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What is the Pikes Peak Hill Climb?

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The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an annual automobile and motorcycle race to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado. The race has taken place annually since 1916.

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This race consists of a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns. It starts at 9,390 feet and ends at the mountain's summit (114,115 feet). The change in altitude has an impact on both drivers and the vehicles' engines, making the race more difficult as the air becomes thinner.

The race attracts drivers from around the world. About 130 people compete each year. Well-known drivers who have participated in the race include Mario Andretti, Sebastien Loeb, Al Unser, Bobby Unser and Robby Unser. Loeb set the current record of completing the course in just over eight minutes in 2013.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb has a number of divisions and classes, including ones for electric cars, two-wheel vehicles and four-wheel vehicles. Electric cars won first and second place in all classes during the 2015 race.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is the second-oldest American motor sports race. Spencer Penrose, the owner of the Pikes Peek Automobile Company, founded the race to attract tourists to the area. Penrose also founded the Broadmoor Hotel, which is the 2016 title sponsor for the race.

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