Pike Peak Int'l news 2010-06-11

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Veteran Layne Schranz Teaming Up With GEICO Again For His Return To Pikes Peak On June 27 Colorado Springs, June 11---------Veteran driver Layne Schranz will be aiming to take the GEICO Racing program to new heights when he arrives...

Veteran Layne Schranz Teaming Up With GEICO Again For His Return To Pikes Peak On June 27

Colorado Springs, June 11---------Veteran driver Layne Schranz will be aiming to take the GEICO Racing program to new heights when he arrives in Colorado Springs for the 88th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 27.

A year removed from a second place finish in the Super Stock Car division at the second oldest race in America (behind only the Indianapolis 500), GEICO will once again serve as primary sponsor of the #7 race car piloted by Schranz, a 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

The 1997 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Rookie of the Year will be making his 17th trek up the mountain. Along with winning the 2000 PPIHC ASA division as a driver for GM Racing, Schranz has visited the podium in five of the last six years.

He's the son of famed Hill Climb driver Randy Schranz and has spent every summer for the last 38 years on Pikes Peak. There is nothing that he does not know about the mountain or its unique challenges.

"It's very exciting to have GEICO back on our #7 car and we've been working really hard in the shop to have another great race for them this year," Schranz said. "We finished second last year, but that's not what we come here for; we come here to win and that's the only reason we're here." He continued, "In January, I had a great opportunity to sign autographs at the GEICO corporate office in Washington, DC, and it was so motivating to see how well-run the company is and how excited the people are to work there. The executives are first class people that genuinely care about GEICO and its employees, which brings me great pride in having them as a sponsor."

For the Schranz family, challenging Pikes Peak is a family affair. When Schranz's father, Randy, takes the green flag on June 27 in his 2010 Shelby Cobra (Pikes Peak Open Division), he will be tying Louie Unser's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record for the most years of competition at 36.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motorsports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. It began in 1916, and this year marks the 88th running of the "Race to the Clouds." The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America's Mountain. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape simply to finish, let alone win!

To date, more than 160 racers and drivers have registered for the 2010 event, including 16 returning champions from last summer's showdowns in all classes.

The popular Fan Fest, presented by Budweiser, which attracted almost 35,000 fans to downtown Colorado Springs to meet the drivers and racers, see their cars, trucks and motorcycles, and enjoy music, food and special events, is set for Friday, June 25, from 5:00-10:00.

Fans wanting to be on the Hill on June 27 to see the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb can purchase tickets now with several attractive options.

A Family 4-Pack is available for four at a price of $125.00 and advance General Admission tickets are priced at $40.00. Camping permits are also available for the only day of the year when camping is allowed on the mountain.

Last summer, more than 4,000 fans made their way to spots along the course to see the nation's second-oldest motor sports event that made its debut in 1916.

Race tickets & camping permits are now available for purchase through the PPIHC web site (www.ppihc.com) as well as by telephone.

-source: ppihc

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