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2021 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, At the Mercy of the Mountain

August 19, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs, CO – One day.  One run.  One King of the Mountain.  And 364 days to prepare. The 99th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo has come and gone but the stories are still being told.

A recap of the final 48-hours.

Saturday, June 26 – 24 hours to Green Flag

6:30am – Event staff meets semi-trucks and trailers to escort and stage in pit area

7:00am – Heavy fog from 16 Mile up….no visibility.  The highway was not open for tourists above Cove Creek all day.

7:05 am – Communications network on Pikes Peak was not operating.

“On a clear sunny day, Friday, we had one Gb at the Start Line, by Saturday, we had nothing – no internet. We were relying on spotty cell phones and two way radios.  Not being able to get telephone calls into and out of that whole production area, including the pits and the start line was frustrating.  No one had telephone service or Wi-Fi,” shared Jim Voige, Frequency Liaison for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “I don’t think the world realizes how complex it is to provide that kind of connectivity on the mountain. Just the sheer scope of it.”

11:00 am – Gates open to overnight campers who are undeterred by the weather.  Camping permits had been sold out for weeks.

12:30 pm – Organizers and officials discuss the possibility of no connectivity on Sunday for the race.  Dismal weather forecast increases the chances of network failure.  Decision is made to order a satellite truck to boost the live stream signal.  With a higher-powered transmitter, it pushes the signal right through the clouds. Closest one available – Cheyenne, Wyoming.

2:00 pm – Race teams arrive to stage their vehicles and set up their pit space.

2:00 pm – Heavy fog rolled in blocking all of our microwave signals.  Two trips to the summit to devise a workaround for the blocked signal.  Installed another microwave to restore livestream and timing system.  Equipment was in place, but had to be aimed accurately and tested in the middle of the storm. “But first we had to chop the ice off,” recalls Voige, Frequency Liaison for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “Just getting to the summit and back that day, the road had to be plowed so we could get up there.  The trip took a lot longer than normal.”

4:00 pm – With a temp hovering at 30 degrees, winds at 15 mph, and visibility limited to 10 feet, the continuous snow and rain made access and working conditions tough, wreaking havoc on network switches and equipment at 14,115’ above sea level.

6:30pm – Back-up microwave tower brought online at summit – not an easy task in the ice, snow and cold!

9:00 pm – Satellite truck arrives and is staged near the Start Line to provide audio and video feeds from the course to the livestream.

As darkness falls it’s wait-and-see what the weather on the mountain will allow on Sunday.

 

Sunday, June 27 – Race Day – The 99th Running of the Race to the Clouds

1:30 am – Gates open to credentialed personnel.

1:45 am – First notification about a bear and her cubs roaming the pit area.

2:30 am – Gates open to ticketholders eager to catch the racing action since no spectators were allowed in 2020.

2:30 am – Summit Team departs Start Line for Summit to place final banners/signage and experience significant snow and ice over the last three miles of the course.

3:30 am – Call to Colorado Division of Wildlife.  No Bear Aware volunteers available.

4:00 am – Ice remains on the course.

4:30 am – Decision made to delay the start time by one hour – from 7:30 to 8:30am.

4:45 am – US Forest Service on-site to monitor mother bear and two cubs active in the pit area.  Roped off the area with CAUTION tape.  The three bears remained in the tree all day, taking the loud noises and big crowd in stride.

5:20 am – A brief, spectacular sunrise holds promise for a mild race day – but it was short-lived.

5:25 am – Parking lots are full as fans anticipate a day of racing action.

5:30 am – Race director and event organizers travel to the summit to check road conditions which were still icy and slick.

6:30 am – Additional runs to the summit to make final condition determination.

7:15 am – Decision made to shorten the official length of the course for the 99th Running from the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak to the 16 Mile marker just below Devils Playground at 12,780 feet above sea level.

7:45 am – What is there to do but wait for the green flag!

8:00 am – Enthusiastic fans wait at Devils Playground for racers to arrive.

9:00 am – Worth the wait as drivers finish just below Devils Playground.

9:15 am – Bigfoot sighting in the Optima Batteries Pits!

Just after 12:00 noon, race ends and weather looks brighter.

2021 King of the Mountain, Robin Shute, crosses the Finish Line to capture the overall crown capping a unique day of auto racing on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.

