Dallenbach Defends His 2003 Pikes Peak Title Paul Dallenbach enters this year's Pike Peak International Hill Climb with one word in mind -- repeat! After taking four years off, Paul returned to last year's race at the last minute, to win ...
Dallenbach Defends His 2003 Pikes Peak Title
Paul Dallenbach enters this year's Pike Peak International Hill Climb with one word in mind -- repeat! After taking four years off, Paul returned to last year's race at the last minute, to win the open wheel division with the top overall time of the event, ten years from capturing the same title in 1993.
The Open Wheel is the traditional race car on Pikes Peak. Open wheel cars have competed in every Pikes Peak International Hill Climb since the first race in 1916, and Paul has been there for his share of them (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2003). Between the high altitude, changing weather conditions ascending the mountain, bermed curves and the gravel course, The Race For The Clouds presents gritty conditions for even the most seasoned drivers. But that doesn't scare Paul. "You have to trust in your skills and believe in your car," says Dallenbach.
This year, Paul has had more time to prepare and has secured a title sponsor to help fund his passion, from Colorado Springs baked, PEAK BAR (a natural!). "We are excited to be part of this Colorado Springs event and partnered with the racing talent of Paul Dallenbach," says PEAK BAR, CEO, Steve Beaman. "The automotive category is new for us this year and we think this race is emulates the true tradition around racing. We're not out to build the largest bakery in the world, but we are out to build the best!" says Beaman, "We feel that partnering with Paul brings two 'bests' together!"
Goodyear has also contributed significantly to the Dallenbach entry this year. "We are looking forward to another exciting race up the mountain," says a proud Dallenbach.
Paul Dallenbach is certainly not a new name to racing, beginning his racing career at age 18. In this first year of professional racing, Paul finished 6th in points and was awarded the Rookie of the Year in the VW Cup Series. It didn't stop there as he was the Rookie of the year for the Pro Atlantic Series in 1986, won the Inaugural ALCAN 500 in 1994 and again in 1996, and raced in classics from the SCCA, Trans-Am, Indy Lights, 24 hours of Daytona, Escort World, CHCA, ASA Stock Car series, to the Formula Mazda Hill Climb.
In addition to his competitive driving career, Paul is a widely sought-after stunt driver for movies and television commercials, is married and lives with his wife, Dana, in Basalt Colorado.