June 22 Practice Times

Thursday, Jun. 22 2017

Practice Times

Practice times from this morning, June 22nd, are available for your reference on the PPIHC website.  The bottom section is recorded by our official timing and scoring while the middle and top sections are hand-timed.

Please click here to view the results

2017 Radio Frequency Restricted Use Radio Interference/Frequency Use

Thursday, Jun. 22 2017

2017 Radio Frequency Restricted Use

Radio Interference/Frequency Use

So far this week, the PPIHC has encountered significant issues with communication devices due to radio frequency interference.

The following radio frequencies are restricted for PPIHC Official Use only throughout the 2017 Race and Practice Days:

  • 2412MHz-2484MHz
  • 5100MHz-5900MHz
  • 24.0GHz – 24.2GHz
  • 151.500MHz-151.700MHz VHF
  • 157.500MHz-157.700MHz VHF

Your cooperation is imperative for the safe operation of the race.  Please do not interfere with the above frequencies under any circumstances.

Use of mobile hot spots is not allowed during Race Week or Practice Days.

Race Day On-Course Vehicle Failure

Thursday, Jun. 22 2017

 

Race Day On-Course Vehicle Failure

Posted Online: 6/22/2017

Last Updated: 6/22/2017

During your run on Race Day, if you experience a vehicle failure and/or have determined that your vehicle will not be able to safely finish the run, please be courteous to the rest of the field.  Attempt to pull your vehicle off the road in a safe location and end your run.

If we can avoid even one on-course breakdown/tow/safety response/course clean up, it will help keep the event running as scheduled.

Can’t Be On The Course? Here’s How You Can Follow The Excitement And Thrills Of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb On June 25th

Thursday, Jun. 22 2017

Can’t Be On The Course?  Here’s How You Can Follow The Excitement And Thrills Of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb On June 25th

Last Updated: June 20, 2017

Colorado Springs——- If you are lucky enough to have a ticket to join some 7,500 spectators, credentialed media and race officials along the 12.42-mile course for the 95th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, congratulations!

It’s not too late to get your tickets and be there in person to see the drama, excitement and thrills as the lineup of 88 drivers and riders take on the Race to the Clouds and the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain.

Ticket sales have moved online!  To expedite entry to the event, and improve traffic flow, tickets will NOT be sold at the Gateway.  Click here to purchase practice day tickets, Race Day tickets and camping permits.

  • Tickets can be purchased throughout Race Week at the various locations listed on the race week schedule.
  • PPIHC may limit the number of tickets sold to the 2017 event.
  • Spectators are not guaranteed a parking spot if specific locations are full.
  • Parking at the spectator viewing areas is on a first come, first served basis.

But You Won’t Have A Ticket?

If you just can’t be up there in the rarified air, here’s a list of ways to follow America’s second-oldest motorsport event and the world’s toughest hill climb from start to finish in your home, auto, or just about anywhere else.

Live Stream

The PPIHC and Matchsports will deliver a high-quality, live broadcast covering the entire race course from start to finish for the first time!  The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be the group’s flagship event in the United States for 2017, with further events steadily building the international IPTV calendar.  The first year of a 10-year partnership will see the PPIHC live-streamed using revolutionary production techniques specifically adapted by Matchsports to overcome Pikes Peak’s many challenges.  Just go to live.matchsports.com/ppihc.html and enjoy the race live.

The host for Matchsports’ presentation of the race will be Ramona Bruland, abroadcast veteran with more than 1,000 hours of live TV experience, who specializes in travel adventure, luxury lifestyle and action sports programming.  In 2013, she was selected as the on-air host for the global expansion of X Games on ESPN, covering six events in five countries that aired in more than 430 million homes across 182 countries. Joining Ramona in the commentary will be ‘Race Smart’ coaches and course experts Carlin Dunne and Don Canet.

KRDO Broadcast

KRDO NewsRadio, the Official Radio

Broadcast Partner of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, will provide flag to flag coverage of the 95th running of Race to the Clouds.  Listeners have a variety of options to hear the broadcast.  Complete coverage is available on 105.5 FM, 1240 AM, and 92.5 FM.  The broadcast will also be available at www.KRDO.com, and on the KRDO NewsRadio App.

