Pick-ups and SUVs will compete in 2000 Pikes Peak International

(Manitou Springs, CO) - Newly appointed Chief Steward, Bill Walters, of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, announced today that a new class has been added for the 78th Race to the Clouds. "We are very pleased about adding the new High...

(Manitou Springs, CO) - Newly appointed Chief Steward, Bill Walters, of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, announced today that a new class has been added for the 78th Race to the Clouds. "We are very pleased about adding the new High Tech Truck & SUV Division to the Hill Climb this year. With the overwhelming popularity and increased sales in recent years of these vehicles, we believe the new division will bring the kind of excitement for pick-up trucks and SUVs that the Unlimited Division and the Big Rig Division brought to the race when they were first introduced. We fully expect entries in this division to challenge records set on the 14,110 ft. Pikes Peak. As in years past, the division also offers a multitude of opportunities for manufacturers to test innovations in racing and consumer truck and SUV components. This year will be a banner year for the race, and I'm thrilled to be part of it," said Walters.

The High Tech Truck & SUV Division is open to pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles-two- and four-wheel drive. The entries must have been produced in the past six years or are scheduled for production by a recognized automobile manufacturer in the following model year.

Entries in the new division will be allowed to have on-board computers that can monitor and control various systems. The use of on-board electronics is valuable to racing teams and manufacturers, furthering research and vehicle technology.

Also included in this year's July 4th event will be ASA (American Speed Association) cars and Luxury cars. Along with the Luxury Class cars comes GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) technology. "All of these changes reflect global advances in technology and are totally appropriate for first Race to the Clouds in the new millennium," said Walters.

In addition to the above-mentioned classes and divisions, the Hill Climb includes the following divisions: Open Wheel, Super Stock Car, High Performance Showroom Stock, Sprint, Pikes Peak Open, Unlimited, Big Rig Truck, Electric, and of course the Cycle Division which includes Motorcycles, Quads and ATVs, and SideCars.

Anyone interested in entering the historic world-famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb may request entry information and a rulebook by calling Race Headquarters at 719-685-4400. Check our website at www.ppihc.com for a wealth of race and ticket information. ###

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is held annually, July 4, in cooperation with the City of Colorado Springs and the U.S. Forest Service. First run in 1916, it is the second oldest motor sports event in America, attracts an international field of auto, truck and motorcycle competitors, and its 12.42 mile course on a groomed gravel highway to the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak is open to the public. The "Race to the Clouds" is celebrating it's 78th running this year.

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