With the Pikes Peak course now fully paved, the down-force and balance the Cup car has shown gives Zwart the feeling of “wearing” the car.
A commercial film director, Zwart will be entering his 14th Pikes Peak Hill Climb in his tenth different Porsche aboard his Luminox Watch Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car.
The 12.42-mile course, which used to be all gravel, is now fully paved, making the race car right at home. Pikes Peak is the second oldest auto race in America (right behind the Indy 500), and Zwart will give the course plenty of respect. The low-ratio sequential gear box means he is busy through the 156 turns, but it makes the car very quick.
Zwart has won his class at Pikes Peak – all in Porsche Turbo street cars – in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2004, setting new class records three times, before winning with the Cup car in 2010. He co-drove a Porsche Cayenne with Pikes Peak veteran Paul Dallenbach at the challenging TransSyberia Rally (Moscow to Mongolia) in 2007. He also has an SCCA PRO Rally Championship (1990) and a SCORE Baja 100 class win (2004) to his credit.
Ironically, it is Dallenbach in his full-blown Hyundai Genesis race car – the same car which holds the overall record at Pikes Peak – which will be the strongest challenger for Zwart this year in the Time Attack class.