KRDO NewsChannel 13’s anchor Bart Bedsole and KRDO NewsRadio’s Renae Roberts will join Phill Emmert, former PPIHC Board member, Don Sanborn, race historian and former competitor,and veteran race announcers Dave Rose and Jeffrey Orman.  KRDO will announce times at several course locations, as well as speeds achieved through the fastest section, Halfway Picnic Grounds.  Look for social media updates from KRDO team members deployed on America’s Mountain.

The Official PPIHC App

Follow the race with the all new free PPIHC App, available for mobile devices running Apple’s iOS9.0+ or Android version 5.0+ operating systems.  The app has numerous features to keep global race fans informed before, during, and after the race.  Users can add favorite drivers, allowing them to receive timely push notifications to their mobile device as their competitor races to the Summit.  Live leaderboard with section times, racer profiles, and more are available in the app.  Download the Official PPIHC App on your favorite iOS and Android devices.

TAG Heuer Live Timing & Scoring

Follow the results throughout race day at www.ppihc.com.

YouTube

In-car video from many competitors, as well as post-race interviews will be uploaded to the Official PPIHC YouTube Channel and promoted though PPIHC social media channels.

 

Mike Moran   mike@thesportscorp.org

Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161

Practice Times, June 21

Wednesday, Jun. 21 2017

Practice Times

Practice times from this morning, June 21st, are available for your reference on the PPIHC website.  The bottom section is recorded by our official timing and scoring while the middle and top sections are hand-timed.

Please click here to view the results.

Race to the Clouds 100 Years in the Making

Wednesday, Jun. 21 2017

Race to the Clouds 100 Years in the Making

From the first race, an upset victory by Rea Lentz while driving a homemade car, to Sebastien Loeb’s record smashing run in 2013, “Race to the Clouds ™ 100 Years in the Making” is a 90-minute documentary film capturing the history of America’s second oldest auto race, the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The greatest challenge in motorsports for both man and machine, founded in 1916 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Spencer Penrose, has grown into an international event attracting the

“Race to the Clouds” ™ features amazing historic footage and interviews with past Champions Bobby, Al, Al Jr., and Robby Unser, John Wells, David Donner, Greg Tracy, Paul Dallenbach, and many more.

Click here to buy the DVD for $19.95 or the Blue-ray for $24.95 plus shipping and handling.

June 20 Practice Times

Tuesday, Jun. 20 2017

Practice Times

Practice times from this morning, June 20th, are available for your reference on the PPIHC website.  The bottom section is recorded by our official timing and scoring while the middle and top sections are hand-timed.

Please click here to view the results.

LAST CHANCE to purchase a very unique 100th Anniversary bottle of wine from the 2016 event!

Monday, Jun. 19 2017

LAST CHANCE to purchase a very unique 100th Anniversary bottle of wine from the 2016 event!

This colorful and collectible engraved bottle holds a wonderful red Meritage, vintage 2013, from Windsor Vineyards in Sonoma County, California.

Specially-priced at $70 per bottle.

Available beginning Tuesday, June 20th at Hotel Elegante, Breckenridge Room (Registration Room) at 11 a.m.

Please contact Lisa Haight at (719) 332-6418 or lisa@ppihc.com for any questions.

The “PPIHC/Matchsports” Partnership Grows Steadily as the Event Counts Down to go LIVE

Monday, Jun. 19 2017

The “PPIHC/Matchsports” Partnership Grows Steadily as the Event Counts Down to go LIVE

Just three months after it was announced that the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) will be broadcasting this year’s event live to the world for the first time in 95 years through a 10-year agreement with Matchsports, crews are now on the mountain building the infrastructure, laying cable and placing cameras to bring to life this vision of a live stream for competitors and fans alike.

Supported by the experienced hand of the PPIHC management team and cooperation of the entire stakeholder community, Matchsports is implementing their custom “end-to-end” solution to overcome many of the inherent terrestrial challenges presented by  America’s Mountain.

Matchsports’ CEO James Kalogiros says, “During our planning and preparation process the entire PPIHC organization has proven to be an outstanding partner. Their effortless support in helping us navigate through the challenges of the mountain has been a testament to their commitment to making this live stream a success.”

