We’ve often wondered what it would be like to race to the top of Colorado’s famous Pikes Peak mountain.
After watching a video of Tim Hardy’s recent run up there in his 480-horsepower turbocharged 1987 BMW E30, we have to give racers who challenge “The Peak” (as it’s usually called) a lot of credit.
Heading up a mountain with very few guard rails, incredible hairpin and switchback turns and the potential of several hundred foot drops if you and your car make even the slightest mistake, well, we have a new appreciation for those who are up to the challenge of “The Peak.”
Thanks to our friends at MotorAuthority.com for pointing this video out and the way they so eloquently put the ride: “The footage is some of the best we’ve seen, conveying the raw peril, serious cojones, and massive skill involved in making it to the top of the mountain.”
By the way, Hardy made it to the top of Pike’s Peak in 10 minutes, 44.650 seconds (and there were drivers who went even faster!).
You owe it to yourself to watch it below. But before you do, a bit of advice and a warning:
Expand your browser to full size so you get a better appreciation of what Hardy is seeing and feeling behind the wheel.
As for the warning, make sure the chair you’re sitting in while watching has arm rests. Trust us, as you and Hardy climb up the mountain, you’ll be looking to hang on for dear life.
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists
IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.