April 2023
MONTHLY SHAKEDOWN
PPIHC POSTER ART CONTEST WINNER
Meet the Artist
Patricia Samora of Parker, Colorado is 19 years old and recently earned her bachelor's degree in graphic design from Southern New Hampshire University.

Patricia has been interested in digital art since middle school with her passion growing each year as she mastered the design programs. In high school, she was asked to design posters for school sports teams, logos for clubs, and created a banner that would go in front of the marching band during parades.
Patricia will receive a $1,000 award for her winning design. Race fans can pick up a copy of the poster at Fan Fest on June 23
in downtown Colorado Springs!
Inspiration
“I watched old videos of the race, including some from the 50s, to help come up with ideas for the poster. This turn in the road was the one part of the race that was included in every video, so I thought it was only fitting to include it in my design. I shared my design idea with my Uncle Robb and best friend Ricardo. Robb pointed out that the road wasn't paved for many years and suggested I transition the road from dirt to pavement as the cars evolved. Ricardo suggested I add the change in saturation/color to help separate the eras and this ended up being one of my favorite parts of the poster. I used “clouds” for the race theme as the Hill Climb is widely known as “The Race to the Clouds.”
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Photo by Larry Chen Photo - Luis Garcia

Pictured: Dai Yoshihara during an early morning
 practice session, 2022.
PIKES PEAK 101
How did those corners get their names?
While not every one of the 156 turns has a name, there is a story behind each of those that do.
Double Cut was once two short sections of road carved out of the mountain with a hill dividing them. During the summer tourist season the inside section was for uphill traffic and the outside section was for vehicles traveling downhill. During the race, a driver could choose either route to get around that corner. The fastest way was the outside section since speed could be maintained. The hill was later removed and this became one wide corner.
The earliest photo in our PPIHC archive documenting Double Cut is dated 1921 and shows a very faint double line in the background in the middle of the photo. The driver is unidentified.
Photo: PPIHC Archives
This stunning photo of Double Cut was captured in 2021 not only focusing on the twisting course, but the rugged, weather-shrouded landscape.
Photo: Larry Chen Photo - Jason Zindroski
PPIHC TRIVIA
Q: Of the 70 competitors entered in the 2023 Race to the Clouds, what percentage are based in Colorado? 23%? 32%? 37%? 42%?
A: Of the 70 drivers in this year's race, 32% hail from Colorado including Paul Dallenbach (pictured) from Basalt, Colorado. Twenty-three competitors from the Denver-area, Aspen, Boulder, Buena Vista, Colorado Springs, Monument, Larkspur, Cascade and Woodland Park will take on the world on June 25.

Photo: Larry Chen
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
ACURA has provided eye-popping PPIHC Pace Cars for the past nine years. In addition to pacing the field, and providing Official Vehicles, ACURA presents multiple entries driven and supported by ACURA team members. Welcome back to PPIHC - we'll see you at the summit!
OPTIMA Batteries welcomes fans, competitors and media from around the world to the Race to the Clouds. Join us at Fast 15 Alley at Fan Fest for the top qualifier autograph session on June 23, and look for us in the OPTIMA Batteries Pits on the mountain on Race Day!
Professional medical support from UCHealth including fully-staffed first aid stations at Fan Fest and on the mountain along with on-site physicians and state-of-the-art LifeLine helicopter provide unparalleled support to competitors, fans and media.
WHAT WE'RE CELEBRATING
April Birthdays!

Gilles Nadeau
April 3
2022 - 3rd place - Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama in his rookie appearance
2023 Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama Competitor

Jimmy Ford
April 25
2023 Pikes Peak Open Competitor
Driving the iconic 1994 Ford Bronco built by John Wells and driven by Leonard Vahsholtz

Thelma Brazier-Quayle
April 25
Mini-Sprint Competitor 1998, 1999, 2000

 Ari Vatanen
April 27
King of the Mountain 1988 in a Peugeot 405 Turbo with a course record of 10:47.220
Star of the classic racing film, Climb Dance
EXPLORING HISTORY
Since the 101st Running is only 60 days away, here's a look back at the winners of the Race to the Clouds in 1960.
(Left to right) Louis J. Unser, Stock Car winner in his Pontiac with a division record time of 15:36.60; his brother, Bobby Unser, with the overall fastest time and Open Wheel winner; Lloyd Faddis, President of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb ready to award checks to the winners; Charlie Bryant Sports Car division - Group 1 class in a Corvette in 19:45.40; Bob Donner, Jr in a Porsche RSK won the Sports Car Division - Group 2 class in 17:24.80 and Michael Collins, a rookie on the mountain, won the Sports Car Division - Group 3 class in a Porsche RSK with a time of 15:54.4. Winners are pictured at the Devils Playground "Winners Circle" following the race.
Bobby Unser captures his fourth (third consecutive) King of the Mountain and course record in 1960 in a Pontiac Special in 13:28.50.

Unser would eventually claim 10 King of the Mountain wins on Pikes Peak between 1956 and 1986.

Unser attributed his success at the Indianapolis 500 to his early days racing on Pikes Peak.
Photos: PPIHC Archives
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