Never before has a production company achieved a successful High Definition Live Action broadcast of the PPIHC, from the Start Line up to the 14,115-foot summit. Extreme efficiencies are required through the entire production ecosystem, from a robust network for efficient connectivity, to quality built world-class production and greater audience accessibility.

Covering this one-of-a-kind event is so unique that the production infrastructure had to be custom designed with layers of technologies & efficiencies; hence no real comparable Matchsports production exists to date.

Veteran action sports anchor and travel adventure TV host Ramona Bruland will be accompanied by former racer and PPIHC  board member Frederick Veitch to commentate the live stream to viewers, follow race day events and track each competitor’s ascent up the mountain.

Also assisting with the commentary, regular updates and interviews from both the start and finish lines will be the overall motorcycle course record holder, Carlin Dunne, and former racer and journalist Don Canet, both Race Smart coaches with the Squadra Alpina Moto Coach Program.

Viewers can expect to see footage of each car on course from the 22 cameras placed along the track, as well as exciting helicopter footage (weather permitting.) Viewers will also get to see a course overview, POV footage from Carlin Dunne’s safety run, driver and rider interviews, leader board and weather updates, segments with special guests and a look back into race history, plus hear driver bios, timing updates from all three stages, average speeds and overall standings throughout the day.

Viewers can tune in to live.matchsports.com/ppihc.html to watch the broadcast LIVE on Sunday, June 25th, starting at 7:30am (race delays may occur.) There will be a simple email sign-in process required to access the free to net broadcast, which will continue until the race program has been completed and cameras follow the Parade of Champions down America’s Mountain.

If fans miss watching the event live, there will be a second viewing available at a later date.

JOIN US LIVE ON live.matchsports.com/ppihc.html – JUNE 25 @ 7:30 A.M. MST

Ducati Offers 2017 Competitor Tracking / Crew Information Area

Sunday, Jun. 18 2017

Ducati Offers 2017 Competitor Tracking / Crew Information Area

 Posted Online: June 18, 2017

Last Updated: June 18, 2017

Thanks to our partnership with Ducati there will be a Ducati Competitor Tracking / Crew Information Area for both motorcycle and car crews.  This area provides a place where crew members can watch the times as well as receive any necessary updates from PPIHC Officials.

The map below shows this area marked in red. It is located just downhill from the Upper Pit Road and will be easily visible and well-marked with Ducati logos.

Due to the limited number of crew members allowed in the Motorcycle Hot Grid as well as the car Take Off Point, this gathering area will allow all crew members to track their driver or rider and keep the Hot Grid and Take Off Point clear for other competitors.

This area is designed for any and all crew members, who have a current competitor on course, to track the competitor’s progress (via timing).  For the motorcycle program, as soon as a competitor is launched their crew will proceed to the Ducati Competitor Tracking Area directly adjacent to the #20 grid position.  For the car program, crew members who are not allowed through the gates to the Takeoff Point may gather at this area. Additionally, for crew members at the Takeoff Point, once their competitor receives the green flag, they must proceed to the Ducati Tracking Area to monitor competitor progress.

If there is a restart required and/or any other information needs to be communicated to crew members, PPIHC Officials will first look for the crew at the Ducati Competitor Tracking Area.  Likewise, should there be an incident on the course, PPIHC Officials will look for the competitor’s crew members/family members in this area.

Motorcycle Hot Grid and Car Take Off Point Information:

In order to better control the “Takeoff Point” and “Motorcycle Hot Grid”, PPIHC will provide access cards for each competitor to distribute to 4 team members. The access cards will have the competitors Race Number and Division. These cards will allow access into the Motorcycle Hot Grid when the competitor is preparing to take the green flag.

Once a competitor has received the green flag, those with access passes must leave the designated grid area and proceed to the Ducati Competitor Tracking Area.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING MOTORCYCLE HOT GRID AREA

  • When the Grid Race Official directs the Motorcycle starting competitor into the Pit Lane, that Pit Lane becomes Hot ahead of the competitor. No one is allowed in the Motorcycle Pit Lane except at the direction of a Race Official, and only the starting Competitor is allowed in the Pit Lane when it is Hot.