Pikes Peak International Raceway with Hot Import Nights presents the first running of ASCEND 2023! Located in Fountain, Colorado PPIR is nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and is one of the highest-elevation competition race tracks in the United States. Named for its proximity to Pikes Peak, the highest summit of the southern Front Range known as “America’s Mountain”, Pikes Peak International Raceway has become an attraction for all kinds of events, ranging from grassroots motorsports to concerts and festivals. ASCEND is a Time Attack competition with $50,000 in cash prizes. The event will take place on July first and second in 2023, the weekend after the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Alongside the competition, there will be Exhibition Enduro, non-competitive PDX, Drifting, Hot Imports Nights Car Show, Saturday Night Concert, and weekend camping. Time Attack competitors will compete in seven timed sessions where the first to break the track record, the fastest overall, and the top three in each class will receive a portion of the cash prize. The current production car track record is 53.097 and is held by Feras Qartoumy in his C6 Corvette.
Pikes Peak International Raceway’s road course is a 1.3-mile roval, including nine turns and an eleven-degree embankment. The Time Attack configuration may appear simple from an aerial track map view, but it is deceptively technical. Tracking out on the 85’ wide road course from the oval is easily the fastest section of the racetrack. Drivers find themselves pushing farther and farther outside of their comfort zones in order to reach unimaginable top speeds. If you’re braking late, you’re not braking late enough. If you’re hitting your apex, think again.
The ASCEND Time Attack Competition is comprised of three classifications: Classic 200, Super 200, and Unlimited. Each class has a list of requirements that must be met in order to compete in the specified class. Drivers will fill out a Driver Application and go through an approval process prior to registration. Be sure to fill out the Driver Application and purchase your registration now at www.ppir.com/ascend2023 A limited number of entries will be accepted. Drivers will be featured on our Livestream on both Saturday and Sunday so everyone can keep up with the live action.
Do you have what it takes to win? Prepare your cars and your mental grit!