Competitors return to the Start Line in the Parade of Champions cheered on by hearty and enthusiastic fans.

Volunteers and officials begin wrapping up the event, directing traffic and cleaning up.

Organizers begin planning for 2022.

Bears welcome peace and quiet, and stroll back to the woods.

Until 2022 and the 100th Running…

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 on June 26, 2022.

Photo Credit: Larry Chen, Jason Zindroski, Leif Bergerson, Jim Voige, Nick Cress, Kurt Bachman, Mike Rastas – Jacobson Rost

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lisa@ppihc.org
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Motorcycle Competition Decision Announced by Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Organizers

August 11, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

August 11, 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — After two years of research, deliberation, thoughtful consideration and advice from colleagues in the motorsports industry, the Board of the Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has made the decision to discontinue motorcycle competition as part of the annual Race to the Clouds.

“Motorcycle competition has been part of the history of the race off-and-on since 1916, and has been both thrilling and tragic for competitors and fans alike,” explained Fred Veitch, Interim Chairman of the Board. “This has been a long process and a difficult decision, but we believe it is the right decision and one that is in the best interest of the organization at this time.”

View a complete history of motorcycle racing on Pikes Peak HERE.

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Date for 2022 Race Announced

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

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August 10, 2021

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Announces Date for 2022 Race

100th Running – June 26, 2022

Colorado Springs, CO – It’s official! The milestone 100th Running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo will take place on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

“We anticipate unprecedented interest from manufacturers, race teams and top-tier competitors,” stated Megan Leatham, Executive Director. “Pikes Peak is legendary in the motorsports world, it’s a racing venue like no other. Our 100th Running will be a perfect opportunity for drivers to bring their best game to Pikes Peak to cap the first 100 years of competition while ushering in a new century of racing on America’s Mountain.”

In 1916 Rea Lentz won the inaugural event in his Romano Special with a time of 20 minutes, 55.6 seconds. Fast forward to 2018 when France’s Romain Dumas set the current course record of 7 minutes, 57.148 seconds behind the wheel of the all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak.

In addition to the competition on the mountain, race organizers will once again host Fan Fest a pre-race street festival in Colorado Springs, as well as the 2022 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame Induction.

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 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.

Contact:
Lisa Haight
Event Coordinator / Media / Historian
lisa@ppihc.org
(719) 685-4400

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Now Available on the Official PPIHC YouTube Channel

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

Now Available on the Official PPIHC YouTube Channel
Pikes Peak Live, Presented by Mobil1
Check out the 2021 Event Livestream

Colorado Springs, CO – If you missed any of the racing action on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain on June 27th, the 99th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, catch it all now on the Official PPIHC You Tube Channel.

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
(719) 685-4400

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2021 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Race Wrap Up

July 2, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

           Colorado Springs, CO – The 99th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo was one for the record books, despite the fact that no records would be set. After a week of early morning practices and qualifying on the 12.42-mile course, on Race Day ice coated the last three miles to the summit causing race officials and organizers to shorten the course. Every competitor would run the same course, from the Start Line to 16 Mile, an 8.29 mile journey. A one-hour start time delay allowed equipment and personnel staged at the 14,115’ summit to be moved down to Devils Playground.

“It wasn’t the ideal scenario for the 99th running and we tried our best to get the full course open, but Mother Nature would have none of it,” said Megan Leatham, Executive Director of the event. “Our officials, timers, competitors and volunteers adhered to our shortened course protocol and we made it happen.”

The Acura 2021 TLX Type S Pace car was first to make the trek piloted by “Wheeler Dealer’s” Ant Anstead.

As competitors staged on the grid, flagman, Dave Jordan, displayed the green flag honoring PPIHC chairman of the board, Tom Osborne, who passed away suddenly in March. Tom’s wife, Amy, sent the first car off the line waving the special green flag.

The Exhibition division was the first group to run. Randy Pobst behind the wheel of the 2021 Telsa Model S Plaid easily captured the division win. Nick Robinson and Jordan Guitar, both representing Acura, finished second and third, respectively.

The one-make Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division was next to tackle the course. Four competitors made the run to 16 Mile with Tanner Foust edging Pikes Peak rookie, Cameron Ingram by 21 seconds. 2020 Rookie of the Year, Kathryn Mead returned and captured third place in the group.

