Zwart again fast on Pikes Peak

June 27, 2014

Zwart again fast on Pikes Peak

June 27, 2014

zwart_ppRenowned filmmaker and racer Jeff Zwart is again looking like the man to catch on motorsport’s toughest mountain – the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

In 2010,  Zwart made Pikes Peak history by running a road racing car – the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – at the world’s most famous hill climb, smashing the Time Attack class record and winning his seventh championship on Michelin tires.

The following year he drove his Porsche 911 GT2 RS turbo street car – not only up the Mountain, but on the Interstate from L.A. to Colorado Springs – and sliced 24-seconds off the record for a street-legal car up the mountain, but was edged for the class title by an all-out race car.

zwart_4Now, in 2014, Zwart is combining the best of both worlds for the second year in a row – the great racecar he had in 2010 with the turbo power he had in 2011 – to seek his eighth class title at the 92nd Running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The competitors take the green flag at 8:00 am MDT on Sunday, June 29.

Fans can follow the progress of Zwart’s run up the mountain via live timing: //livetiming.net/ppihc/. Live radio coverage on the web can be found race day on www.krdo.com, while a subscription live streaming video site has been set up at //2014ppihc.emergingsports.tv.

“We were disappointed in our finish last year as a fast-moving rain/snow/hail storm swept over Pikes Peak as we were making our run, and we ended up third. But we stayed on the road where there were crashes all around us, and we knew – with just a few adjustments – that we had the right combination of handling and power to be competitive for this year,” said Zwart.

“Heading back to Pikes Peak this year is a special time for two reasons. First it marks the 20th year since my first win at the Peak with a Porsche. And second, it is a bit of “unfinished business”. Last year we had hit all our target times and felt like we would go under the record and win the class. On race day after a week of positives, we were hit by the worst weather I have ever experienced in my years of racing up here.

“The Michelin tires are working great up on the mountain this year. We were the fast qualifier and I think we went 2 seconds under the qualifying record. I love the tires that came in from France. The car working great and the whole setup is just awesome to drive.”

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. First contested in 1916, this year marks the 91st running of the “Race to the Clouds.”

The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,115 foot summit of America’s Mountain; Pikes Peak! Now paved from the base of the run to the top, the thin air at the mountaintop robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit.

 

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