After four days of tremendous effort, Rising Sun Racing finally managed to fire their engine for the first time at the 2016 Pike Peak Hill Climb. The engine would run at the hotel, but every time they took it to altitude on America’s Mountain the lump would stubbornly refuse so so much as stutter. Finally, on the final day of practice, and after rebuilding the engine using parts from their spare, the machine came to life. Cheers around the entire paddock erupted because everyone had seen them pushing the machine and troubleshooting in a frustrating effort to get onto the race track.
After all that effort they were rewarded with pole position by a mere 0.061 seconds and then took home a second place finish on race day. Just to make it to the summit must have felt like a huge reward.