show your love of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and over 100 years of motorsports on Pikes Peak? In tribute to the 100th Running in 2022, we are gauging interest in and gathering support for the State of Colorado to issue a special license plate which will be available to any vehicle owner in Colorado.

If you are a Colorado resident, sign the support petition below and help us gather the 3,000 signatures needed to submit our application for approval.

Share this with any Colorado race fans, car clubs or friends.

Thank you!

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Colorado Springs Sports Corporation CEO, Tom Osborne, Leaves Lasting Sports Legacy

March 10, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs, CO – The collective hearts of the Board of Directors and staff of The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation are saddened by the sudden passing of CEO Tom Osborne.

At the helm of the largest and most iconic sporting events in Colorado Springs, Osborne left an impressive mark on the Rocky Mountain State Games, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the Labor Day Lift Off and the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, to name a few.

“He was an incredible man, a great leader and a friend,” said Dave Palenchar, Chairman of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.  “Tom loved The Sports Corp, he loved the community and he touched an unbelievable number of people personally and through Sports Corp events in the last 18 years.  We’re grateful for all that he did for our organization and the Colorado Springs community. He was more than one in a million – he will be deeply, deeply missed.”

Osborne was a 1978 graduate of Montana State University-Billings, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education.  He was the founder of the Big Sky State Games in Montana, and served as the Executive Director from 1985 to 1993.  Under Osborne’s leadership, the Big Sky State Games grew to become the largest State Games for athlete participation per capita.

Serving as the Executive Director of the National Congress of State Games from 1993 through 2003, Osborne assisted in the creation and execution of the State Games of America, the national State Games, managed the national office, and was directly involved in fundraising, sponsorship, and grant solicitation.  He was elected President of the National Congress of State Games in 2003.

He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors and served on its Executive Committee from 1996 through 2000 and on numerous committees and task forces, including the Delegation Review Committee and the Equestrian Hearing Panel.

Osborne joined the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation as the President & CEO in 2003.  Under his leadership, the organization grew its flagship event, the Rocky Mountain State Games, from 14 sports and 2,000 athletes to over 20 sports and 10,000 athletes annually in just a few short years. The organization successfully hosted the State Games of America an unprecedented three times, in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Well-known and well-respected, Osborne was a pillar in Colorado Springs – the community that he loved. In addition to his role with The Sports Corp, he served on the board of directors for The Broadmoor World Arena, Visit Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – both as Chairman & Vice Chairman.

“He will be remembered for his ability to attract sporting events to the Pikes Peak region, from the Warrior Games, to premier cycling events, the Colorado Classic and the USA Pro Challenge,” stated Doug Martin, Chief Operating Officer.  “Tom’s love of this city and the sporting venues it offers was the catalyst in bringing new events, tournaments, and national governing bodies to Colorado Springs.”

Under Osborne’s leadership and his wealth of knowledge in event management, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb once again attained the status and significance envisioned by its founder, Spencer Penrose, more than 100 years ago.   “Tom was an incredible leader whose love for the Colorado Springs community was evident every day he walked into work,” shared Megan Leatham, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “In the 10 years he has championed our event, he has made such a positive impact on everyone who was lucky enough to know him.  He was a treasured friend and mentor and has left an impressive legacy.”

Osborne’s genuine love of sports at any level was contagious, but was always second to his dedication to his family and friends.  He is survived by his wife, Amy; daughter, Ellie (Cameron) Kuehne; son, Ben (Kassy) Haughton and the light of his life, granddaughter, Charlie Rose Kuehne.

Contact:
Megan Leatham
Executive Director
megan@ppihc.org
(719) 685-4400

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Course Record Holder Romain Dumas Returns for the 99th Running of the Race to the Clouds

February 12, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is pleased to announce the return of reigning course record holder, Romain Dumas in a Porsche Clubsport specially-prepared by Champion.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Romain and his team back to Pikes Peak. It will be a real treat for our fans to watch him compete,” said Megan Leatham, Executive Director.

Dumas’s racing history on America’s Mountain began in 2012 when, as a rookie, he captured the Pikes Peak Open division behind the wheel of a 2012 Porsche GT3R, setting a new division record in the process. Three subsequent wins in the Unlimited division aboard his iconic Norma M20 RD Limited added three King of the Mountain titles to his world-class race resume.

In 2018, Dumas was back behind the wheel of the all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak, a nine-month concept to competition engineering marvel, where his proven knowledge of the course paid off. The former course record, 8:13.878, set by Sébastien Loeb and Peugeot just five years earlier, was shattered when Dumas laid down a blistering time of 7:57.148 and established a new benchmark.

