by Pam Zubeck
Having won the race for Colorado Springs' first strong mayor, Steve Bach now is ready to strap in to the passenger seat of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb pace car, a Porsche Boxster Spyder, on June 26 to kick off the 89th running of the Race to the Clouds.
The pace car is provided again this summer by Porsche of Colorado Springs for the nation’s second-oldest motor sports event, and the oldest west of the Mississippi River.
Here's the rest of the press announcement, with ticket information:
The Pace Car driver and Grand Marshall has not been announced to date for this year’s Race To The Clouds, but an announcement is expected soon by PPIHC officials. A total of 201 drivers, racers and co-drivers/racers have entered this year’s race to date.
Last summer, Super star John Andretti was the Grand Marshall and behind the wheel of a sizzling new Porsche Panamera Turbo at the start of the race, with U.S. Olympic Committee President Emeritus Bill Hybl sitting in the passenger’s seat.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which began in 1916, is America’s second-oldest motor sports race behind the Indy 500. The race is staged on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns. It begins at 9,390 feet and ends at the famous mountain’s 14,110 foot summit above Colorado Springs.
A featured event along with the race, is the popular “Fan Fest,” which takes place on Friday evening, June 24, in downtown Colorado Springs, with more than 30,000 fans on hand to meet the competitors, see the autos and motorcycles, and enjoy music, food and entertainment.
Advance ticket sales are running at a record pace right now, and race officials are urging fans to purchase their tickets soon to avoid congestion at the toll booth on Race Day.
Ticket prices begin at $40.00, with a Family Four-Pack available at $125.00 and VIP admission priced at $80.00. Tickets, limited camping permits and all other race information is available at www.ppihc.com