COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Friends of Ray Storm couldn't understand why he was so calm coming down the mountain after his qualifying run for the Pro Quad division at the Adelphia Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Monday. "I had no idea!" said...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Friends of Ray Storm couldn't understand why he was so calm coming down the mountain after his qualifying run for the Pro Quad division at the Adelphia Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Monday.
"I had no idea!" said Storm of Colorado Springs.
That is he had no idea that he was the fastest qualifier in Pro Quad until he rode down the mountain and was greeted by cheers and words of praise by his family and friends in his pit area.
"That was my goal," said Storm. "I knew we had the bike. I feel like we've won the race already.
Storm's Suzuki clocked a time of 5 minutes, 37.91 seconds on the 5.5-mile qualifying course running from the Start Line (9,960 feet above sea level) to Glen Cove (11,440 feet).
Storm finished second at Pikes Peak last year. He won Colorado Hill Climb Association Pro Quad season championships in 1997 and '98.
Zebulon Pike Descendant in race: Rookie driver Hollie "Quadslayer" Shartzer is trying to do something that her great great great great great uncle never did -- make it to the top of Pikes Peak. Shartzer, of Wichita, Kansas, is the only woman entered in the Pro Quad class, and she is also the only racer with a direct connection to the man after whom the mountain is named.
"Shortly after I told my mother I was going to race on Pikes Peak, she called me and said,
'Guess what?'" Shartzer said of receiving the news she was a descendant of Pike.
Shartzer has been racing quads for four years with KORR, Kansas Off-Road Racing. Her husband of eight years Chad, is her chief mechanic, and her biggest supporter, next to her six-year old son Trevor.
She rides a Yamaha Banshee quad owned by her boss, Open Quad rider, John Stallworth. In qualifying Shartzer's time of 6:03.18 was 11th fastest in Pro Quad.
Durelle fastest in 750 Pro: Three-time Pikes Peak Hill Climb champion Davey "Super Dave" Durelle paced the field in the 750 Pro qualifying with a 5:29.73. His time was the fastest overall in motorcycle and quad qualifying Monday.
"It felt pretty good," said Durelle, of Fountain, Colorado. "The road is in good shape.
"The bike could be better; we've been fighting some engine problems all week, but I think we're getting a handle on it."
Vlasicak first in 500 Pro: David "Pickle" Vlasicak of Lakewood, Colorado, riding a Honda CR500R, was fastest in the 500 Pro division with a time of 5:57.36. He just edged out last year's 500 Pro champion, Greg Chicoine, who rode a 5:57.53.
"I was about five seconds slower than in qualifying this year," said Chicoine, who rides a Kawasaki KX500 SPPR. "My cycle is set up for a blue groove, it's really explosive."
A blue groove course is one where traction is gained by racing on the burned rubber deposited on the road by the riders and racers who came before. Instead, Chicoine found the track slippery, and traction poor.
"This morning going through the Halfway Picnic Grounds at 85 miles per hour, I was sideways. The bike just wouldn't hook up," Chicoine said.
Swedes swipe Sidecar: Rookie sidecar riders Tom Grindberg and Anders Nilsson did not travel all the way from Sweden to merely compete in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
"They traveled a long way to kick our ass," said Scott Whitney, who along with brother Pete, are the defending champions in the division.
Indeed. Grindberg and Nilsson's time of 6:02.55 was six seconds faster than the Whitney's, who were second fastest.
Mulder quickest in Vintage: Eddie Mulder, of Agua Dulce, California, muscled his Triumph T120-TT to a fast qualifying time of 5:53.22 in the Vintage division.