Mike Ryan Pikes Peak test notes

Ryan shooting for 7th championship Colorado Springs, CO - June 10, 2004 -Mike Ryan, driver of the No. 77 Freightliner Super Truck completed what he termed the most successful test session in his eighth year of truck racing at Pikes Peak. Ryan...

Ryan shooting for 7th championship

Colorado Springs, CO - June 10, 2004 -Mike Ryan, driver of the No. 77 Freightliner Super Truck completed what he termed the most successful test session in his eighth year of truck racing at Pikes Peak. Ryan took to the mountain in preparation for the 82nd running of the Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Saturday, June 26th.

"These were the best test days that we've ever had on the mountain, the crew has reached a new level in getting performance from the truck and after studying the helicopter footage that Shell shot in 2002 of the upper parts of the course, I found several areas to increase our speed. I am confident that the No. 77 will set the standard in the Big Rig class and I am looking forward to earning our lucky number seven championship. This year is going to be exciting, as Kenworth our most intense rival, has cut off their 3rd axle, which will put them in our class. Now, two factory teams will run head to head like they never have and dark horse, Washington State circle track, big rig racer Mike Gibbons will demonstrate his talents behind the wheel of a Peterbilt for the first time at the Peak."

With 6 championships under his belt, Ryan will make his eighth attempt in a truck and tenth attempt overall at the Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Preparation of the truck, crew and polishing his driving skills are at the top of his list as the race draws near.

Ryan's race-modified Freightliner Century Class features a race version of the Mercedes-Benz 501 V-6 twin turbo that produces nearly 1,300 Horsepower. The ZF HP 5-600 sequential shifting transmission delivers monster power through the Detroit Locker equipped, Arvin-Meritor rear axle to the Accuride aluminum wheels shod with Michelin X-1' tires. Shell fuel, oil and lubricants care for every component in the truck. During testing the 8,000 lb. big rig delivered speeds nearing 100 miles per hour.

During the lunch break of the 82nd "Race to the Clouds" Mainstream Productions Inc. will showcase the sport of drifting. Falken Tire drivers Calvin Wan, Yoshinori Koguchi and Seigo Yamamoto will drift the paved section of the famed Pikes Peak Highway. On June 27th the Drift Showoff continues at Pikes Peak International Raceway with a professional drifting exhibition, clinic, and competition. Drivers from across the U.S. are planning to compete in this historic event.

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Series Hillclimb
Drivers Mike Ryan