Pikes Peak Int'l news 2010-04-24

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Two More Returning Champions Join The Field For The 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb On June 27 Colorado Springs, April 24 -- Two more returning champions are in the field for the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June ...

Two More Returning Champions Join The Field For The 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb On June 27

Colorado Springs, April 24 -- Two more returning champions are in the field for the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 27, bringing the count to 13 competitors who won top honors a year ago in the Race To The Clouds, the second-oldest motor sport race in the nation behind the Indianapolis 500.

The veteran Keith Davidson (Golden, CO), is returning to defend his title in the loaded Vintage auto division, behind the wheel as always since 1996 in his 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint. The 53-year-old driver won the division crown last year with a clocking of 13:56.066.

Last year's Vintage runnerup, Doug Mockett (Christiansted, St. Croix) is also coming back in his 1954 Oldsmobile Super 88 with co-driver Angelina Fuentes. The duo finished in 14:166.499 last summer behind Davidson.

So is third-place finished Jess Neal (Colorado Springs) in his 1971 Plymouth Barracuda which finished in 14:43.402 last summer behind Davidson and Mockett.

Two-time Pikes Peak Open champion David Carapetyan (Austin, TX) will be on the start line again in his 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution. He won the division in 2008 and 2009. His winning time last year was a decent 11:52.837.

The popular Ford Rallycross Fiestas piloted last year by Marcus Gronholm and Andreas Eriksson in the Unlimited division will not be returning this year, according to Ford Racing officials.

But they plan to return to the Hill in 2011 to tackle the ten-minute barrier, if the record does not fall this summer in the muscular field where four-time champion Nobuhiro Tajima heads up entries that now include veteran Rhys Millen in the scintillating new 2010 RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580, just unveiled and designed specifically to take down Tajima this year.

Also lining up against Millen and Tajima is the experienced Paul Dallenbach (Basalt, CO), who will sit behind the wheel of his 1999 Chevrolet. Dallenbach, one of the most decorated drivers in the event's history, won the Open Wheel division last year and is a three-time Overall Champion and five-time Division Winner. This will mark his 15th appearance in the event.

The 2010 event should continue the excitement and heated competition that marked last summer's chase that attracted 163 racers in 17 classes who attacked the 12.42 mile course with 156 turns to the 14,110-foot summit.

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 p.m.

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

-source: ppihc

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