Coming to Colorado Springs for the 97th running of the world famous Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 30?
You’ll be among more than 7,000 motorsport fans from more than 20 countries on the Peak for the legendary motorsport race to the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain!
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Auto and motorcycle competitors from 17 nations will be on hand this year to challenge the Peak over the 12.42 mile course.
Join more than 35,000 racing fans in downtown Colorado Springs on Friday, June 28 for Fan Fest, the official celebration of the event. It’s free and open to everyone. Presented by Budweiser and Toyo Tires, it’s Colorado Springs’ largest and most popular street festival action packed with stunts performed by the Red Bull Motorcycle Jumpers, courtesy of Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli and much more entertainment, music, food and a chance to meet the drivers and riders.
If you are flying into Colorado Springs, here’s some important information on our awesome COS Airport, which served 1,725,037 flying customers last year alone!
Then, book your stay for your Hill Climb experience with one of our Official Lodging Partners. You’ll find a wide variety of accommodations, amenities and prices to fit your budget.
During your stay, you can choose from an exciting list of things to do. Great places to eat, Rocky Mountain Vibes minor league baseball, Switchbacks Soccer, Penrose Heritage Museum (The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience), Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Street Breakfast, U.S. Olympic Training Center, the nationally ranked Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, our bustling downtown, and much more.
To find out more about what’s going on in the Pikes Peak Region, check out the calendar of events at PeakRadar.com.
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Simon Pagenaud’s epic win at Indy spotlights the historic link between the race and the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Colorado Springs—-America’s oldest auto race is the fabled Indianapolis 500, getting off and running in 1911 and won by Ray Harroun.
The nation’s second-oldest is the fabled Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, which got its start on America’s Mountain in 1916, held to commemorate the building of a new road, which was won by Rea Lentz driving a Romano Eight in a time of just under 21 minutes.
The two legendary races are historically and anecdotally linked through the performances of the champions and other drivers through the decades.
French driver Simon Pagenaud’s epic triumph in the 103rd running of the Indy 500 on May 25 added another chapter to the fascinating bond between the two races.
“This race chooses its winners,” Pagenaud said after holding off Alexander Rossi in a frantic finish. “Today, I was the chosen one.”
Pagenaud is the latest Indy 500 champion who also gritted his teeth on the historic Pikes Peak Highway in the race to the summit of the 14,115-foot mountain near Colorado Springs.
That list includes Bobby Unser, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Parnelli Jones and Al Unser, each a winner at Indy and Pikes Peak over the years. Though Pagenaud did not win at Pikes Peak, his 2013 ride on the mountain remains notable nonetheless.
Driving a highly-modified Honda Odyssey minivan, Pagenaud was a crowd favorite in his Pikes Peak debut, powering up the 12.42-mile course to a second-place finish in the Exhibition Class with a clocking of 12:54.325.
“For me, it was amazing,” said rookie Pagenaud that day. “Pikes Peak was always a dream for me, ever since I was a kid in France. There is a lot of interest in this event in Europe, and I think that’s why you saw so many French drivers this year.
That reference to French drivers at Pikes Peak was something that exploded into history last summer when Romain Dumas, driving a Volkswagen electric I.D. R, smashed fellow French star Sébastien Loeb’s 2013 Pikes Peak record (8:13.878), becoming the first driver to traverse the rugged course in under eight minutes (7:57.148) on a gray Sunday morning.
On June 30 at the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds on Pikes Peak, three French drivers will attempt to carry on the national legacy established by competitors like Loeb, Dumas, Pagenaud, Vincent Beltoise, and the great Michèle Mouton.
All three are entered in the Time Attack I Class: Raphael Astier (Le Teil) in a 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Turbo, and two rookies–William Cavailhes (Montpellier) in a 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RGT, and Christian Schmitter (Strasbourg) in his 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
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Official PPIHC App (iOS and Android)
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is pleased to introduce a new App in conjunction with MYLAPS. Every year, over 20 million racers and athletes perform in MYLAPS-timed events, such as: NASCAR, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Super GT Japan, and FIA WEC Endurance Championship as well as countless amateur sporting events worldwide.