The Time Attack 1 division crown was handed to overall course record holder and Porsche factory driver, Romain Dumas, in the Champion Porsche. Rhys Millen in the eye-popping 2021 Bentley Continental GT3 chased Dumas to a second place finish, and David Donohue took third, overcoming some bad luck in 2020.

Three-time King of the Mountain, Paul Dallenbach, claimed victory in the Open Wheel division in the 2006 PVA-003 Dallenbach Special. Codie Vahsholtz not only took second place, but received Rookie of the Year honors as well. Third place went to Dan Novembre of Colorado Springs.

Sixteen drivers in the Pikes Peak Open division vied for top honors with France’s Raphael Astier stepping to the top of the podium. Layne Schranz in the #7 2016 Chevrolet SS claimed second, and James Clay took home third place.

 

Competitors in the Unlimited division brought some of the best action of the day. 2019 King of the Mountain, Robin Shute of the UK reclaimed the top award with the fastest time of the day in the 2018 Wolf GB08 TSC-LT. Rookie, Don Wickstrum, also known as the Fastest Pastor, crossed the finish line in second place. Canada’s Will Au-Yeung stood on the podium in third place.

Following the final checkered flag, drivers lined up for the descent in the Parade of Champions led by BMW Performance Center driver, Matt Mullins behind the wheel of the 2021 BMW M3 Competition. Fans lined up to congratulate all competitors with a final wave or high-five.

Fred Veitch, Interim Chairman of the Board, expressed thanks to all involved and appreciates their efforts in making the 99th running a success, stating, “We just have an incredibly dedicated group of people on Pikes Peak. From our race officials, staff and volunteers, to our partnerships with Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain, Pike National Forest, the City of Colorado Springs and every one of our sponsors. This race is legendary around the world and we’re already looking forward to bringing the 100th running to race fans everywhere.”

Monday’s award ceremony, presented by Rebellion Timepieces, included a special award from Alcon Brakes. The No Holding Back award, a $10,000 product voucher went to David Hackl for his throwback Audi Quattro – an iconic brand on Pikes Peak harkening back to the mid-1980s when records fell annually to the Audi all-wheel drive machines.

The inaugural Donner-Veitch Fastest Porsche Award, first in a 10-year series to be presented, went to Romain Dumas. Created by competitors David Donner and Fred Veitch, the concept was to honor Porsche’s past success on Pikes Peak, specifically early wins in the Sports Car division by Robert Donner, Jr in the 1960s.

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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 Credit:
Larry Chen Photos

Contact:
Lisa Haight
Event Coordinator / Media / Historian
lisa@ppihc.org
(719) 685-4400
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Announcing the Fast 15 Qualifiers for the 2021 Race to the Clouds

June 25, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Announcing the Fast 15 Qualifiers for the 2021 Race to the Clouds

Inaugural Award to Become Annual Tradition

Colorado Springs, CO – The 99th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, has released the top fifteen qualifiers following three days of qualifying runs on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. Drivers representing the best of the six racing divisions have been recognized as the first annual “Fast 15”. Colorado’s Paul Dallenbach had the fastest time of the week with a clocking of 3:52.497.

Two rookies are included in the top contenders, Don Wickstrum and Codie Vahsholtz. This elite group includes competitors representing France, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and USA. Each will be recognized at the 2021 PPIHC Awards Ceremony presented by Rebellion Timepieces.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this group. They represent the best of the best,” stated Megan Leatham, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “Every year we plan to welcome 15 new members, and as our 100th running approaches, we will integrate the Fast 15 competitors and their vehicles into several planned activities.”

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
(719) 685-4400
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‘Pikes Peak Live presented by Mobil 1’ returns for 2021 with more for fans

June 22, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

‘Pikes Peak Live presented by Mobil 1’ returns for 2021 with more for fans 

Those who tune in early will be able to win limited-edition race-themed giveaways

SPRING, Texas – Following the incredible response to the inaugural broadcast last year, and the outpouring of fan inquiries this year, “Pikes Peak Live presented by Mobil 1™” will return for a second year to bring the racing action live from 14,115 feet to your mobile device.

