2017 Practice and Qualifying Groups Bulletin

Friday, Feb. 24 2017

2017 Practice and Qualifying Groups

Posted Online: February 24, 2017
Last Updated: February 24, 2017

Race Week Practice Schedule and Groups:

Optional Sanctioned Practice: June 20th

Upper Section: Unlimited, Open Wheel, Pikes Peak Open

Middle Section: All Motorcycle Divisions and Classes

Bottom Section: Time Attack 1, Time Attack 2 Production, Exhibition

Practice/Qualifying Day #1: June 21st 

Upper Section: Time Attack 1, Time Attack 2 Production, Exhibition

Middle Section: All Motorcycle Divisions and Classes

Bottom Section (Qualifying): Unlimited, Open Wheel, Pikes Peak Open

Practice/Qualifying Day #2: June 22nd

Upper Section: All Motorcycle Divisions and Classes

Middle Section: Unlimited, Open Wheel, Pikes Peak Open

Bottom Section (Qualifying): Time Attack 1, Time Attack 2 Production, Exhibition

Practice/Qualifying Day #3: June 23rd

Upper Section: Unlimited, Open Wheel, Pikes Peak Open

Middle Section: Time Attack 1, Time Attack 2 Production, Exhibition

Bottom Section: (Qualifying): All Motorcycle Divisions and Classes

Qualifying/Practice Sections Defined:

2017 PPIHC Competitor Footage Opportunities Bulletin

Friday, Feb. 24 2017

2017 PPIHC Competitor Footage Opportunities

 Posted Online: 2/24/2017
Last Updated: 2/24/2017

Mountain Video Package:

PPIHC/Windstar Studios will have eight (8) video cameras placed on the course on Race Day. These cameras will capture each competitors run as they pass the eight different camera points (Start line, 9 Mile, Halfway Picnic Grounds, 11 Mile Water Station, Glen Cove, Double Cut, 16 mile, Bottomless Pit, Boulder Park, and Finish Line)*. This video package will include high frame rate/super slow motion shots of the start and finish line. The total cost for all camera clips is $1,250 per competitor if registered before June 1st. After June 1st the total cost will be $1,400 per competitor. Both prices include video transfer fees. This is a cost effective opportunity to acquire multiple angles of your race up Pikes Peak and can be edited together with your personal in-car cameras to showcase sponsors and supporters.

Click here to sign-up: https://form.jotform.com/63205960392153.

An example of the footage can be found here: 10-Vietch.mp4

Helicopter Footage:

Limited spots are available for those interested in helicopter footage.  For those who sign up and pay the $3,000 fee, PPIHC will provide general helicopter scenic shots from the 95th Running as well as specific competitor runs up Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain.  The footage will be taken from a Cineflex camera and will be high definition in quality.  The footage will be available for download at the start line on race day.  For more information, please contact PPIHC (megan@ppihc.com).

Mountain Video Package/ Helicopter Footage Usage:

The footage CAN be used for personal and promotional purposes. Please contact the PPIHC for a licensing agreement only if you plan to use the footage for commercial purposes.

Sign-up Deadline:

The last day to sign up for any footage is Friday June 16, 2017.

*Camera locations are subject to change.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Announces Broadcast Partnership with Matchsports

Wednesday, Feb. 22 2017

Colorado Springs, CO (February 22, 2017)——-The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is delighted to announce a long-term partnership with Matchsports, a joint effort that will see the ‘Race to the Clouds’ broadcast live for the next decade, starting with the race’s 95th running on Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Despite the PPIHC’s 100 year history, this prestigious event has only been broadcast on a delayed basis to date. The uniquely challenging environment on Pikes Peak, until now, thwarted all attempts to produce the high-quality live broadcast that the race and its fans deserve.  After a long and exhaustive search to find the right broadcast partner, the PPIHC has spent the past 12 months working closely with SBI Media (Matchsports’ Swiss Parent) to develop a solution to overcome the technical challenges Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain, presents and deliver a high-quality live broadcast covering the entire race course from start to finish.

“Last September Matchsports sent a small team from Switzerland to Colorado to test their system on Pikes Peak. After two brief days of testing we were pleasantly surprised to see Matchsports secure a level of connectivity that has never been achieved on Pikes Peak,” stated PPIHC Executive Director, Megan Leatham.  “The technological solution Matchsports has provided is remarkable and we look forward to sharing live action from the Race to the Clouds with fans across the globe in 2017.”

“This partnership would not exist without a mutual respect for the mountain and both the PPIHC and Matchsports’ full commitment to building a world-class live production,” explained James Kalogiros, CEO of Matchsports.  “Despite the immense technical design challenges presented by Pikes Peaks’ remote location and extreme weather conditions, we are confident the hard work and focus our team has put into designing this broadcast will make it a success.  We are excited to work closely with our new partners as well as the local community to provide the Hill Climb with the exposure it has long deserved and share this historic and prestigious event with the world.”

The 95th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be the first event on Matchsports IPTV global calendar.  The first year of the partnership will see the PPIHC live-streamed using revolutionary production techniques specifically adapted by Matchsports to overcome Pikes Peak’s many challenges.  Beyond that, the long-term goal of attracting an additional partner in a major TV network to assist in sharing the race with new audiences will be pursued.

About Matchsports:

Matchsports harnesses the power of technology to deliver next generation efficiencies to the world of broadcasting. Founded in 2012, Matchsports is a Swiss interactive sports and entertainment broadcaster who design and manufacture hardware and software products in the digital media space.

Dynamic connectivity, remote area production and end user interactivity were the key pillars of the Matchsports vision well before its founding in 2012, with the original plan to focus on a series of interactive products for the UCI World Tour. In 2014, the group diversified its strategy and technology to encompass a wider portfolio of sports and events. This has enabled the Group to establish universal-broadcasting solutions for non-sports-specific events globally.

