Pikes Peak – Race to the TOP!
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is the second oldest motor sports race in America (only the Indy 500 is older), a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region, and is the world’s highest altitude auto race. An annual event since 1916, 2011 marks the 89th running of the “Race to the Clouds.” Notable past winners include Al Unser and Mario Andretti.
The PPIHC is a dangerous sprint run of 12.42 miles that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the mountain’s 14,110 foot summit’s and is a grueling test on both man and machine. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thinner air slows the reflexes and saps the muscle strength. That same thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Both competitor and vehicle need to be in top shape simply to finish… let alone win.