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Romain Dumas Preparing For Record Attempt At Pikes Peak At Full Throttle

Tuesday, Jun. 4 2013

Colorado Springs, June 4———-French racing star Romain Dumas, the second-fastest auto driver in the history of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, is at full speed in preparation for a crack at the course record on June 30 in Colorado Springs.

He held the course record of 9:46.181 for a brief period of time last year in winning the Pikes Peak Open as a rookie, only to see Rhys Millen break it moments later in the Time Attack division.

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The 35-year-old Dumas will be behind the wheel of a new Norma M20FC PP in the talent-loaded Unlimited Division, which features the likes of Millen (Hyundai Genesis PM58OT), who set the all-time course record of 9:46.164 last year in winning the Time Attack division, nine-time World (WRC) Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb of France in his specially-prepared Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, former British Rallycross Champion Mark Rennison (1986 Ford RS 200 Evolution), France’s Jean-Philippe Dayraut, the 2011 Rookie of the Year (2011 Mini Countryman), who was third two years ago in the Unlimited division, Kris Antal of Hungary (2013 Krispeak KA 14), and Pikes Peak veterans Dave Carapetyan (2013 Rally Ready PP9), Jimmy Keeney (2012 Chevrolet Colorado) and Doug Siddens (2009 Polaris RZR-X1), who won the Exhibition Powersport division last year.

Dumas held two tests of the new Norma he will be driving at Pikes Peak last weekend in Ales, France, and was satisfied with the results.

“These tests were very interesting,”said Dumas. “The Norma M20FC PP is like how I imagined it, light and agile, with good downforce. Most of our work will be focused on the engine, where we still have potential for improvement. Of course, there are still things we need to learn about the car, but the potential is there.”

“We opted for a different solution, with different advantages. It’s up to us to prepare the best we can in the short time remaining in order to take on the strong competition (in the Unlimited division). We don’t have the backing from a big manufacturer, but Norma knows how to make prototypes that perform well. It’s going to be a big adventure, a human one,” Dumas added.

Pikes Peak Notes

Tajima shoots for 9:30 This Time!

After an onboard fire ruined the debut of nine-time Unlimited winner Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima in the Electric Auto division, the former course record holder (9:51.278) in 2011 on the old asphalt, dirt and gravel course, the 63-year-old Japanese driving legend is preparing his 2013 E-Runner Pikes Peak Special harder than ever for a run at the new record.

His goal this year on the Peak?  It’s now an amazing 9:30.000!.

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The 2013 Monster Sport E-RUNNER Pikes Peak Special is an all-improved version based on last year’s model. Improvements have focused primarily on reliability and the reduction of vehicle weight, and the efforts have produced a much lighter and durable package.

 

The auto has been specially designed by his own company, Tajima Motor Corporation, from the ground up in hopes of breaking the record again. He has partnered with Team APEV (The Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles) from the beginning when he switched from his gasoline-powered entries to the Electrics, with the commitment to the preservation of the global environment and the proliferation of electric vehicles around the world.

The Electric Auto division is chock-full of challenges for Tajima, who remains unafraid of such things on the Peak since his first entry in 2005. He’ll be facing six-time motorcycle champion Greg Tracy (2013 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution) in Tracy’s first crack at piloting an automobile on Pikes Peak, two-time Electric winner Ikuo Hanawa of Japan (2011 Summit HER-02), who won in 2010 and 2011, and the venerable Rod Millen (2013 Toyota TMG EV P002), the 62-year-old racing legend who has won five Unlimited crowns and the 2011 Time Attack title in his return to America’s Mountain.

Tracy became a member of the new “9 Minute Club” last year when he clocked a classy 9:58.262 in the Pikes Peak 1205 motorcycle class, just behind winner Carlin Dunne, who finished in 9:52.819 to set the Peak’s all-time bike course record.

Look out for Doug Siddens and his Polaris RZR-X1 in the Unlimited division this year. He has been working overtime on this model in order to get a crack at history on the Peak this year.

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“A little over a year ago my speed obsession turned to a 2009 Polaris RZR-S. Since then I have transformed it into one of the most powerful and exhilarating UTV’s on the planet,” says the 32-year-old driver from Cedar Park, Texas.

His UTV surprised last year with the tenth-best time on the Peak at 10:40.669 in taking the title in the Exhibition Powersport division. Now, he’s taking on the legends of the race in the prestigious Unlimited division and making people take notice!

Race Week Schedule

(Media Credentials Pickup at Media Room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel)

Monday, June 24 (Technical Inspection) Colorado Springs World Arena

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Competitor Registration, Media Room, Merchandise and Ticket Sales

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Technical Inspection (World Arena Colorado Springs) (competitors see the set division

schedule under bulletins)

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. –Merchandise and Ticket Sales (World Arena)

1:30 p.m.– 2:30 p.m.  All rookie competitors are required to participate in an on-track rookie evaluation.

