The 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb May Be The Best Of Them All – Speed Records Expected To Fall As a Family Of New Autos And Bikes Tackle America’s MountainFriday, Jun. 21 2013
Colorado Springs, June 21——-When next week’s 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb concludes on Sunday, June 30, it may go down as the most memorable of them all, an event that was launched by Spencer Penrose, the founder of the world famous Broadmoor Hotel, in 1916 to help publicize his home town of Colorado Springs and the new highway he had constructed to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.
During the 90 previous editions of the world’s most famous hill climb, the list of champions, those who have made it to the top past the checkered flag at the finish line, include 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, Unser, 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 Nobuhiro Tajima, Rod and Rhys Millen, Ari Vatanen, and Per Eklund. 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.
An international field of 157 competitors, 70 automobiles and 87 motorcycles, will challenge the 12.42 mile, fully-paved course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and ends at the 14,110-foot summit of the Peak. Check the link below to see the full course map.
In keeping with the race’s growing international reputation, entries have been received from drivers and racers from the United States, Japan, Latvia, France, Sweden, Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland, Poland, Korea and New Zealand.
Motorsport journalists, broadcasters and website specialists will be covering the race from 20 nations – USA, China, Russia, Italy, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Germany, Latvia, Portugal, Austria, Japan, Belgium, Mexico, Switzerland, Brazil, Croatia and the Czech Republic.
The “9 Minute Club,” all five competitors who have broken the once elusive 10-minute barrier will be in the race; Rhys Millen (9:46.164 in 2012), Romain Dumas (9:46.181 in 2012), Nobuhiro Tajima (9:51.278 in 2011), Carlin Dunne (9:52.819 in 2012) and Greg Tracy (9:58.262 in 2012).
Tremendous attention will be focused on the prestigious Unlimited division again this year, with the loaded division featuring two drivers who took turns in breaking the all-time course record during last year’s race, French star Romain Dumas (9:46.181) and the veteran Rhys Millen (9:46.164),among a field of 13 drivers with a wide variety of autos and engines.
Millen set the course record of 9:46.164 in winning the Time Attack division last year, and Dumas broke the old mark a bit earlier in the race by clocking 9:46.181 in winning the Pikes Peak Open division. Both drivers moved to Unlimited this year, setting up a classic showdown in the same field.
But the big new entry in the Unlimited division is an international rock star, nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb of France, who brings Peugeot back to the Peak for the first time since Vatanen and Robby Unser won back-to-back Open Rally titles for the brand in 1988 and 1989. Loeb will be driving a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak model, which has been specially built for his assault on the Peak, and his recent practice times were phenomenal during his first tests on the course.
The veteran Doug Siddens (Cedar Park, TX), is unveiling a brand-new Polaris RZR-X soon, which he has been working on for months. Siddens is no stranger to success on the Peak, winning the Exhibition Powersport division last year in his 2009 Polaris RZR-X with a time of 10:40.669. Observers think he may be a contender this year for top honors.
Dumas, last year’s Rookie of the Year, will be joining the big cars in the Unlimited field this year with a brand-new Norma M20FCPP prototype entry in hopes of even a faster time on the asphalt.
Millen has entered in a racy Hyundai PM580T to attack the course after setting the record last year. In an interesting twist to all of this, he has loaned the auto he drove to the record last year, a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, to the veteran Paul Dallenbach (Basalt, CO), who becomes one of the favorites this year in the Time Attack division.
The talent-heavy Unlimited field also includes French veteran Jean-Philippe Dayraut, driving a specially-prepared 900 HP ”No Limit” Mini Countryman for the first time on the Peak. Dayraut was third in the Unlimited division in 2011, driving a VIP Challenge Dacia Duster and winning Rookie of the Year honors.
There is also a huge buzz in the Electric Auto division, where one of the race’s legends, Japan’s Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, is entered again in his Pikes Peak Special E-Runner, which caught fire last year and forced the former course record holder and the first to crack the ten-minute mark, out of the race. Tajima won the Unlimited division nine times on the Peak before going Electric last year.
