Competitor Awards Ceremony June 26, 2017

Wednesday, Mar. 22 2017

Competitor Awards Ceremony June 26, 2017

 Posted Online: March 22, 2017

 Last Updated: March 22, 2017

To celebrate the achievements of those competing in the 95th Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, an Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017.  The Awards Ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Penrose House Pavilion located at 1661 Mesa Avenue in Colorado Springs.  A light breakfast buffet will be served.

The PPIHC is pleased to collaborate with Colorado Springs-based Glassical Designs to produce crystal trophies featuring the original Penrose Trophy design from the inaugural 1916 race.  In addition to the presentation of the crystal trophies, TAG Heuer, the PPIHC’s Official Timekeeper, will present the winners of watch-eligible divisions/classes with TAG Heuer Timepieces.

It will be the responsibility of all trophy/award-winning competitors and/or their teams to accept their award(s) at this ceremony.  All shipping/mailing costs incurred by PPIHC for shipping unclaimed awards will be passed along to the competitor/team.

 

2017 Radio Frequency Restricted Use Bulletin

Wednesday, Mar. 22 2017

2017 Radio Frequency Restricted Use

Posted Online: March 22, 2017

Last Update: March 22, 2017

Radio Interference/Frequency Use

In recent years, the PPIHC has encountered issues with internet and other communication devices due to frequency interference.

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

  • 2412MHz-2484MHz
  • 5100MHz-5900MHz
  • 0GHz – 24.2GHz
  • 500MHz-151.700MHz VHF
  • 500MHz-157.700MHz VHF

The PPIHC may add additional restricted frequencies for internal PPIHC use only.  Competitors and teams will be informed if any restricted frequencies are added.

Use of mobile hot spots by competitors, race teams and/or spectators is not allowed during Race Week or Practice Days.

All-Weather Tire Requirement at Technical Inspection

Wednesday, Mar. 15 2017

All-Weather Tire Requirement at Technical Inspection

 Posted Online: March 15, 2017

Last Updated: March 15, 2017

The PPIHC would like to remind all entrants participating in the 2017 edition of the Race to the Clouds that they will be required to present tires appropriate for all possible weather conditions on Pikes Peak (including wet roads and cold temperatures) at Technical Inspection.

The specific rule regarding entries in the car program reads:

CAR & TRUCK SAFETY AND CONSTRUCTION

TECHNICAL REGULATIONS and SPECIAL RULES

  1. Tires
  1. All competitors will be required to also present tires at Technical Inspection that are appropriate for all possible weather conditions on Pikes Peak (including wet roads and cold temperatures). At the discretion of the Director of Competitor, Assistant to the Director of Competition, and/or Race Director, competitors may be required to use weather-appropriate tires during competition. If adequate tires are not presented, you may be denied the run.

The specific rule regarding entries in the motorcycle program reads:

MOTORCYCLE & QUAD SAFETY AND CONSTRUCTION

TECHNICAL REGULATIONS and SPECIAL RULES

  1. Wheels & Tires –
  1. All competitors will be required to also present tires at Technical Inspection that are appropriate for all weather conditions possible on Pikes Peak (including wet roads and cold temperatures). At the discretion of the Director of Competitor, Assistant Director of Competition, and/or Race Director, competitors may be required to use weather appropriate tires during competition. If adequate tires are not presented, you may be denied the run.

Competitor Gear Transportation Bulletin

Monday, Mar. 13 2017

Competitor Gear Transportation Bulletin

Posted Online: March 13, 2017

Last Updated: March 13, 2017

Van Information:

A van will be available to transport competitor gear from the Start Line area to the Summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain on Race Day.  If you have any gear you want to place in the van, it is important that you mark the gear with your name and race number.  All gear must be placed in the Olson Plumbing & Heating van before 7:00 a.m. on Race Day.  The van will be parked on driver’s right just uphill of the car pits at 5:45 a.m., and will depart for the Summit at 7:00 a.m. sharp.  After the race is completed, the van will follow the parade of competitors down to the Start Line area.  Any items still in the van will be placed by the VIP tent after the race.

Motorcycle Stands:

All motorcycle teams are encouraged to load stands into the competitor gear van going to the Summit on Race Day.   The use of stands will allow all motorcycles to be placed in one area and in turn will allow maximization of the limited space available to park four-wheeled vehicles.

Prohibited Items:

Do not use the van for tool boxes and/or extra car parts.

Risk:

The PPIHC is not responsible for any items placed in the van.  It is the competitor’s responsibility to retrieve their items.

Vehicles Originally Designed to Compete on a Dirt Course

Monday, Mar. 6 2017

Vehicles Originally Designed to Compete on a Dirt Course

 Posted Online: March 6, 2017

Last Updated: March 9, 2017

In keeping up with the transformation of the road surface/race course, and the types of vehicles being entered in the PPIHC, it has been determined by the Competition Committee that it is in the best interest of the event to transition away from vehicles that were originally designed with the intention of competing on Pikes Peak’s traditional dirt surface.  Unless major modifications have been made that would allow these vehicles to withstand the increased stresses placed on chassis and suspension components, it has been determined that the 2017 event will be the last year these vehicles will be allowed to participate.

