Dear Past, Present and Future PPIHC Competitors,
Fall is upon us. Temperatures have started to drop, leaves are turning yellow and the 2019 PPIHC Rule Book has been posted online. While the majority of the Rule Book has remained unaltered from the 2018 race, there are a handful of major changes that we would like to bring to your attention. Additionally, we have some general updates to share.
The car and motorcycle division structure has been condensed from previous years:
Several previous division/class rules have been moved to the Records Appendix at the end of the Rule Book, preserving the opportunity for competitors to challenge for a record.
PIKES PEAK HEAVYWEIGHT MOTORCYCLE DISPLACEMENT LIMIT
The cc limit for Heavyweight Motorcycle displacement has been lifted. Electric motorcycles are now eligible to run in Heavyweight or Exhibition Powersport.
RACE DAY START TIME
Pending unexpected issues (course conditions, weather, etc.), the start time for the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be moved 30 minutes earlier, with the Green Flag dropped at 7:30am.
REQUEST FOR INVITATION TIMELINE
In 2018, we shortened the Request for Invitation Timeline issuing Invitation, Waitlist and Declination letters in January. This change was well received, and expedited the Request for Invitation process. It allowed invited competitors additional time to prepare, test and tune their race vehicles for June, and to finalize their sponsorship agreements. Therefore, we will follow the same timeline for the 2019 Event.
Request for Invitation Timeline:
RACE WEEK SCHEDULE
Similar to 2018, the optional practice/test and tune session will be held on the Friday of Race Week. The official practice/qualifying sessions will now be held on 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 TIMELINE
Race Bulletins will be posted on our website as they are released. Please check the site frequently to read these important updates. www.ppihc.org
MARKETING DECK and RACE STATS
As we prepare for the 2019 Race to the Clouds, we would like to share our PPIHC Marketing Overview that includes spectator numbers, fan demographics, race history, media coverage and more. Feel free to share this link with your sponsors and team members – Marketing Deck
SUMMIT HOUSE UPDATE
In June, groundbreaking for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex was the first whisper of significant change on the iconic mountain. The new state-of-the-art complex, scheduled to open in late 2020, will include enhanced visitor experiences, such as interpretive exhibits, accessible walkways and expanded dining facilities. These are just a few changes coming to America’s Mountain to provide the best experience possible for all of our visitors, including the PPIHC competitors. We invite you to be a part of our journey and learn more at www.givetopikespeak.org.
Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board, PPIHC Megan Leatham, Executive Director, PPIHC
Please note that although the 2019 Rule Book is currently posted online, it will not become effective until November 15, 2018 and changes may be made prior to that date. All dates listed above are subject to change.
Colorado Springs——Randy Schranz is enjoying his summer in a way that he won’t forget anytime soon.
The motorsport legend has been selected for induction into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame, with the official ceremony set for Friday, October 5th at Wings Over the Rockies in Denver. He will be honored for his amazing 40-year motorsport career.
The honor follows on the heels of his induction into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame on June 21 in Colorado Springs.
As a competitor, Schranz captured ten class wins and 17 additional top 10 finishes during his Pikes Peak racing career, setting his fastest time of 10:35.225 in 2013 in the Pikes Peak Open Class, driving a 1966 Shelby Cobra. He greatly advanced the use of propane as a racing fuel, quickly adapting the latest technology to modify his racing machine.
Schranz owns the propane record on Pikes Peak, set in 2012 and he inspired and supported his son, Layne, as a fellow competitor on Pikes Peak. As the long-time owner of Randy’s High Country Towing, he provided towing and vehicle recovery for the race for nearly 15 years. Randy’s 40-year competition history on Pikes Peak is a testament to his love of the mountain, his competitive spirit and his generosity.
He will be a star in a superb class of 2018:
Jeff Walters amassed over 300 victories and eight track championships over a 36-year career racing on asphalt and dirt tracks in five states.
Jim Opperman’s racing career included competing in Supermodified and Late Model divisions at Englewood Speedway, as well ownership of Colorado National Speedway.