3:30 p.m. – Mandatory Rookie School for Drivers/Riders (Crowne Plaza)

5:00 p.m. – Mandatory Drivers Meeting (Crowne Plaza)

6:00 p.m. – Mandatory Riders Meeting (Crowne Plaza)

 

Tuesday, June 25 (PPIHC Sanctioned Practice Day) (all competitors)

3:30 a.m. – Gateway open to Officials

3:30 a.m. – Gateway open to Bike Competitors

3:45 a.m. – Gateway open to Car Competitors

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Gateway open to credentialed individuals and spectators (tickets needed for spectators)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Practice day tickets will be sold at the Gateway for $25 per person.

5:00 a.m. – Start Line closes to uphill traffic.

5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Sanctioned Practice (Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Merchandise (Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Media Room / Registration / Ticket Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

 

Wednesday, June 26 (Practice/Qualifying Day 1)

3:30 a.m. – Gateway open to Officials

3:30 a.m. – Gateway open to Competitors in the Upper Section (Devil’s Playground to Summit)

3:45 a.m. – Gateway open to Competitors in the Middle Section (Glen Cove to 16 Mile)

4:00 a.m. – Gateway open to Competitors in the Lower Section (Start Line to switchback (S/B) below Glen Cove)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Gateway open to credentialed individuals and spectators (tickets needed for spectators)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Practice day tickets will be sold at the Gateway for $25 per person.

5:00 a.m. – Start Line closes to uphill traffic.

5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sanctioned Practice (Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Merchandise (Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Media Room / Registration / Ticket Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

 

Thursday, June 27 (Practice/Qualifying Day 2)

3:30 a.m. – Gateway open to Officials

3:30 a.m. – Gateway open to Competitors in the Upper Section (Devil’s Playground to Summit)

3:45 a.m. – Gateway open to Competitors in the Middle Section (Glen Cove to 16 Mile)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Gateway open to credentialed individuals and spectators (tickets needed for spectators)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Practice day tickets will be sold at the Gateway for $25 per person.

4:00 a.m. – Gateway open to Competitors in the Lower Section (Start Line to switchback (S/B) below Glen Cove)

5:00 a.m. – Start Line closes to uphill traffic.

5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sanctioned Practice (Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Media Room / Registration / Ticket Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Merchandise (Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby)

 

Friday, June 28 (Practice/Qualifying Day 3)

3:30 a.m. – Gateway open to Officials

3:30 a.m. – Gateway open to Competitors in the Upper Section (Devil’s Playground to Summit)

3:45 a.m. – Gateway open to Competitors in the Middle Section (Glen Cove to 16 Mile)

4:00 a.m. – Gateway open to Competitors in the Lower Section (Start Line to switchback (S/B) below Glen Gove)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Gateway open to credentialed individuals and spectators (tickets needed for spectators)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Practice day tickets will be sold at the Gateway for $25 per person.

5:00 a.m. – Start Line closes to uphill traffic.

5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sanctioned Practice (Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Media Room / Registration / Ticket Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

5:00 p.m. – Deadline for final competitor list to be announced

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Fan Fest, downtown Colorado Springs

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. –Merchandise and Ticket Sales (Fan Fest)

 

Saturday, June 29 (Set-Up Day)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Press Room / Registration Open (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Ticket Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

Noon – Pikes Peak Highway opens for Overnight Camping

Noon – Pits open for all competitors for race cars and motorcycles

Noon – 6:00 p.m. – Ticket sales at the Gateway

6:00 p.m. – Gateway closes and uphill traffic stops

8:00 p.m. – All competitors must be back off of the mountain

 

Sunday, June 30th (Race Day)

2:00 a.m. – Gateway opens for Officials and Competitors only.  All competitors and credentialed personnel must enter through gate #3 which is located on the far right lane.

3:00 a.m. – Gateway opens to the public.  All  spectators must use the left lane (uphill lane) and enter through Gate #1

6:30 a.m. – Non-denominational service (in the clearing behind race control) – Layne Schranz

7:00 a.m.                 – Riders Meeting (Drivers right on pit row by the  Red Bull Bus)

7:10 a.m.                 – Drivers Meeting (Drivers right on pit row by the  Red Bull Bus)

7:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies

7:50 a.m. – Highway turned over to PPIHC (Randy Ruyle)

7:50 a.m. – Motorcycles begin lining up

7:55 a.m. – Pace Car

7:59 a.m. – The Flag is Dropped

8:00 a.m. – Start of the 91st running

TBD – End of the 91st running

TBD– Awards Ceremony (in the VIP by the start line tent shortly after competitors have returned down from the top)

Merchandise will be sold at the start line area on race day

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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