ProRally: SCCA considering Pikes Peak points event

U.S. ProRally to bring 15 drivers to 80th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb SCCA considering drivers'-points race at Pikes Peak. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- With its attention focused on the future, SCCA ProRally has entered 18 autos in the...

U.S. ProRally to bring 15 drivers to 80th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb SCCA considering drivers'-points race at Pikes Peak.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- With its attention focused on the future, SCCA ProRally has entered 18 autos in the 80th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, scheduled for June 29th.

Until now an SCCA ProRally race at Pikes Peak has been little more than rumor. But the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is serious about making Pikes Peak a part of its annual ProRally series.

"To us, having the SCCA ProRally championship series as an intrinsic part of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is potentially more important than bringing a World Rally championship race to the U.S.," said Kurt Spitzner, SCCA Director of Performance Rally.

SCCA Performance Rally is one of the fastest growing racing families in the U.S. In the last three years, SCCA Performance Rally has grown from about 400 licensed drivers to more than 1,200 Spitzner said the popularity of rally racing, coupled with the global recognition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, provides a tremendous partnership opportunity.

This year's event will be a manufacturer's points race, meaning the top teams from Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Subaru will attend. Overall race record holder Rod Millen (10:04.06, 1994) and his son, Rhys, will race against each other while they try to earn points for Mitsubishi. The defending U.S. ProRally champion, Mark Lovell of Great Britain, and Paul Choiniere, former Pikes Peak Open champion, will also compete.

There are usually five classes of SCCA ProRally cars at each race. This year at Pikes Peak, there will be two classes, the Open class and the FIA Group N class. These represent the fastest vehicles in SCCA ProRally racing.

Should the SCCA make the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb a regular part of its drivers'-points series, there could be as many as 80 ProRally cars competing on Pikes Peak as early as next year.

"We're going in to this very carefully," Spitzner said. "We want to be sure that when we bring the SCCA ProRally championship series to Pikes Peak that both the U.S. ProRally and the race are enhanced and not disrupted. SCCA drivers have always entered at Pikes Peak. Now, Pikes Peak is part of the ProRally Championship schedule and we're looking forward to bringing it next year and in many years to come."

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Series Hillclimb , SCCA
Drivers Mark Lovell , Rod Millen