COLORADO SPRINGS — The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brought to you by Gran Turismo is set for this Sunday, August 30 at 7:30 a.m. MDT.
Due to COVID, there will be no Fan Fest, and spectators will not be allowed to attend, but the race will be streamed online through different outlets, which you can follow here: http://ppihc.org/how-to-follow-fans/
Practice and qualifiers for the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are underway Wednesday, and they will wrap up on Friday.
They began on Tuesday and will include the 50 racers competing in six divisions this year.
This marks the 98th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brought to you by Gran Turismo.
The competition, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak. The various races would normally take place every year on the last Sunday of June, but COVID pushed those dates back to August.
The event was founded in 1916 by Broadmoor Hotel founder, Spencer Penrose.
The PPIHC takes place on a 12.42 mile stretch of the Pikes Peak Highway that boasts 156 turns and 4,720 feet of elevation gain from the start line at 9,390 feet to the summit finish line at 14,115 feet.
The race is self-sanctioned and is the most diverse one day motorsports event in the world, according to the event's website. Everything from sidecars and motorcycles to 1,400hp EV and Unlimited racers are able to compete in the same event.
It's the second largest race in the country, right behind the Indianapolis 500.
Wednesday morning's qualifying runs were on the lower section. Drivers make several runs and the fastest time is their qualifying time and determines the run order for each day.
The following competitors made their qualifying runs on Wednesday:
Tommy Boileau – Monument, CO – USA; #34 1967 Chevy Camaro
Steve Grieggs - Rio Rancho, NM – USA; #63 1990 Chevrolet C4 Corvette
Akio Kobayashi – Yokohama – Japan, #249 2000 Porsche 911 GT3
Craig Lumsden - Larkspur, CO – USA, #10 2007 Mazda Speed 3
Zach Lumsden - Castle Rock, CO – USA, #413 2009 Mitsubishi Ralliart/Evo X
David Meyer - Colorado Springs, CO – USA, #24 2017 Palatov D2tt
Rob Parsons - Salt Lake City, UT – USA, #120 2014 Chevrolet SS
David Schmidt - Colorado Springs, CO – USA, #26 2014 Ford Mustang Howe TA2
Layne Schranz - Birmingham, AL – USA, #7 2018 Chevrolet SS
Kash Singh - Federal Way, WA – USA, #78 2017 Ford Mustang GT
Chris Strauch - Colorado Springs, CO – USA, #56 1970 Porsche 914 Wide Body
Fred Veitch - Colorado Springs, CO – USA, #73 2001 Porsche 996TT
Don Wickstrum - Monroe, WI – USA, #25 2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Car