John Metcalf completed in ARCA, NASCAR Southwest, and Winston West Series in a career that included 204 victories and two championships as either a driver or crew chief.
Ricky Orlando began his racing career in 1975, and in motorcycle competition across the country won approximately 75 class championships in MRA events, along with five state championships.
Rob Williams raced Top Fuel Funny Cars while drag racing from 1967 to 1983. He compiled a long list of wins and five Division 5 NHRA championships while competing in events across the country.
Rod Guilford competed as a driver in NHRA drag racing in Colorado and many other states. He has also been a successful car owner/engine builder and crew chief for numerous drag racing and circle track racing teams, winning at the local, regional and national level from 1961 through 1991.
Ron Berry was active in both oval track and drag racing on the western slope of Colorado during his racing career, driving to 99 main event wins, as well as track championships at Cactus Park Speedway in Grand Junction in 1969 and 1970.
Tony Rossi’s racing career with the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association includes four season championships and numerous main event, heat, and quick time wins, as well as a Colorado Mini Sprint Association championship, in more than two decades of competition.
Walt Pickard’s motorsports career involved racing at all southern Colorado tracks, as he compiled 112 main event wins over 17 years. He was also track owner of Beacon Hill Speedway, and played a key role in forming the Oly Challenge Cup Late Model racing series.
The Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame has selected the world famous Hill Climb as the winner of its 2018 J. C. Agajanian Award for its contribution to Colorado motorsports.
The PPIHC staged its 96th running of the Race to the Clouds on June 24, with French driver Romain Dumas establishing a new course record of 7:57.148 in an all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak auto.
Drivers and riders from 14 nations competed in the race to the summit of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain, with fans on hand from 25 countries and 45 states.
The award is named for Agajanian, who was an influential figure in American motorsports history. He was a promoter and race car owner who was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.
For information on the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, visit: www.coloradomotorsportshalloffame.com.
Mike Moran, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Media Consultant
1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Colorado Springs——A galaxy of racing legends will be inducted into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame on June 21 in Colorado Springs.
The enshrinement ceremony at Penrose House (4:00 pm) will help set the stage for the 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb three days later on America’s Mountain.
Hill Climb headliners Leonard and Barb Vahsholtz, Jeff Zwart, Randy Schranz, Davey Durelle and the late Glen Shultz make up the Class of 2018 set to take its place amidst the event’s rich history and tradition.
The Class of 2018
Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame
Glen W. Shultz (1892–1936)
Glen Shultz (sometimes listed as “Schultz,”) dominated the Open Wheel division, winning six times in a Stutz and once each in a Ford Special and a Hudson Essex. He also won the 1929 Stock Car title in a Studebaker B. Glen Shultz was a dominant force throughout the first two decades of competition on Pikes Peak, earning seven King of the Mountain titles, setting three overall course records, capturing eight division wins (four of those division records), and 11 podium finishes. Nicknamed “The Old Master of Pikes Peak” by a Colorado Springs Gazette writer in 1932, Shultz set his fastest time in 1932 in his Open Wheel Stutz DV-32, 16:47.200. He was the first competitor to capture three course records. Shultz, an auto parts store owner, died on February 8, 1936 in his home in Colorado Springs.
Leonard and Barb Vahsholtz
With 18 wins in 33 years on America’s Mountain, Leonard Vahsholtz’s success as a driver is matched only by his leadership in building a local racing dynasty, his legendary engine-building skill and his “I race to win” attitude. He captured his most unique win on Pikes Peak in 1993 when he set a record in the Stock Car Division, was helicoptered back to the Start Line, and raced again in the Super Stock Truck Division, capturing his second record-setting run of the day. One day, two record-setting runs, an unprecedented event in PPIHC history. Leonard’s fastest time of 11:30.536 was set in 2007 in the Pikes Peak Open Class in a 2005 Ford Explorer.
