This years Pikes Peak was pretty exciting with many of my friends turning in awesome results in overall and class. With the exception of Paul all of my friends have raced in the world famous La Carrera Panamericana which begins at Guatemala and ends back at the United States. Congratulations to all of you.
My friend Paul Dallenbach fought a valiant fight not only against the mountain but he had to overcome just about every hurdle a racer hopes will not show it's self. Paul finished second overall which is simply unreal considering he did it on a very small budget while others in his class had all the monetary resources they needed. In short... for them money was no object. Paul had very little time to test like everyone else did because he had to change engines which meant he had to run an engine with less than a hundred less horsepower. If that were not enough he had to deal with fuel problems as well as brakes. Not once did he complain as he just did what real racers do... deal with the matters at hand and play the hand that was dealt him all with amazing results and all this with no excuses. What a fine gentleman racer. Just imagine what he would do had he had the right sponsor.
Some other good friends who performed extremely well are Doug Mockett and Angelica Fuentes who won the Vintage Class.
Another good buddy to mention is Richard Bailey for doing a great job in his Volvo also in the vintage class.
Another friend is none other than Karl Scheible who took a second place in class in his Subaru and was only 1.5 second behind the Australian National hill climb Champion.
And here are some other cars that ran.