A proficient IPTV content provider that can deliver a TV quality production, Matchsports’ goal is to offer consumer audiences new ways to experience events. 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 an international calendar.

About the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb:

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, also known as the Race to the Clouds, is an annual invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain – in Colorado, USA that is held annually on the last Sunday of June.

Founded in 1916 by Spencer Penrose (also the founder of The Broadmoor Hotel, Pikes Peak Highway and El Pomar Foundation), the PPIHC takes place on a 12.42 mile (19.99 km) public toll-road boasting 156 turns, while competitors climb 4,720 ft. (1,440 m.) from the 9,390 ft. (2,862 m.) Start Line at Mile 7 marker on the Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115 ft. (4,300 m) Finish Line at the mountain’s summit.  As the drivers and riders climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps competitors’ mental and muscle strength, in addition to robbing internal combustion engines of up to 30% of the power they are capable of at the Start Line. Competitors and their vehicles must be in top shape and condition simply to finish, let alone win.

The race is self-sanctioned and is the most diverse one day motorsports event in the world with everything from Sidecars, Motorcycles, , and 1,400+hp Electric Vehicle & Unlimited racers being able to compete in the same event.

Elite Field of Drivers and Riders Ready to Tackle America’s Mountain

Monday, Feb. 20 2017

95th Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Slated for June 25th ~ Elite Field of Drivers and Riders Ready to Tackle America’s Mountain

Colorado Springs, CO (February 20)——– The 2017 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, will spotlight a skilled and accomplished roster of veteran auto drivers and motorcycle racers who have recorded 96 total previous PPIHC class victories in the world’s most challenging motorsport hill climb.  Riders and drivers from 17 states and ten countries have been invited.

“We believe our fans will really love the competitive field set for the 95th Running of the Race to the Clouds,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “Along with the legends of the race, we have a lineup of new stars who are sure to make their mark on America’s Mountain.”

Race fans who have come to the mountain for years to witness the fabled hill climb will see many familiar names from past editions of the PPIHC, including Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, Rhys Millen, and last year’s King of the Mountain, Romain Dumas.

2016 PPIHC King of the Mountain and Unlimited Division winner Dumas will defend his title in the Unlimited Division, where he recorded a winning time of 8:51.445, (the second-fastest time in the history of the race) on the way to becoming the first driver to win titles at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Pikes Peak in the same year.

“Each Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a real adventure. It’s a fantastic thrill when it culminates with a win, but always full of huge efforts and sacrifices,” admits Dumas. “It’s a hill climb, and by definition there are always unforeseen challenges and difficulties to overcome. Everything has to come together on race day and it’s never easy. That’s what I have learned from year to year, you have to plan for the unpredictable. The objective hasn’t changed. I want to win again, and even more so to defend my title as the 2016 champion. In addition to the climb itself, the competition will be really tough. The electric vehicles are very strong and we’ll have to have a perfect day to win. I can count on my team, which has vast experience there. The entire team is excited to return to Pikes Peak’s unique atmosphere.”

Auto Divisions – Classes

Unlimited Division

2016 PPIHC King of the Mountain and Unlimited Division winner Romain Dumas (France/Arzier, Switzerland) will be driving an open-cockpit prototype developed in partnership with French constructor, Norma. With the MXX RD Limited, he will be looking to capture his third win at Pikes Peak and get even closer to the all-time course record of 8:13.878.

A new rule for 2017 that eliminated fuel/power-source specific car divisions and classes, (the Electric Modified & Production Classes) has set the stage for two frequent champions to return to competition in the Unlimited Division with their electric vehicles.

2016 Electric Modified Class winner and electric record holder Rhys Millen (New Zealand/San Juan Capistrano, CA) will look to dethrone Dumas in his first race competing in the Unlimited Division since 2013. He will be seated in a 2015 EV pp03. He captured his class last year in a record clocking of 8:57.118, the third-fastest time in the history of the PPIHC.

2016 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame Inductee and 7-time PPIHC King of the Mountain Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima (Tokyo, Japan) will also make his first return to competition in the Unlimited Division – where he has 9-division victories – for the first time since 2011 when he was the first to break the 10-minute barrier with a time of 9:51.278. The crowd favorite, now 66 years old, will be behind the wheel of his 2017 Tajima Motor E-RUNNER.

Dumas and Millen join Sebastien Loeb as the only members of the 8 Minute Elite Club with their blazing sub nine-minute course times.

Time Attack Division – Time Attack 1 Class

With 26 competitors, this is the largest class in recent PPIHC history. Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame inductee, and 2016 Time Attack 1 Class winner David Donner (Colorado Springs, CO) will return to defend his title in a 2013 Porsche GT3R.

Donner will be joined by the other four top-5 Time Attack 1 finishers from 2016 in Raphaël Astier (Roquevaire, France), Tim Hardy (Colorado Springs, CO), Robb Holland (Denver, CO), and Derek Boyd (Loveland, CO). Astier, a teammate of Dumas, will be driving a 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Time Attack Division – Time Attack 2 Production Class

Heated competition will take place in this class, featuring a head-to-head duel between Internal Combustion Engine, Robert Prilika (Castle Rock, CO) and Electric Motor Blake Fuller (Sarasota, FL).  Prilika has placed 3rd in Pikes Peak Challenge – Pikes Peak Open in 2013 and 2016 and will drive a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette. Fuller won the Electric Production Class last year setting a new class record of 11:48.264. He is seeking to break his own record this year in a 2016 Tesla Model S P90D.

Pikes Peak Challenge Division – Pikes Peak Open Class

The 2016 winner Layne Schranz (Birmingham, Alabama) will return to defend his class title after joining the 9 Minute Club with a run of 9:53.071. Schranz will be joined by 2016 Time Attack 2 Production Class winner Nick Robinson (Delaware, Ohio) who will be piloting a 2017 Acura TLX.

