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Race Smart Program Overview

Monday, Mar. 28 2016

Squadra Alpina:

Ducati and PPIHC Team Up Again to Support ‘Race Smart’ Safety Program for Motorcycle and Four-Wheel Hill Climb Participants

It’s a well-known axiom in sports and in life: Practice makes perfect. Actually, it should be “perfect practice makes perfect,” since the right preparation is key to both top-level performance and safety.

This is especially true when it comes to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb which is widely acknowledged as one of the most challenging road racing competitions in the world. You really do want to be perfect here.

Last year, Ducati teamed with the PPIHC to create the ‘Race Smart’ program, which utilized the talent of some of the most experienced Pikes Peak motorcycle racers in the world to coach and prepare first-time Pikes Peak competitors in the days leading up to the event.

The program was so successful that this year it’s being expanded to include drivers of 4-wheel vehicles. Longtime auto-racing and Pikes Peak expert Fred Veitch will be doing the auto and truck coaching. Carlin Dunne returns to team up with another Pikes Peak veteran and Cycle World editor Don Canet to handle the motorcycle competitors.

“Having raced here several times,” says Canet, “I understand how daunting Pikes Peak is, and how vital it is to have the mental side of your game in place. Our goal is to prepare Pikes Peak rookies – already excellent racers – so they approach the mountain with the respect it deserves.”

Ducati will now enhance safety for all competitors on the Mountain further, by providing two specially-equipped Multistrada 950s for use by the Pikes Peak EMT staff. Whenever there’s an on-course incident, these folks need to be on location before anyone else – and the Multistrada 950s will help make that happen.  It will not only be the first time for two-wheeled EMT vehicles at Pikes Peak but a first for Ducati in North America.

So in the end, it’s much more than simply ‘practice makes perfect.’ It’s perfect practice, and the Ducati/PPIHC Squadra Alpina team is aiming to be perfect again this year – on two wheels and on four.

For more on Squadra Alpina and the Race Smart program, please go to www.ducatiusa.com and to www.ppihc.com.

Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina Team:

Carlin Dunne, Squadra Alpina  Motorcycle Coach: Dunne was the first and is one of only three motorcyclists to break the 10:00 barrier at Pikes Peak and still holds the fastest moto time ever on the course – set in 2012 on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S: 9:52.819 overall time. In 2008 Dunne attended Pikes Peak as a crew member; in 2011, he became Rookie of the Year and 1200 Class Winner then in 2012 was crowned King of the Mountain. Dunne has a perfect record at Pikes Peak, having claimed the title of King of the Mountain in all three races he has competed in. Founding member/coach of the Squadra Alpina in 2016.

Don Canet, Squadra Alpina Motorcycle Coach: Canet has been the Road Test Editor of Cycle World Magazine from 1990 to present. He finished 3rd overall as a Pikes Peak rookie in 2014 riding the Falkner/Livingston Racing Ducati Multistrada 1200 S. In 2016 he finished 1st in the Challenge Division and 2nd overall in the 100th Anniversary Race to the Clouds. Canet, a former national-level road race competitor is also known for establishing Supermoto in the USA.

Fred Veitch: Squadra Auto Coach: Fred started racing in the mid 70’s, and has held or currently holds IMSA, SCCA, PCA, POC and NASA completion licenses. He is on the Board of Directors for the Hill Climb, and a member of the Competition, Driver Selection and Appeals committees, Veitch has competed four times in the Time Attack classes. In 2014, he won the Time Attack 2 class and set a class record. Veitch is still actively racing Porsches, but has “retired” from racing at Pikes Peak.

Jeff MacPherson: Squadra Auto Coach: Over the last 50 years Jeff MacPherson has competed at or in the PPIHC, CART Indycar series, USAC Indianapolis 500, the European Formula 3000 Championship, Formula Atlantic in North America, and the Pacific in New Zealand and Australia Formula Super Vee. This was preceded by more than a decade of off-road racing throughout the Southwest desert and Baja California. Over the course of many years Jeff’s passion has turned to high altitude physiology and the safety of the athlete/competitor.

Paul & Becca Livingston, Pikes Peak ‘Race Smart’ Program Team Managers: The Livingstons have fielded teams at Pikes Peak since 2006, including Team Spider Grips Ducati’s 2012 Record setting runs under 10 minutes. Founders of Falkner Livingston Racing, they are veterans of numerous Bonneville and Baja race campaigns. They were team managers for the PPIHC Race Smart Program in 2016.

Duxton Milam: Squadra Alpina Moto EMT: Milam is a Fire and Life Safety Officer with the University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus. He spent 15 years as a Firefighter/EMT with the Colorado Springs Fire Department, 6 years as a flight Medic with the Wyoming Air National Guard and 5 years as a Medical Operations Officer with the Colorado Air National Guard. Milam has been an EMT for 20 years and an avid motorcyclist for over 40 years.

Dr. Gary Klein: Squadra Alpina Moto Physician: Dr. Klein has been a Porsche Club Certified Driving Instructor for 25 years and has been Track Physician for Pikes Peak International Raceway – Indy Racing League, NASCAR and IMSA cars.  He has been involved with Pikes Peak Hill Climb for several years, acting as PPIHC Physician the last 2 years and currently serves as the head of the PPIHC Safety Team.  Dr. Klein has been a motorcycle rider since age 16 and is also active in PCA club racing and Vintage Auto racing.

For more information contact: RaceSmart@PPIHC.com

Race Smart Coach Assignments:

Mentor: Jeff MacPherson

Peter Cunningham

RJ Gottlieb

Laure Many

Bruno Fretin

Mentor: Fred Veitch

Carl Marcum

Chris Rimmer

David Donohue

James Clay

Les Long

Robert Gardner

Will Wattanawongkiri

David Sterckx

Robin Shute

Mentor: Carlin Dunne

Chris Fillmore

Ian Smith

Joe Clark

Luca Trivella

Mentor: Don Canet

Thilo Gunther

Seth Starnes

Brandon Ward

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