When asked about his return to competition on Pikes Peak, Dumas replied, “I am very happy to be back on Pikes Peak with Champion and Porsche. This is my first race with Champion, but I know them well from endurance racing. They are really motivated and excited to discover Pikes Peak.”

Etching a new record on America’s Mountain was only the first stop on a worldwide circuit to prove the I.D. R’s exceptional speed and handling. In 2019 Dumas and Volkswagen broke the electric vehicle lap record at the Nürburgring and set a record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Later that year, Dumas make a breathtaking 6.77 mile run up Shan Big Gate Road on China’s Tianmen Mountain.

In preparation for Pikes Peak, Champion Porsche and Champion Motorsports have joined forces to compete in the 99th running with a Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport entered in the Time Attack 1 division. In a fitting return to his Pikes Peak roots, Dumas, a Porsche factory driver, will showcase the excellence of the Champion-prepared Porsche racing vehicle as well his ability to conquer the mountain.

Champion’s deep racing history began with Porsche in the 1990s and continued with Audi in the early 2000s, including victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. Their most noteworthy achievement came in their fourth attempt at the 24 Hours of Le Mans when they celebrated the overall win in 2005. This victory at the legendary French circuit made Champion Racing the first US team to claim overall victory at the event since Carroll Shelby’s win in 1967 – 38 years earlier. In 2021, Dumas and Champion will sport the #38 on Pikes Peak in tribute.

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 on the last Sunday of June on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, near Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. The famous 12.42-mile course consists of 156 turns, boasts an elevation gain of 4,725 feet, and reaches a finish line at 14,115 feet above sea level. The PPIHC’s automobile categories feature a wide variety of vehicles representing multiple forms of motorsport; everything from production-based Time Attack challengers to purpose-built Open Wheel racers and state-of-the-art Unlimited vehicles take on America’s Mountain pursuing victory. The 100th Running of this iconic motorsports event will take place in 2022.

Photo Credits: Larry Chen, Scott Paine Photography, Randel’s Media Group

 

Contact:

Lisa Haight

Event Coordinator & Historian

lisa@ppihc.org

(719) 685-4400

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Announces 2021 Competitors

February 1, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator
  • Champions Dallenbach and Shute
  • Scott Birdsall and “Old Smokey” defend diesel-powered record
  • 2020 Rookie of the Year, Kathryn Mead, returns
  • State-of-the-Art Electric Vehicles
  • Rookies to Watch
  • Third-generation Vahsholtz

Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, has invited more than 65 competitors to take part in the 99th Running of the Race to the Clouds on June 27, 2021. Organizers will welcome drivers from nine countries and 18 states.

One of the most exciting aspects this year will be the presence of spectators, once again, on Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain.

CHAMPIONS FEATURED

Two former King of the Mountain award winners Paul Dallenbach and Robin Shute will be back on Pikes Peak in June to challenge the 12.42-mile course. Dallenbach (Basalt, CO) holds three King of the Mountain trophies, has seven additional division wins and will run in the Open Wheel division.

Shute (Norfolk, UK) the 2019 King of the Mountain is back in the #49 Wolf GB08 TSC as part of the Unlimited division. Unable to attend in 2020 due to the global pandemic, Shute is eager to be back on Pikes Peak where he will face ten other Unlimited entries including JR Hildebrand, 10-year IndyCar competitor.

DIESEL DEFENDER

Diesel recordholder, Scott Birdsall (Santa Rosa, CA) returns with “Old Smokey,” an eye-catching 1949 Ford F1, to defend his 2020 diesel-powered record – 11:24.065. Other diesel-powered challengers include Gregiore Blachon (Nashville, TN) in a 2021 VW Bug Proto TRI-TDI Diesel and newcomer Pat O’Keefe (Martinez, CA) in a 2015 TA2 Camaro powered by a Twin-Charged 3.0L Ecodiesel engine running 100% renewable NexDiesel.

 

MEAD RETURNS

The Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division will include the 2020 Rookie of the Year, Kathryn Mead (Austin, TX), a retired astrophysics professor turned racecar driver. Speaking of her first year on Pikes Peak, Mead shared, “I felt well prepared but you still have to execute, and race day at Pikes Peak is the only time that you get to drive the whole mountain. When I crossed the line it was the most euphoric I’ve ever felt in my whole life. It was the hardest but coolest thing I’d ever done.”

Six other competitors in the one-make Porsche division, all sporting Yokohama tires, will round out the group.

