Wildfires Postpone Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Nobuhiro Tajima on track during the 2010 running of the Pikes Peak Int'l HIil Climb (Suzuki Motorsports Photo)
Nobuhiro Tajima on track during the 2010 running of the Pikes Peak Int’l HIil Climb (Suzuki Motorsports Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Faced with epic conditions and safety concerns related to the wildfires threatening Colorado Springs and nearby communities, the 90th Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb scheduled for July 8 has being postponed until later in the summer.

“We have been informed by the U.S. Forest Service that conditions are so extreme, along with the inability to forecast the future of the fire, and with access to Pikes Peak in jeopardy that the agency can’t permit the event to go as scheduled,” said Tom Osborne, chairman of the Board of the PPIHC and president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.

The event, the nation’s second-oldest motor sports race behind the Indianapolis 500, will be staged later this summer and that a new date will be set within a time frame that allows the option of rescheduling of a new race week for drivers, racers, support crews and the multitude of agencies that are required to support the race.

“The 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be run,” said Osborne.

“This race began in 1916 and it has earned its place among the world’s greatest motor sports events, and it is an important part of the sports heritage of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region,” said Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach. “We are committed to making sure it takes place this year and that we carry on the tradition. We are disappointed, but our first concern is our city, its residents, their homes, businesses and public safety.”

The race organizers will meet quickly to begin the search for the new date and it is a goal to announce the replacement date within two weeks.

Tickets already purchased will be honored for the new date and the events for the fans and competitors will be rescheduled. All sponsor, vendor and supplier agreements will be fulfilled.