Pikes Peak International news 2010-05-02

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Top Motorcycles Coming To Pikes Peak Again, Including A New Electric Model Sure To Get A Lot of Attention On June 27 Colorado Springs, May 2-------The roar of motorcycle engines is now as much a part of the Pikes Peak International Hill...

Top Motorcycles Coming To Pikes Peak Again, Including A New Electric Model Sure To Get A Lot of Attention On June 27

Colorado Springs, May 2-------The roar of motorcycle engines is now as much a part of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as the mountain's unpredictable elements, and the 88th running of the Race To The Clouds will showcase riders with experience and success. www.ppihc.com

Four 2009 motorcycle division winners are in the fold for the June 27 race, and a field of 109 motorcycles is entered at this stage.

Veteran Davey Durelle (Elizabeth, CO) will be aboard his 2008 Aprillia SXV to defend his triumph in the 750 CC division last summer. He won with a clocking of 11:48.649 last summer.

James Vidmar, Jr. (Colorado Springs) will return to defend his winning effort in the Quad 500 division on a 1995 Yamaha Racing Special. Vidmar won last summer's 500 title in 12:34.598. Runnerup Mike Tollett (Canon City, CO) will be back to tackle Vidmar once again on his Suzuki LT 500R.

Five-time champion and division record-holder Greg Tracy (Long Beach, CA) will be on the Hill in the 1205 Division after winning last year in 12:29.120. He'll chase his sixth crown this year on his sleek Ducati. Tracy is one of the event's most colorful competitors, a professional stuntman who has appeared in popular movies like The Bourne Ultimatum, Spiderman 3 and Talladega Nights.

The fourth motorcycle defending champion on his way to Pikes Peak is Joe Prussiano (Conroe, TX), who won the 450 Division in 2008 and 2009 and was the 2007 Rookie of the Year.

New for 2010 is the exciting Exhibition Powersport Division, which features Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs), Quads 750cc-up and electric motorcycles.

A featured competitor in the new event will be Eva Hakansson (Wheat Ridge, CO) and she has an amazing story to bring with her to Colorado Springs.

ElectroCat.bmp Eva Hakansson

Hakansson went to her first race track in a baby carrier. With a father who is a road racing champion and Grand Prix motorcycle designer, she has racing in her blood. Following in his footsteps, she builds and rides high-performance electric motorcycles. As a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at University of Denver as her focus, she does everything on a shoestring budget with optimization and solid engineering as the secret.

As the crew chief for the KillaCycle racing team -- which enters the world's quickest electric motorcycle that makes 0-60 mph in less than a second - Eva definitely knows racing. She entered the drag racing 100 mph club in a Tesla Roadster, and drives everything from the 14,000 lb Freightliner that hauls the race rig, to forklifts, and of course, motorcycles. She made the score board more than once in the Porsche Club Sweden slalom/autocross cup in her Porsche 924S and, like any European road racer, she has driven on the legendary Nurburgring in Germany.

Two wheels, four wheels or even four legs, Eva likes everything fast. As a race horse groom, she never found a horse that she couldn't ride, even $50,000 thoroughbreds.

Her street legal "ElectroCat" Pikes Peak bike is purely electric. In preparation to be the first electric motorcycle in history to conquer Pikes Peak, the ElectroCat has a new high-power and high-energy battery pack from A123Systems. However, the ElectroCat is still a bit slow compared to its team mate "KillaJoule", an electric streamliner motorcycle that Eva is building with the goal to become the world's fastest motorcycle of any kind.

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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