Barb’s involvement with Vahsholtz Racing has been vital to their success. She went beyond supporting her team and helped develop a back-up timing system that benefits the entire field and is still in use today. Competitors and officials praise the accuracy of her hand-calculated times when they are compared to the electronic computer timing systems. Asked about her many years of back-up timing and scoring on Pikes Peak, she explained, “I got started in 1984 when Aaron Danis was the Timing Director. I was curious and he clued me in on how they did it. I worked with Ken Rounds and we just started learning and practicing. In the beginning, we rented ham radios and bought clocks and stop watches. We just paid for it out of our own pocket because we needed it. I think at the time a few drivers pitched on the radio rentals.” Barb and her crew have been providing accurate timing and scoring for 35 years.
The Vahsholtz legacy on Pikes Peak lives on with son Clint’s incredible racing success, grandson Cody’s motorcycle racing victories, and Shelly Vahsholtz’s dedication to continuing excellence in timing and scoring.
“We would like to thank the PPIHC Educational Museum for recognizing our efforts. We have been a part of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb since 1977, when we first raced in it. I can’t think of another racing venue that has the spectacular views and sunrises (which of course you have to see because you are on the mountain at 4 a.m.) We are proud to share this honor that recognizes both Leonard’s racing ability and Barb’s timing efforts.” – Barb & Leonard Vahsholtz
Porsche enthusiast Jeff Zwart has worn many hats on Pikes Peak, first as a photographer for Road and Track magazine, then as a competitor and champion, and for 2018 a mentor and rookie driving coach. Zwart’s Hill Climb experience covers competition in at least six classes, with all eight Class Championships captured behind the wheel of a Porsche. He dominated the High-Performance Showroom Stock Classes in the mid and late 1990s with four wins, including three division records. His induction to the 9 Minute Club took place in 2015 when he set his fastest time of 9:46.243 in the Time Attack 1 Class in a 2013 Porsche 911. A visionary filmmaker, Jeff has directed multiple films and commercials on Pikes Peak, including Ken Block’s latest film “ClimbKhana” which was released in 2017 and has over 14 million views to date.
“I have been fortunate to race and rally all over the world so to be honored by an international event like the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which has really become my main focus of competition and passion over nearly 25 years, is quite an honor. My success with Porsche and this great event has run parallel in so many ways in 5 different classes, both through the dirt era and into the fully paved era. In addition to competing here at Pikes Peak I have had the opportunity to translate my first hand experiences of racing with filmmaking by directing multiple television commercials and films up on the mountain, most recently directing Ken Block’s latest film that was released late last year. All of this adds up to the Hill Climb being a very special place for me.” – Jeff Zwart
As a competitor, Randy Schranz captured ten class wins and 17 additional top 10 finishes during his Pikes Peak racing career, setting his fastest time of 10:35.225 in 2013 in the Pikes Peak Open Class, driving a 1966 Shelby Cobra. Randy greatly advanced the use of propane as a racing fuel, quickly adapting the latest technology to modify his racing machine. He owns the propane record on Pikes Peak, set in 2012. Randy inspired and supported his son, Layne, as a fellow competitor on Pikes Peak. As the long-time owner of Randy’s High Country Towing, he provided towing and vehicle recovery for the race for nearly 15 years. Randy’s 40-year competition history on Pikes Peak is a testament to his love of the mountain, his competitive spirit and his generosity.
“I am very honored to be selected to join many of my heroes and several of my long-time competitors in the Hall of Fame! I never dreamed this would be in my future. I am thankful for 40 years of support from my family, friends, crew members, sponsors and race organizers and officials. Without them this wouldn’t be possible.” – Randy Schranz
Davey Durrell got his first motorcycle at age ten, rode in his first race at age eleven, and won his first short-track race in 1978. The fan favorite has garnered more victories on a motorcycle (currently 17) than any other rider in the history of Pikes Peak competition, with six King of the Mountain titles, eight motorcycle division/class records and one motorcycle course record to his name. He’s still racing on America’s Mountain, set to compete for another title in the Pikes Peak Middleweight field in the 96th running of the PPIHC. His fastest time on America’s Mountain was set in 2017 when he won the Lightweight Division with a time of 10:35.354. With multiple course records and division records, Durelle has earned his victories and the respect of fans and competitors and was inducted into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2016. Despite his focus on winning, Durelle is always willing to support other riders with parts and expertise. Known as a mentor, he is eager to share knowledge of the course with fellow competitors. Long-time friend and fellow competitor, Brian Anderson, said, “Riding with Davey, I became driven and a better racer as he pursued me, pushed me and passed me. A tough competitor became a respected and cherished friend.”
