Team Johnny Killmore will again participate at the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
The 89th running of “the race to the clouds” will be June 26th, 2011. Team Johnny Killmore competed in this event with a vintage motocross sidecar in the 2010 event, but will now bring their road-racing Formula 2 spec machine to take on the 12.4 mile mountain course. Driver John Wood paired up with rookie passenger Giorgina Gottleib last year, but will reunite with former passenger Chris Rizzo for the 2011 race. When asked about the changes John replied, “it’s time to get serious about the event. With more pavement coming in each year my road-racing machine is at less of a disadvantage. We’ll have a hard time in the dirt sections but our machine has a lot of ground clearance and is very narrow and short compared to modern road-racing sidecars. With Chris holding down the chair I think we can make a much more serious assault on the course.”
John and Chris have not raced together since 2009 when the pair raced at Portland International Raceway with the SRA-West. They have never done a real-roads course together. The pair plan to use the 2011 event as a learning year, and make an assault on the sidecar class record in 2012, the first year they should have a fully paved course for this historic event.
Team Johnny Killmore will still take part in the SRA-West road-racing series with driver John Wood and regular passenger Vanessa McClure. Look for them at the opening round of the series March 19-20 at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California. For more information on the historic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, go to www.ppihc.com. For more information on Team Johnny Killmore, go to www.johnnykillmore.com.