Pikes Peak Int'l news 2010-12-24

Tajima Makes It Official -- He Will Return To Seek His Sixth Straight Crown At The 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Colorado Springs, December 24--------Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima will be back next summer in search of his sixth straight Pikes Peak International Hill Climb title in the Unlimited Division on June 26.

The famed Japanese driver, who is the President & CEO of the Tajima Motor Corporation on Tokyo, announced on December 22 in a message to business colleagues and friends that he will again attempt to crack the elusive ten-minute barrier on the Peak in the 89th running of the Race To The Clouds.

""Next year, I will do my best to break the 10-minute barrier and take a sixth consecutive win," said Tajima.

Although he did not set a new record time with his latest win last summer, one day before his 60th birthday, Tajima continued to protect the current record for reaching the Peak, defeating veterans Paul Dallenbach and Rhys Millen in the Unlimited Class.

He drove his new car, the 910hp Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special to the top, winning with a clocking of 10:11.49.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motorsports race in America behind the Indianapolis 500 and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. It began in 1916, and this year marks the 89th running of the "Race to the Clouds."

The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America's Mountain. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors, vehicles and motorcycles must be in top shape simply to finish, let alone win!

The popular Fan Fest, which annually attracts more than 35,000 fans, is set for Friday evening, June 24, in downtown Colorado Springs.

Tickets and camping permits are available now at www.PPIHC.com, where fans can click on the "Shop" heading and purchase.

General Admission - $40 (Race Day $45)

VIP - $80 (start line area only); includes: breakfast, lunch and beverages
*pre-purchase only, not available on race day; does not include VIP parking

Family 4-Pack - $125 (4 general admission tickets; reg. price $160) *pre-purchase only, not available on race day

Tickets are also available at: 866-464-2626

Colorado Springs TicketsWest office: 719-576-2626 & TicketsWest Box Office locations & TicketsWest.com

-source: ppihc

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Series Hillclimb
Drivers Rhys Millen , Paul Dallenbach