“The Pikes Peak Hill Climb has been such a big part of my life. It is truly a great honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.” – Davey Durelle
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame is committed to honoring and preserving the achievements of individuals who have left an indelible mark on the Race to the Clouds; whether they are competitors, organizers, officials, members of the press or volunteers. Anyone who shares a passion for speed and competition in addition to a great respect for Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain is eligible to be nominated for the Hall of Fame as a tribute to their passion, competitive spirit and support for this world-famous motorsport competition.
The Hall of Fame is located in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience at The Penrose Heritage Museum (formerly known as the El Pomar Carriage House Museum), across the street from The Broadmoor Hotel.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on June 21st at 4:00 pm at Penrose House, located at 1661 Mesa Avenue in Colorado Springs.
Members of The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame
Mike Moran email@example.com
PPIHC Senior Media Consultant
1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Colorado Springs——–The 17th Annual Fan Fest, presented by Toyo Tires and Budweiser, will make downtown Colorado Springs the place to be on Friday, June 22nd, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., as Olympic City USA casts it eyes on the 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 24th.
“Each June, the most talented and skilled drivers and motorcycle riders from across the globe descend on Olympic City USA to celebrate top speed. We’re fortunate to host the world-renowned Race to the Clouds and showcase America’s Mountain on an international stage. The drivers, riders and their dedicated crews also help create a family-friendly and unforgettable experience by interacting with our community and visitors during Fan Fest in our vibrant downtown,” said Doug Price, President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Fan Fest celebrates the 96th running of the famed race with fun, food and thrills for some 30,000 fans who will take part in the gala street festival, spanning seven blocks of Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.
“The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most prestigious hill climb in the world and has a long and rich tradition in our community. The event itself, as well as the accompanying downtown Fan Fest, are great community celebrations and I encourage all of our residents to get out and experience this proud tradition.” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.
Fans can meet competitors and see their cars and motorcycles as they prepare to take on the world’s toughest hill climb on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. The PPIHC is the USA’s second-oldest motorsport event behind the famous Indianapolis 500.
“Fan Fest is one of the best parts of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It gives the drivers and teams a chance to connect with the fans. We can display the cars and answer questions. Plus, it’s a great chance for the sponsors to showcase their product. It’s a highlight of the week for Dallenbach Racing,” said race superstar Paul Dallenbach, who will drive his 2006 PVA Dallenbach Special in the Open Wheel Class.
This year’s Fan Fest entertainment package includes the Budweiser Beer Garden, the Fire Fighter Chili Cook Off benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association/Rocky Mountain region, sponsor booths, food trucks and vendors for the fans. Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli will present the Red Bull Motocross Team, a true highlight of the evening.
“The Hill Climb team salutes the support and contributions of Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli to Fan Fest,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “Sam and Kathy are once again presenting the appearance of the Red Bull Motocross Team. They are great supporters who simply want to make good things happen in Colorado Springs. We could not make Fan Fest the tremendously popular event it has become without their generous financial support.”
The Guadagnolis are successful downtown business owners and longtime supporters of sports-related events, including U.S. Olympic downtown celebrations and Fan Fest. The husband and wife entrepreneurs have launched a $75 million redevelopment project spanning South Nevada Avenue, Tejon Street and Cascade Avenue that is re-shaping the area into a prized destination for thousands who want to live, shop and dine in the area.
