Jeff Zwart's Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at Pikes Peak
Part Two - Race Car, Street Car, Pavement and Turbo to Meet at the Summit of "America's Mountain"
Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2010, Jeff Zwart, from Corona del Mar, California, made Pikes Peak history and shook up the sports car establishment by running a road racing car - the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - at the world's most famous hill climb, smashing the Time Attack class record and winning his seventh championship.
In 2011, Zwart drove his Porsche 911 GT2 RS turbo street car - not only up the Mountain, but on the Interstate from L.A. to Colorado Springs - and sliced 24-seconds off the record for a street-legal car up the mountain, but was edged for the class title by an all-out race car.
Now, in 2014, Zwart is combining the best of both worlds for the second year in a row - the great racecar he had in 2010 with the turbo power he had in 2011 - to seek his eighth class title at the 92nd Running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The competitors take the green flag at 8:00 am MDT on Sunday, June 29.
Fans can follow the progress of Zwart's run up the mountain via live timing: http://livetiming.net/ppihc/. Live radio coverage on the web can be found race day on www.krdo.com, while a subscription live streaming video site has been set up at http://2014ppihc.emergingsports.tv. Additional details on audio and video coverage can be found at the end of this release.
"We were disappointed in our finish last year as a fast-moving rain/snow/hail storm swept over Pikes Peak as we were making our run, and we ended up third. But we stayed on the road where there were crashes all around us, and we knew - with just a few adjustments - that we had the right combination of handling and power to be competitive for this year," said Zwart, who revealed the adjustments included the changing of gear ratios after analyzing the run from last year.
Zwart is off to a good start for 2014 race week. Not only did he put his Porsche on the pole in the Time Attack class, but he did so by bettering the class course record by more than two seconds. He was followed closely by another Porsche worth noting - the GT3 RS rally car owned by factory driver Romain Dumas, who raced Pikes Peak with it in 2012 and just missed an overall win. Dumas has brought the car over and hired Porsche Carrera Cup France rising star, Vincent Beltoise, to drive it. Beltoise has one podium so far this season in Porsche Carrera Cup France, and is a rookie at Pikes Peak.
With the Pikes Peak course now fully paved, the down-force and balance the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car has shown gives Zwart the feeling of "wearing" the car. On his decision to prepare and run this unique Porsche again for 2014, Zwart said it was a matter of what makes sense.
"Our decision to run the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the most balanced car I have ever run at Pikes Peak, in conjunction with the Porsche 911 Turbo motor, the best power I have ever felt at the Mountain, was based on the data that showed the turbo delivered the most even power at both the bottom and the top of the mountain. This solved the high elevation horsepower starvation that occurs in normally-aspirated cars," said Zwart.
A commercial film director, Zwart will be entering his 15th Pikes Peak Hill Climb in his tenth different Porsche as his Luminox Watch Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car - prepared by BBi Autosport in Huntington Beach, California and shod with Michelin road racing tires.
The 12.42-mile course, which used to be all gravel, is now fully paved, making the race car right at home. Pikes Peak is the second oldest auto race in America, behind the only the Indianapolis 500. The low-ratio sequential gearbox means he is busy through the 156 turns, but it makes the car very quick.
A detailed map of the course is available at the following link:
Zwart has won his class at Pikes Peak - all in Porsche Turbo street cars - in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2004, setting new class records three times, before winning with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in 2010. He co-drove a Porsche Cayenne with Pikes Peak veteran Paul Dallenbach at the challenging TransSyberia Rally (Moscow to Mongolia) in 2007. He also has an SCCA PRO Rally championship on his racing resume.
Complete entry list is available at the following link:
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, built on the same assembly line in Germany as the street-legal Porsche 911s, is raced all over the world in the Porsche Supercup series as well as various Porsche Carrera Cup and Challenge Cups. In the U.S., the car runs in the IMSA-sanctioned Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.
Friday, June 27, is a fan fest at Pikes Peak, and the race Sunday begins at 8:00 AM MDT. Results and audio commentary will be on the official Pikes Peak web site - www.ppihc.com. Details of the audio and video coverage are below.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), also known as "The Race to the Clouds", is an annual automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA. The track measures 12.42 miles (19.99 km) 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 (4,300 m), on grades averaging 7%. 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 runnings will be on tarmac from start to finish.
Audio and Video Coverage
The 92nd Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be live-streamed across the world through a recently developed online media portal. Featuring footage from the PPIHC archives dating back to the 1920s, this portal will entertain motorsports fans with rare content as they patiently wait to enjoy flag-to-flag coverage of the Race to the Clouds on June 29th. For more information about the PPIHC Media Portal go to: http://2014ppihc.emergingsports.tv
KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM in Colorado Springs, will broadcast flag-to-flag coverage of the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Coverage will include, Fan Fest from downtown Colorado Springs on Friday, June 27, and the race on Sunday, June 29 (Sunday coverage also on www.ppihc.com). A talented team of broadcast professionals and race experts will bring the race to a worldwide radio audience. The race on America's mountain is one of the most difficult broadcasts on the globe and will be covered from three strategic locations, the start line, 16-mile, and the summit 14,110 feet above sea level, plus race recaps throughout the day from the KRDO news center.
On the microphones again this year are former race director Phil Layton, Don Sanborn - Vice Chairman of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Historical Association, KRDO sports anchor/reporter Josh Williamson, radio veteran Paul Richards, play-by-play announcer George Holden, Pikes Peak Hill Climb broadcast veteran Jeffrey Orman, Maureen Redfern, long-time motorcycle enthusiast and supporter and fan of the PPIHC and radio pro, and Christopher Jacobs, assignment editor at KRDO NewsChannel 13.
The race can be heard around the world on www.krdo.com, and the free KRDO iPhone and Android phone apps, both available on the radio page of KRDO.COM.
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