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Racing News: Travis Pastrana and David Donohue Climb to Victory in the “Race to the Clouds”

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Pikes Peak
David Donohue, driving a ’17 Porsche GT3R, won the Time Attack 1 class in 9:37.152. 

Travis Pastrana and David Donohue Climb to Victory in the “Race to the Clouds”

Yokohama Tire’s return to the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was highlighted by the inaugural running of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Pikes Peak Hill Climb Trophy by Yokohama and victory in the Time Attack 1 class. Travis Pastrana took the win in the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport class, while David Donohue captured the win in Time Attack 1. Pastrana’s “Race to the Clouds” victory clocked in at 10:33.897, which bested a field of seven other competitors in the new class. Donohue, driving a ’17 Porsche GT3R, won the Time Attack 1 class in 9:37.152. His performance placed him sixth overall and gave him a new class record in the process.

Pikes Peak
Romain Dumas bettered Sébastien Loeb’s record by 16 seconds at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Volkswagen Makes History With the I.D. R Pikes Peak

Volkswagen and the I.D. R Pikes Peak have made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driving the 500-kW (680 PS) I.D. R Pikes Peak, Romain Dumas defeated a field, including cars with conventional drivetrain technology. In doing so, he not only broke the previous record for electric vehicles, but also bettered Sébastien Loeb’s all-time record from 2013 by a full 16 seconds. Dumas’ new record of 7m 57.148s minutes is now top of the list of Pikes Peak champions, which includes such acclaimed drivers as Loeb, Walter Röhrl, Michèle Mouton, Stig Blomqvist, Nobuhiro Tajima and also Rod Millen and his son Rhys.

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Blake Alexander’s 4.011-second pass at 297.81 mph in his Pronto Auto Service dragster took down Terry McMillen and secured his first Top Fuel career victory.

Alexander, Hagan, Gray and Krawiec Victorious at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Blake Alexander became the 105th different Top Fuel winner in NHRA history last Sunday afternoon at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the 12th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Alexander’s 4.011-second pass at 297.81 mph in his Pronto Auto Service dragster took down Terry McMillen and secured his first Top Fuel career victory. Hagan powered to the Funny Car win with a run of 4.094 at 288.21 in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T to take down points leader Courtney Force in the finals. Force secured her first runner-up finish of the season after qualifying in the No. 1 position. Gray took down two-time world champion Erica Enders in the final round for his eighth career victory and third of the season. Krawiec secured his third Pro Stock Motorcycle victory at Summit Motorsports Park with his pass of 6.923 at 195.05 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to defeat Jerry Savoie. The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, July 6–8.

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