This time last year, Sebastian Loeb blitzed the hill climb at Pikes Peak to set a record of 8 minutes and 37 seconds. To give you some perspective of how amazing this run time is, the previous year Rhys Millen set a record time of 9 minutes and 46 seconds. It’s impressive that Loeb could shave a minute off the previous record time. But Pikes Peak is a place where records fall. The 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is going on all this week. Does anyone have what it takes to knock Loeb out of the record books and establish themselves king of the hill?
Events at Pikes Peak start today, but tomorrow will be the day where we start to see this year’s competitors perform. Tech inspection is today, but the first round of practice starts tomorrow. A couple of days of qualifying then lead up to the big race this Sunday, June 29th. If you can’t make it to Colorado for the events, the hill climb will stream live online for your viewing pleasure. Coverage starts at 7:30am MDT.
We will be following the events closely all week and look forward to the race this weekend. Pikes Peak is a truly unique event with fierce competition and unique engineering challenges. We look forward to watching Sebastian Loeb defend his 8:13.878 record time and seeing if anyone can challenge that blazing time. Check out our coverage of Loeb from last year’s event below and stay tuned for more coverage from the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Chad Kirchner is a freelance automotive journalist with a sincere passion for the industry and helping people. He’s a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and the Texas Auto Writers Association. When not writing about the latest automotive news or vehicles, you can catch him at car shows around the country. Be sure to check him out on social media, including Google+ and Twitter.