Pikes Peak Hill Climb news 2009-02-07

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Motorcycle Champs Will Return Again For 2009 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb And So Is Super Stock Car Legend Clint Vahsholtz Colorado Springs, February 7, 2009---Motorcyle racing at the 87th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill...

Motorcycle Champs Will Return Again For 2009 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb And So Is Super Stock Car Legend Clint Vahsholtz

Colorado Springs, February 7, 2009---Motorcyle racing at the 87th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on July 19 in Colorado Springs is some of the legendary event's most exciting stuff for the thousands of fans who will jam spaces along the road to the summit of the 14,000-foot peak.

And so it will be again for 2007 Champion and 2008 runnerup Mike Ell of Raymore, Missouri, who will be back again on his Yamaha Banshee in the Motorcycle Quad 500 Class to seek the top spot in the rarified air on Pikes Peak.

The 27-year-old Team Thin Line racer won the 2007 class with a clocking of 12:25.599, then finished second last summer to John Stallworth. He was third in 2006 in the Race To The Clouds, so he knows his way on the course by now.

The Quad 500 Class will be flat-out hot this summer, because not only is Ell back again from the 2008 race, so are James Vidmar, Colorado Springs (3rd), Mike Tollet, Canon City (4th) and Alex Helton, Las Vegas, Nevada (5th).

Also coming back to the Peak to see if he can repeat is 2008 Vintage Motorcycle winner Eddie Mulder of Littlerock, California, who won the event in 2007 as well. He's a legend in the sport, inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of fame in 1999 after winning five AMA Grand National trophies during his career. Mulder also became one of the leading stunt drivers in Hollywood for movies and television productions.

There are 46 motorcycle racers already registered for the 2009 PPIHC in a field of 125 competitors who have registered.

2008 Super Stock Car winner Clint Vahsholtz (Woodland Park, Colo.) has signed up to defend his Pikes Peak crown and represent the famed family again. He's won 15 of the 17 Hill Climbs he's entered, and needs only three more wins on the Peak to break his dad's (Leonard) record mark of 18.

Drivers may now go to www.ppihc.com to sign up for the 2009 edition of the legendary race.

The "Race To The Clouds" is America's second-oldest motor sports race behind the Indianapolis 600, and has been staged since 1916. The race is run on a 12.42 mile course that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America's Mountain; Pikes Peak summit.

This year's race has 11 classes and features a variety of automotive, semi truck, exhibition, open wheel, super stock car, pro truck and motorcycle classes with a field approaching 200 competitors.

The event is part of a 2009 "Summer of Sports Sizzle" in Colorado Springs, which will also host the State Games of America (July 30-August 2), with some 10,000 amateur athletes from 47 states coming to the city to compete in 29 sports.

For more information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, please visit www.ppihc.com

-credit: www.thesportscorp.org

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