COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The annual "Race to the Clouds" up Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs has attracted growing interest and participation from vehicle and tire makers the past several years, and 2019 is no exception.
Pirelli Tire North America, Toyo Tire USA Inc. and Yokohama Tire Corp. are all publicizing their efforts this year to support record attempts or entire classes of cars.
This year's race, the 97th running up the 156-turn 12.4-mile course, is set for June 30. The race starts at an elevation of 9,413 feet and ends at the summit at 14,115 feet.
Pirelli returns this year with Bentley Motorsports and driver Rhys Millen seeking the outright production car record up the course with a 626-hp Continental GT after partnering last year to set the outright SUV record with a Bentayga. Mr. Millen is chasing a time of 10 minutes, 26.9 seconds, the record set by a Porsche 991 Turbo S five years ago.
Pirelli also is supporting a quartet of entries from Honda's Acura division competing in the Time Attack 1 and Open divisions.
Toyo is back for a third straight year, supporting four teams in multiple classes in addition to acting as a co-presenting sponsor of Fan Fest in Colorado Springs, which kicks off the weekend's schedule on June 28.
Toyo's stable comprises: Flying Lizard Motorsports and the mountain's winningest driver, Clint Vahsholtz, in a McLaren 650S GT3 in the Time Attack 1 class; Wesley Motorsports' 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, with team principal Kevin Wesley at the wheel; owner/builder Tyler Pappas in a 465-hp TYSPEED 2017 BMW F87 M2 Club Racer in the Time Attack 1 class; and Chuckle's Garage's 1949 'Old Smokey' Ford F1 pickup powered by a 1,200-hp Cummins diesel engine in the Exhibition Class.
Yokohama Tire returns for a second year as the sponsor and exclusive tire supplier for the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy, a joint venture involving Yokohama and Porsche Motorsport North America.
Yokohama is supporting 15 drivers in four classes — including returning champions David Donohue and Travis Pastrana — who took top honors last year in the Time Attack 1 and Pikes Peak Open divisions.
The Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama class comprises six drivers in Porsche Caymans, Yokohama said, all competing on Yokohama Advan A052tires. The tire maker also has four drivers competing in the Open Wheel division and four in the Time Attack 1 class.