Fire departments in Southern Colorado will compete in the annual Chili Cook Off with ladles in hand for the title of Best Green Chili, Best Red Chili, Best Booth Design, and Most Money Raised. Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 5 will host the Cook Off during Fan Fest. The spicy recipes of southern Colorado’s finest firefighters are sure to set off alarms! Donations gathered during the event help support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
“MDA Rocky Mountain is extremely grateful for the dedication and passion shown by the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters in the fight against muscle disease. Their commitment to a cure has played a huge role in recent medical breakthroughs in the MDA community. We would not be able to achieve our mission without them,” said Nathan Ressler-Aragon, Director of Development.
Admission to Fan Fest is free, it’s great family fun, and delivers a chance to get into the spirit of motorsport racing. Since Fan Fest took its place in 2002 as one of the premier events leading up to the race each year, more than 400,000 fans have made their way to downtown Colorado Springs to enjoy the excitement, making it likely the biggest downtown event in the city. During the last four years, some 30,000 enthusiasts have been part of the event annually.
Red Bull Motocross Team performer Keith Sayers says “This is one venue I love coming to each year! The event staff and race fans really make this a must-attend event for me! I’m looking forward to June 22 in downtown Colorado Springs.”
Fan Fest spectators will see some of the best riders in the world performing jaw-dropping aerial tricks while jumping a distance of 75′ and soaring 35′ in the air!
Keep up-to-date on PPIHC activities, news and ticket purchases at: www.ppihc.org
Mike Moran firstname.lastname@example.org
PPIHC Senior Media Consultant
1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Colorado Springs—–One of America’s greatest motorsport crew chiefs was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this past January and will now be coming to Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain on June 24 as a driver. Ray Evernham will be driving his very special auto, “The Ghost,” in the 96th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo.
The decorated Evernham will be part of a colorful field in the Hill Climb’s Pikes Peak Challenge-Exhibition Class that features Hill Climb superstar Rhys Millen behind the wheel of a 2018 Bentley Bentayga, Scott Birdsall with his 1949 Ford F1, “Old Smokey,” Honda Brake design engineer Jordan Guitar, Californian Ross Murray in a 2015 Dodge Viper, and Donald Greenberg with his own 2015 Viper.
The Ghost is a custom-built race car designed to look like a modified that would have been raced in the 1960s but features state-of-the-art mechanics and electronics. It’s named The Ghost due to the pearl white Axalta Coating Systems-provided paint scheme. While it has the appearance of a 1936 Chevrolet sedan, The Ghost has the aero performance of an Indy car and is powered by an 850+ HP Chevrolet SB2 engine.
“I’m truly honored to have been given the opportunity to compete in the 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The hill climb at Pikes Peak is an event I have always had tremendous respect for but, to be honest, is never one I envisioned myself competing in. It is one of the premier and most historic racing events held anywhere in the world so to earn a spot in the field is like a dream come true,” Evernham said.
“The Ghost is a culmination of my 40+ years of experience in auto racing. We wanted to design and build the car from the ground up the way we did in the 70s and 80s. No computers, no lasers, just using the knowledge we have accumulated through the years. On the outside, the car looks like the modifieds I grew up watching race at short tracks in New Jersey but, on the inside, it is packed with all of the latest and greatest racing technology you can get. Countless hours have gone into getting both the car and me ready for this event. We can’t wait to get on the mountain to see what it can do.”
Evernham’s amazing career in motorsports is rich in accomplishment.
In the 1992 season finale, a young driver and his crew chief made their NASCAR premier series debut. Less than a decade later, Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham were in the record books. Evernham guided Gordon and the No. 24 team to three championships in four seasons (1995, 1997, 1998), and a series-leading 47 wins in the 1990s.
Evernham led Gordon to 47 Cup wins—including two Daytona 500s (1997, 1999), two Brickyard 400s (1994, 1998), and three titles (1995, 1997, 1998) before leaving Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the 1999 season.
Matching Evernham’s mechanical prowess was his innovation on pit road. Under his direction, the “Rainbow Warriors” revolutionized the art of the pit stop.
