Pikes Peak John Andretti news 2010-07-06

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Andretti Looks to Add Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to Extensive Resume Driver's Interest 'Peaked' after Serving as Grand Marshal and Window World Cares Pace Car Driver HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 6, 2010) - John Andretti is known ...

Andretti Looks to Add Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to Extensive Resume

Driver's Interest 'Peaked' after Serving as Grand Marshal and Window World Cares Pace Car Driver

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 6, 2010) - John Andretti is known throughout the motorsports community as one of racing's most diverse drivers. Andretti has competed in the highest levels of auto racing including racing in sanctioning bodies such as USAC, NASCAR, IndyCar, CART, NHRA, IMSA and GRAND-AM throughout his dynamic career. He is a winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a winner of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and in IndyCar. He was the first driver to ever race the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day defining the racing term, "The Double". A full racing resume, it seems difficult there is anything left for Andretti to attempt.

It's his latest experience, however, that his interest "peaked". Andretti served as the Grand Marshal and was the Window World Cares pace car driver for the 88th annual Pikes Peak (Colo.) Hill International Climb on June 27. It was his first time witnessing the competition, but now has interest coming back to the event in 2011, possibly as a competitor.

"I just really hate being a spectator for anything that is going fast, the racer in me comes out and wants to compete," Andretti said. "It was really interesting to see all of the different vehicles racing up the mountain. There are so many twists and turns along the way. It brings a whole new meaning to the term 'road course.' It made me want to try it next year. It's a whole new challenge. We'll see. I want to do it before they pave the mountain in a few years. I like the dirt portion the best and the whole course is a lot of fun."

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the Race to the Clouds, is a competition among 21 classifications of vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles. Each participant makes a timed run up the winding mountain road, ascending a distance of 12.42 miles from the mountain base at 9,390 feet above sea level to the peak at over 14,000 feet. Grades average 7% over both gravel and paved sections. There are plans to pave the entire course over the next few years.

The Hill Climb used to be a fixture on the USAC National Championship series. Andretti's uncle, Mario Andretti, won the event in 1969.

"It's really cool to think that the event was part of the IndyCar championship schedule," said Andretti. "It has a lot of history and tradition behind it. Mario and I talked about his experience and I think it's something I'd like to try. It would be a lot of fun to be a part of it next year. I had a blast driving the pace car, but hopefully I'll have a chance to participate as a race car driver too."

While in Colorado Springs, Andretti also participated in several functions to help raise support for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Window World Cares foundation. The Window World Cares foundation is used for donations, community outreach programs, and other charitable events. Window World Cares matches donations received from Window World locations from across the US.

"This weekend was all about engaging the Colorado Springs community to raise money for a great cause - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - and awareness for Window World Cares and our Colorado Springs Team," said Chris Lehmkuhl, owner of Window World of Colorado Springs. "There was a busy schedule of fundraising events around the community, all leading up to the Pikes Peak International Climb."

-source: john andretti PR

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