Pikes Peak Hill Climb Gets Title Sponsor

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TCI Tire Centers, LLC and Hankook Tire America have been selected as title sponsors of the 2009 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and the 87th running of America’s second oldest motor sports race.

It’s the third consecutive year that the companies have teamed up to be the major sponsor of the Race To The Clouds, set for July 19 in Colorado Springs.

“TCI Tire Centers is again proud to support this unique race, one that all of America loves,” said senior vice president Dave Snyder. It is one of the world’s premier motor sports events, and this year’s race is going to be one of the best in history.”

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Chairman Bob Gillis, a three-decade veteran of the race, lauded Hankook’s continuing support as well. “We are thrilled the Hankook Tire America will once again be part of this prestigious event. This support is critical to our future, and the continued tradition of the Peak.”

The “Race To The Clouds” is America’s second-oldest motor sports race behind the Indianapolis 600, and has been staged since 1916. The race is run on a 12.42 mile course that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America’s Mountain; Pikes Peak summit.

This year's race has 11 classes and features a variety of automotive, semi truck, exhibition, open wheel, super stock car, pro truck and motorcycle classes with a field approaching 200 competitors.

The race is run on a 12.42- mile course that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape simply to finish...let alone win!

The event’s popular “Fan Fest,” which will attract some 35,000 fans and participants, is set for the evening of Friday, July 17, in downtown Colorado Springs. The crowds will be able to see some of the autos, trucks and motorcycles up close, meet the drivers, and enjoy music, food and entertainment.

The event is part of a 2009 “Summer of Sports Sizzle” in Colorado Springs, which will also host the State Games of America (July 30-August 2), with some 10,000 amateur athletes from 47 states coming to the city to compete in 29 sports.