Woodland Park's Vahsholtz claims King of the Mountain; wins 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Posted at 10:49 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 16:06:51-04

PIKES PEAK — A race car going up America's mountain at 135 mph early Sunday morning can only mean one thing: the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is here.

The "Race to the Clouds" celebrated its 98th year of competition Sunday amid COVID-19 and a delayed start this year due to icy conditions.

The winner of the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was Woodland Park's Clint Vahsholtz, finishing with a time of 9:35.490 driving a 2013 Ford Open.

Vahsholtz also won the Open Wheel Division and claims the title of "King of the Mountain" for this year's race.

"The top five cars were within a couple of seconds of each other," explained Vahsholtz. "It was just cat and mouse or a good game of chess and I came out on top."

Colorado Springs native David Donner has won the Time Attack Division with a time of 9:36.559.

"I hadn't seen (the track) this way all week in practice," said Donner. "I was sort of caught off guard. But then, in a sense, it's race day on Pikes Peak. It always throws you something and it did."

Another local taking of a title was Lane Schranz posting a time of 9:45.36 for the fastest time in the Pikes Peak Open Division.

This year's race saw no injuries and had no fans in attendance.

For the full list of winners, please click here.