Pastrana Returning To Pikes Peak In New Class

Bell & Dumas Also Returning To America's Mountain

Travis Pastrana is returning to compete in the Pikes Peak Int'l Hill Climb later this year. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Travis Pastrana will return to the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24 to compete in the new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Class.

In 2004, Pastrana and co-driver Mike Fennell won the Rally America Group X Class with a time of 13:10.300. In 2005, Pastrana and Björn Christian Edström placed third in the Rally America Group N Class before winning the Rally America Championship Series in 2006.

Pastrana is one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of action sports. He has won championships in both two-wheel and four-wheel events during a career that included freestyle motocross, Supercross, rally car racing, NASCAR and off-road racing.

His off-track resume includes the hit MTV show Nitro Circus, along with appearances on ESPN, NBC, and CNN. He’s been profiled in pieces running in the New York Times, GQ, Men’s Journal, Maxim, and Sports Illustrated.

The veteran driver set a new record last year at the Mount Washington Hill Climb, driving a Subaru WRX STi with a time of 5:47.72 on the 7.4-mile course.

Another competitor making a return to Pikes Peak is British racer Justin Bell.  Bell and his Lexus RC FGT Concept finished third in the Time Attack 1 class at the 2015 PPIHC in his debut on the mountain. During a career that now spans 25 years, he’s notched wins during the 1997 FIA GT World Championship and the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as numerous victories and podium finishes in all forms of the sport.

Bell currently is the leading on-air talent for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on FOX Sports 1.

Pastrana and Bell will both sit behind the wheel of a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport during the Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb Along with Pastrana and Bell, others expected to compete in the class include Till Bechtolsheimer, Timothy Pappas, Dr. Alexander Marmureanu, Gavin Riches, Nicholas Kwan and Thomas Collingwood.

Pikes Peak legend Romain Dumas will be a special guest of Porsche for the 2018 race and will assist with the new class and he will also compete on Pikes Peak once again. This time, the French icon will be driving a new Volkswagen fully-electric auto in the Unlimited Division as the automaker makes its first appearance on the Peak since 1987.

Dumas has four Pikes Peak victories, most recently grabbing the crown in the same division last year with the fastest time overall at 9:05.62 in his Norma MXX RD Limited model. Dumas is the owner of the second-fastest time in the race history, a blazing 8:51.445 clocking in the 2016 Unlimited Division.

He’s been King of the Mountain three times and remains laser-focused on beating the all-time course record of 8:13.878 set by Sébastien Loeb in 2013. He’ll be making his sixth appearance on America’s Mountain this year.

“Romain is one of the fastest drivers to have ever entered the Pikes Peak race. What’s more, he has thousands of kilometers of experience with racing prototypes under his belt. This makes him the perfect driver for Volkswagen as it makes its debut with a fully electric racing car,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.

Back on the Peak alongside Dumas in the Porsche effort will be eight-time class winner Jeff Zwart, now a Porsche Management Consultant and a PPIHC 9 Minute Club member with a memorable 9:46.243 in 2015.

“I have been combining two of my passions, Porsche and Pikes Peak, for almost two decades and I am glad we found a way to bring the experience to others,” said Zwart. “Eight people will have a chance to add their name to the list of Pikes Peak winners, and that is no small accomplishment. I am proud of my role with this effort and I believe this is the first of what will become a large and intensely competitive class in years to come.”

“The first race win of any kind for Porsche came in 1948 at a hill climb shortly after the Porsche No. 1 rolled out of the small shop in Gmünd, Austria,” said Dr. Daniel Armbruster, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America. “Many of our victories since have come at hill climbs with some of our greatest drivers like Vic Elford and Romain Dumas. So, it is only natural that we participate in the greatest of American hill climbs, and the most famous in the world, the Race to the Clouds. Jeff Zwart, who has eight wins on Pikes Peak with Porsche, and Romain, who is the defending winner, were instrumental in helping this effort come to reality. We worked closely with the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb team and our current and prospective racers to create a category that should highlight their skills and the Cayman GT4 Clubsport. It is our goal, in cooperation with the PPIHC, to build this class in the coming years.”