French race car driver Romain Dumas will return to the newly-named Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which takes place June 29 on “America's Mountain.”
Dumas, winner of the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans classic, was named the Pikes Peak Rookie of the Year in 2012 when he captured the Pikes Peak Open Division with a blazing speed of 9 minutes, 46.181 seconds. He drove his Porsche GT3R in his debut in the first edition of the race on a fully-paved course.
His 2012 time ranks sixth on the all-time list of winners on the Peak, which began in 1916.
Japan's Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima will return to return to the Hill Climb for the 22nd year. He was the first driver to crack the elusive 10-minute mark when he won the Unlimited Division for the sixth straight time with the record 9:51.278 in 2011.
Tajima's amazing feat occurred the last year part of the course was on gravel. Tajima was denied another triumph in 2012 when he dropped out of the race because of a mechanical failure. He came back last year and cracked the 10-minute barrier in an electric car.
Sebastien Loeb of France set the all-time record in 2013 when he raced up the mountain in 8:13.878.
Dumas will be behind the wheel of a Norma M20 with Honda Power in the loaded Unlimited Division. The development of the auto prototype began this year with the goal of a new record, just as Loeb's team did last year in the production of the 2013 Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak model that powered Loeb. 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 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 time.
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.
Other Hill Climb veterans and champions registered for this year's edition include Woodland Park's Clint Vahsholtz, Paul Dallenbach (Basalt) and Spencer Steele (Denver).
The motorcycle field includes Woodland Park's Codie Vahsholtz (Clint's son), 15-year-old Brandon Tubbs (Farmington, New Mexico), Jeff Clark (Los Angeles) and Jeff Grace (Colorado Springs).
Speedweek kicks off with the fabulous Pikes Peak International Auto Show June 20-22 at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center.
The annual Race Tech Inspection, which is open to the public, takes place on June 23 at the World Arena. There is no admission and it is free of charge.
Practices and qualifying begins the next morning and will be open to the public. Practice dates are June 24-27. Race Day tickets will not allow fans to view practice sessions with specific restrictions. To attend practice fans must purchase an online ticket for each specific practice day. Tickets are available online for $25 per person per day or fans can purchase an individual week pass for $120.
Fan Fest is June 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. in downtown Colorado Springs. This event is free and typically features a large Budweiser beer garden, a chili cook-off, motorcycle jumpers as well as other live entertainment. More than 35,000 are expected to attend.
In addition, the PPIHC mobile museum will be on-site and exclusive PPIHC merchandise will be available for purchase.
Tickets for the Hill Climb 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.