Mitsubishi Motors North America Is The New Presenting Sponsor Of The Pikes Peak International Hill ClimbThursday, May. 16 2013
Veteran Pikes Peak Motorcycle Champion Greg Tracy Will Drive One Mitsubishi Electric Auto Entry!
Colorado Springs, May 16———-It seems that nothing stays the same for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Just when you think you know who will drive or race an auto or motorcycle, something unusual happens.
Pikes Peak Motorcycle champion Greg Tracy driving a Mitsubishi auto in the Electric Division? Awesome!
That’s the case today with the announcement by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation that it will be the Presenting Sponsor of the 91st Race to the Clounds, and that it has entered two drivers in the Electric Automobile Division, where nine-time Unlimited winner Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima of Japan is entered for a second year in a row in his Pikes Peak Special E-Runner electric that suffered an onboard fire last year and blew Tajima out of the race.
Also entered in the Electrics is another legend on the Peak, Rod Millen, who has won nine division championships, including five in the Unlimited Division. Millen, who won the Time Attack 2WD title in 2011, will drive a Toyota TMG EV P002 in his quest to add yet another crown to his long string of success on America’s Mountain that began with 1989 triumphs in the Pikes Peak Production Division in a Mazda MX6.
Mitsubishi has entered six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion Tracy in the Electric Autos Division in one of its two MiEV Evolution II four-wheel drive prototype race cars.
The decorated Tracy, who has never been behind the wheel of an auto on the Peak before, was second a year ago in the blazing 1205cc motorcycle division behind champion Carlin Dunne, who set the all-time bike record of 9:52.819, while Tracy also shattered the elusive ten-minute mark with his clocking of 9:58.262.
The other Mitsubishi driver is Japan’s Hiroshi Masuoka, a two-time Dakar Rally Champion who was second last year in the Electric Auto Division behind Fumio Nutahara, another Japanese competitor, giving Masuoka valuable experience with the course, now fully-paved.
The Electric field also includes two-time Champion Ikuo Hanawa of Japan, behind the wheel of a Summit HER-02
“We are able to tackle Pikes Peak a second time thanks to the support of our many partner companies. We were able to come up with a new and improved MiEV Evolution II based on the precious data and know-how we gained from last year’s race. We welcome Greg Tracy as our teammate. With his wealth of motorsport experience, we will give it our all for a one-two finish. Thank you for your continued support!,” says Masuoka.
Tracy is excited about his first attempt behind the wheel of an automobile on Pikes Peak after his six bike wins and hot time a year ago. He brings a wealth of racing experience not only in motorcycles but four-wheeled vehicles as well and is also a professional stunt driver.“I’m excited to compete here with the MiEV Evolution II. I will do my best, along with my teammates, to make an electric vehicle the champ for the first time ever,” says Tracy.
So, now, America’s second-oldest motor sports race, which started in 1916, will welcome a loaded Electric Auto Division field that includes competitors with a total of 24 wins on America’s Mountain, making it a big-time rival for the prestigious Unlimited field, which features Romain Dumas, Rhys Millen, Sebastien Loeb and Dave Carapetyan, among others.