Pikes Peak adds rally stages to Hillclimb event

RALLY STAGES ADDED FOR 2005 RUNNING OF THE FALKEN TIRE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB Colorado Springs, CO -- April 27, 2005 -- Rally America is bringing an exciting new rally challenge to the famed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb....

RALLY STAGES ADDED FOR 2005 RUNNING OF THE FALKEN TIRE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

Colorado Springs, CO -- April 27, 2005 -- Rally America is bringing an exciting new rally challenge to the famed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This event will serve as the fourth round of the 2005 Rally America Championship and is part of this year's North American Rally Cup.

"We wanted to help turn this great event into a real rally," said Rally America spokesman J.B. Niday. "Phil Layton and the Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb organization have bent over backwards to assist us. The Hill Climb is already one of the most spectacular events in the extreme motorsports calendar. This makes it even better."

For 2005, the event will also include around 100 miles of additional special stages run in a traditional rally format in the Hartsel, Colorado, area -- only a 45 minute drive from Pikes Peak. Organizers hope to see a record number of Canadian and other international teams on the entry list. All classes of rally cars are welcome.

The Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the second oldest motorsports event in the United States. An annual event since 1916, 2005 marks the 83rd running of the "Race to the Clouds". The race is run on a 12-mile course that begins at 9,200 feet and finishes at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak. It features a variety of automotive, semi truck and motorcycle classes with an average of 150 competitors. Please visit www.PPIHC.com for more details about this legendary race.

The Rally America, Inc., based in Minneapolis, Minn., holds the sanctioning and marketing rights to the Rally America Championship.

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