August 9, 2012, Colorado Springs, CO - The second day of practice of the 90th edition of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) consisted of steep uphill climbs and tight switchbacks for the reigning champion and record holder, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima. This year, Tajima traded in his incredible unlimited class car for an arguably more impressive electric vehicle (EV). Tajima continued the second day of practice by learning and feeling out the car, adjusting it as required for Sunday's race day.
Today, Tajima attacked the middle section of the climb. This section is great for spectators because it has the most dramatic elevation changes and multiple switchbacks that are visible from above. These conditions can potentially favor EVs over gasoline-powered cars, as the driver does not have to worry about constant gear changes or "bogging" the engine; electric motors have a characteristically flat torque curve over most of its rev range that helps the car propel out of corners with ease.
After yesterday's first practice, Tajima made many changes to the car's setup. As a direct result, the feeling with the new car improved, and the times started to show the progress. Tajima's run topped the time sheets in his run group today, which included Exhibition, Vintage, Stock, Open, and Electric classes. Tajima warns against comparing to his competitors at this stage of practice: "The times we achieved today are only a result of the changes I made to the car. Today was only practice; the conditions will be different on race day. My main objective was to gain confidence and understanding of the car going into tomorrow's practice."
Friday is the last day of practice allowed on the hill prior to the race, and the route features the highest elevation out of all three sections, although the change in elevation is not as great as the middle section's. Tajima says that the top section is his favorite section because the high speeds require bravery. Even though the car is clearly coming along, Tajima remains cautious about the final day's practice. His only comment when asked how he and his car will perform on Friday is, "I'll do my best."Fan Fest - August 10, 2012 - Monster Sport would like to invite the public to meet "Monster" Tajima and see his new electric car at Fan Fest 2012. The annual pre-race celebration features food and live entertainment. Monster Sport will sell official "Monster Sport Pikes Peak" shirts and hats, available at this event only. The celebration takes place on Tejon Street between Colorado Avenue and Bijou Street in downtown Colorado Springs from 5:00 PM through 10:00 PM.
For further information contact:
Tomoyuki Ishikura / Tajima Motor Corp PR (Japan)
Statement from the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation Regarding the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
June 26, 2012
From: President & CEO Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
"We are cautiously optimistic concerning the running of the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on July 8 after an informative and thorough meeting this morning with Mayor Steve Bach and officials from the City of Colorado Springs. We are in consistent touch with these officials, and monitoring the constantly-developing situation related to the wildfires."
"We are grateful for the support of the City and for the efforts of the agencies involved in protecting our community from the fire. Our constant thoughts are with the hundreds of men and women who are in the air and on the ground giving us their best, and with our residents and neighbors."
"In the meantime, our systems for the staging of the race and the ancillary events connected to it are fully operative."
Senior Media Consultant
The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
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King of the Mountain, Monster Tajima set to break his all-time record with his electric racecar
Colorado Springs, CO ? June 25, 2012
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record holder and six-time consecutive winner, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima of Team GoPro Monster Sport with BC, announces he has moved to the Electric division this year and will attempt to break his record of 9:51.278 (set last summer) at this years' 90th annual Race to the Clouds. Tajima is available for one hour including a limited number of one-on-one interviews at a press conference on Monday, July 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. at McCloskey Imports & 4x4's. McCloskey Imports & 4x4's, this year's host with the team, is located at 6710 N. Academy Blvd. Media RSVPs are required for a guaranteed interview.
About Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima
Tajima, of Team APEV with Monster Sport, of Japan, is a hill climb racer, business owner, former World Rally Championship (WRC) team principal and rally driver who is best known for his participation in various rallying program as well as his triumphs at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Tajima made his race debut in 1968 in the All Japan Dirt Trial Championship. His debut at Pikes Peak came in 1988. In all, he has taken nine All Japan Dirt Trial Championship titles, four World Rally Championship class wins, two class wins in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. and nine Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) overall victories. On June 25th 2011, Tajima became the first driver to crack the 10-minute barrier, beating his last record set in 2007. This year he will be driving in the Electric division because he wanted to showcase a racecar that is better on the environment. His electric racecar called the 2012 Monster Sport Pikes Peak Special will be racing on July 8th.
The race is a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. The thin air slows drivers' reflexes and muscle strength, and robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. The race has 11 classes and features a variety of automotive, semi truck, exhibition, open wheel, super stock car, pro stock and motorcycle classes with a field of almost 200 competitors. Practice and qualifying runs take place July 4-6, leading up to the race on Sunday, July 8th.
McCloskey Imports & 4x4's is hosting Team GoPro Monster Sport with BC during their stay in Colorado Springs. "Tajima and his team are amazing, we are honored to be hosting them again this year. We can't wait to see Tajima break last year's record in his electric racecar." says Joe McCloskey, owner of McCloskey Imports & 4x4's.
The McCloskey Auto Group founders, Joe and Ann McCloskey, have had the honor of being the largest volume Suzuki dealer from 2004-2012. Colorado natives, Joe and Ann operate McCloskey Imports & 4X4s (Suzuki) and Truck Town in Colorado Springs. McCloskey carries a comprehensive line of Suzuki vehicles, including the SX4, Kizashi, Grand Vitara and Equator.
The McCloskey organization has been the recipient of numerous national sales performance and superior business practices awards. Joe and Ann have been married for over 30 years; they have five children and two grandchildren. Four of their children work in the family business.
