Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual automobile hillclimb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA. The track measures 12.42 miles (19.99 km) and has over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 ft (1,440 m) from the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway, to the finish at 14,115 ft (4,302 m), on grades averaging 7.2%.[1][2] It used to consist of both gravel and paved sections, however as of August 2011, the highway is fully paved and as a result all subsequent events will be run on asphalt from start to finish.[3]

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
PPIHC Non-Dated Logo.png
Pikes Peak Course.svg
LocationColorado Springs, Colorado USA
38°50′N 105°02′W / 38.84°N 105.04°W / 38.84; -105.04
First race1916 (1916)
Distance12.42 mi (20 km)
Circuit information
SurfaceTarmac (historically, dirt)
Lap record7:57.148 (France Romain Dumas, Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak, 2018, Unlimited)
Al Unser's 1961 car.
Suzuki Escudo at the 2006 Race to the Clouds
Randy Schranz rising above treeline at the 85th Race to the Clouds, 2007
Micky Dymond on his way to winning the 2007, 1200cc class, riding a BMW HP2.
Marcus Grönholm drove an 800 BHP Ford Fiesta to 5th overall at the 2009 event.
Ralph Murdock breaking the vintage class modified (RMVR modified) record in 2011, with a time of 12:51.004 in a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
Monster Tajima Electric Car displayed during 2013 PPIHC Fan Fest at Colorado Springs, USA
Sébastien Loeb shattered the course record in 2013 with a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak (875 bhp and 875 kg)
Rick Knoop, Tim O'Neil, and Charlie Greenhaus with an EVSR electric race car by Entropy Racing at Pikes Peak in 2015

The race is self-sanctioned and has taken place since 1916.[1][2] It is currently contested by a variety of classes vehicles. The PPIHC operates as the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Educational Museum to organize the annual motorsports event.[1]


Early historyEdit

The first Pikes Peak Hill Climb was promoted by Spencer Penrose, who had converted the narrow carriage road into the much wider Pikes Peak Highway.[4]

The first Penrose Trophy was awarded in 1916 to Rea Lentz with a time of 20:55.60.[4][5][6] In the same year Floyd Clymer won the motorcycle class with a time of 21:58.41.[7] In 1924 the final Penrose Trophy was awarded to Otto Loesche in his Lexington Special.[8] In the years following, Glen Scultz and Louis Unser shared a rivalry and won the event 12 times between them.[5] In 1929 the popular stock car class was added to the event.[4][6]

Following world war two, Louis Unser returned to his winning ways at Pikes Peak, winning a further three more times between 1946 and 1970, these wins were tightly contended with rival Al Rogers.[4][5] During this time the event was part of the AAA and USAC IndyCar championship.[9] In 1953, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) sponsors the event, bringing with it an influx of sports cars. In this period the course record was broken every year from 1953 until 1962, this is the largest string of record breaking runs in the event's history. The majority of these records were set by Louis nephew, Bobby Unser.[5] In 1954 motorcycles return to the event, the first time since its inception 1916.[6] The motorcycle overall victory that year went to Bill Meier riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.[7]

In 1971 the event was won by the first non-gasoline vehicle (propane), this was also the first overall victory from the stock car class (1970 Ford Mustang), the car was driven by the Danish-American Ak Miller.[6]

European involvementEdit

In 1984 the first European racers took part in the PPIHC with Norwegian Rallycrosser Martin Schanche (Ford Escort Mk3 4x4) and French Rally driver Michèle Mouton (Audi Sport quattro), thereby starting a new era for European teams in the almost unknown American hillclimb.[10] While Schanche failed to set a new track record, due to a flat right front tire, Mouton (together with her World Rally Championship co-driver Fabrizia Pons from Italy) won the Open Rally category, but failed to win the event overall. Mouton achieved the overall victory and course record in the following year.[10][7]

In 1989, an award-winning short film about the 1988 event was released by French director Jean-Louis Mourey. The film, titled Climb Dance, captured the efforts of Finnish former World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen, as he won the event in a record-breaking time with his turbocharged Peugeot 405 Turbo 16.[5][7][11]

Paving of the highwayEdit

The City of Colorado Springs began to pave the highway in 2002 after losing a lawsuit against the Sierra Club, which sued on account of erosion damage to streams, reservoirs, vegetation and wetlands downstream from the 1.5 million tons of road gravel deposited over several decades.[12][13] The local authority paved approximately 10% of the route each year after the order. The 2011 event was the last race with dirt sections, comprising approximately 25% of the course.[3]

