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Yokohama Returns To The ‘Race To Clouds’ As Sponsor And Exclusive Tire Provider For The Porsche Pikes Peak Division

For the second consecutive year, Yokohama Tire and Porsche Motorsport North America are teaming up for another run in the “Race to the Clouds.” Yokohama is the sponsor and exclusive tire supplier for the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama at the famous Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Organization, on June 30 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The tiremaker has 15 drivers competing in four classes – including returning champions David Donohue and Travis Pastrana. Donohue, who captured the win in the Time Attack 1 class last year on ADVAN A005 racing slicks, will compete this time in the Pikes Peak Open division. Donohue will be in a Porsche GT3 R TT on A005s.

In the super-competitive Time Attack 1 class this time, Yokohama will feature four drivers, including Don “Fastest Pastor” Wickstrum, who will be on ADVAN A005s.

Six entries will be competing in the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama class, including action sports star and Nitro Circus founder Pastrana, who won the inaugural class race last year. Pastrana will race against five others, including fellow Team Yokohama member and Nitro Circus performer Blake “Bilko” Williams. All will compete on Yokohama’s ADVAN A052 tires.

Four drivers also will compete under the Yokohama banner in the Open Wheel division in Sierra Alpha cars. All will be on ADVAN A005 rubber.

“With David taking on a higher class, Travis going for a back-to-back title, the Time Attack 1 upping the competition and all the other top racers we have competing at Pikes Peak, it’s going to be a fantastic event,” said Fardad Niknam, Yokohama’s senior director of consumer product planning and product marketing. “Travis going against Bilko will also be great fun. We can’t wait to see how the race plays out.” 

Yokohama’s full entry list includes:

ClassDriverCarNumber
1Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by YokohamaTravis PastranaPorsche GT4 Cayman Clubsport199
2Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by YokohamaBlake “Bilko” WilliamsPorsche GT4 Cayman Clubsport22
3Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by YokohamaPhil BloomPorsche GT4 Cayman Clubsport118
4Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by YokohamaMarc BuntingPorsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport597
5Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by YokohamaGeorge Hess IIIPorsche GT4 Cayman Clubsport744
6Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by YokohamaGustav LundhPorsche GT4 Cayman Clubsport981
7Pikes Peak OpenDavid DonohuePorsche GT3R TT911
8Time Attack 1Dai YoshiharaScion FR-S86
9Time Attack 1Don WickstrumPorsche GT3 Cup TT25
10Time Attack 1Fred VeitchPorsche 996TT73
11Time Attack 1Fumio NutaharaNissan Leaf230
12Open WheelAndreas BakkerudSierra Alpha RX313
13Open WheelAaron KaufmanSierra Alpha51
14Open WheelPaul GerrardSierra Alpha31
15Open WheelCole PowelsonSierra Alpha23

Along with the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama, Yokohama’s extensive list of 2019 North American-based motorsports activities (both on- and off-road) includes the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, Subaru Motorsports USA partnership, Crandon International Raceway partnership, Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA, 24 Hours of Lemons, Spec MX-5 Challenge, TrophyLite, One Lap of America, Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 and Yokohama Sonora Rally. 

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Travis Pastrana Taking On Pikes Peak Hill Climb In New Porsche Class With Yokohama

Pastrana and the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Photo by Sean Cridland / VisionsofPower.com

Action sports star and Nitro Circus founder Travis Pastrana is returning to Pikes Peak with Yokohama Tire Corp. and Porsche at the upcoming “Race to the Clouds” on June 24.

Yokohama has partnered with Porsche Motorsport North America as the sponsor and exclusive tire supplier for the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Pikes Peak Hill Climb Trophy by Yokohama. The new class is the first official one-make Porsche category in the 96-year history of the “Race to the Clouds” and will take place at the world-famous Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on the historic course near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“I’m really looking forward to getting another crack at the mountain in a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport running on Yokohama tires,” said Pastrana. “How cool is that? The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the most iconic races in the world. The new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Pikes Peak Hill Climb Trophy by Yokohama class is an awesome way to get re-familiarized with the mountain in a fun, but super-competitive class.”

