On November 13, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) will officially open requests for entry in the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division of the 98th Running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo. The internationally renowned Colorado hill climb – North America’s second-oldest motorsport event – is scheduled to take place June 28. For the third consecutive year, Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) will manage the division, which continues to see exclusive use of the German marque’s mid-engine race car in the “Race to the Clouds”. For the first time at this event, only the current generation Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport (model years 2019 and 2020) will be allowed to compete, ensuring ongoing parity within the division. Entry submissions will close on January 3, 2020.
As in the two previous years of the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy, entrants will enjoy full support of PMNA and Yokohama. All cars within the division will utilize Yokohama’s ADVAN A052 high-performance, street legal tires. Yokohama is a longtime partner of PMNA and has supported the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy in its first two years at “America’s Mountain”. The Japanese tire manufacturer is also the sole-supplier to both the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada one-make series as well as the Porsche Trophy West USA.
Travis Pastrana, three-time AMA Motocross and Supercross Champion, X-Game winner and stunt performer, holds the current record for the division with a time of 10-minute, 33.897-second lap up to the 14,115-foot-high finish line in 2018. He also won the event in 2019 with a slower 11:24.287 time set in varying and less desirable conditions.
Porsche legend Jeff Zwart will reprise his role as coach for each driver in the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy division. The Long Beach, California-native is renowned for his prowess on the rally scene, particularly his mastery of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb where he has won eight times (1994-’98, 2002, 2010, 2015), all in Porsche 911 models.
The German sports car maker first appeared at Pikes Peak in 1958. Porsche won its class for the first time in 1961 and has since left its mark on the Colorado mountain capturing 27 class victories and twice turning the quickest time for the overall win.
Dr. Daniel Armbruster, President and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America.
“In a very short period of time, only two years, the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama has become a key event for Porsche. It blends well into the heritage of the event and our company’s successful history at Pikes Peak. Our relationships with the PPIHC and Yokohama as well as Jeff Zwart have proven an excellent way to highlight the versatility of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. This is the earliest we have opened invitations to participate in the division so we are expecting an excellent lineup in June.”
Megan Leatham, Executive Director, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
“We are pleased to welcome Porsche Motorsport North America and Yokohama back to Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain for the 98th Running. The excitement this division brings to our event has drawn more fans each year. Everyone is eager to see what the new Porsche 718s can do this year.”