During this evolutionary period of the event, the Japanese driver Nobuhiro Tajima with Suzuki cars scored 6 overall victories (2006 - 2011) and two course records.[4][10] His 2011 record was the first to break the 10 minute barrier.[5]

Hill Climb champion Rod Millen warned at the time that paving the road would put an end to the race.[14] However, the 2012 race saw over 170 racer registrations by December 2011, compared with 46 at the same time the previous year.[15]

The 90th running of the event happened in 2012 and saw a larger field and a longer race day than ever before. This was the first time the race has been run on all asphalt leading to the breaking of several records, notably the overall record, which fell numerous times during the event finally falling to Rhys Millen the son of previous event winner Rod Millen, in the Time Attack Division. During the event Mike Ryan spun his big rig in a hairpin in a section called the "W"s, hitting the guard rail, he then managed to execute a three-point turn and continued on course, at which point he broke his old record by 5 seconds. This highlighted the change that a fully paved course made to the speed of the event.[16] The 2012 event also saw the first motorcycle to achieve a sub 10 minute time with the late Carlin Dunne in the 1205 Division riding a Ducati with a time of 9:52.819 which was only 1.5 seconds slower than the previous year's overall record.

2013 saw the nine-minute barrier shattered by WRC legend Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak), with a time of 8:13.878, while Rhys Millen ended up second with 9:02.192, beating his own record by more than 44 seconds.[17] Jean-Philippe Dayrault finished third with a time of 9:42.740, and Paul Dallenbach fourth with a time of 9:46.001, making it four drivers to beat the overall record set only the previous year.

Emergence of electric vehiclesEdit

Electric cars have featured on and off in the PPIHC since the early 1980s. In 1981 Joe Ball took a Sears Electric Car to the top in 32:07.410, in 1994 Katy Endicott brought her Honda to the top in 15:44.710 and in 2013 Nobuhiro Tajima broke the 10 minute barrier with a time of 9:46.530 in his E-RUNNER Pikes Peak Special. In the following years electric entries would become more common, steadily breaking their powertrain records and eventually the overall record in 2018.[5][7][18]

For hill-climb events and this event in particular it is reasonable to suggest that a modern, well designed electric car will be at an advantage over internal combustion engined cars. The issue of limited range does not apply to short sprints and the twisty nature of the Pikes Peak course lends itself well to the almost instant torque delivery of electric motors. In addition to this, the lowering air density of high altitudes does not reduce the power available to the driver as it does with air breathing engines.[19][20]

Although the 2014 event was won by a gasoline powered car; second (Greg Tracy), third (Hiroshi Masuoka) and fourth (Nobuhiro Tajima) places overall were taken by electric cars.[21] In 2015, electric cars placed first (Rhys Millen) and second (Nobuhiro Tajima) overall.[22][23] In an interview with Rhys Millen, he said that he had lost power to the car's rear motor pack before the halfway point. Had this not happened he had expected his run to be 30 seconds faster.[24] In 2016 gasoline again took top honours but electric completed the podium taking second (Rhys Millen) and third (Tetsuya Yamano) as well as fifth (Nobuhiro Tajima) places overall.[25]

At the 2018 event, an electric car set a new overall record for the first time in the event's history. Frenchman Romain Dumas completed the course in the all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R with a time of 7:57.148, breaking the 8 minute barrier for the first time.[19][26]

The death of motorcyclist Carlin Dunne during the 2019 race, forced the organisation to postpone all motorcycle racing at the event.[27] This decision will be reviewed following the 2021 running of the event.[28]

Racing divisionsEdit

The Pikes Peak International Hill climb currently consists of six divisions. [29] Additional special record classes consisting of former classes can be found here.


Anything goes in the Unlimited Division as long as it passes safety inspection and meets the PPIHC’s general rules. The Unlimited Division features the most exotic vehicles, most of them built specifically for this race. These race cars have the best chance of setting a new overall race record. In 2018, Romain Dumas set a new record of 7 minutes 57.148 seconds in the all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak, beating Sébastien Loeb's previous record by over 15 seconds.[30]

Time Attack 1Edit

A division for production based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. Only closed cockpit four-wheeled vehicles are allowed to participate.

Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by YokohamaEdit

Making its debut at the 2018 event was the first official one-make Porsche category, exclusive to the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport in four variants — Clubsport, Clubsport Trophy Specification, Clubsport MR, and Clubsport 2017 IMSA GS.

Open WheelEdit

The traditional Pikes Peak single-seater race cars with designs ranging from Indy style sprinters to dune buggies. Open-wheel cars have competed in every event since the inaugural race in 1916.

Pikes Peak OpenEdit

Production based vehicles with unlimited permitted modifications.

Exhibition ClassEdit

In keeping with the mission statement of the event, specifically to "demonstrate advancements in the practical application of motor sports technology", the race encourages competitors with vehicles that do not meet the technical specifications of PPIHC sanctioned divisions to enter in the Exhibition Class. While there are no class records for this class because of its exhibition status, entries are eligible for recording an overall course record as well as an attempt at records achieved by former classes.

Race recordsEdit

Below follows all currently recognised records. Records set during the most recent running of the event are in bold type.

Division and class recordsEdit

Current 4-Wheel Records[31]
Division Class Year Name Vehicle Time
Unlimited 2018   Romain Dumas Volkswagen I.D. R[note 1] 7:57.148
Time Attack Time Attack 1 2019   Raphaël Astier b.b.i Autosport Porsche Turbo Cup 9:23.721
Pikes Peak Challenge Car Open Wheel 2020   Clint Vahsholtz 2013 Ford Open 9:35.490
Pikes Peak Open 2019   Peter Cunningham 2019 Acura TLX GT 9:24.433
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport 2018   Travis Pastrana 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport 10:33.897
Current 2-Wheel Records[31]
Division Class Year Name Vehicle Time
Pikes Peak Heavyweight 2019 Rennie Scaysbrook 2018 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 9:44.963
Pikes Peak Middleweight 2018 Chris Fillmore 2018 KTM 790 Duke 10:04.038
Pikes Peak Lightweight 2019 Chris Fillmore 2019 450 SX-F Factory Edition 10:20.819
Pikes Peak Heavyweight 2014 Guy Martin 2014 1300cc EXHIBIT 11:32.558
Pikes Peak Challenge Motorcycle Electric 2013 Carlin Dunne 2013 Lightning Electric Superbike [note 1] 10:00.694
Quad 2016 Cyril Combes [note 2] 2011 Suzuki KTM JF Prototype 11:05.664

Non-division and class recordsEdit

Records from the Appendix of the PPIHC Rule Book[1][31]
Type Year Name Vehicle Time
Production SUV 2018 Rhys Millen 2018 Bentley Bentayga 10:49.902
Time Attack 2 (Production) 2019 Rhys Millen 2019 Bentley Continental GT 10:18.488
Vintage Car 2017 Spencer Steele 1995 PVA 2 10:25.989
Sidecar 2016 John Wood &
Matthew Blank
1999 Shelbourne Superlite F2 11:26.644
Vintage Motorcycle 2012 Marc LaNoue 1969 Triumph Bonneville 12:39.782
Alternative Fuel Records[31]
Fuel Division/Class Year Name Vehicle Time
Electric Modified 2018 Romain Dumas Volkswagen I.D. R 7:57.148
Exhibition 2020 Blake Fuller 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 11:02.802
Diesel Exhibition 2020 Scott Birdsall 1949 Ford F1 Race Truck 11:24.065
Natural Gas Open Wheel 1993 Johnnie Rogers Wells-Coyote 11:50.090
Propane Exhibition/PPO 2012 Randy Schranz 2012 Shelby Cobra 11:11.218
Turbine Open Rally 1981 Steve Bolan Bolan-Allison 15:27.180
Hybrid Time Attack 1 2018 James Robinson 2017 Acura NSX 10:02.448
Drivetrain Records[31]
Drivetrain Division/Class Year Name Vehicle Time
Front-Wheel Drive Pikes Peak Open 2018 Nick Robinson 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec 10:48.094
Rear-Wheel Drive Unlimited 2018 Simone Faggioli[note 2] 2018 Norma M20 SF PKP 8:37.230
All-Wheel Drive Unlimited 2018 Romain Dumas Volkswagen I.D. R[note 1] 7:57.148


The overall honours have always fallen to vehicles in car divisions, however motorcycles have their own divisions, records and winners. Cars have entered the event every year since its inception in 1916 (with the exception of years during the world wars) whereas motorcycles have only entered in a limited number of years.

