An event like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a very special thing to be a part of, and this year’s race proved to be memorable in more ways than one. From the initial delay due to the Waldo Canyon Fire, to the 5-year-old girl who was injured on Day 3 of practice, to the inclement weather on race day, the 90th annual Race to the Clouds was beset with problems.
After Tuesday's initial tech inspection, the competitors and teams will spend three days making practice runs up the mountain and mentally preparing for Sunday’s Race to the Clouds - this article is a compilation of images from first two practice days. The vast majority of the cars appeared to be running strong with no issues.
As the last flames of the voracious Waldo Canyon Fire were finally squelched, feelings of doubt mixed with hopeful anticipation surrounded the fate of the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. On July 3, the announcement came: the 90th annual Hill Climb was set to go for Sunday, August 12. The running of this year's Race to the Clouds represents a pinnacle of human achievement in more ways than one; to the citizens of Colorado Springs, the competitors and the motorsports community as a whole, it will always hold special meaning.