This free app is available for download on both Android and iOS devices. Features include the ability for fans to purchase race tickets, link to social media platforms, track the Race Day run order, listen to live flag-to-flag coverage on KRDO 1240AM Radio, and follow live timing during the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds.KEEP READING
2020 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame Nominations are Now Open!
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum 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, is eligible for a Hall of Fame nomination. The next induction will take place in June, 2020.
Please click HERE to submit nominations for 2020 inductees.
Distinguished members of The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame are:
The Hall of Fame is located on the upper level of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience of The Penrose Heritage Museum across the street from The Broadmoor Hotel at 11 Lake Circle, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906.
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The world-famous Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo features great autos and motorcycles. It also features some of the world’s most colorful and talented drivers and riders. Here’s a look at four of them ready to roar on June 30 on America’s Mountain.
Kaufman is an American television personality and owner of Arclight Fabrication, a Dallas enterprise that supplies aftermarket components for Ford F-100 pickups. He is the former lead mechanic for the famous Gas Monkey Garage and currently stars in a television show called Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman on the Discovery Channel, now in its second season. The show premiered in 2018 and spotlights his unusual business adventure. The 37-year-old driver was born in Crowley, Texas, and discovered a childhood gift for taking things apart and rebuilding them. He customized his first car at 16, a Jeep Cherokee. His high aptitude for mechanics and passion for cars led him to the Hot Rod world. Kaufman isn’t your typical car mechanic. There’s his status as a reality television star. He helped launch an entire genre of car shows that started on the Discovery Channel with the 2012 premiere of the Dallas-based Fast N’ Loud, which has become one of the most popular shows on television, especially with men old enough to have a driver’s license. He’s entered in the Open Wheel Division on the Peak in June, driving a funky 2019 Sierra Alpha. He’s been on the Peak three times before in a 1963 Ford Falcon, with his best effort in 2014 when he took second in the Pikes Peak Challenge-Exhibition Class with a clocking of 12:53.892.
The Japanese rookie racer brings a reputation as one of the world’s best drifters to Pikes Peak, where he will be at the wheel of a 900hp 2013 Toyota 86 specially prepared for the 12.42-mile race by Evasive Motorsports. He’ll be in the Time Attack I Division with a talent-rich field that includes racers like Clint Vahsholtz, Tim Hardy and James Robinson. Yoshihara is a professional with more than a decade of championships in drifting and road racing. He was the 2011 champion in the Formula Drift Championship Series and the Tires.com Triple Crown. Yoshihara has also carved out a spot for himself as a stunt driver with Lexus, Top Gear, Subaru, BMW, Acura and Toyota. Aside from his high-speed life he has also taken on opportunities including a car dealership, a telephone company, and a trucking service. Yoshihara has starred as himself in the reality/documentary web series Slide or Dai, along with crew members Chris Eimer of Eimer Engineering, Mike Kojima of MotoIQ and Chris Marion of KW Suspension. While away from the track, he leads an effort to support and restore Japan after its March 2011 disaster. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” says the rookie, “I followed Pikes Peak as a kid in Tokyo, and while I always dreamed of being there it’s crazy to think it’s actually going to happen.”
The British driver is back for the third time on Pikes Peak after a sixth-place finish last year in the rugged Unlimited Division. He’ll be driving a 2018 Wolf TSC Honda on June 30 in the field of Unlimited entrants from the UK, Canada, Belgium and the USA. He’s a professional test/development driver and has worked on projects with Jaguar Land Rover, Tesla Motors, Faraday Future and Adess. Hampered by the weather on the Peak last year, Shute, a Formula Pro Mazda champion, is anticipating better things this time around. “2018 was a roller coaster for our team. The car showed very good pace, but we were challenged by a condensed timeline for the program. Unfortunately, mechanical issues race week forced us to miss qualifying, pushing us to the back of the grid for race day, with a late storm stopping us challenging for the podium.
For 2019 we are very pleased to have increased support from Honda Racing HPD along with new technical partnerships from Mountune USA and BorgWarner Performance. This has helped us to create a complete race program with a focus on both reliability and performance. We believed that in 2018 we had a genuine sub 9-minute car, and for 2019 we are going one step further with a 50% power bump. We are a smaller volunteer team with the car built out of a home garage, so making it to the top of the hill in one piece will be the focus for us. Even so, I think we will be in a strong position to challenge for the top step of the podium, and conditions permitting, raising a few eyebrows with the run time.”
