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Christopher Bruce2012-06-28 16:05:38

Pikes Peak Hillclimb Postponed Due to Colorado Wildfires

The Suzuki SX4 rally car with 910hp holds the record. It shares no parts with a SX4.

The organizers of the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are postponing the event due to wildfires sweeping across Colorado, according to a press statement released today. 

The organizers site safety concerns caused by the fires near Colorado Springs

The hill climb had originally been scheduled to begin on July 8 with festivities beginning on July 4. The organizers say that they are looking for a new time later in the summer, and they will know for certain when in two weeks.

“We have been informed by the U.S. Forest Service that conditions are so extreme, along with the inability to forecast the future of the fire, and with access to Pikes Peak in jeopardy that the agency can’t permit the event to go as scheduled, “said Tom Osborne, head of the event's organizing body. 

Osborne made it very clear, though, that the race will be run this year. 

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is the second oldest still-running motorsports event in the US after the Indianpolis 500. The first was held in 1916. 

The event has 211 entrants registered for this year, and it will be the first time that it will be held on entirely paved roads. In the past year, the top 30% of the route, which had been dirt, has been paved. 

We have reported on entrants from Toyota, Lexus and Mitsubishi. 

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