Pikes Peak Challenge Division – Open Wheel Class

2016 winner Clint Vahsholtz (Woodland Park, CO) is ready to add yet another class title. Vahsholtz is the winningest driver in PPIHC history with 22 class victories plus three 2-wheeled King of the Mountain titles. Vahsholtz will be challenged by PPIHC veteran Spencer Steele (Denver, CO) who missed race day in 2016 after a crash during practice, and by 2016 2nd place class finisher Dan Novembre (Colorado Springs, CO) who returns to Pikes Peak in the 2016 Novembre MAC Autosport Special.

Pikes Peak Challenge Division – Exhibition Class

Look for a battle between two electric car builders partnered with American start-up technology companies focused on the development of intelligent electric vehicles, with Faraday Future set to take on Unplugged Performance, the world leader in premium performance upgrades for Tesla vehicles.

Faraday Future has been invited to compete with their FF 91, a preview of the company’s first production vehicle unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show this past January. The FF 91 will be driven by PPIHC rookie Robin Shute (Gardena, CA), 2016 Formula Car Challenge Triple Crown National Champion and Formula Pro Mazda winner.

Unplugged Performance will enter a 2017 Tesla Model S P100D with 2011 Formula Drift Champion Daijiro Yoshihara (Japan/Hawthorne, CA) behind the wheel.

Rookies to watch:

RJ Gottlieb (Santa Monica, CA) – Pikes Peak Challenge Division – Pikes Peak Open Class

After being invited to compete in the 100th anniversary of the PPIHC in 2016, and having completed a successful testing session on Pikes Peak in early June, Gottlieb and Big Red returned to California for further testing. Sadly, the car was badly damaged due to an engine fire forcing Gottlieb to withdraw from the race. Big Red is a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro that Hot Rod Magazine called the “Baddest Camaro ever!”

David Sterckx (Belgium/Los Angeles, CA) – Time Attack 1

2001 Belgian Gr N Rally National Champion, 2013 Rally America Champion SP, Former X Games and Global Rallycross competitor. Originally from Belgium, David has been racing for over 15 years on road courses, and rally events.  In 1999, he witnessed the San Remo Rally (WRC) and decided that he wanted to give rally a try.  One year later, he finished third at the Belgian Gr N Rally Championship. He currently races in the Rally America National Championship along with his co-driver Karen Jankowski.  This season they are leading in the Super Production class and are third in the overall National Championship standings. In 2012, he took first place at the Rally America Rallycross with the best qualifying time, won all his heats and won the final!  That same year, he placed third in the Rally America Championship Super Production Class.

David Donohue (West Chester, PA) – Time Attack 1

The son of racing legend Mark Donohue has firmly established himself as a champion racing driver with an impressive resume that includes time spent in Touring Cars, Prototypes, NASCAR Stock Car and the Craftsman Truck Series. He was an integral part of the Brumos Racing family, driving a Brumos Racing Daytona Prototype in every Rolex Sports Car Series race from 2003 through 2010. In 2009 he co-drove to victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. David and co-driver Darren Law joined Action Express Racing in 2011, sharing three podium finishes and a 3rd place finish in DP driver points. David returned to Action Express Racing in 2012 with an all-new Corvette Daytona Prototype finishing 4th in points. David was the 2013 Rolex-24 hour GX class winner in Napleton Racing’s Porsche Cayman.

Motorcycle Divisions – Classes

Pikes Peak Challenge Division – Quad Class

This class is shaping up to be anyone’s race to win with one of the most competitive classes of the 2017 race, with 4 of the 5 invited competitors having previously stood on the PPIHC Quad podium. Last year’s 2nd and 3rd place finishers return in Chris Wagner (Colorado Springs, CO) and Theo Bernhard (San Rafael, CA) who won the class in 2014.  Mike Ell IV (Raymore, MO) is also a past winner.

Pikes Peak Challenge Division – Electric Motorcycle Class

Like the Quad Class, the Electric Motorcycle Class should be extremely competitive with a very talented and experienced field.  The 2014 Electric Motorcycle Class winner Jeremiah Johnson (St. Petersburg, FL), has teamed up with the UK’s University of Nottingham to design and build his new machine.

Team Buckeye Current from The Ohio State University will return with the UK’s Robert Barber (Bury, UK), the 2016 third place finisher.  Barber will represent the USA this year. The 2015 class winner and 2016 2nd place finisher Yoshihiro Kishimoto (Ichinomiya-City, Japan) will return as well.

Pikes Peak Challenge Division – Exhibition Powersport Class

In the popular Exhibition Powersport Class, Travis Newbold (Arvada, CO) with Bottpower, a small Spanish motorsport engineering company from Valencia, Spain, looks to be a contender for the 2-wheeled title of King of the Mountain returning to Pikes Peak after placing 2nd overall in 2015.

Pikes Peak Heavyweight Division

After earning the honor of 2-wheeled Rookie of the Year and placing 2nd overall among motorcycles, Cycle News’ Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook (Australia/Costa Mesa, CA) is an early favorite in the Heavyweight Division and for King of the Mountain honors. He will be riding a 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke 1290 R.  Scaysbrook finished second in the Heavyweight Division last year.

A top contender to challenge Scaysbrook is PPIHC rookie and KTM Factory Rider Chris Fillmore (Corona del Mar, CA) who will be competing on the same bike as Scaysbrook, a 2017 KTM Super Duke 1290 R. This is a big-power bike from those “Race Ready” folks in Austria previously known for competitive dirt bikes. The newest design of the LC8 V-twin, first introduced in 1999, now displaces 1,301 cc and is rated at 177 hp and 106 lb.-ft. of torque. Nope, that’s not a typo — 177 horsepower at the crank.

Pikes Peak Middleweight Division

2016 Pikes Peak Middleweight Division winner Kris Lillegard (Houston, TX) will return to defend his title, facing tough competition from the 3rd generation of the legendary Vahsholtz family in 2016 4th place class finisher and current Pikes Peak Lightweight record holder Codie Vahsholtz (Woodland Park, CO).

