Test Times Show Dallenbach a Favorite to Reclaim Pikes Peak Title Aspen, Co. - Local racecar driver Paul Dallenbach returns to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, in Colorado Springs, for the 11th year. Race week started on Tuesday,...
Test Times Show Dallenbach a Favorite to Reclaim Pikes Peak Title
Aspen, Co. - Local racecar driver Paul Dallenbach returns to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, in Colorado Springs, for the 11th year. Race week started on Tuesday, where Paul and his crew have been practicing and getting ready for the race tomorrow, starting at 9:00am. Paul is very excited for the race this year, "We qualified first in our class yesterday, and it was our fastest run, but weather is playing a big part. It rained for three hours yesterday and it is supposed to rain tonight. We have no idea what the conditions will be like for the race, but I do know it will be different than in the practice runs."
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the world's highest auto race and one of the most grueling events in all of motor racing. The start line is at 9,400 feet and the climb to the 14,110 foot finish takes no pity on the drivers or their cars. The course is 12.4 miles in length uphill, turns to gravel halfway up, and has endless curves and bends. There is no other race course like this, and that is why it is named one of the toughest races in the world. "The competition definitely makes the race harder, you try so hard to win, and that is when you make mistakes. The drivers who make the fewest mistakes will end up with the fastest times," says Paul.
Racing in the Open Wheel division, Paul is striving not only for first place, but best overall time in the entire event, which is a goal he has reached once before in 1993 when he competed in the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb. When asked about his chances of accomplishing this goal, Paul said, "The chances for winning my division are very good, as for the overall best time, I am worried about one driver (name unmentioned) in the Unlimited Class."This class consists of no rules or regulations except for those that pertain to safety. "He (the driver) has a car that is built for Pikes Peak; it has 1000 horsepower and four-wheel drive."
Paul has always competed well in this event. This year, Dallenbach Racing has added a new driver to the team, Richard Meaden. As EVO Magazines' Editor-at-Large, Richard is no novice to the motorcar racing circuit; however, this will be his first attempt at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and he will be competing in the Open Wheel Division as well. Paul had this to say, "Richard qualified fifth in our class and he has made every practice run. He gets more confident and faster every time, he's having a blast."
Earlier this year Paul placed 15th at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and just recently, Paul returned from the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Goodwood Festival of Speed, located at the Goodwood Estate in England, is one of the worlds most prestigious and historic motorcar events. Paul competed in the hill climb competition, amongst 200+ competitors, in which Paul received first place in the Ultimate Rally Car Division and fourth in overall time. Judging from that win and other accomplishments, you could say Paul is having one of the best years of his career. Soon after Pikes Peak, Paul heads off to Moscow where he will compete as a factory driver for Porsche in the Trans-Siberian Rally, a 3,852 mile race to Mongolia, among a field of 50 drivers, which starts on Thursday August 2nd.
Paul Dallenbach is the youngest member of the famous Dallenbach family, including Indy 500 racer Wally Dallenbach Sr. and TNT Announcer Wally Jr. Paul has been racing professionally for over 20 years, beginning his racing career at age 18. In his first year of professional racing, Paul finished 6th in points and was awarded Rookie of the Year in the VW Cup Series. Paul also lends his driving expertise to automotive companies for their advertising campaigns and commercials, most notably, Lexus "Gravity", BMW 335 Convertible, Audi "After Dark", and Pontiac. Paul has also appeared in the feature film, "The Watcher" as Keanu Reeves' double.
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