Race organizers have postponed the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb due to the Waldo Canyon wildfire and the other disastrous fires running rampant around the Colorado Springs, Co. region.
Though no official new date has been given for the historic event that had been scheduled to take place on July 8, many believe it will take place within two weeks of the original date.
Talking about the need for the postponement, Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board of the PPIHC and President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, said, “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. The 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be run.”
Assuring all the race will take place once the fires have been contained, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach. “This race began in 1916 and it has earned its place among the world’s greatest motor sports events, and it is an important part of the sports heritage of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. We are committed to making sure it takes place this year and that we carry on the tradition. We are disappointed, but our first concern is our city, its residents, their homes, businesses and public safety.”
This year’s hillclimb is set to be historic, given that “green” racers from both Toyota and Mitsubishi will be mixing it up.