Pikes Peak Lightweight Division

2016 Pikes Peak Lightweight Division winner Davey Durelle (Elizabeth, CO) will set his sights on one more championship run.  Durelle, recently inducted to the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame is the winningest motorcycle competitor in PPIHC history with 17 class victories, 6 titles of King of the Mountain, 8 motorcycle division/class records and one motorcycle course record to his name.

Rookie to watch:

Brandon Ward (Ft. Carson, CO) – Lightweight Division

A soldier in the U.S. Army, Brandon, is the son of Jeff Ward, a 7-time AMA motocross champion, 1999 Indy 500 runner-up, and 2-time X Games Moto X SuperMoto gold medalist.

The full 2017 competitor list can be found online at: www.ppihc.com

For all 2017 race-related details, including ticket information, camping permits and Pikes Peak Speedweek information, stay in touch at: www.ppihc.com

Mike Moran  mike@thesportscorp.org

Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 634-7333

Ticket Sales Open Online December 1 For The 2017 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Wednesday, Nov. 30 2016

 

Colorado Springs——Still wondering what to get those special people on your gift list for the Holidays, New Year, birthday or anniversary?

The right choice could be advance tickets for the 95th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Brought to you by Gran Turismo on Sunday, June 25.

You can purchase those coveted tickets online for the 2017 Race To The Clouds beginning Thursday, December 1st.  Plan now to purchase your tickets to watch the world’s most prestigious hill climb and nation’s second-oldest motorsports event, behind only the famed Indianapolis 500.

Following a positive experience of presenting a limited field during the 2016 race, the PPIHC will once again limit the number of invited entries to approximately 100 autos and motorcycles for the 2017 race on America’s Mountain. The list of entrants will be announced on February 20.

Last year’s 100th Anniversary race produced some of the fastest times in the history of the race. The most notable an 8:51.445 winning time in the Unlimited Division by French Driver Romain Dumas in a 2016 Norma M20 PP100, and an 8:57.118 first place finish by the veteran Rhys Millen in the Electric Modified Class.

In addition, Stephanie Reaves set a new standard for women, becoming the fastest woman on the course in history. Reaves placed 3rd in the Time Attack 2 Production Class with a time of 10:56.876, driving her 2016 Dodge Viper ACR to the 29th fastest overall time in the race.

For a century, the world’s most punishing motorsport hill climb has attracted bold competitors who have made it to the summit at 14,115 feet to triumph on the Peak, including the greats of American motorsport, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Roger Mears, Al Unser, Al Unser, Jr., Louis Unser, Bobby Unser, Rick Mears and scores of others, including generations of racing families with names like Dallenbach, Millen, Donner, and Vahsholtz.

In recent years, as the popularity and profile of the race spread around the globe, fans have seen a whole new family of international winners emerge, like Japan’s Nobuhiro Tajima, the first driver to break the elusive 10-minute mark in 2011, New Zealanders Rod and Rhys Millen, Finland’s Ari Vatanen, Sweden’s Per Eklund, Romain Dumas of France, and Sébastien Loeb of France, who stunned the world with his Pikes Peak course record of 8:13.878 in 2013 in his specially designed Peugeot 208 TT16 Pikes Peak auto.

As always, fans will be able to enjoy the time-honored, traditional Fan Fest celebrating the Race to the Clouds on Friday, June 23, from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. in Downtown Colorado Springs. The popular event, which annually attracts more than 30,000 spectators gives everyone of all ages the chance to see their favorite competitors, autos and motorcycles as they prepare to take on America’s Mountain. Entertainment includes motorcycle exhibitions, vendor booths, Beer Garden, Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off and much more to be announced.

Ticket Information

Where to Purchase Tickets: 

  • NEW FOR 2017 – Ticket sales have moved online!  To expedite entry to the event, and improve traffic flow, tickets will NOT be sold at the Gateway.  Please visit www.ppihc.com 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. http://www.ppihc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017-Spectator-Race-Week-Schedule.pdf
  • 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.

Ticket Prices:

  • Practice day tickets must be purchased online, and are available in limited quantities.
  • Practice day tickets are $25 per day for June 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd.
  • Camping Permits- $150; Camping permits are sold online at ppihc.com
    • $150 per vehicle, each camper must also have a race ticket. Permits are limited. There are no refunds.
  • Race Day General Admission ticket prices vary based on the total number of attendees in a vehicle.  There must be a functioning seatbelt for every attendee inside the vehicle.  Tickets purchased online before Race Day (June 25, 2017) are discounted $10 each from their online Race Day prices.
  • There are no refunds.
  • No tickets will be sold after 10am on Race Day.
  • No admittance to the event after 12pm on Race Day.

Ticket Price Breakdown:

www.ppihc.com

 

Online Advance

Ticket Prices

Online Race Day

Ticket Prices

Single Ticket $60 ($60/ticket) $70 ($70/ticket)
Vehicle Packs
Family 2 Pack $100 ($50/ticket) $120 ($60/ticket)
Family 3 Pack $135 ($45/ticket) $165 ($55/ticket)
Family 4 Pack $160 ($40/ticket) $200 ($50/ticket)
Family 5 Pack $175 ($35/ticket) $225 ($45/ticket)
Family 6 Pack $180 ($30/ticket) $240 ($40/ticket)
Family 7 Pack $210 ($30/ticket) $280 ($40/ticket)
Family 8 Pack $240 ($30/ticket) $320 ($40/ticket)
Single Motorcycle Ticket $30 ($30/ticket) $40 ($40/ticket)
Double Motorcycle Ticket $50 ($25/ticket) $70 ($35/ticket)

*Camping permits are an additional $150 per vehicle.  Permits are limited.

Who needs a Ticket?

