Article by Brian Hannon and Ryan Randels. Photography by Joel Chan, James Harris, Nathan Leach-Proffer, Becca Furnish and Ron Ronco.
This past weekend marked the conclusion of the 2015 Pikes Peak Speedweek, and what will go down as the most successful and largest half-mile side-by-side roll racing event in the world: the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack, in our own backyard at the Colorado Springs Airport!
We kicked off the festivities on Thursday with a VIP reception presented by Jet Center Colorado and the Colorado Springs Airport. Hosted at the Jet Center Hangar, all of our participants, sponsors and VIPs were invited to attend the inaugural reception to set the tone for the weekend’s event.
Back in 2014, Revvolution brought Shift-S3ctor on board and worked hand-in-hand with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb crew to add yet another exciting event to formally re-invigorate Pikes Peak Speedweek. With the help of some dedicated folks at the Colorado Springs Airport, the mayor and the Colorado Springs SportsCorp, we were able to secure the largest venue of its kind in the world and, for the first time in half-mile racing history, a primary commercial service airport would play host. We knew things would be bigger this year, but we weren’t quite prepared for what met us at the gate . . .
How big was it? Spectator attendance almost doubled to 5,500 enthusiastic fans, and total entrants jumped to 220! Obviously, half-mile side-by-side racing is increasing in popularity and competitors are building their cars specifically for it. It’s here to stay and Revvolution and Shift-S3ctor are at the forefront of progressing the sport and bringing it to the masses. And with a turnout like we had, we think it’s safe to say that it’s only going to get bigger.
After the driver’s meeting concluded, the cars and bikes were fired up for open runs as everyone prepared for the Trap Speed Competition in the afternoon. The format is simple: fastest speed through the timing lights wins. Simple as that, right? Hope you brought at least 900 horsepower with you.
For the uninitiated, let’s have a quick Airstrip Attack 101 lesson. The Airstrip Attack is a half-mile side-by-side roll race and trap speed competition featuring hundreds of the fastest, most powerful street cars in the nation. The Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack is the only event in the country where participants have the opportunity to come together at a commercial airport of this size and importance while competing for the title of the Mile High Victor.
For 2015, we added a few new wrinkles to the program. The first of which was the addition of a motorcycle class, giving the two-wheel beasts an opportunity to prove their worth on the tarmac. Another was simultaneously hosting races on two separate runways.
Front and center was the Pro Runway, where the big boys roamed putting on a show for the spectators. Participants had to specifically register for the Pro class in order to participate on this runway as it featured all the necessary timing equipment.
Another new feature was the Pro/Am Runway run on a parallel runway off in the distance, providing an opportunity for bucket-list enthusiast to get out for a fraction of the cost. No timing, but with the same basic rules for grudge races and test and tune runs.
Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack 2015 Trap Speed AWD Class Results
OB Prestige Auto brought their famous trio of turbocharged Lamborghini’s, each one of them special in their own way, to compete in the AWD and RWD classes, and gun for the overall fastest title. Their bulls weren’t present in 2014, thus they weren’t sure how the elevation would affect them.
As it turns out, they are still pretty damn fast. "Double Trouble” (Blue Lamborghini Gallardo) ended up setting the half-mile event record on Friday with a blistering pass of 224.55 mph. Sister car "Don’t Blink” (Red Lamborghini Gallardo) started having tranny issues, so they swapped the transmission on-site from Blue over to Red and then snagged second place with an equally impressive 210 mph pass.
Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack 2015 Trap Speed FWD Class Results
In the Front Wheel Drive class, Miles Kerr was looking to repeat his win from last year and was gunning for the 190 mph barrier in his Integra. He’s been trying to break that barrier for the past couple of years and would face some stiff competition from Chase Jenson and his Integra. Chase was laying down consistent 184 mph passes all day, but it was Miles who finally cracked the 190 mph barrier and took home first place in the FWD class.
Myles now holds the world record for fastest Half-Mile FWD Car and, more impressively, he set the record at 6,187 feet of elevation! Afterward, Miles told us, "Finally all of the ducks came together, the car ran hard and did the 190 I had been working at for the past two years. And in all places it did it a mile high. Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way! Now onto the next goal.”
Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack 2015 Trap Speed RWD Class Results
OB Prestige Auto’s third Gallardo, the grey/black/silver (whatever color you may see as the dark chrome literally bends light) one with its RWD conversion, would go on to take first place in the RWD class with a pass of 202 mph. OB Prestige Auto is a perfect example of a race outfit that puts their efforts into this new form of racing and excels at it.
Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack 2015 Trap Speed Naturally Aspirated Class Results
Taking the official class win was the 2015 Huracan of Doug Almond and Corby Garner in second in his Z06. Corby was a returning 2014 trophy winner so we knew he was one to keep an eye on.
The Naturally Aspirated class presented us with a unique technological classification challenge. At first, Armik and his Porsche 918 Spyder were placed in the NA class because we didn’t have a specific class the vehicle fit into. However, because the original intention of the Naturally Aspirated class was to cater to cars that didn’t have "power adders,” it was quickly made apparent that the 918 didn’t fit in this class, as many classify the electric motor as supplementary to the naturally-aspirated V8. Instead, we created the Hybrid class, which will now be a staple for all Airstrip Attack events so we can cater to the future progression of electric vehicles and their place in performance motorsports events. We certainly don’t want to exclude McLaren P1s and Ferrari LaFerraris!
Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack 2015 Trap Speed 6-Speed Challenge Class Presented by Speed Society Results
Bringing out a fleet of UGR Lambos, Speed Society showed up in a big way to Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack for an assault on the 6-Speed class sponsored by Speed Society. One of the most competitive vehicles was their SL that clocked in a trap speed of 205.47 mph, with Jeremy Hepburn coming in second in his MKIV Supra at 177.44 mph. The 6-speed class was created as a throwback to the genuine "rowing of the gears” as compared to the modern sequential/DCT transmissions and it’s always a crowd favorite.
Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack 2015 Trap Speed Sedan Class Results
The sedan class was dominated by English Racing and their Evo IX and Evo X piloted by Martin Lotz and Will Lee, respectively. Lotz took the class with a 160.4 mph pass, while Lee was right on his heels at 157 mph. And we thought this was Subaru country; where are you?
Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack 2015 Trap Speed BMW/AMG Class Results
Lastly, we had the BMW/AMG class, which was a shootout between Jeff Blair and his 2011 M3 edging out Scott Dougherty in a 2016 AMG GTS. The GTS was really a treat as it was the first AMG GTS to compete in any of the Revvolution/Shift-S3ctor events and it went home with a trophy. It was truly awesome to see the next iteration of the Mercedes flagship coming out to play.
The After-Party Chaos Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack FanFest Zone Presented by Revvolution.com
After the races were over at 4 PM, the event packed up and caravanned down to the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack FanFest Zone presented by Revvolution.com in downtown Colorado Springs, where we had an entire city block, south of Acacia Park, to show everybody what we were all about. Sponsors and participants came out to display and we attracted a crowd all night long.
That night we also presented the trophies to the Trap Speed winners at the center of FanFest in front of over 40,000 Speedweek enthusiasts in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Intl Hill Climb.
With all of the Friday excitement behind us, it was time to reload as Saturday brought the highly anticipated Roll-Race Competition where we’d see everyone going head to head!