He will be up against another of the event’s legends, Rod Millen, the father of Rhys Millen, and winner of the Unlimited title five times in the past, as well as a comeback in 2011, when he returned to Pikes Peak and triumphed in the Time Attack 2WD division.
Millen will be driving a new Toyota TMG EV POO2 model in the Electric field, which now numbers seven entries, including one of the year’s biggest surprises.
Mitsubishi has entered six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion Greg Tracy in the Electric Auto 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 Electric field also includes two-time Champion Ikuo Hanawa of Japan, behind the wheel of a Summit HER-02.
The Time Attack division has a record 23 entries, including last year’s winner in the Unlimited division, David Donner of Colorado Springs. He the latest member of the famed Donner family to race on the Peak, following Robert, Robert, Jr. (David’s father), and Robert III. He has chalked up two wins in the past in the Open Wheel division on top of his 2012 crown in Unlimited.
He’ll be up against Dallenbach, racing in Rhys Millen’s record-setting Hyundai Genesis, as well as battle-tested Pikes Peak veterans like David Hackl (Lakewood, CO), David Kern (Centennial, CO) and Jeff Zwart (Corona Del Mar, CA).
15-time Super Stock Car winner Clint Vahsholtz (Woodland Park, CO) will be back on the Peak again, but this time in the Open Wheel division, now that race organizers eliminated Super Stock from the menu due to a lack of eligible entries this year. He’ll be driving a Ford Open in his first crack at the division in history.
All eyes in the Motorcycle field will be focused squarely on record-setting Carlin Dunne (Santa Barbara, CA), who set the course mark for bikes last year in winning the Pikes Peak 1205 division with a clocking of 9:52.819 on a Ducati Multistrada. He’s back this year, but this time he will be racing a new Lightning Electric Super Bike in the Exhibition Powersports division, with an expectation of a new course record after his blazing testing times on the hill last weekend.
The Lightning superbike is powered exclusively by solar energy through the combined technology developed by SMA, Trina Solar and EnerDel Lithium batteries. That in turn will be used to fuel the motorcycle’s onboard battery pack, which Lightning calls the most powerful and safest currently available. This makes the Lightning superbike the first racing vehicle in a major motorsports event to leave a zero carbon footprint.
The eight division motorcycle field includes returning champions Steve Tutt (Platte City, MO) in Quad Modified, John-Thomas Wood (Adelanto, CA) in the Sidecar division, Jason Archuleta (Colorado Springs) in the Pikes Peak 250, Travis Newbold (Arvada, CO) in the Pikes Peak 450, and Marc LaNoue (Houston, TX) in the Vintage division.
Race Week officially begins on Monday, June 24, with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Inspection Day, presented by Scion (open to the public) at the Colorado Springs World Arena, from 8:00-5:00 p.m.
It’s free to the public and families, and every driver and racer will be on hand with their autos and motorcycles as they go through inspection, giving fans the chance to see the vehicles and bikes and meet the competitors, who will pose for pictures and sign autographs.
Race tickets and special PPIHC merchandise and apparel will be on sale at Tech Inspection at the World Arena.
Food and drinks will be available for breakfast (8:00-10:00) and Lunch (11:00-2:00) for the fans on hand for the event as well.
The ever-popular downtown Fan Fest goes on Friday night, June 28¸from 5:00-10:00 p.m. in downtown Colorado Springs.
Fan Fest, presented by Budweiser 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 features a large Budweiser beer garden, Firefighter chili cook-off for the fans and more fun for race fans and families.
Downtown business owners Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli, on behalf of The Mansion and Blondie’s, 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.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb To Broadcast Live Stream of The 91st Race To The Clouds To Viewers Around The World on RedBull.TV
Fans around the world of the famed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be able to watch and enjoy the 91st edition of America’s second oldest motorsports race via the Internet for the first time on June 30.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is working with Red Bull Media House to digitally live stream the Race to the Clouds on one of the media company’s global content delivery platforms – RedBull.TV. This will provide a front row seat to all the action for millions of viewers in the comfort of their home or office.