GREEN MACHINES

Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) returns in a 2020 Tesla Model 3 in the Exhibition division. Pobst’s spectacular crash just past the Bottomless Pit wall on the second practice day in 2020, appeared to end his racing effort; however, after three round-the-clock work sessions his dedicated crew presented a race-ready car on Sunday and Pobst captured second place in his division.

Formula Drift Championship Series competitor, Dai Yoshihara (Cerritos, CA) capped off the 2020 competition. As the final competitor to challenge the mountain, Dai blasted to the summit in his 2013 Toyota 86 to win the Unlimited division. Yoshihara returns to America’s Mountain in June, this time in the Exhibition division behind the wheel of a 2018 Tesla Model 3.

Fumio Nutahara (Hokkaido, Japan) was forced to take a hiatus from Pikes Peak last year due to the pandemic, but he returns in 2021 with a novel electric-powered car, a 2022 GLM ZZ to run in the Unlimited division.

PROMISING ROOKIES

An internationally certified instructor at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina, Laura Hayes (Inman, SC) will compete for the first time behind the wheel of a 2021 BMW M2CSR when she joins the Time Attack 1 division. No stranger to Pikes Peak, Hayes piloted the Parade of Champions BMW in 2020, leading the competitors from the Summit back to the Start Line, post-race.

Perhaps the most exciting ‘rookie’ is three-time Pikes Peak motorcycle division winner, Codie Vahsholtz, who will compete for the first time on four wheels. Vahsholtz will pilot the monstrous 2013 Ford Open driven by his father, Clint, last year. Clint Vahsholtz became King of the Mountain in this dominating Open Wheel machine with a time of 9:35.

View the 2021 Competitor List HERE

Photo Credit: Larry Chen Photography & Dan Oldfield

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Lisa Haight
Event Coordinator & Historian
lisa@ppihc.org
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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to Welcome Spectators on June 27

January 29, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Ticket Sales Open February 1

Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, returns to America’s Mountain on Sunday, June 27, 2021. The long-awaited news for race fans is that spectators will be allowed to attend this summer.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome spectators back to America’s Mountain in June,” stated Megan Leatham, Executive Director, “and our competitors will be thrilled to have the best motorsport fans in the world cheering them on.”

A limited number of tickets for practice days and for the race may be purchased online February 1. Overnight camping passes are also available. Camping areas include 9 Mile, which is reserved for tent campers only, as well as Halfway Picnic Grounds, Ski Area and Glen Cove.

Long-time race fans Doug and Lucy Williams want to be among the first to purchase race tickets and a camping pass for their favorite area, “We just love the race,” Doug shared, “and the chance to camp on Pikes Peak at Halfway Picnic Grounds, watch the action, and cheer on the drivers is one of the highlights of summertime in Colorado.”

On Monday, February 1, an announcement is slated to reveal the list of over 65 elite competitors invited to challenge the mountain in this year’s event.

The latest version of the Official PPIHC App is also available for free download now and will keep fans apprised of the latest race news.

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Alex Feeback
Event Coordinator
alex@ppihc.org
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2021 Media Accreditation Application Notice

January 20, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Start packing your gear! It’s time to plan your next adventure on Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain capturing the sights and sounds of the 99th Running of the Race to the Clouds.

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is now accepting applications for 2021 Media Accreditation. To learn more, read the new 2021 Media Guide.

There are two types of media credentials. Please review the criteria listed below and choose the application that fits your situation. If you have previously received Official Race Media, you may now have to apply through the Special Access portal.

Official Race Media – Official Race Media accreditation is reserved for media outlets providing general race coverage for their audiences or other news distribution with a documented history of news and events coverage. Official Race Media credentials are free of charge.

Eligibility: 

  • Must cover the entire event, all divisions and competitors
  • News organizations producing daily or approved weekly/monthly newspapers
  • National news/motorsport organizations or magazines/periodicals
  • Internet-based news organizations or motorsport sites with a wide subscriber base
  • Wire services
  • National television/radio networks; local television stations; and/or photo agencies.

Special Access Media – Special Access Media accreditation is reserved for media outlets attending the PPIHC to cover select vehicles, competitors, and/or teams. Special Access Media credentials are $75 (USD) each. Payment is due at the time of application submission.

Eligibility: 

  • News organizations and photo agencies covering individual or select groups of competitors.
  • Employees in marketing, promotions, sales, advertising, public relations, etc.
  • Team photographers/videographers.
  • Freelance journalists must be on verifiable assignment or may be denied official access, and must submit a Special Access Credential Application.