Overall winnersEdit

Ari Vatanen's 1988 Peugeot 405 T16
Nobuhiro Tajima's Suzuki SX4 during his 2011 record breaking run.

Overall winners can compete under any division, although the majority come from the open wheel and more recently the unlimited division. A time in italics indicates this was a previous course record, a time in bold indicates the current course record.

Table of overall winners[5]
Year Winner Vehicle Time Notes
1916   Rea Lentz Romano Special 20:55.600
1917-1919 No competition due to World War I
1920   Otto Loesche Lexington Special 22:25.400
1921   King Rhiley Hudson Special 19:16.200
1922   Noel Bullock Ford Special 19:50.900
1923   Glen Shultz Hudson Essex 18:47.000
1924   Otto Loesche Lexington Special 18:15.000
1925   Charles H. Myers Chandler Special 17:48.400
1926   Glen Shultz Stutz 18:19.400
1927   Glen Shultz Stutz 18:25.100
1928   Glen Shultz Stutz Special 17:41.600
1929   Edward Phillips Shultz Stutz 8 18:22.800
1930   Glen Shultz Stutz DV-32 18:08.700
1931   Charles H. Myers Hunt Special 17:10.300
1932   Glen Shultz Shultz/Stutz Special 16:47.200
1933   Glen Shultz Stutz DV-32 17:27.500
1934   Louis Unser Stutz Special 16:01.800
1935   W.P. Bentrup 1935 Chevrolet 1 1/2-ton Truck 26:12.000 [note 3]
1936   Louis Unser Shultz Stutz 16:28.100
1937   Louis Unser Stutz DV-32 16:27.300
1938   Louis Unser Loop Cafe Special 15:49.900
1939   Louis Unser Snowberger Special 15:39.400
1940   Al Rogers Joe Coniff Special 15:59.900
1941   Louis Unser Burd Special 15:35.200
1942-1945 No competition due to World War 2
1946   Louis Unser Maserati 15:28.700 [note 4]
1947   Louis Unser Maserati 16:34.770 [note 5]
1948   Al Rogers Coniff Special Offenhauser 15:51.300 [note 5]
1949   Al Rogers Coniff Special 15:54.260 [note 5]
1950   Al Rogers Coniff Special 15:39.000 [note 5]
1951   Al Rogers Offenhauser 15:39.700 [note 5]
1952   George Hammond Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser Special 15:30.650 [note 5]
1953   Louis Unser Federal Engineering Special 15:15.400 [note 5]
1954   Keith Andrews Joe Hunt 14:39.700 [note 5]
1955   Bob Finney Dick Frenzel Special 14:27.200 [note 5]
1956   Bobby Unser Unser Special 14:27.000 [note 6]
1957   Bob Finney Dick Frenzel Special 14:11.700 [note 6]
1958   Bobby Unser Unser Special 13:47.900 [note 6]
1959   Bobby Unser Unser Special 13:36.500 [note 6]
1960   Bobby Unser Unser Special 13:28.500 [note 6]
1961   Bobby Unser Unser Special 12:56.700 [note 6]
1962   Bobby Unser Unser Special 12:05.800 [note 6]
1963   Bobby Unser Chevrolet 327 12:30.600 [note 6]
1964   Al Unser Offenhauser 12:24.500 [note 6]
1965   Al Unser Harrison Ford 12:54.300 [note 7]
1966   Bobby Unser Chevrolet 12:23.800 [note 7]
1967   Wes Vandervoort Chevrolet 12:46.300 [note 7]
1968   Bobby Unser Rislone Special 11:54.900 [note 7]
1969   Mario Andretti Chevrolet STP Special 12:44.070 [note 7]
