The 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, forced to reschedule by the worst wildfire in Colorado history, will take off Sunday August 12, with 187 drivers and racers from 15 nations coming to Colorado Springs to challenge America’s Mountain.
The race, postponed from its original July 8 date by the horrific Waldo Canyon fires and the devastation it brought to the city, now has the unique chance to help deliver a message that is vitally important to the area’s economy and image – one used now often by Mayor Steve Bach, “Colorado Springs is open for business!”
Race Week begins on Tuesday, August 7, with Technical Inspections, presented by Scion, at the Pikes Peak International Raceway south of the city from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The public is invited, with no admission charge, to see the drivers, racers and their autos and motorcycles. There will be food, a beer garden and a chance for fans to get close to the competitors.
Fan Fest, presented by Budweiser, is set for Friday night, August 10 in downtown Colorado Springs from 5:00-10:00 p.m., with more than 30,000 race fans expected to attend. (Tejon St. between Colorado Ave. & Bijou St.) This event is FREE and features a large Budweiser beer garden, live bands, chili cook-off, Red Bull Skydivers and Red Bull Motorcycle Jumpers, presented by Colorado Springs downtown business owners Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli, as well as other live entertainment. 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 90th running will also be on sale.
For the first time, the race will be offering a live stream at www.ppihc.com
It will include interview and footage from camera operators at the summit, start line and 16-mile, interviews with competitors done before the race, stagnant cameras along the race, and a feed from the helicopter footage during the race. The charge will be $5.95 for full access.
Reporters and broadcasters from more than 50 international news organizations will be here to cover the race, and the race itself has garnered massive attention already because of the postponement and the reason for it.
For the first time in the fabled history of the race, which began in 1916, the 12.42 mile course is fully-paved, with experts predicting that records will fall from start to finish, erasing the standard of 9:51.278 set last year by Japan’s Nobuhiro Tajima, the first ever under ten minutes.
The event’s stars will be on hand, including Japan’s Tajima, Paul Dallenbach, Rhys Millen, Greg Tracy, Carlin Dunne, Clint Vahsholtz, David Donner, Brianne Corn, Savannah Rickli, Dave Carapetyan, French drivers Romain Dumas and Jean-Philippe Dayraut, Randy and Layne Schranz, and Gary Trachy, among many former champions and new international talents.
The legendary race’s list of champions over the years includes Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Al Rogers, Rod Millen, Parnelli Jones, Leonard Vahsholtz, Roger Mears, and Eddie Mulder.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motorsports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. The race is run on a 12.42 mile (and now fully-paved) course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America’s Mountain.
Complete competitor list: http://director.usacracing.com/ppihc/files/pdfs/competitor_list.pdf
News and Notes
The “Battle the Blaze Fund,” a special fund that has been established by the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to support the many local fire, police, and other various departments that provided aid to the Colorado Springs and Woodland Park communities during the recent Waldo Canyon Fire, has garnered over $20,000 to date. Some $15,800 was collected by firefighters at the July 27 Olympic Downtown celebration alone. Donations are being accepted at www.ppihc.com
Sponsor Phil Long Audi is bringing in 150 fans for the Audi Club North America Rocky Mountain convention at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Thursday through Sunday. The attendees will not only enjoy the race, but visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Garden of the Gods, Cripple Creek, Fan Fest, a tour of Pikes Peak, and a car show with judging.
Race Day General Admission tickets are priced at $40.00, a ten-dollar savings on those tickets if purchased now. (Race Day ($50.00), as well as the Family Four-Pack of general admission tickets ($135.00) or $160.00 on Race Day. VIP tickets are sold out.
Advance tickets are available now at: www.ppihc.com
Round-trip bus tickets with a General Admission ticket are priced at $55.00 in advance only. The bus transportation begins at the Colorado Springs World Arena parking lot starting at 6:10 a.m., with a return after the race to the same location. Fans who have already purchased their tickets can still buy a round-trip bus seat on-line for just $20.00. The buses will take fans to the Crystal Reservoir site, just below the start line, and pick them up afterward at the same location beginning at 2:30 p.m.