PPIHC News & 2018 Rule Book ReleaseFriday, Oct. 6 2017
PPIHC News & 2018 Rule Book Release
Dear Past, Present and Future PPIHC Competitors,
Fall is upon us. Temperatures have started to drop, tree leaves are turning yellow and the 2018 PPIHC Rule Book has been posted online. While the majority of the rule book has remained unaltered from the 2017 race, there are a handful of major changes that we would like to bring to your attention.
Please note that even though the 2018 Rule book is posted online, it will not become effective until November 1, 2017 and changes may be made prior to that date.
EXPEDITED REQUEST FOR INVITATION TIMELINE
One of the most common topics we receive questions on is the Request for Invitation timeline, specifically, in reference to mid-February being too late to learn whether or not you have been invited to compete. Therefore, in 2018 we will close the Request for Invitation period about three weeks earlier than normal, on January 5, 2018. Invitation, waitlist and declination letters will be issued on January 16, 2018, a full month earlier than in 2017.
The PPIHC hopes that expediting the Request for Invitation process and providing applicants with the outcome of their request in mid-January will allow invited competitors additional time to prepare, test and tune their race vehicles for June, and to finalize sponsorship agreements for their 2018 campaign.
Request for Invitation Timeline (Subject to Change):
- October 2017 – Rule Book posted on PPIHC website
- November 15, 2017 – 2018 PPIHC Request for Invitation Period Opens
- January 5, 2018 – 2018 PPIHC Request for Invitation Period Closes
- January 16, 2018 – Competitor Invitations issued for 2018 PPIHC
- January 18, 2018 – 2018 Competitor List posted on PPIHC website
- January 31, 2018 – Deadline for competitors to withdraw from the 2018 race, with a refund
- April 16, 2018 – Deadline for waitlisted competitors to be added to the field
RESTRUCTURED RACE WEEK SCHEDULE
Another topic we commonly receive feedback on is that Race Week is too long and there isn’t enough time throughout the week to prepare vehicles for Race Day. In an effort to solve this problem, we have moved the optional practice/test and tune session that has been held on the Tuesday of Race Week in recent years to Friday. The official practice/qualifying sessions will now be held on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Race Week. With all competitors now completing qualifying before Friday, and Friday’s practice being optional, competitors will have the option to take things easy at the end of the Practice Week and have a full two days to prep their vehicles for Sunday’s race.
June Dates and Timelines (Subject to Change):
- June 18, 2018 – PPIHC Technical Inspection
- June 19, 2018 – PPIHC Practice/Qualifying Day #1
- June 20, 2018 – PPIHC Practice/Qualifying Day #2
- June 21, 2018 – PPIHC Practice/Qualifying Day #3
- June 22, 2018 – Optional PPIHC Sanctioned Practice/Test and Tune
- June 22, 2018 – PPIHC Fan Fest
- June 23, 2018 – PPIHC Load-in/Pit Set-up Day
- June 24, 2018 – PPIHC 96th Running
CAR DIVISIONS AND CLASSES – DOT TIRE REQUIREMENT REMOVED
The rule requiring all car divisions/classes outside of the Unlimited Division and Time Attack Division – Time Attack 1 Class to compete on DOT-certified tires has been removed for the 2018 PPIHC Rule Book. All car competitors will now be allowed to use manufactured race tires in addition to DOT alternatives. No grooving or modifying of slick tires will be permitted. Grooving will be permitted on tires manufactured with a tread pattern if grooving is done in accordance with the tire manufacturer’s recommendations.
PIKES PEAK MIDDLEWEIGHT MOTORCYCLE DISPLACEMENT LIMIT INCREASE
In an effort to keep up with current industry trends and create a larger divide between the Pikes Peak Lightweight and Middleweight Motorcycle Divisions the displacement range for the Pikes Peak Middleweight Division has been increased from 501-750cc to 501-850cc.
VEHICLES ORIGINALLY BUILT FOR PIKES PEAK’S DIRT RACING SURFACE
Competitors interested in racing in a vehicle originally built for competition on Pikes Peak’s traditional dirt racing surface will be required to submit, with their Request for Invitation, a list of all modifications to make their vehicle suitable to race on the current paved racing surface.
NEW PIKES PEAK CUP CLASS REPLACES TIME ATTACK 2 PRODUCTION CLASS
Declining participation in the Time Attack Division’s – Time Attack 2 Production Class has led to its elimination from the general division/class competition structure. The Time Attack 2 Production Class will be replaced with a new class within the Time Attack Division titled “Pikes Peak Cup.”
The Pikes Peak Cup Class will be reserved for manufacturers, sanctioning bodies, organizations and individuals that have formed partnerships with the PPIHC. Entrants participating in the Pikes Peak Cup Class will be required to meet the safety requirements outlined in the “Safety & Construction Technical Regulations Section” and adhere to the “General Competition Rules” of the 2018 PPIHC Rule Book. Additional rules and regulations may be established by outside manufacturers, sanctioning bodies, organizations and individuals in cooperation with the PPIHC.
While Time Attack 2 Production will no longer be considered a class within the PPIHC’s general division/class competition structure; the Time Attack 2 Production rules have been moved to the Records Appendix at the end of the rule book, preserving the opportunity for competitors to challenge for a production record. Competitors wishing to challenge for a production record under the former Time Attack 2 Production Class rules will have to enter in a recognized division/class and submit a waiver to be inspected for eligibility regarding the record.
PPIHC PIT AREA NOW FULLY PAVED
After several years of working to improve the infrastructure for competitors participating in the PPIHC, the PPIHC Board of Directors is excited to announce that the Pit Area on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain is now fully paved. This project has been ongoing for several years, and would not have been possible without the contributions of many members of the community and local organizations. The PPIHC would like to thank: Mayor John Suthers, Fred Veitch, Bobby Ingels, City of Colorado Springs, Jack Glavan, Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain, Pike National Forest, Colorado Springs Utilities, Martin Marietta, US Forest Service, Rockwell Consulting, Nor’wood Development, and the countless other companies and individuals that devoted their time and energy to make this project happen.
TOYO TIRES PRESENTS CLIMBKHANA PIKES PEAK
Over the past two years the PPIHC has been working with Ken Block and the Hoonigan Media Machine to film Climbkhana: Pikes Peak, presented by Toyo Tires. Witness man versus mountain, 14,000ft vs. Block’s 1,400-horsepower twin-turbo methanol-fueled 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, equipped with Toyo®Proxes® R888R™ tires in the next evolution of Block’s award-winning Gymkhana series. Click HERE to watch now!
Tom Osborne Megan Leatham
Chairman of the Board, PPIHC Executive Director, PPIHC