Threatening wildfires force postponement of Pikes Peak Hill Climb

(June 30, 2012) Wildfires threatening the Colorado Springs area have forced postponement of the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which was scheduled for July 8, according to a report by AutoWeek. Organizers said they hope to stage the event later this summer.

“We have been informed by the U.S. Forest Service that conditions are so extreme, along with the inability to forecast the future of the fire, and with access to Pikes Peak in jeopardy that the agency can't permit the event to go as scheduled,” Tom Osborne, event chairman of the board and president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corp., told AutoWeek.

Osborne said that the iconic event, the nation's second-oldest motorsports race behind the Indianapolis 500, will be staged later this summer, and that a new date will be set within a time frame that allows the option of rescheduling of a new race week for drivers, racers, support crews and the multitude of agencies that are required to support the race.

Source: AutoWeek