1970   Ted Foltz Chevrolet 303 12:41.100 [note 6]
1971   Ak Miller 1970 Mustang 14:18.600
1972   Roger Mears Volkswagen 2180 13:26.840
1973   Roger Mears Volkswagen 2180 12:54.790
1974   Errol Kobilan Sprint Chevrolet 302 12:54.770
1975   Orville Nance Chevrolet 327 12:36.650
1976   Rick Mears Porsche 2386 12:11.890
1977   Bob Herring Chevrolet 350 12:15.720
1978   Errol Kobilan Chevrolet 11:55.830
1979   Dick Dodge Jr. Hoffpauir Wells Coyote Chevrolet 11:54.180
1980   Ted Foltz 1970 Chevrolet 350 12:15.810
1981   Gary Lee Kanawyer 1976 N-D Porsche 12:03.960
1982   Bill Brister Woziwodzki Wells Coyote Chevrolet 11:44.820
1983   Al Unser, Jr. Woziwodzki Wells Coyote Chevy 11:38.300
1984   Bill Brister 1981 Wells Coyote 11:44.490
1985   Michèle Mouton Audi Sport Quattro S1 11:25.390
1986   Bobby Unser Audi Sport Quattro SL 11:09.220
1987   Walter Röhrl Audi Sport Quattro E2 Pikes Peak 10:47.850
1988   Ari Vatanen Peugeot 405 Turbo 16 10:47.220
1989   Robby Unser Peugeot 405 Turbo 16 10:48.340
1990   Robby Unser Unser Chevrolet 11:32.860
1991   David Donner Donner-Dykstra Chevrolet 11:12.420
1992   Robby Unser Unser Chevrolet 10:53.870
1993   Paul Dallenbach Davis Chevrolet 10:43.630
1994   Rod Millen Toyota Celica AWD Turbo 10:04.060
1995   Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki Escudo 7:53.000 [note 8]
1996   Rod Millen Toyota Celica 10:13.640
1997   Rod Millen Toyota Celica 10:04.540
1998   Rod Millen Toyota Tacoma 10:07.700
1999   Rod Millen Toyota Tacoma 10:11.150
2000   Larry Ragland 2000 GMC Envoy 11:17.660
2001   Gary Lee Kanawyer 1981 Wells Coyote 10:39.760
2002   David Donner 1997 Donner Dykstra 10:52.300 [note 9]
2003   Paul Dallenbach 2000 PVA-01 11:34.700 [note 10]
2004   Robby Unser Subaru Impreza STIE 11:47.280 [note 11]
2005   David Donner Donner/Dykstra Special 11:15.680 [note 12]
2006   Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki Escudo 7:38.900 [note 8][note 13]
2007   Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki XL7 10:01.408 [note 14]
2008   Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki XL7 10:18.250 [note 15]
2009   Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki SX4 10:15.368 [note 16]
2010   Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki SX4 10:11.490 [note 17]
2011   Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki SX4 9:51.278 [note 18]
2012   Rhys Millen Hyundai Genesis Coupe 9:46.164 [note 19]
2013   Sébastien Loeb Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak 8:13.878
2014   Romain Dumas Norma M20 RD-Honda 9:05.801
2015   Rhys Millen eO PP03 9:07.222 [note 1]
2016   Romain Dumas Norma M20 RD-Honda 8:51.445
2017   Romain Dumas Norma M20 RD-Honda 9:05.672
2018   Romain Dumas Volkswagen I.D. R 7:57.148 [note 1]
2019   Robin Shute 2018 Wolf TSC-Honda 9:12.476
2020   Clint Vahsholtz 2013 Ford Open 9:35.490