Rafael Paschoalin is considered the only specialist in street racing in Brazil. In 2012 he made his debut on the world calendar, participating in races such as North West 200 and Macau GP. The following year, he became the first Brazilian in the famous TT Isle of Man. The accomplished South American rider is coming back for his fourth crack at America’s Mountain following two straight podium finishes in 2017 and 2018 in the Pikes Peak Middleweight Division. He was third last year behind superstar Chris Fillmore and veteran Davey Durelle, and will race a 2019 Yamaha MT-07 on June 30 in an attempt to win a title. Paschoalin is a three-time Brazilian Supermoto champion with one goal in mind every day. “Live the motorcycling in its fullness, cross boundaries of styles or terrain and devote 100% to learn and reap the best results in each experience. For this it is necessary to wake up, spend the day and sleep thinking about motorcycling, including of course, the task of father, husband and friend,” he says. Paschoalin, 35 years old, is an official Yamaha Road Racing rider and races Brazil and the world for the biggest challenges that exist on two wheels.
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APRIL 10, 2019
Mobil 1 Named Official Motor Oil of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Winning motor oil brand returns to Pikes Peak to showcase latest synthetic technology
SPRING, TX – ExxonMobil has announced that the Mobil 1 brand has become the Official Motor Oil of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brought to you by Gran Turismo. This return builds upon the legacy of Mobil-branded products winning on “America’s Mountain.”
This year’s event is focused on deep integration with fans and racers aimed at improving the fan experience. Content displayed on the large LED screen will allow fans in the paddock area to easily engage with up-to-date stats, race times, track temps and the competitor leaderboard. Additionally, exclusive behind-the-scenes content focusing on the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama class – all vehicles which rely on off-the-shelf Mobil 1™ FS 0W-40 motor oil – will be featured along with the Mobil 1 brand’s partnership with Bentley, who will be competing for a new record with the Continental GT3.
The pedigree of the Mobil brand at Pikes Peak has been unmatched since 1934, when American auto racer, Louis Unser claimed first place. Louis went on to become a nine-time champion using conventional Mobiloil™ lubricants. The first wins were secured on the original dirt surface by more than a dozen manufacturers who went on to have two-decades of consecutive wins exclusively using Mobil™ products.
Following generations of technological developments at tracks around the world, Mobil 1 full synthetic motor oil was introduced commercially to the U.S. in 1974. Hall of famer and legendary Pikes Peak Hill Climb competitor Jeff Zwart also secured numerous victories using Mobil 1 in his Porsche 911s. Today, ExxonMobil scientists and engineers actively work with technology partners like those at Porsche and Bentley, who have set various records at Pikes Peak, to develop the next generation of Mobil 1 products.
“Pikes Peak is the ultimate proving ground in the U.S., much like the Nürburgring in Germany, because of the numerous driving challenges it presents,” said Christian Flathman, global motorsports and sponsorships advisor at ExxonMobil. “The record setting vehicles at Pikes Peak feature the same Mobil 1 products you can buy off-the-shelf and help deliver the performance and protection needed at the extremes found at 14,115 feet of elevation.”
Today, drivers and consumers can also benefit from Exxon and Mobil Synergy™ fuels, which meet the demands of the most advanced engines.
“We’re proud to have had so many of the best brands in the world competing on our mountain over the years, with the Mobil brand having been a part of the bloodline going all the way back to 1934,” said Megan Leatham, executive director of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “Over time, we have seen speeds increase dramatically and innovations in technology we couldn’t have imagined. It’s very encouraging to have partners who have been with us since our early beginnings and who continue to showcase the performance potential of Pikes Peak, while improving this incredible experience for competitors and fans alike.”
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb records today are now more than twice as fast as they were when the first record was set. This year’s annual hill climb will serve as evidence once again, that Mobil 1 motor oil is an industry leader in the development of innovative, reliable and high-performance lubricants designed not only for the race-track but the everyday driver.
