Pikes Peak Hill Climb rider dies from injuries after crash (UPDATED)

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The 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been struck by tragedy following the death of a 54-year-old motorcycle racer this afternoon.

Bobby Goodin, a resident of Flower Mound, Texas, has passed away after sustaining injuries when he crashed his Triumph Daytona 675R just seconds after he completed his run this morning.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Goodin lost control of the bike while trying to slow down in a gravel parking lot atop Pikes Peak.

The bike ended up going airborne and Goodin landed on a nearby area of rocks. EMTs found him face down and unconscious, then gave him continuous CPR until he was taken away from the summit by a Flight for Life helicopter to Penrose Main Hospital in Colorado Springs.

Per the Gazette, Flight for Life left the summit an hour after the crash, and the Hill Climb was delayed by more than an hour and a half. Then, early this evening, the El Paso County (Colo.) Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Goodin had died.

He is the first motorcycle rider to die in the PPIHC since Bill Gross in 1982.

“It sucks the joy right out of it,” competitor Dan Elders told the Gazette. “They’re our compatriots. We all love the same thing.

“When you lose someone, it hurts.”

Goodin was competing in his second PPIHC after finishing third in the 1250 Pro Class in his first appearance last year.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.