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Race to the Clouds – Tajima Zapping the Competition

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Postponed By Waldo Canyon Fire


Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record holder and six-time consecutive winner, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima of Team GoPro Monster Sport with BC, announces he has moved to the Electric division this year and will attempt to break his record of 9:51.278 (set last summer) at this years’ 90th annual Race to the Clouds.  Tajima is available for one hour including a limited number of one-on-one interviews at a press conference on Monday, July 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. at McCloskey Imports & 4×4’s.  McCloskey Imports & 4×4’s, this year’s host with the team, is located at 6710 N. Academy Blvd.  Media RSVPs are required for a guaranteed interview.

About Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima

Tajima, of Team APEV with Monster Sport, of Japan, is a hill climb racer, business owner, former World Rally Championship (WRC) team principal and rally driver who is best known for his participation in various rallying program as well as his triumphs at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.  Tajima made his race debut in 1968 in the All Japan Dirt Trial Championship.  His debut at Pikes Peak came in 1988.  In all, he has taken nine All Japan Dirt Trial Championship titles, four World Rally Championship class wins, two class wins in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. and nine Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) overall victories.  On June 25th 2011, Tajima became the first driver to crack the 10-minute barrier, beating his last record set in 2007.  This year he will be driving in the Electric division because he wanted to showcase a racecar that is better on the environment. His electric racecar called the 2012 Monster Sport Pikes Peak Special will be racing on July 8th.

About the 90th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on July 8th 2012(http://www.usacracing.com/ppihc/about/overview)

The race is a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak.  The thin air slows drivers’ reflexes and muscle strength, and robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit.  The race has 11 classes and features a variety of automotive, semi truck, exhibition, open wheel, super stock car, pro stock and motorcycle classes with a field of almost 200 competitors.  Practice and qualifying runs take place July 4-6, leading up to the race on Sunday, July 8th.

The current record is 9:51.278 set by Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima in 2011.

About McCloskey Imports & 4×4’s

McCloskey Imports & 4×4’s is hosting Team GoPro Monster Sport with BC during their stay in Colorado Springs.  “Tajima and his team are amazing, we are honored to be hosting them again this year.  We can’t wait to see Tajima break last year’s record in his electric racecar.” says Joe McCloskey, owner of McCloskey Imports & 4×4’s.

The McCloskey Auto Group founders, Joe and Ann McCloskey, have had the honor of being the largest volume Suzuki dealer from 2004-2012.  Colorado natives, Joe and Ann operate McCloskey Imports & 4X4s (Suzuki) and Truck Town in Colorado Springs.  McCloskey carries a comprehensive line of Suzuki vehicles, including the SX4, Kizashi, Grand Vitara and Equator.

The McCloskey organization has been the recipient of numerous national sales performance and superior business practices awards.  Joe and Ann have been married for over 30 years; they have five children and two grandchildren.  Four of their children work in the family business.

Fun Tip for Cultural Correctness during Interview

In Japan, people refer to each other by surnames (unless they are being called by other family members, close friends or Japanese nationals that have chosen to live in a foreign country).  This surname is always followed by the Japanese equivalent to Mr. or Mrs. which is “san”.   For example, if Joe McCloskey were to go to Japan he would formally be called “McCloskey san”.  In Japan, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima is addressed as Tajima san or Monster san.  Monster is a nickname given to him by a journalist.  For interview purposes in the United States, Mr. Tajima, Tajima san, or Monster are all acceptable.



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