Colorado Springs, April 10---------Six-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb motorcycle champion Greg Tracy is coming back this year to compete for another crown on America’s Mountain, but this time on a dazzling new concept electric “Super Bike” in the Exhibition Powersport division.
His legend on the Peak grew again last year as he became one of just two motorcycle racers to break the ten-minute barrier in the 1205cc class, riding an internal combustion powered, fuel-based bike.
During the 2012 Race to the Clouds, Tracy and his teammate, Carlin Dunne, were the first motorcyclists in history of the race to reach the finish line under ten minutes with their Ducati Multistradas. Dunne clocked 9:52.819 and Tracy was right behind at 9:58.262 in the 1205 cc class.
Tracy (Long Beach, CA) has won six titles in several divisions since 1996 on Pikes Peak, including victories in the 1205CC division in 2009 and 2010.
Canada’s Amarok Racing, the competition arm of motorcycle design specialist Amarok Consultants, has revealed that Tracy will be racing the Amarok P1A at this year's Race to the Clouds.
The legendary race is the second oldest motor sports race in the United States behind the Indy 500. With 156 turns over 12.42 miles, sheer drop-offs and an elevation that increases by more than 5,000 feet from the start line to the 14,110-foot summit on a fully-paved course, Pikes Peak is a challenging proving ground for the Amarok P1A.
“It is truly exciting to be racing with Amarok. After talking with Amarok co-founder Michael Uhlarik, I knew this was a team of innovators who have pushed the limit building an electric motorcycle that I believe can set a record at Pikes Peak. I have been honored to race for the best factory team, for Ducati, and honestly I had planned that my next Pikes Peak pursuit would be in an enclosed vehicle.” said Tracy.
As one of the elite Team Hot Wheels drivers, Tracy captured a Guinness Book of World Record when he performed the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare at the 2012 X Games. Tracy is also one of the top stuntmen in Hollywood. Greg has been providing stunts for movies and commercials since 1991, in blockbuster movies such as: Act of Valor, The Avengers, GI Joe, Wanted, Talladega Nights, The Fast and Furious and in The Bourne Ultimatum for which Tracy won the elite World Stunt Award. He has also won the Baja 1000, raced Formula 2000, Indy Cars and has gone over 210 mph on a motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats during several World Record Attempts.
“We are absolutely thrilled and very proud to have Greg ride for us.” said Amarok co-founder and chief designer Uhlarik. “As a small, family run operation, our main objective is to work with people we like and who share our values. Amarok is about making up for big, by leveraging craft. After talking with Greg I felt like we had a lot in common.”
Tracy was connected to Amarok after the team's promotional film “Why Less is More” appeared in a write up in My Life at Speed, one of the largest motor sport culture websites.
“I have always been intrigued by the Makers Movement and how alternative energy will impact my life and ultimately, my children's lives. We need to be aware of the guys who are representatives of where our futures lie. Pikes Peak has always been about pushing the limit, showcasing new technologies with the best racers against the most extreme environment. When you combine all of our passion for the race, new technology with a couple of guys building one of the most interesting electric motorcycles in an 140- year old barn...well, I knew I just wanted to be part of this program.“ said Tracy.
Amarok and Tracy will be racing the P1A, an advanced electric motorcycle concept demonstrator developed over the past three years. The P1A boasts a hand crafted aluminum monocoque design that dramatically reduces weight and improves handling. “The 147kg (325lb) Amarok P1 concept is about making the best handling motorcycle on the planet. There are electric bikes with much more power, but we want to own the corners. The 156 turns of Pikes Peak represent to us the best opportunity to prove our core belief that in vehicle design, you can do more with less.” says Uhlarik.