Paul Dallenbach is attempting to get a third record in two years at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, with the Loophole Racing driver aiming to break the Open Wheel record in his 2008 PVA.
Dallenbach, who set the record for the Time Attack Class (9:46.001) and Production Car (12:35) in 2013, will drive the PVA for the first time at Pikes Peak this year, although the man Basalt has previously been victorious in the 750 bhp PVA at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2007, with his brother winning at Pikes Peak in 2006 driving the same car.
“I am excited to be driving this car in the race this year,” said Dallenbach. “We have a lot of reasons to win. One is my crash in the Open Wheel in 2012, another is my crew who lost everything last year in the Black Forest fire. I want to win as much for them as myself.
“At the test the car ran well, but we will make some adjustments due to the road conditions, mostly the bumpiness, on the top created by the harsh winter. Then we expect it to perform even better! We are fortunate to have sponsors who are so generous and into racing, actively participating in our race preparation. It is great to have them as partners and great to have them on the mountain, cheering me on.”
This year’s Pikes Peak takes place this Sunday, June 29, with last year’s event attracting around 8,093 race fans, officials, accredited news media, driver and race crews.