To connect everyday enthusiasts with those on the mountain, participating Chevrolet and Porsche dealerships nationwide will have the same Mobil 1 products used during the 97th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb available for oil changes. Consumers who prefer to change their own oil can find these products for purchase at their preferred automotive retailer. In testament to this track-to-street technology, all entries in the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama class will use Mobil 1 FS 0W-40 motor oil, the same technology found in more than 1,000,000 Porsche vehicles.
If you plan on attending this year’s event, don’t miss the Mobil 1 Performance Experience at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Fast Fest on June 28, 2019.
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About Mobil 1
Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand, has been factory fill in the most powerful Porsche and Bentley vehicles for more than 20 years. Mobil 1 motor oil features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond our conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 full synthetic motor oil 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. Mobil 1 motor oil flows quickly in extreme temperatures to protect critical engine parts and is designed to maximize engine performance and help extend engine life.
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Colorado Springs—–Bentley Motors and The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo superstar Rhys Millen will return to America’s Mountain on June 30, determined to capture the Time Attack 2 Production record with the breathtaking 2019 Continental GT.
Powered by the world’s most advanced 12-cylinder engine, the stunning Continental GT, with Millen behind the wheel, will attempt to set a new Time Attack 2 Production record in the Exhibition Division as they tackle the 12.42-mile, 156-turn course on Pikes Peak. Long time competitor David Donner holds the current TA2 Production record of 10:26.896, set in 2015 in a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo.
In 2018, Millen and Bentley targeted the Production SUV record, setting the current mark of 10:49.902 in a Bentley Bentayga SUV.
“When I learned of Bentley’s plans to compete at Pikes Peak for a second time, the decision to work together again was an easy one. The Continental GT and its W12 provide us with the perfect platform to begin chasing a new record, and I am looking forward to once again being part of the Bentley Motorsport team that will prepare the car over the coming months,” said Millen.
Crafted for effortless, exhilarating driving, the new Continental GT is built on an innovative chassis and electrical architecture, featuring a completely new 6.0 litre W12 engine and an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, for smooth, fast and efficient gear changes.
As a result, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (0 to 100 km/h) and deliver a phenomenal top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h) with an amazing 626 hp, complimented by an advanced 48-volt roll control system for extraordinary dynamic ability. Twin-scroll turbochargers minimizing turbo response time coupled with high and low pressure direct fuel injection optimize power and torque delivery.
“Bentley’s success last year along with the experience we gained will prove to be instrumental in preparing for our return to the mountain. The challenge to establish a new record for production cars is not one we underestimate, but we are confident in the combination of our W12 engine, the dynamic ability of the new Continental GT and the outstanding skill of Rhys Millen,” said Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush.
With over 20 years of racing experience, Millen (Huntington Beach, CA) has carved out a solid career and reputation, becoming one of the most sought after performance drivers in the gigantic U.S. automotive scene. Millen, born in New Zealand in 1972, is the son of famed rally and off road racer Rod Millen, a Pikes Peak legend. Rhys joined Rod in the U.S. as a teenager and founded Rhys Millen Racing at the age of 21. RMR (Rhys Millen Racing) is an automotive tuning and parts shop concentrating on rally, drift and movie car preparation.
Millen, making his 24th appearance on the Peak since his rookie debut in 1992 and triumph in the Pikes Peak Open Class, has won a dozen championships on the mountain and was named King of the Mountain in 2015 when he raced a Drive eO PP03 Electric to the top with a clocking of 9:07.22, a record that lasted only a year. He set a new Electric Modified standard in 2016 at 8:57.118 behind the wheel of the 2016 version of the auto.
Besides racing, Millen is also a stunt driver for films such as The Dukes of Hazzard, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He also did the driving for the first Hyundai Genesis Coupe commercial.
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Colorado Springs—–The 2019 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo international reputation will continue to grow in June as top-flight motorcycle racers Lucy Glöckner of Germany and Michael Dunlop of Northern Ireland will tackle America’s Mountain.
Glöckner was the 2018 motorcycle Rookie of the Year in the Race to the Clouds, finishing fifth in the Pikes Peak Heavyweight Division, clocking 10:21.932 on her BMW S1000R, the 23rd fastest time overall.
The 28-year-old racer, who lives in Krumhermersdorf, Germany, will be entered in the Heavyweight Division again, where she will face veterans like Codie Vahsholtz (third last year) and Australian Rennie Scaysbrook (second).
