(Manitou Springs, CO) - President and CEO of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Michael Clark, is optimistic about this year's 78th Race to the Clouds. "We're confident as we are entering a new century, that PPIHC will be bigger and more ...
(Manitou Springs, CO) - President and CEO of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Michael Clark, is optimistic about this year's 78th Race to the Clouds. "We're confident as we are entering a new century, that PPIHC will be bigger and more popular than ever before. We're working to evolve the Race and its operation and believe the results will speak for themselves," he said.
Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace stated today, "I am pleased that the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will celebrate its 78th year in this, the first year of the new millennium. The annual 'Race to the Clouds' is a fine tradition, rich in history that brings international acclaim to the Pikes Peak region. The City of Colorado Springs hopes this tradition will continue well into the future."
Pikes Peak Highway Superintendent, Hans Shalk, says mitigation of erosion and sedimentation is still in the design and planning stage. "There will be some sort of hard surface sometime in the future, whether it will be PennzSuppress, standard paving, or something else, is unknown at this time."
The Hill Climb is pleased to have ADT and Pirelli tires as sponsors again this year. Also, returning as the sponsor for the Cycle Division, is Barnett Tools. Mike Taylor, president of Barnett, said, "We are glad to be back and happy to participate for the third year. We invite all the cycle contingent back for the 2000 race." Taylor competed in the Side Car Class last year along with partner, Bob Bakker, and was thrilled to make it to the top for the first time. He plans to provide a hospitality tent for the Cycle Class competitors this year.
A new class to be initiated this year will be the Luxury Sedan Class. Herzog Motorsports is bringing four and possibly five Cadillacs to Pikes Peak under their Northstar brand. Competitors recently signed with Herzog to drive the Cadillacs are Stephanie Reaves, first woman to qualify for a Pro Stock Bike class in the NHRA Nationals; Trace Armstrong, NFL football player for the Miami Dolphins; Danny Sullivan, Indianapolis 500 winner; and Mark Miller, Silver Medallist in the International Six Day Enduro.
Layne Schranz, local competitor, has been selected as one of Herzog Motorsports' new drivers. Jerry Stansbury, spokesperson for Herzog stated that Schranz was chosen for his professionalism, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport. He will drive one of Herzog's ASA (American Speed Association) cars in this year's Race to the Clouds. Stansbury says that Schranz will represent GM and Herzog Motorsports locally, and is expected to race in New Zealand in April with his own '99 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, built for last year's Race to the Clouds. Schranz, excited about his new role, stated, I feel it is a privilege and an honor to work with such a high class racing organization, such as Herzog Motorsports. I have a lot of excitement about the future. Whatever comes my way, whatever opportunities I have, I will put 110% into it and do the best job that I can.