The 99th running of the race to the clouds will take place Sunday, June 27, with the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Hill Climb, the one-at-a-time competition up Pikes Peak in Colorado.
The entry list—there are six classes of vehicles—ranges from 2018 and 2019 overall winner Rhys Millen of New Zealand driving a 2021 Bentley Continental GT (pictured), to relative newcomers like racer and TV personality Tanner Foust in a 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT Clubsport.
Other names on the entry list include Randy Pobst, Paul Dallenbach, Codie Vahsholtz, James Clay, David Donohue and Romain Dumas, who is driving a 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport. Dumas, of course, set a new record in 2018 of 7 minutes, 57.148 seconds in the all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak, beating Sébastien Loeb’s previous record by 15 seconds. There are drivers from Japan, Luxembourg, Australia, France and the United Kingdom.
Vehicles are as varied as a 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, an American X Kart Crosskart, a 1970 Porsche 914 Wide Body, a 2016 Palatov D2TT, a 2016 Riley LMP3 and the home-built 2006 PVA-003 Dallenbach Special. Multiple deaths in the motorcycle class forced the organizers to halt two-wheeled competition, but that decision may be revisited.
The track is 12.42 miles with over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 feet from the start at Mile 7—elevation 9.300 feet—on Pikes Peak Highway, to the finish at 14,115 feet. The track used to consist of both asphalt and gravel, but in 2011 the rest of the gravel road was paved.
Starting at 7:30 a.m., local time, the race is open to spectators—log onto www.ppihc.orgfor information, and for live timing on race day. Individual tickets are $65 in advance, $75 on race day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual Fan Fest will not be held this year.
A day-long livestream from the mountain, beginning at 9 a.m. ET, will be available online at the Mobil 1 Facebook page.
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