Since 1934, Mobil™-branded products have brought innovation to the racers who choose to take on the extremes of America’s Mountain. In 2020, the challenge was different, but the team behind Mobil 1 synthetic worked closely with the organizers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to connect fans across the world like never before. Building on that success, key elements from last year’s livestream will continue this year, including John Hindhaugh once again providing live commentary, special guests, and more limited-edition giveaways for fans of all kinds.

For Porsche owners, a limited-edition run of 156 special “Pikes Peak Hill Grind” Porsche x Mobil 1 coffee sets will be available for those who provide their VIN for validation of ownership. Meanwhile, O’Reilly Auto Parts customers will be able to enter to win exclusive 2021 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb collectibles that commemorate the 99th running of the race.

More details around prizes and special guests will be announced closer to the stream, and those details will be announced in the same place the stream will take place – the Mobil 1 Facebook page. The broadcast will begin on Sunday, June 27 at 7 a.m., and conclude at 2 p.m. MDT, and will also be available to stream on the Mobil 1 YouTube channel. Those tuning in early will have the chance to enter to win any of the limited-edition giveaways before anyone else, and even have their questions answered by Mobil 1 partners and guests during interviews.

“We were thrilled at the glowing response from fans after last year’s livestream event, so of course we had to be back,” said Andrew Hanna, global motorsports and sponsorship advisor at ExxonMobil. “We all needed to adapt to changes last year, and we’re thankful that our fans appreciated the hard work our team and those at Pikes Peak put in to bring race fans a good show. As anyone who’s been to Pikes Peak knows, the mountain decides. This year, we’re hoping that the fans who tuned in last year decide to join us again as we look to one-up ourselves, and that new fans tune in to see what’s so special about the race to the clouds.”

Not solely presenting the livestream, Mobil 1 advanced synthetic motor oil also returns as a technology partner within the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division. All vehicles competing in the class rely on off-the-shelf Mobil 1 ESP X3 0W-40, the same motor oil available at Porsche dealers. Continuing the legacy of Mobil 1 factory-filled vehicles claiming world records on America’s Mountain, Bentley will again return with multi-time Pikes Peak champion Rhys Millen piloting a Bentley Continental GT3 protected by Mobil 1 FS 0W-40.

“It’s a tradition here at Pikes Peak that we’re a fan-driven organization, and when we listened to the feedback from last year’s stream, mission number one became partnering with the Mobil 1 team to deliver an even better stream in 2021,” said Megan Leatham, executive director of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “The Mobil brand has been a partner of the hill climb since 1934, and has more records here than any other motor oil brand. So we couldn’t be more thankful to build on that legacy with the livestream giving back to our fans, and our partners like Porsche and O’Reilly Auto Parts. For fans who enjoyed the experience last year, they’re in for a treat this year – but all I’m going to say is they better tune in early.”

For more information on the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, visit PPIHC.org.

About Mobil 1

Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand, is factory fill in many of the world’s most powerful production vehicles. In fact, more than 1,000,000 Porsche engines have trusted Mobil 1 from day one. Mobil 1 advanced synthetic features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond our conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 advanced synthetic to meet or exceed the toughest standards of vehicle manufacturers like Porsche and Bentley, to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even some of the most extreme conditions.

For more information, visit mobil1.us and follow @Mobil1 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Matt Mullins to Lead Parade of Champions on June 27 Driving a Stunning BMW Performance Center 2021 M3 Competition

June 21, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator
Colorado Springs, CO – The 99th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo will culminate on the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain on Sunday afternoon, June 27th with the Parade of Champions.
The car chosen to lead the drivers back down the 12.42 mile course at the conclusion of the event is the 2021 BMW M3 Competition. BMW Performance Center-West in Thermal, California has prepped the car for its Pikes Peak descent post-race on June 27th when fans will line the course to congratulate 60 competitors.

“Every year BMW Performance Centers and Winslow BMW seem to outdo themselves in providing us not only a spectacularly-engineered car, but a top professional driver as well,” said Megan Leatham, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “This year we are thrilled to welcome Matt Mullins and the 2021 M3 Competition to our event.”

THE BMW M3 COMPETITION
The all new M3 Competition boasts addictive styling and unmatched engineering including a 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo 503-hp inline 6-cylinder engine, adaptive M Suspension with electronically controlled damper, and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features.

