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Jun 24, 2010 3:17 PM by Jordan Mason

16-year old girl to race at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Colorado Springs, April 12----Savannah Rickli, a 16-year-old Littleton, Colorado, high school student with a love for racing has entered the field for the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and will be the youngest female driver in the event's storied history.

The Dakota Ridge High junior will pilot her 2003 Mini Cooper S with co-driver Rebecca Greek, in the Time Attack 2-Wheel Drive division during the 88th edition of the Race To The Clouds on June 27. Rhys Millen won the crown in the division last year with a record clocking of 12:09.397 but the veteran will move to the Unlimited field this summer.

Rickli was born into a racing family and began Karting at 11, but she will be a rookie on the Hill this summer in her driving debut.

She and Greek, a veteran co-driver from Denver, will drive the Mini Cooper S Pikes Peak Hill Climb Special, unveiled over the weekend at the Denver Auto Show. It has been prepared for the Hill with a full roll cage and the suspension and brakes adapted for the changing and challenging conditions on race day in Colorado Springs. Rickli will be managed by SCR Performance.

Eleven returning champions are among 100 competitors already registered for the race, the nation's second oldest motor sports race behind the Indianapolis 500.

The 2010 event should continue the excitement and heated competition that marked last summer's chase that attracted 163 racers in 17 classes who attacked the 12.42 mile course with 156 turns to the 14,110-foot summit.

The popular Fan Fest, presented by Budweiser, which attracted almost 35,000 fans to downtown Colorado Springs to meet the drivers and racers, see their cars, trucks and motorcycles, and enjoy music, food and special events, is set for Friday, June 25, from 5:00-10:00 p.m.

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