Pastrana Wants a Piece of The Hill Colorado Springs, CO -- June 17, 2004 -- What's left for a young 20-year old whose resume includes three consecutive Freestyle gold medals at the X Games and creating some of the jumps in Moto Freestyle that...
Pastrana Wants a Piece of The Hill
Colorado Springs, CO -- June 17, 2004 -- What's left for a young 20-year old whose resume includes three consecutive Freestyle gold medals at the X Games and creating some of the jumps in Moto Freestyle that only others can envy? For Travis Pastrana it's racing in the 82nd running of the Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Pastrana will be driving a Vermont SportsCar prepared Subaru WRX STi in the Open Class of the SCCA Pro Rally Division.
"The Pike's Peak Hill Climb has always been something I was excited about doing," said Pastrana. "I am looking forward in competing in the (SCCA) Open class this year and am thrilled to be a part of it."
Vermont SportsCar has run Pastrana in two SCCA ProRally events this year (2004) with
much success. He set two fastest stage times, and finished 4th overall, 3rd in Class, at the Rim of the World ProRally just over a month ago. The Rim of the World Rally was only Pastrana's second gravel rally event ever and is considered one of North America's most difficult rallies.
Pastrana got his start in rallying after having the chance to test a Subaru World Rally Car several years ago with the Subaru World Rally Team. This helped him get hooked on the sport and he soon exclaimed that driving in the World Rally Championship is a dream of his.
Last summer Vermont SportsCar invited Pastrana to participate in an intensive rally school session with 2002 and 2003 SCCA ProRally Champion David Higgins, where he received one-on-one driving instruction in a high-powered Subaru rally car.
Pastrana performed so well at the rally school that the Vermont SportsCar rally team set out to help enter Travis into a ProRally event as soon as possible and kick off his new career in rallying.
Mainstream Productions Inc ads yet another new wrinkle on the Hill in 2004 with the introduction drifting. Falken Tire drivers Calvin Wan, Yoshinori Koguchi and Seigo Yamamoto will drift the paved section of the famed Pikes Peak Highway. On June 27th the Drift Showoff continues at Pikes Peak International Raceway with a professional drifting exhibition, clinic, and competition. Drivers from across the U.S. are planning to compete in this historic event.
About the Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
The Falken Tire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the second oldest motorsports event in the United States. An annual event since 1916, the June 26th, 2004 running marks the 82nd running of the event. The PPIHC is run on a 12-mile course that begins at 9,200 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. The race features a variety of automotive and motorcycle classes with an average of 150 drivers and 500 volunteers involved. www.ppihc.com