MATT MULLINS
  • Chief Driving Instructor – BMW Performance Driving School, Spartanburg, SC
  • SAG-AFTRA Stunt Driver
  • Professional Race Car Driver
  • Guinness World Record Holder
Matt Mullins is the Chief Driving Instructor for the Performance Centers in the US and has been with the BMW Performance Driving School since 2001. He has raced professionally in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Stock Car Series, Continental Tire Challenge Sports Car Series, Formula Mazda, Karts and more.

With more than 30 years of experience instructing, Matt has been a coach and instructor for thousands of students including movie stars, sports celebrities, NASCAR drivers, and US Special Forces and Secret Service agents.

Matt has more than 25 years of experience as a stunt and precision driver and was the double for Clive Owen in the BMW Film: The Escape. Other film credits include Talladega Nights, Herbie: Fully Loaded, and Ford vs Ferrari. As a SAG-AFTRA stunt driver, he has performed in numerous TV commercials and digital campaigns for BMW and other national brands.

In 2017 Matt was part of two Guinness World Records. One for the longest continuous drift and one for the longest tandem drift. Matt developed the idea of car to car refueling while drifting, and also served as stunt coordinator and driver of the refuel car for the longest continuous drift in 8 hours. He also partnered with Johan for the tandem drift record in a BMW M5.

BMW TEAMS
For the 99th running, James Clay, Tim Hardy, and Laura Hayes race a variant of popular BMW machines. Clay and Hardy have entered the Pikes Peak Open division while Hayes will challenge in Time Attack 1.

James Clay will be driving a 1996 BMW M3 twin-turbo V8, a four-year build project to create a race car specifically for Pikes Peak. Clay is leveraging his racing experience gained at venues around the world including Grand-Am and World Challenge.

Tim Hardy will has created a novel BMW 1987 E30 purchased on Craigslist for $450. He rebuilt the E30 in a garage with just friends and family and installed a twin-turbo V8 from a modern GT3. In 2018 Hardy laid down a time of 9:59.709, an impressive sub-10-minute clocking. He challenges the mountain for the 8th time in 2021.

Laura Hayes led the drivers down from the summit after the action in 2020 behind the wheel of the Parade of Champions BMW, an eye-catching M8 Competition Coupe sporting the Wrapsody 2.0 winning livery. Hayes returns to Pikes Peak as a competitor in a 2021 BMW M2CSR as one of two women entered in the event on June 27.

The first BMW to compete in the event was in 1995 with Randy Pobst behind the wheel in the IMSA class where he was forced to complete a weather-shortened course.

Other interesting BMW builds to have raced to the clouds are EV West’s BMW M83 electric conversion in 2013 and the Tyspeed BMW, piloted by Tyler Pappas driven up the rain-soaked course in 2019.

Photo Credit: BMW Performance Center, Bimmerworld, Larry Chen Photography, Christopher Holder

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2022 MDX Type S Breaks Cover as Acura Race Team Departs for Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

June 17, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Contact:
Karina Gonzalez (Torrance): karina_gonzalez@ahm.acura.com
Chris Naughton (New York): chris_naughton@ahm.acura.com
Lynn Seely (Detroit): lynn_seely@ahm.acura.com

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2022 MDX Type S Breaks Cover as Acura Race Team

Departs for Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

  • 2022 MDX Type S debuts as tow vehicle for Ohio-based Acura race team
  • Acura to enter four race cars into the 99thrunning of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, all piloted and crewed by the company’s R&D engineers
  • Race entries include two Acura TLX Type S sport sedans competing in the Pikes Peak Open and Exhibition divisions, and two NSX supercars to challenge previous records

TORRANCE, Calif., JUNE 17, 2021— A pair of race-prepped Acura TLX Type S sport sedans will make their racing debut as Acura returns to The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, with multiple race entries piloted and crewed by the company’s R&D engineers. This year the performance brand will have four production-based race cars competing in the 99th running of Colorado’s “Race to the Clouds” on June 27, challenging the 12.42-mile 156-turn mountain course.

Making its public debut, the turbocharged 2022 MDX Type S will tow one of the TLX Type S race cars from the team’s shop in Raymond, OH to Pikes Peak, CO and support the Acura team during competition. A high-performance version of Acura’s new flagship SUV, the turbocharged MDX Type S is the first Acura SUV to wear the Type S badge and will be the brand’s quickest and most powerful SUV ever when it goes on sale later this year.

