2007 Pikes Peak date set

2007 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Set for July 21 COLORADO SPRINGS---The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Board of Directors and Race Committee has announced that the 2007 race will take place on July 21 on the historic mountain ...

2007 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Set for July 21

COLORADO SPRINGS---The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Board of Directors and Race Committee has announced that the 2007 race will take place on July 21 on the historic mountain course.

Research and a comprehensive study of other event dates, conflicts and related issues went into the selection of the date, which will maximize the strong momentum the event has garnered in recent years. The July 21 date is applicable for only the 2007 event.

The City of Colorado Springs continues its strong support of this historical community event and is supportive of the date. The City has work in progress on the Pikes Peak Highway that serves as the race course for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and the later date allows for that work to be accomplished.

Another possible and very significant benefit for the PPIHC is that NASCAR has an open date that weekend and the PPIHC Board and Race Committee are aggressively seeking participation from drivers in the NASCAR series for Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Another focus for 2007 is to spotlight the assault on the existing course record.

Racer Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima designs, builds and races high-performance equipment for Suzuki. In April, 2006, he had the winning and record-setting run in New Zealand's "Race to the Sky".

Last July, Tajima came to the PPIHC determined to set a new record, only to have inclement weather conditions stymie his bid.

The current record for the 12.4-mile climb to the 14,110-foot summit at Pikes Peak is held by New Zealander Rod Millen at 10 minutes, 4 seconds, set during the 1994 Hill Climb.Last July, prevailing weather conditions kept that record from falling, but Tajima had been on a pace to accomplish his goal.

At the conclusion of the event he vowed to return in 2007 to break the record, but he won't be alone in that effort. In addition to Tajima and Suzuki, many others will be stepping up to make their attempt at smashing the old mark.

The 2007 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb promises more excitement and thrills for race fans everywhere.

For more on the historic and world-famous event, go to www.ppihc.com to keep up to date on race information and more.

-credit: ppihc

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Series Hillclimb
Drivers Rod Millen