COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 4, 1999) - Racing greats Parnelli Jones, Roger Mears, and Ivan Stewart will race in the 2nd Annual Toyota/ADT Challenge of Champions, which will serve as the official race-day kick-off for the 1999 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The 77th annual "Race to the Clouds," presented by ADT Automotive, is slated for July 4 on the Pikes Peak Highway, near Colorado Springs.
The venerable trio will race in Toyota Racing Celicas from the Start Line to Glen Cove on Pikes Peak Highway at 9:30 a.m. on July 4. Mears won last year's Challenge with a time of 5:53.70.
"I'm looking forward to defending my Challenge of Champions title," said Mears, a 22-time off-road racing champ and Hill Climb winner. "It's a terrific event and lots of fun to race against such great friends and competitors."
Jones, an Indy 500 and Hill Climb champ, said: "It's always fun to compete at the Hill Climb. I'm looking forward to racing against Roger and Ivan."
Stewart, a 16-time Baja 500 winner and off-road racing legend, will be making his first appearance on the Hill as a competitor. "It's always been a dream of mine to race on Pikes Peak," he said. "It'll be a real thrill to race against such experienced Hill Climb drivers, but my learning curve will probably be steep."
The '99 Challenge of Champions and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be televised on ESPN2 in August.
Tickets for the 1999 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are available online at www.ppihc.com, the Hill Climb Auto Educational Museum in Manitou Springs, King Soopers throughout Colorado, Tire Centers Inc. in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Colorado Springs military installations.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is held annually on July 4 in cooperation with the City of Colorado Springs and the U.S. Forest Service. The Race attracts an international field of auto, truck, and motorcycle competitors. Its 12.42-mile course on a groomed gravel highway to the 14,110 ft. summit of Pikes Peak is open to the public year-round.
The event is presented by ADT Automotive. Other sponsors include: Pennzoil-Quaker State Co., Pirelli Tire, Toyota Motor Sports USA, The Robert Bosch Corporation, Ultra Wheel Co., Contract Freighters, Inc., Kenworth, and Barnett Tool. The Hill Climb is the principal fund raising event for the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Educational Museum.
The 1999 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is dedicated to racing legend and longtime Hill Climb competitor Bill Daniels, who died suddenly of cancer in April, 1999.