ProRally: 2003 Pikes Peak Hillclimb announcement

Competitors from around the world are gearing up for the 81st time to challenge America's Mountain. This international event will be staged on June 22-28, 2003. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb,...

Competitors from around the world are gearing up for the 81st time to challenge America's Mountain. This international event will be staged on June 22-28, 2003.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the second-oldest, consecutively run, auto race in the US, will be contested for the 81st time on June 28th, 2003.

Considered to be one of the world's classic races, the "Race to the Clouds" is now a full part of the SCCA Pro Rally Championship schedule. SCCA drivers and manufacturers will earn points toward their respective championships at Pikes Peak in 2003. It is a coup for both the Hill Climb and SCCA, which made its first visit to the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak in 2002 and came away impressed, and determined to return.

"The SCCA and the ProRally Championship are very enthusiastic about coming to Pikes Peak for the 2003 event," said Kurt Spitzner, Championship Director for SCCA ProRally. "Following a very successful demonstration event in 2002, the SCCA is delighted to include PPIHC as a ProRally Championship points race in 2003."

The SCCA ProRally Championship will bring about 35 cars, including competitors in the Open, Group N, and a new 2-wheel-drive exhibition category, to Pikes Peak in 2003.

"Our intent in coming to Pikes Peak was to demonstrate to event organizers as well as the fans, that the raw essence of Performance Rallying and the raw essence of Hill Climbing are closely related," Spitzner said. "As we move forward with SCCA ProRally at Pikes Peak, I think fans will get a better show with the drivers' points race and more of the exceptionally close racing experienced in 2002."

The race will also include a full field of Pro Class Motorcycles, Quads, Vintage Bikes and Sidecars, along with the Unlimited, Super Stock Car, Super Stock Truck and SUV, Open Wheel and the popular Big Rig truck division.

The 12.4-mile multi surface course is world famous. Its drastic changes in elevation, combined with 156 distinctively different corners, cliffs of 2,000 feet, and no guardrails challenge the best of the best. The race attracts media attention from around the world and is broadcast in 56 countries on ESPN2.

The SCCA ProRally Championship is presented by Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Subaru, and is televised in North America on SpeedChannel. Time and date listing information available at www.speedtv.com

Coverage of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb is televised on ESPN2.

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