In 2001, Evernham tried his hand at ownership, leading the return of Dodge to NASCAR. His drivers won 13 times, including NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott’s (Class of 2015) triumph in the 2002 Brickyard 400. After selling majority ownership of his team in 2007, Evernham worked for ESPN as a race analyst before returning to Hendrick Motorsports in 2014 as a consultant for its competition department. After retiring from that role in 2017, Evernham has focused on his passion for vintage racing and preserving historic automobiles.
Born and raised in upstate New Jersey, Evernham is a child of the northeastern NASCAR Modified culture. He grew up competing on tracks like Wall Stadium and Flemington Raceway and won seven features at Wall from 1976-1981. Thus, The Ghost is Evernham’s full-circle moment.
Colorado Springs—–The 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, will enjoy the distinction of being opened and closed by American Olympic medal winners, an appropriate highlight for the famed race on America’s Mountain in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA.
Elana Meyers Taylor has accepted Winslow BMW’s invitation to drive the BMW i8, the Pace Car for the Parade of Champions, at the close of the world’s most famous motorsport hill climb on June 24. The i8 has received numerous accolades, including “Performance Car of the Year,” and Myers Taylor’s role will add luster to the auto’s superb portfolio.
Meyers Taylor teamed with Lauren Gibbs for her third Olympic medal in the 2018 Olympic women’s bobsled finale, taking silver with the Olympic rookie push athlete from Denver.
With the podium finish in PyeongChang, the USA is the only women’s bobsled program to medal in each Olympic Winter Games since the discipline’s debut at Salt Lake City in 2002. Meyers Taylor has claimed three of the six medals earned by the U.S. women since then and is one of only two women bobsledders to earn medals in three Olympics.
Meyers Taylor has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from George Washington University, where she played softball, and her MBA from Keller Graduate School of DeVry University. She played professional softball prior to discovering bobsledding in 2007 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. She is active as an Athlete Mentor for Classroom Champions, a non-profit organization partnering Olympic and Paralympic athletes with students and teachers in underserved communities.
She is married to fellow bobsledder Nic Taylor, who proposed on the medal podium at the 2013 World Championships. Her goal is to eventually become the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Her father is U.S. Naval Academy football great Eddie Meyers, who rushed for almost 3,000 yards from 1978-1981.
Her 2018 Olympic teammate, figure skating medalist Chris Knierim, will pilot a 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec, the Official Pace Car for the race, at the start of the day.
Knierim and his wife, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, captured the bronze medal in the team event in PyeongChang. In the pairs free skate, the Knierims became the first U.S. pair and the second pair in history to successfully perform a quad twist at the Olympic Winter Games.
Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Superstar Clint Vahsholtz will Drive the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports/Toyo Tires McLaren 12C on June 24
Colorado Springs—– Flying Lizard Motorsports and Toyo Tires® have partnered to enter an auto in the 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo. PPIHC legend Clint Vahsholtz will be in the driver’s seat of the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports/Toyo Tires 2014 McLaren 12C, a throaty 616-hp, 3.8-liter V-8 flyer, in the Time Attack 1 Class.
Vahsholtz (Woodland Park, CO) owns 23 championships on America’s Mountain since 1992, the most by any competitor in the grand history of the race. After switching from motorcycles to autos in 1996, he collected 16 titles in the Super Stock Car Division, including 11 straight wins from 1996-2006. Vahsholtz holds the Super Stock Car record of 10:55.603 set in 2011.
The former NASCAR driver won the Pikes Peak Challenge – Open Wheel Class crown last year in his 2013 Ford Open with a class record time of 9:35.747, and he’s looking forward to a new challenge on the mountain this summer.
Vahsholtz will face stiff competition in the Time Attack 1 Class, featuring 23 drivers from seven nations. Hill Climb veterans Fumio Nutahara (2012 Electric Division winner), David Donohue (2nd in Time Attack 1 last year at 9:49.954), James Robinson (3rd in Time Attack 1 in 2017 at 10:03.433, and current Alternative Fuel-Hybrid record holder), and Fred Veitch (2014 Time Attack 2 Production Class champion) are among the entries in the field. Belgian driver Vanina Ickx, a 24 Hours of Le Mans veteran, will join the group in her rookie debut on Pikes Peak.