Fun Tip for Cultural Correctness during Interview
In Japan, people refer to each other by surnames (unless they are being called by other family members, close friends or Japanese nationals that have chosen to live in a foreign country). This surname is always followed by the Japanese equivalent to Mr. or Mrs. which is "san". For example, if Joe McCloskey were to go to Japan he would formally be called "McCloskey san". In Japan, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima is addressed as Tajima san or Monster san. Monster is a nickname given to him by a journalist. For interview purposes in the United States, Mr. Tajima, Tajima san, or Monster are all acceptable.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Set To Welcome The World
Colorado Springs, June 24----------The 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has become a kaleidoscopic tapestry of drivers, racers, news media and fans from across the world.
The legendary race's list of champions over the years includes Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Al Rogers, Rod Millen, Parnelli Jones, Leonard Vahsholtz, Roger Mears, and Eddie Mulder.
In just two weeks, competitors from 15 nations will tackle America's Mountain in search of a trophy; Luxembourg, Russia, Australia, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Sweden, Scotland, Italy, Canada, the Czech Republic and the United States.
Drivers and racers will be on the Peak from 25 states, including 89 from Colorado, 26 from California, 15 from Texas, even a pair from Vermont.
Familiar names are back again, like Nobuhiro Tajima, Rhys Millen, Clint Vahsholtz, Paul Dallenbach, Greg Tracy, Gary Trachy, Dave Carapetyan, David Donner, Davey Durelle, Carlin Dunne, Randy Schranz and Michael Coburn.
But notable, or new, faces include the likes of 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Romain Dumas, NASCAR veteran Boris Said, Jean-Philippe Dayraut of France (here last year), Brianne Corn, who became last year the first woman to win an auto race on the Peak since Michele Mouton in 1985, British driver Liam Doran, the 2011 X Games Rally Champion, and driver Jeff MacPherson, who 8th at the 1987 Indianapolis 500 won by Al Unser.
When the June 11 deadline was reached for news media applications, no less than 52 international outlets had registered to cover the storied ascent to the summit of the 14,110-foot mountain, the nation's second-oldest motor sports race behind the Indianapolis 500.
For the first time in the fabled history of the race, which began in 1916, the 12.42 mile course is fully-paved, with experts predicting that records will fall from start to finish, erasing the standard of 9:51.278 set last year by Japan's Nobuhiro Tajima, the first ever under ten minutes.
Race Week kicks off on Tuesday, July 3, with an innovative new twist on a regular event, Technical Testing Day at the Pikes Peak International Raceway, south of the city on I-25. Drivers and racers will have their autos and motorcycles tested and approved, but the day will feature a full program of free events for race fans.
The program, which runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at PPIHR includes:
· Beer Garden and local food vendors
· Official PPIHC merchandise on sale
· See the official Pace Car on the track
· Bondurant High Performance Driving Racing School Hot Laps Exhibitions
· Scion Drifting exhibitions
· Autographs and photos with drivers and racers
· A chance to meet the drivers and racers on the infield
· Fans can purchase their tickets to the race
The 211 registered drivers and racers will have to qualify during morning practice runs, July 4-5-6, to make it to the Sunday big show on the mountain. The new qualifying rule will reduce the number of entries to around 180 total.
Friday, July 6, 5:00 ? 10:00 pm
The annual Fan Fest is the annual pre-race celebration held in downtown Colorado Springs (Tejon St. between Colorado Ave. & Bijou St.) promoting the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This event is FREE and features a large Budweiser beer garden, live bands, chili cook-off, motorcycle jumpers as well as other live entertainment. Top race qualifiers will display their vehicles (cars, quads, motorcycles, etc.), give driver demos and be present for autograph sessions.
In addition, the PPIHC mobile museum will be on-site and exclusive PPIHC merchandise will be available for purchase. Tickets to the 90th running will also be on sale.
2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - By The Numbers
35,000-----Number of fans expected at the July 6 Fan Fest Downtown
6,500 ----- Race Tickets printed
2,500 ----- Souvenir Programs printed
2,000 ----- Credentials allocated
1,600 ----- Meals for volunteers from Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que
900------- Parking Passes
802 ------ Room nights already booked at the Crowne Plaza, PPIHC Host Hotel
300 ------ Volunteers
300 ------ Audi North America Convention attendees at Cheyenne Mountain Resort
211 ------ Race Teams
200 ------ Camping Passes Purchased by fans
175 ------ Accredited News Media
125 ------ Ducati Motorcycle guests
100 ------ Race Day technical course officials
78 ------ Audi AG Official delegation and media
4:00 a.m. ?The time the toll gate opens on Race Day for spectators9:00 a.m. ? First division starts (250cc Motorcycles)
Special lecture by Monster Tajima and the debut of E-Runner's livery at a local Junior High School
June 15th, 2012, Shizuoka, Japan - As a part of the Junior Project by Team APEV with Monster Sport, team brought a special lecturer, Nobuhiro (Monster) Tajima to a local Jr. High School in Iwata-city Shizuoka-pref, Japan where Monster Sport factory is based out of.
Eighth graders of the school, 170 of them were met with Monster Tajima on Friday. Monster expressed his passion for the importance of following their dreams and his new challenge of electric car racing.
After Monster's lecture, students were led to the school ground for the unveiling of the Monster Sport E-Runner Pikes Peak Special's new livery. Iwata-city's mayor, Besides the students, Osamu Watabe was there to support the team's great success of the 7th consecutive victory at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) on July 8th, 2012 in Colorado Springs, CO. U.S.A.
Then the E-Runner was transported to the nearby race track in the afternoon. Monster Tajima did a demonstration run in full speed in front of his fans and media. The crowd was ecstatic and Monster was proud with the performance of the race car.
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