Victory Racing is heading full throttle to the top of the highest-elevation racecourse in motorsports, the 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb on June 28. Victory Racing’s “Project 156” – named for the number of turns on the mountain road – features a hand-built race bike powered by a prototype Victory engine. Committed to demonstrating Victory Performance in demanding racing conditions, members of the Victory Engineering team are precision-tuning this race prototype engine to deliver versatile, reliable power to compete at Pikes Peak, where there’s a 4,725-foot elevation change.
The Victory Racing Project 156 bike is being built by Roland Sands Design, which is led by master custom builder and former world champion racer Roland Sands. Veteran racer and Cycle World Road Test Editor Don Canet, who finished third in the motorcycle class at Pikes Peak last year, will pilot the bike.
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FAST FACTS ABOUT PIKES PEAK HILL CLIMB
- Located just west of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak is named for Lt. Zebulon Pike, who sighted it in 1806 on a government exploration trip
- Pike failed in his attempt to reach the peak and believed no one would ever summit the mountain
- The view from the peak inspired Katherine Lee Bates in 1893 to write “America the Beautiful”
- Second oldest race in American Motorsports
- The Pikes Peak Hill Climb has been run since 1916, except during war years, so the 2015 event will be the 93rd race
- The 12.42-mile, 156-turn racecourse runs from 9,390-foot elevation up to 14,115 feet at the peak
- Previously featuring a mix of gravel and pavement, the road became fully paved in 2011
- Don Canet, who will race the Victory Racing entry, finished his run in 10 minutes, 10.101 seconds in the 2014 race
- Don averaged 70.808 mph and finished third among motorcycles, 11th-best overall
- Hill climb history is featured at the Penrose Heritage Museum on the west side of Colorado Springs
For more race info, visit www.ppihc.com