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Jun 22, 2011 5:53 PM by Jordan Mason

Rod Millen returns to Pikes Peak

The former king of the mountain is back on Pikes Peak.

"It's been a fun, family week for us back in Colorado," said Rod Millen.

The 60-year old Rod and his son Rhys are climbing the hill together for the first time in eleven years.

Back in 1994, rod raced to a 10-minute, four-second mark, a record that stood for 13 years. But he now says he didn't come back to reclaim the record.

"I still have my old cars that I ran in unlimited," said Rod. "Now I just use them for fun. I'm more happy to come back here and run one of the other classes like we're doing."

Rod is driving his son's car in the two-wheel drive, time attack class.

Rhys will try to break ten minutes in the unlimited classification.

"As everyone knows that has experience up here, first you must race the mountain, win your class, then look at sub ten," said Rhys Millen.

Rhys and Rod will try to sweep their classes for the third time.

"There's always friendly competition," said Rod. "So that's always going to exist, but I'm driving his car. You can't get better than that."

Rod and Rhys swept their classes in 1992 and ‘97. The current record holder for best overall time is Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima and he, of course is back again this year.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is Sunday morning at 9.

 

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