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Pikes Peak International Raceway

Pike's Peak International Raceway
Location 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, Colorado, 80817
Coordinates 38.590959, -104.678201
Capacity Grandstands: 10,000; 40,000 maximum [1]
Owner Pikes Peak International Raceway, LLC
Opened 1997
Construction cost $50 million
Major events

USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series

(former: IRL, NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series)
Oval & Road Course
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.000 mi (1.610 km)
Turns 4
Banking 10°
Road Course
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.300 mi (2.090 km)
Turns 9
Banking varying
Short Oval
Surface Asphalt
Length 0.250 mi (0.400 km)
Turns 4

Pikes Peak International Raceway, also known as PPIR, is a participant focused racetrack located in Fountain, Colorado, 20 miles (32 km) south of Colorado Springs and 25 miles (40 km) north of Pueblo. Before its temporary closure in 2005, the track hosted races in several series including the Indy Racing League and NASCAR's Busch and Truck series.

In addition to its 1 mile (1.6 km), D-shaped oval, the infield forms part of a 1.3-mile (2.1 km) road course and a 1/4-mile (0.4 km) short oval. Its grandstand capacity is 10,000.

PPIR reopened in 2008 with a focus on participant motorsports events. A wide variety of amateur racing groups use PPIR for racing, testing and training. With its dry sunny climate in the popular Colorado Springs area, PPIR is a popular test location for pro racing teams. Due to NASCAR's ban on testing at tracks with NASCAR races, many NASCAR teams run test sessions at PPIR.

Future plans call for the construction of additional road courses, trackside lots and motorsports business related shops, restaurant and hotel facilities.

On December 6, 2012. USAC announced that PPIR will be on the 2013 USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series schedule.[2]

Pikes Peak International Raceway will host the richest event in Spears Southwest Tour history as announced on April 23, 2013. (http://www.srlsouthwesttour.com/pikes-peak-international-raceway-to-host-richest-event-in-spears-southwest-tour-history/ )

IRL Series race history

Season Date Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team
1997 June 29 United States Tony Stewart G-Force Oldsmobile Team Menard
1998 August 16 Sweden Kenny Bräck Dallara Oldsmobile A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1999 June 27 United States Greg Ray Dallara Oldsmobile Team Menard
1999 August 29 United States Greg Ray Dallara Oldsmobile Team Menard
2000 June 18 United States Eddie Cheever Dallara Infiniti Team Cheever
2001 June 17 United States Buddy Lazier Dallara Oldsmobile Hemelgarn Racing
2002 June 16 Brazil Gil de Ferran Dallara Chevrolet Team Penske
2003 June 15 New Zealand Scott Dixon G-Force Toyota Chip Ganassi Racing
2004 August 22 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Dallara Honda Andretti Green Racing
2005 August 21 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Dallara Honda Andretti Green Racing

NASCAR Busch Series race history

Season Winning Driver Manufacturer
1998 Matt Kenseth Chevrolet
1999 Andy Santerre Chevrolet
2000 Jeff Green Chevrolet
2001 Jeff Purvis Chevrolet
2002 Hank Parker Jr. Dodge
2003 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet
2004 Greg Biffle Ford
2005 David Green Ford

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race history

Season Winning Driver Manufacturer
1998 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet
1999 Mike Wallace Ford
2000 Greg Biffle Ford
2001 Joe Ruttman Dodge
2002 Mike Bliss Chevrolet

NASCAR Camping World West Series race history

Season Winning Driver Manufacturer
1997 Michael Waltrip Ford
1998 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
1999 Mike Wallace Ford

AMA/MNBA Superbike Series: Wendy's Superbike Classic by Suzuki

Season Winning Rider Manufacturer Series
1997 Miguel Duhamel Honda MNBA Superbike Final
1997 Rich Oliver Yamaha ELF Fuels and Lubricants 250 Grand Prix
1997 Jason Pridmore Suzuki Teamline 750 Supersport
1997 Nate Wait H-D Progressive Insurance H-D Supertwins Final
1997 Paul Harrell Yamaha Pirelli Formula XTreme Final

References

  • Full field sesults of each IRL, Busch & Truck Series Race
  • 1997 IRL Race TV Broadcast

External links

  • Pikes Peak International Raceway Website
  • NASCAR.com
  • National Auto Sport Association (NASA) Rocky Mountain Region

Coordinates: 38°35′29.85″N 104°40′34.39″W / 38.5916250°N 104.6762194°W / 38.5916250; -104.6762194

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