“I am very excited for the 96th running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and my new partnership with Flying Lizard Motorsports and Toyo Tires this year,” said Vahsholtz. “With the precise car set up and engine tuning of Flying Lizard Motorsports for the McLaren 12C and the extreme grip of Toyo Tires on what can be a very slick course surface, I’m looking for my 24th win.”
“It is always a huge pleasure to welcome Clint Vahsholtz to the race,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “He’s the winningest driver in Pikes Peak Hill Climb history, and his amazing record and skill partnered with the broad-based appeal of Flying Lizard Motorsports will be exciting to watch.”
“When this opportunity was first brought up, we knew we couldn’t pass this up,” said Flying Lizard Motorsports Program Manager Darren Law. “We’ve had a lot of success with Toyo Tires in our tire development program, and we’re really looking forward to this event and a new challenge.”
“The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a bucket list item for any motorsports fan in the world and we are thrilled to partner with Flying Lizard Motorsports, McLaren and Clint Vahsholtz this year,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, Senior Manager, Motorsports for Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Pikes Peak is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the grip and performance of our Toyo® Proxes® Race Slicks as the race presents many unique challenges for a tire due to the bitter cold, uneven road surface, and constantly changing conditions.”
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Based in Sonoma, California, Flying Lizard Motorsports is one of the most iconic sports car teams in auto racing, having celebrated six driver and team championships, as well as competing eight times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team currently races in Pirelli World Challenge, Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, and Porsche Club of America.
The Lizards burst on the American Le Mans Series scene in 2004, competing in the GT class until 2012. In 2013, the team moved to the GTC class, still competing in legendary events such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona. In 2014, the team expanded its program to include running two Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR Championship, expanding again in 2015 to include two Porsches in Porsche Club racing. Flying Lizard closed out the 2015 season with a dominating win at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with Toyo Tires, a win they repeated in 2016 and 2017.
For more information, visit lizardms.com. Flying Lizard Motorsports has proven to be a championship contender no matter the race series or race car.
About Toyo Tires®
Established in 1966, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. represents the innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service that Toyo Tires has delivered worldwide for over 70 years. The company offers a full line of premium tires for nearly every vehicle including light trucks, SUVs, crossovers, sports cars, luxury cars and hybrids as well as commercial trucks. Many of the tires are built in the United States at their state-of-the-art factory in White, Georgia. To find the right tire for your vehicle as well as an authorized dealer, visit www.toyotires.com. Join the Toyo Tires community on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
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Boost has been on-site and supporting some competitors and teams since 2012; now, it is conveniently and affordably available for all! Pre-Order a quantity of Boost Oxygen today and pick it up at the Hotel Elegante upon your arrival and registration.
To Order: Send an email to Brian Hoek at email@example.com with “PPIHC 2018” in the subject line. A preferred rate is established for a case of twelve (12) Large 10-Liter units for $90.00 (U.S.), no limit on the number of cases. Credit card payment is due upon ordering. Order deadline is June 1, 2018.
Visit the Boost Oxygen website at www.boostoxygen.com for more product information.
DISCLAIMER: Boost Oxygen is solely intended for recreational use only, it is not a substitute for individuals who have been prescribed Medical Oxygen. The PPIHC does not require competitors, teams and/or spectators to use Boost Oxygen products.
Colorado Springs—-2018 Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Chris Knierim will be behind the wheel of the Official Pace Car for the 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 24.
Knierim and his wife, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, captured the bronze medal in the team event in PyeongChang. In the pairs free skate, the Knierims became the first USA pair and the second pair in history to successfully perform a quad twist at the Olympic Winter Games.
“It’s a surreal honor to be selected as the Official Pace Car Driver for the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb,” said the Olympic star. “I say surreal because I can still remember the first couple of times that my Dad let me work on cars with him. In hindsight, I wasn’t doing much more than passing a wrench or holding a light, but it brought us closer together and also forged my love of cars at a very young age. There’s a part of me that still feels like that 10-year old Chris–the one that was holding the light is now leading the pack! It’s all wonderfully surreal.”
