2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb date set

2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Set For June 27 - Top International Drivers Field Expected Back For Another Crack At The Ten-Minute Barrier On The Peak Colorado Springs, September 22----- The 88th edition of the world famous Pikes Peak...

2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Set For June 27 - Top International Drivers Field Expected Back For Another Crack At The Ten-Minute Barrier On The Peak

Colorado Springs, September 22----- The 88th edition of the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be staged on June 27, and another assault on the record books is in store for fans of the race.

Race fans can look for a repeat performance by the star-studded field of top international drivers, led by defending champion Nobuhiro Tajima, who won his fourth straight Unlimited division crown in 2009 with a clocking of 10:15.368. The Japanese ace prevailed over a pair of European rally car champions, a Ford Fiestas driven by Sweden's Marcus Gronholm and Britain's Mark Rennison in his Ford RS200.

Tajima Wins!

All three drivers, along with Andreas Eriksson, another Swedish Ford Racing Team driver, are expected back in June.

The 2009 edition of the Race To The Clouds produced one of the event's most successful outings, with a total of 165 competitors challenging the Peak in eleven divisions of autos, semi trucks, exhibition, open wheel, super stock cars, pro trucks and motorcycles, and an all-time turnout of domestic and international media that produced record race coverage and fan interest.

"We achieved our goals in 2009 and exceeded some," said PPIHC Chairman Bob Gillis. "We met our expenses with the strong support we had from our sponsors, our loyal volunteers and fans. We also had more than 30,000 people attend our Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs. Ticket sales were up over the 2008 race and may have been our best ever, and we had exceptionally strong advance and race day sales."

PPIHC Inks New Agreement With The Sports Corp

Gillis also announced that the event has reached a new three-year agreement with the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation to provide assistance and promotion in a variety of areas, including media support, publicity, accreditation and sponsor fulfillment.

"We were delighted with the effort of our staff, race director Phil Layton and director of operations Andrea Adams, and with the support we received from The Sports Corp and its team," said Gillis. "We have a solid team in place now as we look forward to an even more memorable race in 2010."

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is America's second-oldest motor sports race behind the Indianapolis 500, conducted since 1916. The race is run on a 12.42 mile course that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110-foot summit of America's Mountain.

-credit: ppihc

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Series Hillclimb
Drivers Andreas Eriksson , Nobuhiro Tajima , Mark Rennison