Honda Will Be A Partnering Sponsor And Race Participant in 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill ClimbWednesday, Apr. 24 2013
Colorado Springs, April 24 – Honda has announced that it is making a major commitment to the 2013 running of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as both a sponsor and race participant, with plans to field products in nine race classes, a first for any OEM in a single Pikes Peak event.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will serve as a Partnering Sponsor for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the first time the company has participated as a corporate sponsor of the legendary race event to the summit of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain.
“Pikes Peak presents us with a unique opportunity to showcase Honda’s diverse product lineup and to energize Honda fans around world, as we work to further strengthen Honda’s presence in racing at all levels,” said Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations for American Honda. “Our associates will be working hard between now and Race Day to prepare this diverse field of race vehicles and showcase the Honda racing spirit.”
With support from Honda’s North American R&D and motorsports companies – Honda R&D Americas, Inc. and Honda Performance Development, Inc. – the company will campaign a broad range of Honda and Acura vehicles, as well as Honda motorcycles and ATVs. Honda will showcase its diverse range of fun-to-drive/ride products and will field 10 products in nine race classes, the most ever for a single race participant.
The vehicles will be developed and piloted by Honda’s North American associates, under the banners of Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Team-Honda Research (THR).
As a further extension of Honda’s sponsorship effort, Honda Power Equipment will be supporting race operations, with Honda generators providing electricity and light to the pits and staging area.
Honda 2013 Pikes Peak entries: Driver/Racer/Division/Auto/Motorcycle
James Robinson (Pikes Peak Open) Acura NSX (1st Generation NSX)
Brian Shanfeld (Time Attack) Acura TL SH-AWD
Sage Marie (Exhibition) Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe
Roy Richards (Electric) Honda Fit EV
Nick Robinson (Pikes Peak 250) Honda CRF250R
Dane Marsack (Pikes Peak 250) Honda CRF250R
Jeff Tigert (Pikes Peak 450) Honda CRF450R
Alex Moreno (Exhibition Powersports) Honda CBR1000RR
Erik Dunshee (Pikes Peak Superbike 750) Honda CBR600RR
Keith Steidl (Quad Modified) Honda TRX450
Honda has competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on a less ambitious scale in the recent past. In 2011, Honda campaigned a Fit hatchback that was built and piloted by Honda engineers from North America. In 2012, the company fielded an Acura NSX powered by an ALMS P2 twin-turbo V-6 engine supplied by Honda Performance Development (HPD), and outfitted with an ex-Le Mans body and wide body kit, with support from members of the Ohio-based Honda of America Race Team (HART). Prior to that, Honda set records in the EV class in 1994 and 1999 with the Honda EV Plus. This year also marks the return of advanced Honda EV technology to America’s second-oldest race, in the form of a 2013 Honda Fit EV.
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T.E. McHale (310) 783-3169
PPIHC Tickets Available Now
Fans of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb can purchase tickets now for the June 30, 2013 race and assure themselves a spot on the Peak for what promises to be the best in the event’s long and storied history.
General admission seats are priced at $40.00 each, and the popular Family Four-Pack is priced at $135.00 when purchased in advance.
Tickets may be purchased on the PPIHC official website: www.ppihc.com
Camping permits, sold on a first-come, first-served basis, are available at $100.00 each.
(Note, PPIHC policy for the Family Four-Pack mandates that all four people must be in one vehicle on race day and each occupant in a vehicle with a camping permit must also have a race ticket.)
Race tickets are required for anyone 10 years of age and older.
Fan Fest, Friday, June 28 (5:00-10:00 p.m.)
Fan Fest is the annual pre-race celebration held in downtown Colorado Springs (Tejon St. between Colorado Ave. & Bijou St.) promoting the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
More than 30,000 fans are expected to attend. This event is FREE and typically features a large Budweiser beer garden, live bands, chili cook-off for the fans.
Downtown business owners Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli will present the Red Bull Jumpers and Skydivers.
Top race qualifiers will display their vehicles (cars, quads, motorcycles, etc.), give driver demos and be present for autograph sessions.
In addition, the PPIHC mobile museum will be on-site and exclusive PPIHC merchandise will be available for purchase. Tickets to the 91st running will also be on sale.