“It’s also an honor, and I say that because I understand and appreciate the history and heritage of this event. The 96th running–with 156 turns and nearly 5,000 feet of climbing–will undoubtedly be one for the ages, and I’m humbled to play a small part in such an iconic American sporting event,” added Knierim.
“Chris is the perfect choice to drive the Official Pace Car,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “Colorado Springs is Olympic City USA, Chris and his wife train here, and the city has hosted this unique motorsport event since 1916.” Knierim enjoys working on cars and hopes to open his own auto shop. He graduated from Pikes Peak Community College in 2015 with an associate degree in diesel mechanics.
Acura returns to Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain for the seventh consecutive year with the all-new 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec selected as the Official Pace Car for the 96th running of the world’s most famous motorsport hill climb.
In addition to its pace car distinction, Acura will field multiple entries, ranging from production cars to full-fledged race car applications for the race. Competing vehicles include a production-based NSX race car, TLX V6 A-Spec, all-wheel drive TLX GT race car, and the all-new RDX A-Spec making its racing debut.
Acura will present the 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec, the first-ever Acura SUV available in sport appearance A-Spec trim. Sporting an all-new design, platform, and powertrain; the 2019 RDX is the first in a new generation of Acura vehicles and delivers top-of-class performance, a more spacious and luxurious cabin than ever before, and a host of premium technology and features. Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the new turbocharged RDX will go on sale mid-year as the quickest, best handling and most luxurious RDX yet.
“The all-new RDX represents the very definition of what Precision Crafted Performance means for the Acura brand,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura, “I can’t think of a more appropriate motorsport event for us to debut it than on Pikes Peak.”
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.
The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.
Colorado Springs, CO: Inspired by the BMW Art Car collection and the brand’s racing history, Winslow BMW of Colorado Springs has partnered with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to invite design entries for the ultimate art wrap. The design will be highlighted on a BMW i8 Coupe and showcased as the official Pace Car of the Parade of Champions at the conclusion of the 96th Running of the Race to the Clouds on June 24, 2018.
It will be unveiled to the public on Friday, June 22, at Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs. Thereafter, the car will be displayed in the dealership’s showroom and at special events.
There will be $10,000 in prizes available, as well as a driving experience at the BMW Performance Center West in Thermal, California. The contest runs from March 1 until May 15.
“We’re really excited to be staging a contest that celebrates two of the things that make Colorado Springs so unique and special – the Arts and the Hill Climb. We’re looking forward to sharing the winning design at the Race to the Clouds and showcasing the vehicle at our dealership location thereafter,” notes Winslow BMW Managing Partner, Gregg Randolph.
The BMW Art Car collection itself represents mobile works of art celebrating the connection between art and technology – the world’s most outstanding artists, the Ultimate Driving Machine their canvas. And now – WRAPsody, an enthusiastic expression of excitement in contemporary art.
For full competition rules and prize information, including acceptable file formats for entry submission, visit www.winslowbmw.com
Additionally, watch for five BMWs in their racing stripes during the month of June in the Pikes Peak area. The BMWs will be used for the SMART Program (Special Mentor Assisted Road Training) whereby seasoned veterans of the Hill Climb work with rookies to ensure a safe race.
For more information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, go to ppihc.org
About the BMW i8: The BMW i8 is part of BMW’s “i” brand focused solely on plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Since its debut in 2015, the BMW i8 has won several Green Car of the Year and International Engine of the Year awards, as well as Car of the Year and Performance Car of the Year honors. It’s the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid sports car to date. For more information, go to www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/bmwi/bmw-i8.html
About Winslow BMW of Colorado Springs: Winslow BMW is a BMW Authorized new and pre-owned automobile dealer located at 5845 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Locally owned and operated, it is BMW’s premier luxury car dealership in the Pikes Peak region, building lifelong relationships with its customers, providing growth opportunities for its employees, and investing in the success of its community.
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