  • Anyone who is 10 years of age and over needs to purchase a race ticket. Tickets can be purchased online, or at specific locations during Race Week (see the race week schedule).  A camping permit is required for each vehicle.  Campers, please remember, each individual must also purchase a Race Day ticket.

Will Call:

  • Online tickets and camping permit purchases may be verified at the Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain Gateway on Saturday June 24th from Noon – 6:00pm and on Sunday, June 25th from 3:00 am – 10:00 am. Please bring your photo ID on Race Day and the Gateway staff will verify your online purchase.

Practice/Qualifying Spectator Information:

  • Practice dates are June 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2017. To attend practice you must purchase a ticket for each specific practice day.
  • All spectators must sign a liability waiver before attending practice sessions.
  • Gates open at 4:00 am. Gates close at 4:45 am. No Exceptions.  The Start Line closes to uphill traffic at 4:45 am. (For those who wish to view practice from above the Start Line area, it is recommended to arrive at 4:00 am.  The Start Line is about 7 miles up the Pikes Peak Highway from the Gateway).
  • All spectators must watch the race from designated areas along the course (Start Line, Glen Cove, Devil’s Playground).  Spectators found outside of these areas are subject to trespassing tickets.
  • No spectators will be allowed to move up and down the course once practice has started.
  • Official qualifying times will be determined on the bottom section of the course at practice sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, click here for the 2017 practice and qualifying schedule.

Camping Information

General Information:

  • Limited camping permits for June 24th, (night before the race) are available for $150 each and must be purchased online. www.ppihc.com
  • There are four locations available: Glen Cove, Ski Area, Halfway Picnic Ground, and 9 Mile (9 Mile is tent camping only). These permits are for camping only.  Any camper who wishes to attend the race on June 25th must also purchase an individual race ticket in order to attend the event. Please refer to the course map for the four camping locations.
  • One camping permit needed per car and one camping permit needed per motorcycle.
  • The Gateway opens to campers at 12:00 p.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday June 24th.  You must be through the Gateway by 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Campers will not be allowed to line up at the Gateway before 12:00 p.m.
  • All Vehicles Over 10’ clearance – Enter through Gate 3 (far right entrance)
  • Specific Camping Details and Information for Glen Cove, Ski Area, and Halfway Picnic Ground:
  • Maximum length for motor homes and trailers – 24 ft. (19’ wheel base maximum).
  • Maximum length for 5th wheels (not including tow vehicle)- 26 ft.

(The 26′ restriction is for the 5th wheel only it is not the total length including the tow vehicle)

  • No trailers on Race Day- Trailers allowed for overnight camping with permit only on Saturday.
  • One camping permit needed per car and one camping permit needed per motorcycle.
  • There are no provisions to dispose of gray or black water from self-contained trailers and/or motor homes. This waste must be disposed of at an approved sanitary disposal (not available on Pikes Peak).
  • Open fires are prohibited.  Gas and propane stoves with shutoff valves are allowed (pending local restrictions, laws and bans).
  • Camping permits are restricted to the camping site designated on the front of the permit.
  • Off-Highway Vehicles (dirt bikes, ATVs, etc.), bicycles and unlicensed vehicles are not allowed at any time on the mountain, no exceptions.
  • No pets are allowed on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain during race activities including overnight camping.
  • No fireworks.
  • No firearms.

Specific Camping Details and Information for 9 Mile:

  • 50 tent camping permits will be available for purchase. 9 Mile is tent camping only.
  • No motor homes allowed in the 9 Mile Area.
  • No 5th wheels allowed in the 9 Mile Area.
  • No trailers allowed in the 9 Mile Area.
  • No mini buses and/or any vehicles with more than 6 seats are allowed in the 9 Mile camping area.
  • No Race Day parking is available at 9 Mile. If friends and family want to meet campers on race day, 9 Mile will NOT be open for additional parking.
  • One camping permit needed per car and one camping permit needed per motorcycle.
  • Open fires are prohibited.  Gas and propane stoves with shutoff valves are allowed (pending local restrictions, laws and bans).
  • Camping permits are restricted to the camping site designated on the front of the permit.
  • Off-Highway Vehicles (dirt bikes, ATVs, etc.), bicycles and unlicensed vehicles are not allowed at any time on the mountain, no exceptions.
  • No pets are allowed on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain during race activities including overnight camping.
  • No fireworks.
  • No firearms.

 

Technology Tested at the PPIHC Leads to Nevada Issuing Nation’s First Autonomous Vehicle Restricted Driver’s License to Quadriplegic Former Racecar Driver Sam Schmidt

Wednesday, Oct. 5 2016
Schmidt can now drive the Arrow Electronics’ semi-autonomous car driven at the 2016 PPIHC on public roads under restricted conditions Nevada continues to lead on autonomous vehicle tech, policy and infrastructure
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LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nevada Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison today presented the first autonomous vehicle restricted driver’s license issued in the U.S. to Sam Schmidt, a Nevada resident and former Indy Racing League driver who has been paralyzed from the neck down since a racing accident in 2000.

“Presenting Sam Schmidt with the first autonomous vehicle driver’s license marks a turning point in our state and reinforces how fortunate I am to serve the people of Nevada-a state that values technologies and innovations that strengthen and improve our communities. I’m confident today’s events will serve as a catalyst for even more transforming technologies, which will enrich and enhance the lives of all Nevadans. I’d like to thank all of the dedicated individuals who had a part in making today a reality, and congratulate Sam on this milestone,” said Lt. Gov. Hutchison.

After receiving his license, Schmidt demonstrated his driving skills on the Exotics Racing track and nearby public roads. Schmidt is able to drive a modified Corvette Z06 using only the motion of his head, his breath and voice commands. Arrow Electronics built the semi-autonomous vehicle, called the Arrow SAM Car, for Schmidt in 2014 to demonstrate the power of technology to improve lives.