Media credentials are granted at the discretion of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.  Credentials are not transferable and may be revoked at any time. Information submitted will be used to determine your accreditation status.

 

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Lisa Haight

Event Coordinator & Historian

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MotorTend’s All-new Series Reaches New Heights with PIKES PEAK: ON THE EDGE

December 3, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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December 3, 2020

MOTORTREND’s ALL-NEW SERIES REACHES NEW HEIGHTS WITH PIKES PEAK: ON THE EDGE

–All-New Series World Premieres Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Exclusively on the MotorTrend App– 

(Los Angeles) – Automotive thrill seekers, get excited! MotorTrend is taking viewers to new heights in the fast-paced, all-new three-part special PIKES PEAK: ON THE EDGE, premiering Wednesday, December 16 on the MotorTrend App, the leading subscription streaming service dedicated entirely to the motoring world. PIKES PEAK: ON THE EDGE documents the inside story of this year’s Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, as seen through the eyes of competitors risking their lives on America’s most dangerous race course.

More than 12 miles long, Pikes Peak is a death-defying challenge for the most experienced drivers. At high speeds they must navigate blind turns with very few guardrails in a climb reaching more than two-and-a-half miles above sea level in Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb requires months of preparations and, for some, more than a year of work just to qualify.

In Part one, “14,115 Feet Up,” of PIKES PEAK: ON THE EDGE, six drivers—some who are amateurs seeking glory and some who are pros seeking redemption—prepare for America’s ultimate racing challenge. Veteran driver Dai Yoshihara hopes his team can get his Toyota 86 to perform while former powerboat racer Chris Becker hopes he’s prepared enough to stay out of the trees this year. All have their eyes on the summit of Pikes Peak, 14,115 feet into the sky.

Part two, “You Don’t Spin at Pikes Peak,” starts with a challenging 3:00 A.M. practice session where multiple cars crash and some drivers struggle with cars that continue to break down. Who will survive to race day? In Part three, “The Mountain Decides,” each driver gets just one shot to make it up the mountain, but not all will reach the summit. One driver surprises himself by destroying a record while another driver comes up just short.

Stream all three parts of PIKES PEAK: ON THE EDGE beginning Wednesday, December 16, 2020, exclusively on the MotorTrend App.

Additionally, the MotorTrend App offers more than 8,000 episodes and more than 3,600 hours of world-leading automotive series and specials including the most complete collection of classic TOP GEAR (200+ episodes and specials spanning seasons one thru 27), the upcoming TOP GEAR AMERICA and the all-new NASCAR 2020: UNDER PRESSURE, plus every season of SPEED RACERWHEELER DEALERSROADKILLFAST N’ LOUDBITCHIN’ RIDESHOT ROD GARAGE, TEXAS METAL and many more. The MotorTrend App is available on media players and streaming devices including Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast and on the web, as well as across iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices.

PIKES PEAK: ON THE EDGE is produced for MotorTrend Group by TangentVector. JF Musial, Matt Hardigree, and Reed McDonagh are executive producers for TangentVector, the company behind the hit Netflix film APEX: The Story of the Hypercar. For MotorTrend Group, David Lee is executive producer and Mike Suggett is head of programming and development. Alex Wellen is global president and general manager for MotorTrend Group.

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 on the last Sunday of June on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, near Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. The famous 12.42-mile course consists of 156 turns, boasts an elevation gain of 4,725 feet, and reaches a finish line at 14,115 feet above sea level. The PPIHC’s automobile categories feature a wide variety of vehicles representing multiple forms of motorsport; everything from production-based Time Attack challengers to purpose-built Open Wheel racers and state-of-the-art Unlimited vehicles take on America’s Mountain pursuing victory. The 100th Running of this iconic motorsports event will take place in 2022.

About MotorTrend Group

MotorTrend Group is the largest automotive media company in the world, bringing together Discovery’s fast-growing MotorTrend TV, formerly Velocity, and a vast automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social, and live event portfolio, including MOTORTREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL, AUTOMOBILE, and more than 20 other industry-leading brands. With a monthly audience of 26 million across web, TV, and print, and 110 million social followers, culminating in 2 billion monthly content views across all platforms, the company encompasses television’s #1 network for automotive superfans, a leading automotive YouTube Channel, and the MotorTrend App, the only auto-dedicated subscription video-on-demand service. MotorTrend serves to embrace, entertain, and empower the motoring world.

About Discovery

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with the PGA Tour to create the Global Home of Golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit https://corporate.discovery.com/ and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

 

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Rob Quigley

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MotorTrend Group

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