With a record number of media credentials already confirmed and a total of 211 competitors signed on, this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been postponed due to wildfires near the event venue in Colorado Springs.
“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, Chairman of the Board of the PPIHC and President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.
As a result the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will no longer take place on July 8th. A new date has not yet been set but the organizing committee is looking to reschedule for later this summer.
“Our deepest concern is for the safety of the public and the competitors,” he said, “and it was obvious that several agencies charged with public safety would not be able to commit the resources and manpower required to ensure those requirements because of the critical need for their resources at this time. Our city is in an unprecedented struggle right now and we are deeply sensitive to it.”
Organizers will meet in two weeks to decide a new date, taking into account the availability of media and participants competing in other racing series throughout the world. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored as well.
The nation’s second oldest motorsports race, Pikes Peak was first run in 1916.