Pike's Peak Rocky Mountain Classic Preview

FOUNTAIN, Colo. - The most diverse group of touring race cars in the country converge on Pikes Peak International Raceway July 11-12 for the second annual Rocky Mountain Classic. Two full days of racing will include the USAC Silver...

FOUNTAIN, Colo. - The most diverse group of touring race cars in the country converge on Pikes Peak International Raceway July 11-12 for the second annual Rocky Mountain Classic.

Two full days of racing will include the USAC Silver Crown and Midget series, Star Formula Mazda open-wheel racers and the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde stock series, which will be the fastest stock cars to race in Colorado this year.

“I't’s hard to believe that we’re really into our second year,” said Lex Dudas, PPIR general manager. “Our season started with a great NASCAR Busch Grand National Weekend, but now that we’re having our second Rocky Mountain Classic we can feel the excitement of our second season.”

The Rocky Mountain Classic opened PPIR on June 7-8 last year and provided some of the year’s most exciting racing.

Leading the powerful Silver Crown racers will be Davey Hamilton, who finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500 last month. He will challenge series points leader Jason Leffler, Dave Steele, Jimmy Flock, Brian Tyler, Ryan Newman, Wally Pankratz and the other stars of the ESPN2 Thunder television series.

The mighty Midgets, which brought last year’s crowd to its feet with three-abreast racing at over 130 mph, will be led by points leader Ricky Shelton. Jimmy Kite, who is competing on the Indy Racing League tour, is expected to join Midget regulars Jay Drake, Leffler, Newman Pankratz.

The ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde stock cars, which have competed on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Michigan Speedway, will race at PPIR for the first time.

Three-time defending ARCA series champion Tim Steele won last weekend in his first race since a 1997 Atlanta Motor Speedway accident sidelined him. The driver from Coopersville, Mich., pushed his 1998 Ford Taurus past current points leader Frank Kimmel to take the checkered flag and earn his 31st career ARCA victory in his 88th attempt.

As an added bonus, the Colorado Vintage Oval Racers thundering museum of classic open-wheel cars spanning the 1930s through the 1960s will be on display Saturday then take to the track for a Sunday morning exhibition.

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And because this is the first time PPIR has been able to apply “second annual” to any of its Super Six events, racing fans will be treated to special ticket offers so everyone can share in a very special PPIR weekend.

Saturday has been designated as Family Day and Military Day.

A special coupon will appear in the Colorado Springs Gazette providing a “Family of 4” with four reserved seats for $40. That means two adults and two children 18 or younger can save as much as $50. That coupon can be redeemed at Front Range King Soopers, the PPIR office during regular business hours or brought to PPIR on race day.

To help honor Flag Day and show our appreciation for the men and women who are active or retired from the U.S. military, special 2-for-1 ticket vouchers can be obtained from any Colorado military base ITT ticket office.

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For tickets to any PPIR event: call (719) 382-RACE or toll-free (888) 511-PPIR; or visit PPIR (Exit 122 off Interstate 25) during regular business hours, the Pit Stop Shop at 1432-A Market St. in the LoDo section of Downton Denver, all Front Range King Soopers or the Internet at www.ppir.com

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Series ARCA , USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , Davey Hamilton , Jimmy Kite , Frank Kimmel , Tim Steele , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Jay Drake , Wally Pankratz