Voice commands enable Schmidt to switch gears and turn the Arrow SAM Car on and off. Sensors mounted on an Arrow-designed high-tech headset he wears connect to infrared cameras mounted on the dashboard and detect Schmidt’s head-tilt motions to steer. A sip-and-puff device that Smith breathes into enables him to accelerate and brake.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has been working with Schmidt and Arrow since 2015 to become the first state to enhance regulations allowing Schmidt to legally drive the SAM Car on Nevada public roads under restricted conditions. Nevada is rapidly emerging as a leader in the manufacturing and automotive industry, creating and encouraging autonomous regulations, as well as testing and consumer deployment requirements.

“Arrow Electronics created a semi-autonomous vehicle in a short period of time that not only breaks the current definitions of autonomy, but also delivers a technology that has the potential to bring freedom to those who have physical disabilities. We were proud to collaborate with Arrow to pioneer a way for Sam Schmidt and the SAM Car to drive legally and safely on Nevada highways. This testing will help to improve their technology and bring them closer to providing increased mobility to the disabled community,” said Jude Hurin, Administrator for the Management Services and Programs Division in the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Working toward autonomous technology is a priority for Nevada to not only reduce accidents and fatalities on its roadways, but to eventually increase mobility and independence for people with physical disabilities, including wounded warriors. There are now six companies licensed for autonomous vehicle testing in Nevada.

“It’s been a privilege to work with the forward-looking officials in my home state of Nevada and with the great engineering team at Arrow Electronics to safely and responsibly advance autonomous vehicle technology,” said Sam Schmidt. “I can’t even begin to explain just how much this provisional driver’s license, and the mobility and independence it represents, mean to me.”

The objective of the Arrow SAM Car project is to enable drivers with physical disabilities to experience the mobility and independence of driving again by leveraging the power of technology. All of the software and technology that Arrow developed for the car is open to the developer and engineering communities, and it has promising broader applications for independent living.

“It’s an honor to collaborate with Sam and the state of Nevada to guide innovative autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle technologies forward,” said Arrow Chairman, President and CEO Mike Long. “We hope the SAM car continues to inspire people to innovate and dream big because as Sam showed us all today, anything is possible.”

Earlier this year, Schmidt reached 152 mph in the SAM Car during demonstration laps at the Indianapolis 500, and he also tackled the hairpin twists and turns of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The SAM Car project is a collaborative venture between Arrow Electronics, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the nonprofit organization Conquer Paralysis Now and Paravan GmbH, a world leader in innovative automobile conversions for drivers with severe disabilities.

For more information on the project, please visit http://arrow.com/SAM/ or keep up with SAM project developments on Twitter by following #ArrowDriven.

For more information regarding the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles Autonomous Program and Regulations, please visit www.dmvnv.com/autonomous.htm.

About Arrow Electronics:

Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations serving over 85 countries.

Stephanie Reaves Is Fastest Woman In The History Of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb After 100th Anniversary Race Performance

Wednesday, Sep. 28 2016

Colorado SpringsStephanie Reaves (Buxton, Maine) set a new standard for women this summer during the 100th Anniversary of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, becoming the fastest woman on the course. The accomplished driver placed 3rd in the Time Attack 2 Production Class with a time of 10:56.876, driving her 2016 Dodge Viper ACR to the 29th fastest overall time in this year’s race.

Click Here to View Stephanie Reaves 2016 Pikes Peak Run

She is the first woman in history to earn a professional motorcycle drag racing license, the first to qualify for an NHRA national event, and the first female factory race driver ever for General Motors.  Reaves even found success as an actress, appearing as “Norma Bates” in the infamous shower scene of Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, “Psycho.”

Other women who achieved success in 2016 were Michelle Disalvo (Manteca, CA) who took 4th in the motorcycle Pikes Peak Lightweight Division and Elisabeth Deeter (Austin, TX) who finished 7th in the same Division.

While Joyce Thompson was the first female to compete in this famous race in 1960, Michele Mouton of France became the first woman to win a PPIHC championship when she captured the Open Rally division in 1984 and 1985 in her Audi Quattro. Other women who achieved success on America’s Mountain include Jeri Unser, the 12th Unser to compete in the PPIHC, who won the Electric Auto title in 2003, and Brianne Corn, who took home the winner’s trophy in the 2011 Time Attack 4WD class.

The 2017 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will stage its 95th running on Sunday, June 25.

The nation’s second-oldest motorsports race behind only the legendary Indianapolis 500, will follow a highly successful 100th Anniversary Race this summer when 100 competitors (65 autos and 35 motorcycles), put together one of the best races in the history of the Race to the Clouds.

In an effort to allow competitors more practice time during sessions held during Race Week, and to efficiently accommodate competitors and spectators on Race Day, the PPIHC will limit the field to approximately 100 vehicles.  Official registration will open on November 7, 2016 and close on January 27, 2017.  Competitors will be notified of their acceptance on February 17 with the official field announced on February 20 at ppihc.com.

For all 2017 race-related details, including ticket information, camping permits and Pikes Peak Speedweek information, stay in touch at: www.ppihc.com

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Future Dates

2017——June 25 (Fan Fest June 23rd)

All future races will be tentatively scheduled for the last Sunday in June:

2018——June 24 (Fan Fest June 22nd)

2019——June 30 (Fan Fest June 28th)

2020——June 28 (Fan Fest June 26th)

2021——June 27 (Fan Fest June 25th)

2022——June 26 (Fan Fest June 24th) (100th Running)

 

Request for Invitation & Registration Timeline

October 2016 – Rule Book posted on PPIHC website

November 7, 2016 – 2017 PPIHC Registration Opens

January 27, 2017 – 2017 PPIHC Registration Closes

February 17, 2017 – Competitors informed if they will be invited to participate in the 2017 race

February 20, 2017 – 2017 Competitor List posted on the PPIHC website

March 4, 2017 – Deadline for competitors to withdraw from the 2017 race with a refund

May 1, 2017– Deadline for wait-listed competitors to be added to the field

 

 Mike Moran  mike@thesportscorp.org

 Senior Media Consultant

 1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

 Colorado Springs, CO 80906

 (719) 634-7333

 

Upcoming Major Events

College Ice Hockey Face-Off Luncheon, Sept. 29

Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, Oct. 25

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Announces Race Dates Through 2022

Tuesday, Sep. 6 2016

Colorado Springs——–The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, will stage its 95th running on Sunday, June 25, 2017.