She’ll also face a decorated international racer in Pikes Peak rookie Dunlop, who comes from Moneymore, Northern Ireland. He’s set to race a 2019 BMW S1000R in his debut, the same motorcycle as Glöckner’s entry. Both will be a part of the team, Wunderlich MOTORSPORT powered by ProKASRO.
Dunlop (29) is part of a motorcycle racing dynasty, the brother of the late William Dunlop, son of Robert and nephew of former World Champion Joey Dunlop.
The 2018 season was a tragic one for the Dunlop family, as Michael’s older brother William was killed during practice for the 2018 Skerries 100 on a Yamaha YZF-R1, joining his father, Robert, and uncle, Joey, as riders who lost their lives racing.
He’s widely regarded among the most tenacious competitors in motorcycle racing. He won Superbike TT and Supersport TT races at the prestigious Isle of Man TT last year and has 18 wins in the famed race over the years.
The Heavyweight Division this year boasts racers from Germany, Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic, Japan, Australia and the USA, including Scaysbrook and Vahsholtz.KEEP READING
New Start Time
The start time has changed and the green flag will now drop at 7:30am! The Gateway will open to spectators on Race Day beginning at 2:30am.
Futureshirts, the official merchandise provider of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo has something for everyone! Shop their online store HERE, or get your gear at Fan Fest on June 28th or on the Mountain in several spectator areas!
The PPIHC has great hotel partners, some offering discounts for race fans! Click HERE to book your room now!
Race Week is full of exciting activities and events open to all spectators. You can find the Spectator Race Week Schedule HERE. Notable events are Tech Inspection on June 24th, practice days from June 25th-June 28th, and Fan Fest on the evening of June 28th in downtown Colorado Springs!
Always find our most current competitor list HERE! This includes all the information you need to know, including vehicle, country representing, race number, division, and more.
Help us kick off the 97th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb at Fan Fest! Presented by Budweiser and Toyo Tires, Fan Fest is Colorado Springs’ largest and most popular street festival action packed with stunts performed by the Red Bull Motorcycle Jumpers, courtesy of Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli. Held annually on the Friday before Race Day, more than 30,000 people gather in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs to experience this 10-block street party. This year, Fan Fest is June 28th from 5:00-10:00pm.
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Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is pleased to announce the continuation of the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division for a second consecutive year. Following the successful invitation-only class launch in 2018, the group makes its second-appearance, now as a one-make division for Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport machines. The recently debuted 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and the previous generation Cayman GT4 race car are both eligible to compete.
Six drivers will have the opportunity to run the German marque’s mid-engine sports car in the “Race to the Clouds” with full support of Porsche Motorsports North America, RennsportOne (RS1), Porsche Colorado Springs and Yokohama.
“We are extremely excited to have the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division returning in 2019,” declared Megan Leatham, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “We pride ourselves in showcasing the best competition in hill climb racing and nothing is more competitive than six guys in basically the same car on the same course. Last year was really successful and our fans enjoyed seeing the all-Porsche class take on the mountain. We really appreciate Yokohama’s support of this division and of our event overall.”
Travis Pastrana will return to Pikes Peak for the fourth time to challenge America’s Mountain and defend his title. The three-time AMA Motocross and Supercross Champion, X-Game winner and stunt performer set the class-winning time of 10-minute, 33.897 seconds in 2018. Joining Pastrana in his attempt to better that effort will be Blake “Bilko” Williams, George Hess, Phil Bloom, Marc Bunting and Gustav Lundh. These talented drivers will be coached and mentored by Porsche legend Jeff Zwart. The Long Beach, California-native is renowned for his prowess on the rally scene, and on Pikes Peak where he has won eight times (1994-’98, 2002, 2010, 2015), all in Porsche race cars.
Yokohama, celebrating its 50th anniversary in the U.S., will supply each of the Porsche entries with ADVAN A052™ high-performance, street legal tires and support throughout the event.
In 2018, Porsche created a video showcasing the debut of the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama class. Follow the participants up the Mountain at 2018 Travis Pastrana + Porsche Pikes Peak Challenge: https://youtu.be/2Wt5GGfVeX0
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