Updated: July 3, 2012 at 12:00 am
The 90th annual race up Pikes Peak will run Aug. 12, the board of the nation’s second-oldest motor sports race announced Tuesday.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which draws competitors from around the globe, was originally scheduled to run July 8. The board was initially optimistic that the race would run on time in the first days of the Waldo Canyon fire, but postponed the race Wednesday due to race-day safety concerns.
The same full race-week schedule is planned, with the annual Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs planned for Aug. 10, and the technical inspection, practice runs and media day taking place in days leading up to the race.
Many expected the Hill Climb to run in late August or September, but Hill Climb board chairman Tom Osborne said the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, slated to pass through Colorado Springs Aug. 24, along with other major local events, made an earlier August date ideal. The last weekend of August also marks Parents' Weekend for the Air Force Academy and on Sept. 15 Colorado Springs hosts the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial.
“When you get into September, it’s the Broncos football, the college football, the kids going back to school,” Osborne said.
Though some racers who planned on participating cannot make the new date, Osborne said 21 of the top 31 drivers have already confirmed they will make the legendary drive up Pikes Peak on Aug. 12.
With a new date scheduled before the close of summer – the same day as the Olympic closing ceremony in London – Osborne sees this as a key event in helping the city recover from the devastating fire.
“As the mayor has said, Colorado Springs has opened for business and this is a major event that will bring economic impact into the community,” he said. “It’s a part of the DNA of this community.”
Race week information:
Tuesday, Aug. 7: Technical Inspection
Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 8-10: Practice and qualifying runs
Friday night: Fan Fest, downtown Colorado Springs
Sunday: 90th annual race up Pikes Peak
Tickets, information: ppihc.com