In addition, Acura’s new 2021 TLX Type S will pace the field of the prestigious motorsports event driven by television personality and self-proclaimed car nut Ant Anstead, former host of enthusiast programs like “Wheeler Dealers,” “Master Mechanic” and co-founder of Radford Motors.

Motorsports are a key proof point of Acura’s commitment to Precision Crafted Performance, and its Pikes Peak efforts are a pure expression of this ethos. For the 11th year in a row the Acura race team consists of Acura R&D engineers who compete in the world-famous hill climb to grow their skills and test future performance technologies for Acura production vehicles. The all-volunteer team is responsible for every aspect of the brand’s involvement, including the development of the race vehicles, race prep, crew support and of course driving duties.

Since first competing at the event in 2011, this volunteer effort has chalked up numerous race records and podium finishes. Acura currently holds the Hybrid class record set by James Robinson last year in the “Time Attack” Acura NSX (10:01.913), and the front-wheel drive record set in 2018 by Nick Robinson behind the wheel of a first-generation Acura TLX (10:48.094). Acura also holds the Pikes Peak Open division record of 9:24.433 set by Peter Cunningham behind the wheel of the Acura TLX GT race car.

Acura 2021 Pikes Peak Entries:

2021 Acura TLX Type S, Pikes Peak Open Division – Driver: Justin Lumbard

Acura engineer Justin Lumbard will be piloting a modified all-wheel drive TLX Type S in the highly competitive Pikes Peak Open division, where Acura currently holds the record. Lumbard’s TLX Type S has been prepped for competition with a larger turbo designed to deliver consistent boost at the exceptionally high altitudes of Pikes Peak, which reach more than 14,000 feet at the summit. The engine also features additional cooling, and the engine, transmission and SH-AWD® system software have all been retuned for race duty.

Chassis modifications include a race-prepped suspension with a 1-inch drop in ride height, race-compound brake pads with additional brake cooling and temperature monitoring and lightweight HRE 19 x 9.5-inch race wheels with Pirelli slicks.

More than 600 pounds of weight have been eliminated by removing the sedan’s interior and the use of lightweight components including a carbon fiber hood. On the exterior, the aerodynamic benefits of its composite front splitter, rear wing and dive planes have been tuned using Acura’s R&D computer aided design simulations.

Lumbard joined the Acura Pikes Peak team in 2017, became co-leader in 2018, and assumed the leadership role last year. The 2020 competition also was his first year driving in the race, taking the wheel of a 2021 TLX 2.0T in the Exhibition division, where he finished sixth in the group.

2021 Acura TLX Type S, Exhibition Division – Driver: Jordan Guitar

Jordan Guitar is a member of the company’s Chassis Development Group, and made his Pikes Peak debut in 2018 driving a third-generation Acura RDX, and returned in 2019 piloting an Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. Last year, Guitar drove a 2021 Acura TLX 2.0T SH-AWD® to a fifth-place finish in the Exhibition division.

This year, Guitar’s 2021 Acura TLX Type S has been modified with a race-tuned active suspension that includes a 1-inch ride height drop, lightweight HRE 19 x 9-inch race wheels and Pirelli race slicks. Approximately 300 pounds have been stripped from the car, the sedan’s engine management system has been re-tuned for race duty and a rear wing helps optimize its aerodynamics.

Acura NSX, Time Attack 1 Division – Driver: James Robinson

James Robinson will again drive the “Time Attack” NSX, which returns to the Peak for the fifth consecutive year. This is Robinson’s 11th time at Pikes Peak, with his past successes including the Hybrid production car record set with an NSX in 2020 (10:01.913), as well as podium finishes in the Exhibition, Open and Time Attack 1 divisions.

The “Time Attack” NSX features improved aerodynamics by way of a larger rear wing and aggressive front splitter. Larger turbochargers and enhanced engine management software increase total system output to around 625 horsepower. Various weight reduction measures, including a stripped interior, reduce the supercar’s weight by more than 200 lbs. Its lightweight HRE forged wheels are wrapped in high-grip Pirelli R-compound tires.

