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Pike's Peak International Raceway
Location 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, Colorado, 80817
Active from 1997 - present
Major events USAC Silver Crown Series
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Turns 4
Lap record (, , , )

Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) is a racetrack in a Colorado Springs annexed area of the Fountain, Colorado, postal zone that by October 12, 1997, was "the fastest 1-mile paved oval anywhere".[1] The speedway hosted races in several series including the Indy Racing League and 2 NASCAR series (Busch and Truck) until operations were suspended 2005-8. A wide variety of amateur racing groups use PPIR for racing and training, and many NASCAR teams use PPIR for testingTemplate:Citation needed (the design is similar to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the California Speedway in Fontana.)[2]

HistoryEdit

Racing in the Pikes Peak Region included 19th century horse tracks (e.g., to the west of Colorado Springs' Palmer House along Fountain Creek by 1882[3] and to the north by 1903, the "Roswell Racing Park"),[4] and the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb started in 1916 on the 1915 Pikes Peak Highway. In 1938, a track was north of the Alexander Aircraft factory and Template:C. another was to the factory's southeast at the south end of the Nichols Field taxiway.[5] On the Pike's Peak Ocean-to-Occan HighwayTemplate:R west of the city was the end of the 1951 Colorado sports car rally (terminus at the Crystola Inn),Template:R a 1953 dirt dragstrip "some four miles east of Colorado Springs" was used for "the first statewide drag race",[6] and a stock car track was along Powers Road in the early 1960s. The "last local track" for auto racing east of the city through the late 1970s was the Colorado Springs International Speedway which "had crowds in the 3,000-4,000 range on summer weekends".[7] The Platte Avenue go-kart track closed Template:C., the greyhound track closed Template:C. and is now an off track betting facility, and the Olympic velodrome in Memorial Park is a remaining racing venue within the city.

Pikes Peak MeadowsEdit

Pikes Peak Meadows was a dirt horse racing track facility opened in 1964Template:R Template:Convert/mi south of Colorado Springs and Template:Convert/mi north of Pueblo, Colorado, with a large, blue, covered grandstand on the west. The facility was annexed by the City of Colorado Springs Template:C.[8] and after its horse racing ended in 1993, the city "approved the speedway in January 1996".[9] C. C. Myers "announced plans in May 1996 to build a major auto racing facility" at Pikes Peak Meadows.[10]

Speedway developmentEdit

In 1997, "Apollo Real Estate Advisors LP formed a joint venture January 30 with Raceway Associates, a partnership headed by California contractor and developer C.C. Myers Inc, to own and run the 1,300-acre" speedway complex.[11] The asphalt track was constructed Template:Convert/ft below the "normal ground level",[12] C.C. Myers planned "to get a big-time NASCAR race in 1998",[13] and the facility had an open house for the local community on May 31, 1997.[14] The first race's attendance (June 8) was 16,810,[15]Template:Verify source the Richard Petty Driving Experience used PPIR July 2–17,Template:R the first IRL Series race on June 28 was televised,[16] and a Winston West 500K race was held in July 1997.[1]

International Speedway CorporationEdit

Earlier in 1996, a competing track near Denver in Adams County, Colorado was attempted by Penske Motorsports Inc which merged in 1999 with the International Speedway Corporation.Template:R In 2002 ISC gained "the right of first refusal should PPIR owners decide to sell their 1,200-acre complex"Template:R and in October 2005 for $11 million,[17] "bought out the owners of Pikes Peak International Raceway"Template:R (racing operations were suspended and the scoreboard was moved to Texas Motor Speedway.) In 2006, meetings "between attorneys representing [Commerce City, near Denver] and International Speedway Corporation"Template:R were conducted before ISC "announced in February [1997] that it was eyeing land in Commerce City as well as eastern Aurora for the track. It envision[ed] a $360 million to $400 million track and stadium that could hold 75,000 to 80,000 fans."Template:R A new opposition group, Commerce City Citizens and Business Alliance, endorsed anti-raceway candidates which won local elections, and in May 1997 "ISC executive Wesley Harris said the 1,300-acre parcel the company was considering near Denver International Airport was not compatible with its needs".Template:R ISC sold PPIR in November 2006 (the purchase closed in the first quarter of 2007),Template:R and PPIR operations resumed in 2008.

