Western Motorsports One of Fastest Trucks for Practice Day 1 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Day 1 Practice Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Update

Wednesday July 15, 2009 Colorado Springs, CO -- Western Motorsports piloted their Eleven Western Builders ProTruck to a top time for the first practice at the 2009 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Today's practice was held at the top-section (Devils Playground to Summit) of the world famous hill climb course. Driver Dave Mason was pleased with the initial setup of the truck and the plans only minor adjustments heading into the 2nd day of practice.

"We were fast off the trailer today, which is great start to the event," said Dave Mason. "I think our knowledge of this event has grown tremendously over the past years and I'm hopeful about our chances this year."

Crew Chief Josh Nelson was also pleased with today's performance. "It was a good day, we have a few things to adjust, but for the most part we were fast."

Tomorrow the team will rise early (3am local time) to take the truck back to the mountain for day-2 of practice. Hitting the course about 5am on Thursday the run will be at the bottom section from the start-line to Glen Cove.

The event appropriately titled The Race to the Clouds began on August 10, 1916 as an automobile race featuring Barney Oldfield and Eddie Rickenbacker. It was originally created to help promote a new highway to the top of a Colorado mountain and now will present its 87th edition on Sunday, July 19.

The 2009 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will spotlight almost 50 auto or truck drivers and 115 motorcycle racers in 11 divisions, including automotive, semi truck, exhibition, open wheel, super stock car, pro truck and motorcycle classes.

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