Acura NSX, Exhibition Division – Driver: Nick Robinson

Like his brother James, Nick Robinson has successfully competed at Pikes Peak multiple times, winning the PP250 class on a Honda motorcycle in 2015, securing a Time Attack 2 Production Class win in an NSX in 2016, winning Exhibition class in 2017 and establishing a front-wheel-drive record of 10:48.094 in 2018.

This year, the R&D engineer will be driving a near-stock Acura NSX in a declared Time Attack 2 production record attempt. Modifications to the production-spec supercar include OMP safety equipment and the use of DOT-approved Hoosier race tires per class rules.

2022 Acura MDX Type S

Powered by the brand’s all-new Type S Turbo V6 the 2022 MDX Type S delivers 355-horsepower, 354 ft.-lbs. of peak torque and a max towing rating of 5,000 lbs[1]. Exclusive to Acura Type S models, this new engine was developed by some of the company’s most experienced powertrain engineers, including members of the team that developed the bespoke twin-turbocharged V6 for the NSX supercar.

The high-performance SUVs also features Acura’s advanced Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) with true torque-vectoring, a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission, Brembo® front brakes and double-wishbone front suspension, along with a Type S-exclusive Sport+ driving mode that sharpens responses for even greater performance and driver enjoyment.

More details about MDX Type S will be available closer to its on-sale date later this year.

About Acura

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

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How to Experience it on the Mountain – and Beyond

June 15, 2021 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

How to Experience it on the Mountain – and Beyond

Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is gearing up for the 99th annual Race to the Clouds.

What takes race organizers and competitors 364 days to prepare for culminates with a spectacular one-day motorsports race to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain on Sunday, June 27. Race fans from across the country and around the world will be cheering on their favorites as they tackle the 12.42-mile course.

In addition to the exciting race day action, there are lead-up events and a list of things to do before the big day.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Friday, June 18

Noon (Mountain Daylight Time)

Turn 156

Podcast – “Turn 156” new episode featuring Randy Pobst. Hosted by Robb Holland and Mitch Snow. New episodes every Friday in June.

 

Saturday, June 19

10:00am – 11:00am (Mountain Daylight Time)

Race to the Clouds ~ 100 Years in the Making

Broadcast on KRDO News Channel 13

 

Monday, June 21

9:00am – 4:00pm

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Technical Inspection

The Broadmoor World Arena – Parking Lot D

This free event allows fans to see all the drivers as they present their race cars for inspection throughout the day.

 

Tuesday, June 22 through Friday, June 25

5:30am – 8:30am (Gateway open from 4:00am to 5:00am only)

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – Practice and Qualifying Sessions

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

Competitors are divided into groups which practice on one of the three sections of the course throughout the week. The lower section of the course is the qualifying section. There is no qualifying on Friday. This is an optional practice day. Daily admission tickets are available HERE.

 

Friday, June 25

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Race Merchandise and Ticket Sales at the Switchbacks Fan Zone

Weidner Field

Join us in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs to grab Official 2021 Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb souvenirs and purchase race tickets.

Bring the kids and stay for the soccer game at brand-new Weidner Field. Discounted tickets to see the Switchbacks on June 25th are available HERE.

 

Sunday, June 27

7:30am Green Flag Drops (Gates open at 2:30am)

99th Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

Sixty drivers in six divisions focus on reaching the summit, but the mountain decides who will be crowned King! Spectators are welcome and tickets are on sale now HERE!

 

Can’t be on the mountain but want to catch the action? Here’s how!

Visit Colorado Springs

Create memories to last a lifetime by exploring all the great outdoor parks, unique eateries and music venues. For a list of what’s going on around town, click HERE 

Escape the summer heat and visit these great museums!

Penrose Heritage Museum – The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience

11 Lake Circle

Open Tuesday – Sunday

9:00am – 4:00pm

Located near The Broadmoor and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, this free museum tells the story of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in spectacular fashion. Visit the Hall of Fame exhibit on the upper level.

United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum

200 S. Sierra Madre Street

Downtown Colorado Springs

Open 7 days a week

Visit this award-winning, uniquely designed and highly interactive museum to explore the inspiring stories of Team USA. Purchase tickets in advance, and use promo code RIDE to save 20%

 

Contact:
Lisa Haight
Event Coordinator / Media / Historian
lisa@ppihc.org
(719) 685-4400

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