PPIR race winners
Date Series Winning Driver Vehicle Event
2013-09-27/28 NASA Rocky Mountain Seybold, David [timed sessions]
Template:Sort2005-08-21 IRL Template:Sort22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Andretti Dallara/Honda Honda Indy 225
2005-07-23 NASCAR Busch Template:SortDavid Green Brewco Ford (#27) …Salute to the Troops 250[18]
2004-08-22 IRL Template:Sort22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Andretti Dallara/Honda
2004-07-31 NASCAR Busch Template:SortGreg Biffle Ford …Salute to the Troops 250
2003-07-26 NASCAR Busch Template:SortScott Wimmer Chevrolet …Salute to the Troops 250
2003-06-15 IRL Template:Sort25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Ganassi G-Force/Toyota
2002-07-27 NASCAR Busch Template:SortHank Parker Jr. Dodge …Salute to the Troops 250
2002-06-16 IRL Template:Sort25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
Template:Sort2002-05-19 NASCAR Truck Template:SortMike Bliss Xpress Chevrolet (#16) Rocky Mountain 200
2001-06-17 IRL Template:SortBuddy Lazier Hemelgarn Dallara/Oldsmobile
2001 NASCAR Truck Template:SortJoe Ruttman Dodge
2001-07-28 NASCAR Busch Template:SortJeff Purvis Chevrolet
2000-06-18 IRL Template:SortEddie Cheever Cheever Dallara/Infiniti
2000 NASCAR Truck Template:SortGreg Biffle Ford
2000-07-22 NASCAR Busch Template:SortJeff Green Chevrolet …Salute to the Troops 250
1999-07-24 NASCAR Busch Template:SortAndy Santerre Chevrolet …Salute to the Troops 250
1999 NASCAR Truck Template:SortMike Wallace Ford
1999 NASCAR West Template:SortMike Wallace Ford
1999-08-29 IRL Template:SortGreg Ray Menard Dallara/Oldsmobile
1998-08-16 IRL Template:Sort22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck Foyt Dallara/Oldsmobile
1998-07-14 NASCAR Busch Template:SortMatt Kenseth Chevrolet …Salute to the Troops 250
1998 NASCAR Truck Template:SortRon Hornaday Chevrolet
1998 NASCAR West Template:SortKevin Harvick Chevrolet
1997 Template:SortAMA Superbike Template:SortMiguel Duhamel Honda MNBA Superbike Final
1997 AMA Superbike Template:SortRich Oliver Yamaha ELF Fuels and Lubricants 250 Grand Prix
1997 AMA Superbike Template:SortJason Pridmore Suzuki Teamline 750 Supersport
1997 AMA Superbike Template:SortNate Wait Harley Davidson Progressive Insurance H-D Supertwins Final
1997 AMA Superbike Template:SortPaul Harrell Yamaha Pirelli Formula XTreme Final
1997-06-29 IRL Template:SortTony Stewart Menard G-Force/Oldsmobile
1997-06-08 Winston West Template:SortMichael Waltrip Ford

Current racesEdit

On December 6, 2012, USAC announced that PPIR will be on the 2013 USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series schedule.[19] Pikes Peak International Raceway will host the richest event in SRL Southwest Tour history as announced on April 23, 2013.[20]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bergsten, Tim (October 12, 1997). "PPIR races through 1st year, tunes up for next". The Gazette. "Myers, and Apollo Real Estate Advisory of New York, the track's co-owners, didn't borrow money to build PPIR. Neither has a loan to pay." 
  2. Sommer, William (June 3, 1997). "From a dream and a vision to this weekend's race". The Gazette. 
  3. Template:Cite map (image link to the Library of Congress)
  4. The Giles City Directory of Colorado Springs and Manitou (almanac). The Giles Directory Company. May 1903. http://more.ppld.org:8080/specialCollections/Index/ArticleOrders/ColoradoSpringsCityDirectories/1903CSCityDirectory.pdf. Retrieved 2013-11-02.  Chapters: The Giles Classified Business Directory of Colorado Springs [p. 559] … of Colorado City [p. 715] … of Manitou [p. 755]
  5. Freeman, Paul (2013-10-13). "Colorado Springs area". Airfields-Freeman.com. http://www.airfields-freeman.com/CO/Airfields_CO_ColoradoSprings.htm#alexander. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  6. Southworth, Bill. Colorado Conquest. "…through the efforts of the local Sea-Bee Reserve unit… Grading equipment was loaned by Douglas Jardine, a Colorado Springs contractor and commander of the unit. … president of the Cam Winders [club] "Our goal is to make Colorado Springs the mecca of all hot rodders in the Rocky Mountain area [by having] the strip paved…". 
  7. Routon, Ralph (May 29, 1997). "No telling how many will attend first races". The Gazette. 
  8. Hartman, Todd (April 6, 1997). "Raceways neighbors feeling run over". Gazette Telegraph. "Residents found out about the racetrack plans in early 1996. Rancher [Kirk] Hanna immediately flew to Phoenix to record noise from a racetrack there … The city originally annexed the site in the mid-1980s to capture the benefits of a horse racing track." 
  9. Hartman, Todd (June 1, 1997). "Raceway promoters face ghosts of horse track's past failure". The Gazette. "… the former horse track … closed for good in 1993 … dirt horse racing track built in 1964 … Clinton Charles Myers himself came from California to visit the site with O'Sullivan in 1995. … The raceway now owns 1,000 acres. … The City Council approved the speedway in January 1996." 
  10. Bergsten, Tim (June 1, 1997). "Start your engines -- racing begins Saturday". The Gazette. "In July, Michael Waltrip and Kenny Schrader … will race in the Winston West 500K race at PPIR. When Myers announced plans in May 1996 to build a major auto racing facility here, fans and business people could not believe their good fortune. … In 1994, Myers received national recognition for rebuilding the earthquake-ravaged Santa Monica Freeway 74 days ahead of schedule." 
  11. Hellman, Wayne. "Investors buy into race track". Gazette Telegraph. 
  12. Bergsten, Tim. "Completion of raceway on track for summer". The Gazette. "Most of the bleacher structure that will seat 42,700 is in place … The bleachers wrap around the west side of the track, which was sunk 6 feet below the normal ground level to improve viewing." 
  13. Routon, Ralph (April 13, 1997). "Rising steel eye-opener along I-25". The Gazette. 
  14. Bergsten, Tim (May 28, 1997). "Countdown begins at new track". The Gazette. "Anyone interested in having a closeup look at the track can take a free tour this weekend." 
  15. "Pikes Peak International Raceway". NASCAR.com. http://www.nascar.com/races/tracks/pik/index.html. Retrieved date tbd. 
  16. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN2ih-Lmirk 1997 IRL Race TV Broadcast
  17. Bainbridge, Jim (November 23, 2006). "PPIR may become a private racetrack". The Gazette. 
  18. http://racing-reference.info/tracks?id=183 Full field sesults of each IRL, Busch & Truck Series Race
  19. 2013 Silver Crown Schedule
  20. http://www.srlsouthwesttour.com/pikes-peak-international-raceway-to-host-richest-event-in-spears-southwest-tour-history/

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