Motorcycle winnersEdit

Motorcycle winners can compete under any division, although the majority come from open or large displacement classes. A time in italics indicates this was a previous motorcycle record, a time in bold indicates the current motorcycle record.

On 30 June 2019, four-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb winner Carlin Dunne was killed in a crash at the race.[32] He crashed less than a quarter of a mile from the finish line.[32]

Table of motorcycle winners[7]
Year Winner Vehicle Time Notes
1916   Floyd Clymer Excelsior 21:58.410
1917-1953 No motorcycle competition records
1954   Bill Meier Harley-Davidson 15:34.100
1955   Don Tindall Harley-Davidson 16:08.600
1956-1970 No motorcycle competition records
1971   Gary Myers Husqvarna 15:11.960
1972   Steve Scott Bultaco 15:13.470
1973   Rick Deane Triumph 750 13:56.030
1974   Bob Conway Yamaha 750 13:54.570
1975   Rick Deane Triumph 750 13:54.620
1976   Rick Deane Triumph 750 13:12.610
1977-1979 No motorcycle competition records
1980   Lonnie Houtchens Yamaha 750 13:44.730
1981   Brian Anderson Triumph 750 13:20.860
1982   Arlo Englund NA 13:19.280
1983-1990 No motorcycle competition records
1991   Brian Anderson Wood-Rotax 600 13:24.820
1992   Brian Anderson Wood-Rotax 12:54.000
1993   Clint Vahsholtz Wood-Rotax 12:29.380
1994   Clint Vahsholtz Wood-Rotax 600 12:21.130
1995   Clint Vahsholtz 1992 Wood-Rotax 09:17.100 [note 8]
1996   Davey Durelle 1988 Wood-Rotax 12:33.730
1997   Davey Durelle 1988 Wood-Rotax 12:21.960
1998   John Stallworth 1987 Yamaha Banshee 430 12:52.370
1999   Lonnie Eubanks Yamaha 12:42.190
2000   Bobby Parr LSR Lightweight 12:37.860
2001   Bobby Parr LSR 12:09.160
2002   Bobby Parr Lone Star 12:30.000 [note 9]
2003   Bobby Parr Lightweight 12:28.480 [note 10]
2004   Davey Durelle Honda CRF 12:27.810 [note 11]
2005   Micky Dymond KTM 12:12.614 [note 12]
2006   Gary Trachy Husqvarna SMR 11:46.841 [note 13]
2007   Davey Durelle 2005 Rotax 11:41.756 [note 14]
2008   Davey Durelle Aprilia SM 550 11:42.991 [note 15]
2009   Davey Durelle Aprilia SXV 11:48.649 [note 16]
2010   Gary Trachy TM 660 11:33.700 [note 17]
2011   Carlin Dunne 2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200 11:11.329 [note 18]
2012   Carlin Dunne 2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 9:52.819 [note 19]
2013   Carlin Dunne 2013 Lightning Electric Superbike 10:00.694
2014   Jeremy Toye 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 09:58.687
2015   Jeffrey Tigert 2014 Honda CBR1000RR 10:02.735
2016   Bruno Langlois 2015 Kawasaki Z1000 10:13.106
2017   Chris Fillmore 2017 KTM Super Duke 1290 R 9:49:625
2018   Carlin Dunne 2018 Ducati MTS-1260 Pikes Peak 9:59.102
2019   Rennie Scaysbrook 2018 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 9:44.963

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Electric
  2. ^ a b Rookie
  3. ^ In 1935 there was no official competition, however there was a recognised truck test.
  4. ^ In this year the event was run as a non-championship event of the American Automobile Association National Championship
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i In this year the event was run as part of the American Automobile Association National Championship
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j In this year the event was run as a non-championship event of the United States Auto Club National Championship
  7. ^ a b c d e In this year the event was run as part of the United States Auto Club National Championship
  8. ^ a b c The event was run on a shortened course.
  9. ^ a b In 2002 it was decided that the road should be paved, completion was due before 2012. By the time of the 2002 event the first mile of the course was paved, a total of 6%.[1]
  10. ^ a b In 2003 the first mile of the course was paved, a total of 6%.[2]
  11. ^ a b In 2004 the course was 21% paved. The paved section comprised the start line until Halfway Picnic Grounds.[3]
  12. ^ a b In 2005 the course was 21% paved. The paved section comprised the start line until Halfway Picnic Grounds.[4]
  13. ^ a b In 2006 the course was 35% paved. The paved section comprised the start line until Halfway Picnic Grounds and the section between Glen Cove and Double Cut.[5]
  14. ^ a b In 2007 the course was 46% paved. The paved section comprised the start line until Halfway Picnic Grounds and the section between Glen Cove and Devil's Playground.[6]
  15. ^ a b In 2008 the course was 46% paved. The paved section comprised the start line until Halfway Picnic Grounds and the section between Glen Cove and Devil's Playground.[7]
  16. ^ a b In 2009 the course was 46% paved. The paved section comprised the start line until Halfway Picnic Grounds and the section between Glen Cove and Devil's Playground.[8]
  17. ^ a b In 2010 the course was 57% paved. The paved section comprised the start line until Halfway Picnic Grounds, the section between Glen Cove and Devil's Playground, and the last mile.[9]
  18. ^ a b In 2011 the course was 76% paved. The paved section comprised the start line until Halfway Picnic Grounds and the section between Glen Cove and the summit.[10]
  19. ^ a b From 2012 onwards the course was fully paved.[11]


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