Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Post-Qualifying Notes Defending Open Wheel and co-overall champion Paul Dallenbach hoped to be at the top of the timing sheet after qualifying today. However, ...
Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Defending Open Wheel and co-overall champion Paul Dallenbach hoped to be at the top of the timing sheet after qualifying today. However, an electrical problem caused his car to struggle and he qualified third in his division with a time of 5:05.545. Leonard Arnold, Dallenbach's car owner, says the team should have changed the battery before attempting to qualify. He says the battery started to lose power at the start line, which then affected the car's electronic engine management system. Dallenbach spent his entire timed run only using second and third gears. Arnold thinks once the car has a new battery it will be among the best in the field. "There's no problem," Arnold said. "We're going to kill them!"
Three cars did not complete their qualifying runs. Championship driver Jack Guynn had mechanical issues near the Halfway Picnic Grounds. He worked on the car and was able to drive it back down. Open Wheel driver David Donner's car broke between the 8-Mile and 9-Mile points. Open Wheel driver Jeff Ewing suffered a clutch failure and pulled into the Halfway Picnic Grounds. Ewing says he will have the problem fixed without much trouble.
Unlimited driver Andrew Hawkeswood's difficult times continued Thursday. Hawkeswood's car only arrived in Colorado Springs last night after being held at US Customs in Long Beach due to paperwork problems. In qualifying Hawkeswood set the second-fastest overall time with his run of 5:01.228. That's when things started to get weird. With all vehicles sitting at Glen Cove, Mike Ryan's Big Rig truck began to roll forward with no one behind the wheel. Hawkeswood says Ryan's parking brake disengaged when the brake temperature cooled. The truck t-boned Hawkeswood's car and pushed it about four feet before coming to a stop. In an amusing epilogue, the collision did more damage to the bumper of Ryan's rig than to the body of Hawkeswood's much smaller car.
In news from the morning motorcycle practice, Pro Quad rider Steven Ranney fell just after Boulder Park. He was transported to Penrose Hospital, where he was treated and released.