The nation’s second-oldest motorsports race behind only the legendary Indianapolis 500, will follow a highly successful 100th Anniversary Race this summer when 100 competitors (65 autos and 35 motorcycles), put together one of the best races in the history of the Race to the Clouds on June 26, 2016.

The exclusive field included 18 rookies who accepted the challenge of the grueling course, navigating 156 turns beginning at 9,390 feet at the Official Start Line, and ending 12.42 miles later at the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain.

There were 11 countries represented by the talented field of drivers and riders: Japan, Canada, Finland, England, France, Australia, Taiwan, USA, Poland, Brazil, and Scotland.

“We were extremely pleased with the way the 100th Anniversary race, Fan Fest and other SpeedWeek events were conducted,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “It was a fitting tribute to the history of the event. By limiting the field to 100 drivers and riders, we believe that had a positive impact on the race’s national and international prestige producing some of the best times and performances ever recorded.”

Over 1,500 credentialed personnel including media, competitors, crew members, operations staff and race officials were on the mountain along with more than 5,000 spectators who enjoyed the race from several designated spectator areas.

Competitors will begin their application process on November 7, 2016 and registration will close on January 27, 2017. The number of participants for 2017 has not been set.  Competitors will be notified of their acceptance on February 17th with the official field of entries announced on February 20th.

The 100th Anniversary was highlighted by a pair of sub-nine minute finishes featuring two PPIHC stars, Romain Dumas of France and Rhys Millen, the New Zealander who makes his home in California.

One week after winning at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Dumas won the talent-loaded Unlimited Division clocking a time of 8:51.445, (the second-fastest in the history of the event) driving a 2016 Norma M20 RD Limited. He also captured the titles in the 2012 Pikes Peak Open and the 2014 Unlimited Divisions.  With this year’s win on America’s Mountain, Dumas became the first driver to have earned victories at Le Mans and Pikes Peak in the same year.

In 1992, Rhys Millen was named Rookie of the Year when he won the Pikes Peak Open Division driving a Mazda with a winning time of 12:29.100 on the gravel course.  This year, Millen drove his 2016 eO PP100 to victory in the Electric Modified Class with a time of 8:57.118, in his 24th appearance on Pikes Peak capturing his 11th title.  His win this summer established a new course record in the Electric Modified Class.

The overall course record of 8:13.878 was set by Sebastien Loeb of France in 2013, who piloted his Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak model while winning the Unlimited Division with his jaw-dropping performance.  Dumas and Millen now join Loeb in a club of three, the Eight Minute Elite.

The Race to the Clouds has not just been a prized destination for men and their autos and motorcycles.  Michele Mouton of France became the first woman to win a championship when she captured the Open Rally division in 1984 and 1985 in her Audi Quattro. Other women who achieved success on America’s Mountain include Jeri Unser, the 12th Unser to compete in the PPIHC, who won the Electric Auto title in 2003, and Brianne Corn, who took home the winner’s trophy in the 2011 Time Attack 4WD class.

In 2016 Michelle Disalvo (Manteca, CA) took 4th and Elisabeth Deeter (Austin, TX) finished 7th in the Pikes Peak Lightweight Motorcycle Division.

For a century, the world’s most demanding motorsports hill climb has attracted fearless competitors who have triumphed on Pikes Peak, including the greats of American motorsport –  Al Unser, Al Unser, Jr., Louis Unser, Bobby Unser, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Roger Mears, Rick Mears and scores of others, including generations of racing families with names like Dallenbach, Donner, and Vahsholtz.

The 2017 Race Week Schedule, ticket and camping information, and all other event details can be found at: www.ppihc.com

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Future Dates

2017——June 25 (Fan Fest – June 23)

All future races will be tentatively scheduled for the last Sunday in June:

2018——June 24 (Fan Fest – June 22)

2019——June 30 (Fan Fest – June 28)

2020——June 28 (Fan Fest – June 26)

2021——June 27 (Fan Fest – June 25)

2022——June 26 (Fan Fest – June 24) (The 100th Running)

 

Request for Invitation & Registration Timeline:

October 2016 – Rule Book posted on PPIHC website

November 7, 2016 – 2017 PPIHC Registration Opens

January 27, 2017 – 2017 PPIHC Registration Closes

February 17, 2017 – Competitors informed if they will be invited to participate in the 2017 race

February 20, 2017 – 2017 Competitor List posted on PPIHC website

March 4, 2017 – Deadline for competitors to withdraw from the 2017 race with a refund

May 1, 2017 – Deadline for wait-listed competitors to be added to the field

 

 Mike Moran  mike@thesportscorp.org

 Senior Media Consultant

 1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

 Colorado Springs, CO 80906

 (719) 634-7333

Race Fans Will Get Rare Glimpse Into The Past On June 26

Monday, Jun. 20 2016

A Pair Of Special Exhibition Runs Featuring The Historic Yellow Devil And Rod Millen’s Record-Setting Celica Will Open Race Day For The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb On Sunday, June 26

Colorado Springs——-A special treat is in store for the thousands of fans who line the course early in the morning for the 94th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 26.  To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the nation’s second-oldest motorsports event a pair of special exhibition runs will take place shortly before the race begins.