All eight entries will compete on Yokohama off-the-shelf ADVAN A052 tires, including Pastrana. Pastrana has competed in the Rally Car class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in both 2004 and 2005. Pastrana finished first in 2004 in Rally Group X in his rookie year on Pikes Peak driving a Subaru WRX with a time of 13:10.30.

Pastrana will also be at Yokohama’s booth at Fan Fest on June 22. Yokohama Pikes Peak Fan Fest activities include a Porsche GT3 Cup car photo opportunity; a VR experience where participants can virtually experience racing up the mountain on a test run with Pastrana; and the custom Pikes Peak skateboard contest. To enter the Pikes Peak skateboard contest, fans at the race, or at home, can take a photo of anything that’s Yokohama Tire-branded, post it to Instagram or Facebook (using #yokohamapikespeak) and be in the running for a custom Yokohama Pikes Peak skateboard designed by Bear Walker.

To follow follow the action before, during and after the race, visit Yokohama’s Facebook page. .

 

 

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Acura NSX And TLX To Race Pikes Peak, New TLX A-Spec Makes Racing Debut

Acura NSX and TLX

Acura will field a pair of Acura TLX sport sedans in the 95th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 25, joining the NSX supercar that will return following last year’s victory.

The TLX GT, driven by long-time Acura race car driver Peter Cunningham in his Pikes Peak debut, will compete in the Pikes Peak Open class, while Honda R&D engineer Nick Robinson, coming off victory in an NSX in last year’s Pikes Peak Time Attack 2 Production class, will drive a 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec that will make its racing debut in the Exhibition class. Honda R&D engineer and Nick’s brother, James Robinson, will drive a production-based NSX with GT3-inspired modifications in the Time Attack 1 class.

The 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Racing Debut

The Pikes Peak Acura TLX A-Spec features a modified suspension, a 500-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 turbo engine and a limited-slip differential for more effective transfer of power to the front wheels. Optimized specifically for this hill climb course, custom engine software and tuning was done in-house by a team of North American Honda R&D engineers. Much of the major engine hardware was pulled from the TLX GT program, including rods, pistons, camshafts and valvetrain. On the exterior, the TLX A-Spec features a hand-crafted carbon-fiber splitter and standoff rear wing while the interior has been entirely stripped of its luxury appointments to reduce weight. A veteran of Pikes Peak, Nick Robinson has run the course for several years, winning the motorcycle Pikes Peak 250 class in 2014. Last year, Robinson piloted the 2017 NSX to victory in the Time Attack 2 Production class.

Acura TLX GT Returns to Competition

The all-wheel drive TLX GT race car features the same twin-turbo V6 motor setup used in the Pirelli World Challenge series from 2014 to 2016, but has been tuned on multiple levels to accommodate the elevation changes of Pikes Peak. The new software mapping developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD) optimizes turbo operation and boost pressures for the decreased levels of oxygen on the way to the 14,115-foot summit. HPD also tuned the TLX GT’s suspension specifically for this hill climb environment, and the transmission’s gearing has been revised for faster acceleration coming out of the course’s many hairpin turns.

Other modifications to the Acura TLX GT include aerodynamic components such as the addition of front fender louvres and revised dive planes. Also, the rear wing was moved up and back to increase downforce. The TLX GT will be piloted by Peter Cunningham of RealTime Racing who has been racing Acuras since 1992. The Pikes Peak “rookie” has claimed 14 professional drivers’ championships, in a variety of disciplines including road racing, ice racing and performance rallying.

“I’ve always wanted to race with Acura at Pikes Peak. It’s a challenge I’ve never done,” said Cunningham. “I think we have a great opportunity with the Acura TLX GT and look forward to seeing how it competes on the hill.”