Race veteran Dan Cochell of 1580 AM in Colorado Springs will be the voice of the live stream, Chris Shearer of Shearer Brilliance will produce the show, Windstar Studios will provide pre-produced interviews with key drivers and racers and Access Media will provide cameras and operators on the course. The PPIHC will provide exciting overhead helicopter images along the 12.42 mile course to the summit finish line. Peak Internet will be providing the Internet service on race day to assist with making the live stream possible.
Red Bull TV offers a service featuring exclusive sports coverage and content on demand. Viewers have the luxury of watching the content on www.redbull.tv from virtually any location with Internet access.
Race fans can follow the event live, or go back and watch something that they may have originally missed, utilizing a computer, lap top, or cellular device. The material is always available with the ease and convenience for users that will give them a unique experience.
“We are thrilled to have a digital home for our global audience,” said PPIHC Chairman Tom Osborne. “The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has become a significant event for motorsport fans everywhere, and now, for the first time, they can actually see and be part of the race on www.Red Bull.TV. It will open the door for literally thousands of new fans of our event with the enjoyment of watching it in the comfort of their own homes.”
KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM will broadcast flag-to-flag coverage of the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Coverage will include the technical inspections, qualifications, Fan Fest from downtown Colorado Springs on Friday, June 28, and the Race to the Clouds on Sunday, June 30.
A talented team of broadcast professionals and race experts will bring the race to a worldwide radio audience. The race on America’s mountain is one of the most difficult broadcasts on the globe and will be covered from three strategic locations, the start line, 16-mile, and the summit 14,110 feet above sea level, plus race recaps throughout the day from the KRDO news center.
On the microphones this year are former race director Phil Layton, Don Sanborn – Vice Chairman of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Historical Association, KRDO sports anchor/reporter Josh Williamson, radio veteran Paul Richards, play-by-play announcer George Holden, Pikes Peak Hill Climb broadcast veteran Jeffrey Orman, Maureen Redfern, long-time motorcycle enthusiast and supporter and fan of the PPIHC and radio pro, and Christopher Jacobs, assignment editor at KRDO NewsChannel 13.
During the race listeners will hear stories about the history of the hill climb, changes in the race, records broken and why this is an international race. KRDO radio has been broadcasting the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for over 20 years. The race can be heard around the world on KRDO.COM, and the free KRDO iPhone and Android phone apps, both available on the radio page of KRDO.COM.
Online Community Will Consolidate Coverage of The Event
Revvolution.com, the online community that brings together the world’s most passionate enthusiasts over the highest quality automotive media, has been named as the official social media partner of the 91st Running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
As the race’s official social media partner, Revvolution.com will consolidate all social media content from participants and attending sponsors. When attendees add updates to their social media accounts, that information will be automatically uploaded to Revvolution.com, allowing site users to access every piece of coverage in one centralized location. The site’s coverage will include news, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds, as well as video updates. Users will also have the ability to join in on the discussion with others in the online community and vote for their favorite cars and motorbikes in the PPIHC “People’s Choice Ultimate Showdown.”
“The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb attracts automotive enthusiasts from all over the world,” said Revvolution.com Founder and President Ryan Randels. “For fans who cannot attend the event, Revvolution.com will offer more than just news coverage. Users will also have access to a live feed which includes real-time updates on the drivers. In essence, users will have a ‘driver’s eye’ view of the race in addition to the sideline perspective of journalists and spectators.”
Follow the consolidated coverage and social media content at: www.revvolution.com
PPIHC Tickets Available Now For Just $40.00, but jumps to $50.00 on Race Day!
Fans of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb can purchase advance tickets now for the June 30 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. (Race Day tickets at the PPIHC Toll Gate will be $50.00)
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. (online ONLY)
(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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