Pikes Peak Hill Climb, family of Bobby Goodin release statement

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race organizers and the family of motorcycle racer Bobby Goodin (pictured, right) have issued a joint statement two days after the 54-year-old died of injuries sustained in a morning crash.

“He will be remembered as a fierce competitor with a driven spirit that only an athlete can understand, and as a gentle man who came to Colorado with the support and love of family, friends and those he competed against,” they said of Goodin, who was competing in his second PPIHC.

Goodin, part of the Middleweight class, completed his run Sunday morning but moments later lost control of his Triumph motorcycle in a parking lot at the top of Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot summit.

After landing on a nearby area of rocks, he was given CPR when found by paramedics. He was then taken via Flight for Life to a local hospital, but the El Paso (Colo.) County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his passing late Sunday afternoon.

Goodin is the first motorcycle racer to die at the PPIHC since 1982. According to his manager, Kevin Brunson, the 54-year-old racer is survived by two daughters.

“Even though many might consider this a tragic day with a needless death, those lucky enough to compete at Pikes Peak on a day like today knows even today was a wonderful celebration of life for every competitor,” Brunson said in his own statement.

“…Our friend Bobby knew the joy of finishing and competing well, and that will bring all of us comfort as we deal with his loss.”

Race organizers have confirmed that a benefit fund will be created for Goodin’s family.

Hartley says debut F1 point would be ‘a dream’ from last on grid

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Brendon Hartley says scoring a point on his Formula 1 debut would be “a dream” after being resigned to last place on the grid for the United States Grand Prix following an engine penalty.

Porsche factory driver Hartley was drafted in by Toro Rosso to replace Pierre Gasly for the USGP when the Frenchman was ruled out due to clashing commitments in Super Formula.

Despite having not driven an F1 car since 2012, Hartley came within one-tenth of a second of making it through to Q2 on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas, ultimately qualifying 18th.

“Obviously I’d love to be quicker but we knew we were starting at the back, so we put a lot of focus on long runs, getting the peak performance out of this Pirelli tire I didn’t get today,” Hartley told NBCSN after the race.

“In FP3 I had a good feeling. There’s a lot of quirky things to manage with these tires. Honestly I should be happy with how the weekend’s gone so far.”

The New Zealander will start last due to a 25-place grid penalty for changes made to his power unit ahead of practice on Friday, and is daring to dream of making the top 10 in his first race out of a sports car for more than five years.

“I don’t do the 24 hours completely alone!” Hartley joked. “It’s quick. It’s physical to drive. I’ll be happy to be done after an hour and a half.

“A point would be a dream starting from the back. If I can move forward and put a race together, I’ll be happy.”

The United States Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET on Sunday.