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Streamlined 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Promises Plenty Of Thrills; The Broadmoor Becomes Title Sponsor Of Storied Motor Sports Race

Thursday, Mar. 20 2014

Colorado Springs, March 20——-America’s second oldest motor sports event and the world’s most famous hill climb has a new title sponsor, the famed Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

The Broadmoor and the race have signed a new three-year agreement that makes the renowned, Five Star and Five Diamond hotel, golf and dining destination the major partner with the event. The Broadmoor has received this distinction for 38 consecutive years.

It’s significant as well since the founder of The Broadmoor, Spencer Penrose, created the first Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1916, two years before he opened the hotel.

“The Broadmoor is delighted and honored to become the title sponsor of this historic event,” said Broadmoor CEO and President Steve Bartolin. “Our new relationship with the Hill Climb honors the legacy and the vision of Mr.Penrose in a special way, and we are delighted to partner with one of the nation’s top sports events.”

“We are thrilled to have The Broadmoor on board as our title sponsor for the race,” said PPIHC Chairman Tom Osborne, President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. “The new designation enhances the worldwide reputation of the race in a unique and distinctive manner and brings us recognition that any sports event would be honored by this kind of partnership. It also ensures that The Broadmoor will be the title sponsor when we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of our iconic hill climb.”

Last year’s history-making record of 8:13.878 by French rally star Sebastian Loeb might be the most significant competition event in the long and famed Race To The Clouds on America’s Mountain.

In all, eight drivers and racers broke the ten-minute mark on the second year on the now fully-paved course in the history of the race!

The 2013 running of the The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb saw 9-time World Rally Championship winner Loeb shatter the record in his 2013 Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. The Frenchman negotiated the 12.42 miles and 156 corners of the mountain at an average speed of 87.47 mph.

Loeb will not be back to make another attempt at his record on Sunday, June 29 when a field of 152 automobiles and motorcycles tackle Pikes Peak, but there are plenty of well-known competitors signed up to date for the 92nd running of the nation’s second oldest motor sports event behind the Indy 500.

Heading up the classy lineup is Japan’s Nobuhiro Tajima in the Electric Division (Modified) and a winner and former record holder in the Unlimited Division. Tajima will be racing for the 22nd time on the Peak and was the champion in Unlimited Division eight times since his first entry in 1988. He will be behind the wheel of his Tajima Motor E-Runner again.

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Tajima Wins 2013 Electric Division                           ©Ford McClave 2013

The famed Japanese driver was the first competitor to break the elusive ten-minute mark in 2011 when he clocked a time of 9:51.278 in the Unlimited Division. His first attempt in the Electrics failed in 2012 when he had to withdraw because of a fire in his auto.

Last year, after switching to the Electrics for the second year in a row, he amazed the race fans by winning the division with a time of 9:46.530.

Coming back for an amazing 40th time to race is the veteran Randy Schranz of Colorado Springs, who won the Pikes Peak Open Division last summer with a time of 11:21.410. He entered the event for the first time in 1972 and is entered this year in the Pikes Peak Challenge Division (Pikes Peak Open) along with his son, Layne, another veteran of the race.

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Randy Schranz

Other PPIHC auto veterans and champions registered for this year’s edition include names like Paul Dallenbach (Basalt, Colorado), who won the Time Attack Division last year with a time of 9:46.001, 2013 Unlimited 5th place finisher Spencer Steele (Denver, Colorado) (9:57.513), Clint Vahsholtz of Woodland Park, Colorado, winner in 2013 in the Open Wheel Division (11:07.305), 2011 Time Attack 4WD champion Brianne Corn (San Marcos, Texas), the first woman to win on the Peak since 1984 when Michelle Mouton won the old Open Rally Division, and Jeff Zwart (Woody Creek, Colorado), a seven-time class champion entered in the Time Attack 2 Division.

The motorcycle field includes perhaps the youngest competitor in the history of the race, 15-year-old Brandon Tubbs of Farmington, New Mexico, entered in the Quad Division, Codie Vahsholtz (Woodland Park, Colorado) who won the Pikes Peak 250 Division with a time of 11:24.792, Jeff Clark (Los Angeles, Cal.) last year’s winner in the Exhibition Powersports-Z Division, Jeff Grace (Colorado Springs), the 2013 Heavyweight Supermoto winner, Bruno Langlois (Ajaccio, France), last year’s Pikes Peak 1205 champion, and Micky Dymond (Santa Rosa, Cal.), third in the 1205 Division last year and the 2005 750 CC winner, record holder and Rookie of the Year. He’s also a two-time National Motocross Champion.

Tickets are available online now at www.ppihc.com along with a wealth of information on the event itself, from the history of the race to all-time winners and records.