The Broadmoor Special Yellow Devil, driven by Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Educational Museum Hall of Famer Frank Peterson, will motor its way from the Start Line to Halfway Picnic Ground and 7:25 AM.  Peterson won the 1970 PPIHC Super Stock Car championship and competed in his last Hill Climb in 1989. Joining him will be navigator Bill Hybl, Chairman and CEO of El Pomar Foundation and President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee.  The PPIHC, El Pomar Foundation and Frank Peterson of Lakewood Manufacturing partnered to complete this important preservation effort.  The Yellow Devil is a fully-restored 1918 Pierce-Arrow Touring Car that once belonged to Hill Climb founder Spencer Penrose and competed in the Race to the Clouds eight times, making its racing debut in 1922 on America’s Mountain.  Though never winning, the auto finished every race it entered, a rare feat even today.

View recent footage of the Yellow Devil’s test run on Pikes Peak,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXu0VcPhyGY

The other exhibition run will feature Hill Climb legend Rod Millen and his famous Toyota Celica Super Sport Turbo that recorded a remarkable time of 10:04.060 in the Unlimited Division on Pikes Peak’s traditional gravel racing surface on July 4, 1994, establishing the all-time dirt course record.  Millen’s record would stand the test of time and wouldn’t be broken until 2007, when more than 75% of the racing surface had been paved.

Millen, who will be inducted this year into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Educational Museum Hall of Fame, will be on hand to pilot his record-setting Celica on a short exhibition run from the Hill Climb’s Official Start Line to Glen Cove at 7:25 AM.

While gravel has been replaced with pavement, and so much else has changed in the first 100 years of the Hill Climb’s existence, the legend of Rod Millen and his dirt taming skills are and will forever be remembered in PPIHC history. Throughout Millen’s Pikes Peak career, the Kiwi claimed 10-class victories, five titles of King of the Mountain, and most notably the fastest time ever recorded on the traditional dirt racing surface.

Reminder: If race fans would like to see the Yellow Devil and Rod Millen’s commemorative run, they will need to be in a spectator area at or below Halfway Picnic Grounds.  Fan’s wanting to witness Rod Millen’s Celica’s return to the Pikes Peak Highway must be viewing at or below Glen Cove. The Gateway opens at 3:00 a.m. 

Race Week Official Schedule: http://www.ppihc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016-Spectator-Race-Week-Schedule.pdf

Friday, June 24, marks the return of the biggest party of the week, PPIHC Fan Fest, where top competitors, exhibitors and personalities celebrate with some 30,000 fans from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Downtown Colorado Springs. Race fans and families can see their favorite drivers, riders and their vehicles as they prepare to take on Pikes Peak for the world-famous Hill Climb. Entertainment includes motorcycle exhibitions, vendor booths, Beer Garden and Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off. It’s free admission for every fan!

 Mike Moran  mike@thesportscorp.org

Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161

 

2017 Acura NSX Supercar to Make its North American Racing Debut at 2016 Broadmoor PPIHC

Thursday, Jun. 9 2016
  • Two Acura NSX supercars and a new NSX-inspired, all-electric 4-motor SH-AWD Concept will compete in the 100th anniversary of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
  • Acura NSX, MDX and TLX will serve as official pace cars

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 9, 2016) –Acura will field a pair of 2017 Acura NSX supercars in the 100th Anniversary of the running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26, marking the North American racing debut of Acura’s next-generation NSX: the pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance and the only supercar made in America.

The two Acura NSX supercars will compete in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes and will be piloted by brothers James and Nick Robinson, respectively, both from the company’s North American engineering team. In addition, Acura will campaign an NSX-inspired prototype vehicle in the Electric Modified Class, featuring a further evolution of the experimental all-electric, 4-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain that won last year’s Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class.

2017 Acura NSX Supercar to Make its North American Racing Debut at 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int'l. Hill Climb

2017 Acura NSX Supercar to Make its North American Racing Debut at 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int’l. Hill Climb

“Pikes Peak is like no other race in the world and offers a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of our products,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “We are excited for this year’s ‘Race to the Clouds’ to test the endurance and engineering of the Acura NSX and our advanced powertrain technologies – as well as an expression of our racing spirit.”

A team of North American R&D engineers has been working on both NSX entries, which feature the same three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive powertrain (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) as the production NSX. This powertrain features a twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a 9-speed dual clutch transmission and Rear Direct Drive Motor, and a front Twin Motor Unit with a world’s first electrically powered torque vectoring capability in the supercar realm. Modifications to the NSX competing in the Time Attack 1 class included chassis lightening and a custom high-flow racing exhaust.

The NSX competing in the Time Attack 2 class is a production car with the required safety equipment for competition. The Time Attack 1 NSX will be driven by James Robinson of the company’s North American powertrain development group, who drove a first-generation NSX in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb from 2012 to 2015. His brother Nick Robinson, an engineer in charge of the new NSX’s dynamic performance during its development, will drive the Time Attack 2 NSX.  Nick is also the reigning PP250 winner from the 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

The supercar-inspired 4-Motor EV Concept will be driven by Tetsuya Yamano, who campaigned last year’s CR-Z-based electric prototype.  The EV Concept is the ultimate embodiment of the all-wheel-drive Electric SH-AWD powertrain featuring a world’s first technology that enables four-wheel independent torque allocation. The Electric SH-AWD powertrain, an evolution of the CR-Z prototype powertrain, produces three times the total system output of last year’s electric prototype and is mated to the NSX body.

As Official Pace Car sponsor, Acura will feature three pace cars – the NSX, the seven-passenger MDX performance-luxury SUV and the TLX sports sedan. President of Polyphony Digital and Producer of the Gran Turismo series Kazunori Yamauchi and Pikes Peak legends Randy Schranz and Leonard Vahsholtz will lead the field of 100 entrants to the top of the 14,115-foot Colorado peak.

For Pikes Peak race attendees, the NSX and other pace cars will appear at a number of pre-race activities, including the popular Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs, 5 to 10 p.m. MDT Friday, June 24.

For More Information

Consumer information is available at www.acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles.

About Acura

Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. On March 27, 2016, Acura celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker.

The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. This spring, Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

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