Please contact Dan Skokan, PPIHC Director of Competition, with any questions or concerns at dskokan@ppihc.com.

FURTHER CLARIFICATION:

This bulletin will not affect competition during the 95th running of the PPIHC in 2017.  The intent of this bulletin is to forewarn past, present and future PPIHC competitors of modifications that may be made to the 2018 PPIHC Rule Book concerning the eligibility of vehicles that were originally designed with the intent of competing on Pikes Peak’s traditional dirt racing surface. 

It should also be noted that this bulletin is generally directed toward vehicles competing in the Car Program and only in unique instances may it affect the eligibility of potential entries in the Motorcycle Program.

Competitor/Crew Credential and Access Card Information

Friday, Mar. 3 2017

Competitor/Crew Credential and Access Card Information

Posted Online: March 3, 2017

Last Updated: March 3, 2017

Competitor Credential Information

  • Each registered driver/rider will receive one (1) Competitor credential.
  • Drivers/Riders receive four (4) extra Crew credentials at no additional charge.
  • Additional crew credentials may be purchased for $50/credential.
  • A $100 replacement fee is assessed for lost credentials.
  • All crew members must sign the RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY & ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT to receive a credential. (see below)
  • Competitors are responsible for their crew members. Competitors may be penalized for the action(s) of their crew members.

Electronic Waiver/Crew Credential Distribution

  • Crew credentials will now be distributed through the Competitor (Driver/Rider).  Here is how it works:
  1. Send your crew members the following link to sign the RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY & ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT electronically: https://www.smartwaiver.com/v/2017crew
  1. The deadline for submitting online crew credentialing is Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 10:00am (Crew members who miss the deadline must appear in person at Registration during Race Week to receive their credential.)
  1. If crew members do not want to or unable to sign up electronically, they may come in to Registration to sign the waiver in person, and pay the fee.
  1. No minor crew members, or their parent/guardian, will be permitted to sign the online waiver. All minors shall be required to appear in person at Registration with their parent or legal guardian to sign the PARENTAL CONSENT, RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY, ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.
  1. All Competitors are required to come to Registration before they proceed to Technical Inspection.
  • At Registration check-in, Competitors (drivers/riders) will be issued crew credentials to distribute directly to those crew members who signed the electronic waiver prior to the deadline.
  • The PPIHC registration office will give you, as the competitor, the number of credentials matching the number of people who have signed up electronically to be on your crew. PPIHC will not give you any credentials for any person who has not signed the electronic waiver.
  • PPIHC will require payment directly from the Competitor for any additional credentials that the Competitor wants to pick up and distribute. Competitors are required to pay $50 for any crew member listed over the allotted amount (4 for Drivers/Riders).  Competitors will not be allowed to pick up credentials for those who have not signed the online waiver.  All credentials must be paid for at the time of pick up.
  • Only Competitors will be allowed to obtain credentials for pre-registered crew members.
  • During Registration, Competitors will be asked to complete and sign the following statement:

“I, ________________ picked up _____ (number of credentials) for my crew members and will distribute them to those who have signed the PPIHC waiver electronically.  Distribution of any credential to anyone who has not signed the electronic waiver is subject to a $500 fine.”

Example:

Competitor, Bob Smith has e-mailed his crew the electronic waiver information and 7 people signed up to be on his crew.  At Registration, Bob will get his 4 free credentials and then will pay for the remaining 3 people.  Once PPIHC has verified that 7 crew members are listed under Bob’s name on the online form, Bob will be given 7 credentials to distribute and will then sign the statement that he has picked up the credentials.

Crew Credential Access during Race Week and Race Day

  • Crew Credentials will allow access through Gateway for all PPIHC Practice Days and Race Day.
  • Crew Credentials will allow for early access on Race Day, from 2:00am-3:00am. (NOTE: The Gateway opens to spectators at 3:00am. One lane uphill access only pre-race.)
  • Race Day ONLY: Crew credentials will NOT allow access above the Start Line area on Race Day (unless approved by PPIHC).  Anyone wishing to view the race from above the Start Line must purchase a regular Race Day ticket.  Anyone going beyond the Start Line on race day is deemed a spectator.
  • Crew credentials will not guarantee access to the Motorcycle Hot Grid and/or Car Takeoff Point. Access cards will be needed for those locations (see below).

Motorcycle Hot Grid/Car Takeoff Point Access

  • In order to better control the “Takeoff Point” and “Motorcycle Hot Grid”, PPIHC will provide access cards for each competitor to distribute to 4 members of their team. The access cards will have the Competitor’s race number and Division. These cards will allow access into the Motorcycle Hot Grid (for motorcycle competitors) and Car Takeoff Point (for car competitors) when the Competitor is preparing to take the green flag. Once the Competitor has received the green flag, those with access passes will be asked to leave the designated area.

Crew Credential Access on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

(outside of PPIHC Sanctioned Activities)

  • Competitor and Crew credentials will not give access to Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain during normal business hours during Race Week.  The credentials will allow competitors and crew members though the Gateway for practice days and on Race Day.
  • Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain will be providing one (1) free pass – good for one (1) free admission for one (1) person – per registration that can be used during Race Week.  This pass will be included in the Competitor’s registration packet which will be available at Registration during Race Week.

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