The popular Fan Fest will take place on Friday, June 27, in downtown Colorado Springs, a gale event that includes top music, food and drinks, special exhibitions and a chance to meet the drivers and racers with the top qualifying times during Race Week and see their autos and motorcycles.

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Divisions and Classes

Electric Division – The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb recognizes the future of electricity in the automotive industry.  It is through this effort that constructors of electric vehicles may showcase their engineering excellence of these truly unique vehicles. There are 2 classes within the Electric Division.

  • Electric Modified Class – This class features the cutting edge of electric technology as it applies to racing.
  • Electric Production Class – This class will feature Production Electric vehicles that are readily available to the public. Very few modifications are allowed.

Pikes Peak Challenge Car Division – A new division for 2014, the Pikes Peak Challenge Division will encompass several different class options.

  • Exhibition Class – In keeping with the mission statement of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, specifically to “demonstrate advancements in the practical application of motor sports technology,” the race encourages vehicles that don’t fit into one of its regular divisions to enter in the Exhibition Division.
  • Open Wheel Class – The traditional race car on Pikes Peak. Their appearance ranges from an Indy car style to a dune buggies. Open wheel cars have competed in every Pikes Peak International Hill Climb since the first race in 1916. This is a very fast division.
  • Pikes Peak Open Class – These cars may look like stock cars from the outside, but major modifications can be done to their engines, transmissions and suspension.
  • Pikes Peak Vintage Car/Truck Class – These vintage race cars make us remember back to the glory days of Pikes Peak with cars like; Mustang, Cobra, Mercury and Lincoln too. Eligible cars are those manufactured in 1990 or earlier.

Time Attack Division – A division for production based two and four wheel drive vehicles, this division features the Time Attack 1 Class and Time Attack 2 Class.  Eligibility is restricted to close-bodied four-wheel vehicles.

  • Time Attack 1 Class – This class will feature production based race vehicles with more modification and specialization than is seen in the Time Attack 2 Class.
  • Time Attack 2 Class – This class will feature production based race vehicles with minor modifications allowed.

Unlimited Division – Anything goes in the Unlimited Division as long as it passes safety inspection. The Unlimited Division features the most exotic vehicles, most of them built specifically for this race. These race cars have the best chance of setting a new overall race record.  In 2011 Nobuhiro Tajima finally broke the elusive ten minute barrier setting an overall course record with a time of 09:51.278.  today the record is held by Sebastien Loeb with a time of 8:13.878.

Pikes Peak Lightweight Motorcycle Division – A popular class with many riders. Two-stroke and four-stroke engines are eligible. Many older design machines of this size are successful in this race, but bikes off the showroom floor can also be competitive. Single and twin-cylinder engines are allowed.

Pikes Peak Middleweight Motorcycle Division – New for 2014, this division will feature a wide range of motorcycles. Competitors are eligible to enter bikes with 1-4 cylinders and a displacement of up to 849cc.

Pikes Peak Open Motorcycle Division – This is the top motorcycle division offered at Pikes Peak. This division will feature some of the fastest bikes available today.

Pikes Peak Electric Motorcycle Division – The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb recognizes the future of electricity in the automotive industry.  It is through this effort that constructors of electric vehicles may showcase their engineering excellence of these truly unique vehicles. There are 2 classes within the Pikes Peak Electric Motorcycle Division.

  • Electric Modified Class – This class features the cutting edge of electric technology as it applies to racing.
  • Electric Production Class – This class will feature Production Electric vehicles that are readily available to the public. Very few modifications are allowed.

Pikes Peak Challenge Motorcycle Division – A new division for 2014, the Pikes Peak Challenge Motorcycle Division will encompass several different class options.

  • Pikes Peak 250 Class – Don’t let the size fool you. There are motorcycles with bigger engines on Pikes Peak, but the Pikes Peak 250 class is fast and competitive. These machines are usually factory built for racing with two-stroke and four-stroke single or twin cylinder engines
  • Quad Class – Essentially four-wheeled motorcycles, these machines are limited only by tread width and the use of an ATV engine of 500cc or less. Stability is aided by extreme weight-shifting by the rider. Cornering velocity is very high while the relative smallness of the engines hold down outright speed.
  • Sidercar Class – Three wheels, two riders (“driver” and “passenger”), and one winning mission. The passenger (or aptly named “the monkey”) lets it all hang out in the turns, making for some interesting action. Sidecars are always a crowd favorite.
  • UTV/Exhibition Powersport – This division includes Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) and other vehicles that don’t fit perfectly in other Pikes Peak Divisions.
  • Pikes Peak Vintage Motorcycle – This division includes 650cc-750cc 4-stroke twin cylinder bikes that would qualify for current AHRMA events.

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