The production-based NSX with GT3-inspired modifications

GT3-inspired Acura NSX Set for Time Attack 1

The 2017 Acura NSX competing in the Time Attack 1 class will be driven by James Robinson of Honda R&D’s North American powertrain development group. A veteran of Pikes Peak, James has competed since 2011, driving a first-generation NSX in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb from 2012 to 2015 and winning the Exhibition class in 2011. Taking learnings from last year’s run, as well as adopting ideas from the NSX GT3 race car, the NSX has been lightened and aerodynamic elements have been added, including a bigger wing and front splitter. The NSX’s software has been tuned to optimize engine and the Sport Hybrid system performance for the hill climb. Also, R-compound tires will complement the production vehicle’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

As the Official Pace Car sponsor, Acura will feature the recently launched 2018 TLX A-Spec, sporting the new Acura design direction. In addition, Acura will provide MDX Rookie Orientation vehicles for coaches’ use leading up to the race. Jack Glavan, manager of the Pikes Peak Highway and an incredible supporter of Pikes Peak for many years, will lead the field of 100 entrants to the top of the 14,115-foot Colorado peak.

For Pikes Peak race attendees, the TLX GT, TLX A-Spec, NSX and pace cars will appear at a number of pre-race activities, including the popular Fan Fest on June 23 in downtown Colorado Springs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. MDT.

Article courtesy Speedville.com.

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2017 Acura NSX To Make Racing Debut At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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Acura will field a pair of 2017 Acura NSX supercars in the 100th Anniversary of the running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26, marking the North American racing debut of Acura’s next-generation NSX.

The two Acura NSX supercars will compete in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes and will be piloted by brothers James and Nick Robinson, respectively, both from the company’s North American engineering team. In addition, Acura will campaign an NSX-inspired prototype vehicle in the Electric Modified Class, featuring a further evolution of the experimental all-electric, 4-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain that won last year’s Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class.

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A team of North American R&D engineers has been working on both NSX entries, which feature the same three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive powertrain (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) as the production NSX. This powertrain features a twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a 9-speed dual clutch transmission and Rear Direct Drive Motor, and a front Twin Motor Unit with a world’s first electrically powered torque vectoring capability in the supercar realm. Modifications to the NSX competing in the Time Attack 1 class included chassis lightening and a custom high-flow racing exhaust.

The two Acura NSX supercars will compete in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes and will be piloted by brothers James and Nick Robinson, respectively, both from the company’s North American engineering team.
The two Acura NSX supercars will compete in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes and will be piloted by brothers James and Nick Robinson, respectively, both from the company’s North American engineering team.

 

The NSX competing in the Time Attack 2 class is a production car with the required safety equipment for competition. The Time Attack 1 NSX will be driven by James Robinson of the company’s North American powertrain development group, who drove a first-generation NSX in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb from 2012 to 2015. His brother Nick Robinson, an engineer in charge of the new NSX’s dynamic performance during its development, will drive the Time Attack 2 NSX.  Nick is also the reigning PP250 winner from the 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

The supercar-inspired 4-Motor EV Concept will be driven by Tetsuya Yamano, who campaigned last year’s CR-Z-based electric prototype.  The EV Concept is the ultimate embodiment of the all-wheel-drive Electric SH-AWD powertrain featuring a world’s first technology that enables four-wheel independent torque allocation. The Electric SH-AWD powertrain, an evolution of the CR-Z prototype powertrain, produces three times the total system output of last year’s electric prototype and is mated to the NSX body.

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As Official Pace Car sponsor, Acura will feature three pace cars – the NSX, the seven-passenger MDX performance-luxury SUV and the TLX sports sedan. President of Polyphony Digital and Producer of the Gran Turismo series Kazunori Yamauchi and Pikes Peak legends Randy Schranz and Leonard Vahsholtz will lead the field of 100 entrants to the top of the 14,115-foot Colorado peak.

For Pikes Peak race attendees, the NSX and other pace cars will appear at a number of pre-race activities, including the Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs, 5 to 10 p.m. MDT Friday, June 24.

Courtesy Speedville.