Take a wild ride to the top of Pike’s Peak (video)

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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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Carb Day: Tony Kanaan is fastest in final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500

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Tony Kanaan wants to put legendary driver and team owner A.J. Foyt back into Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan took a big step toward achieving that goal in Friday’s final practice for Sunday’s 102nd running of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

Kanaan was fastest of the 33-driver field, with a best lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval at 227.791 mph, more than 2 mph faster than the second-fastest driver, Kanaan’s former teammate, Scott Dixon (225.684 mph).

Foyt won a record-tying four Indy 500’s as a driver. It’s been nearly 20 years since he also won as a team owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack behind the wheel.

Marco Andretti was third-fastest (225.200 mph), followed by Sebastien Bourdais (224.815), Charlie Kimball (224.712), 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato (224.083), Will Power (223.942), Danica Patrick (223.653), Spencer Pigot (223.584) and Ed Jones (223.556).

Other notable driver speeds included:

* Pole sitter Ed Carpenter was 14th fastest (223.219 mph).

* Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden was 15th (223.186 mph).

* Helio Castroneves, hoping to earn a record-tying fourth 500 win, was 17th (222.913 mph).

* Graham Rahal was 21st (222.526).

* Former 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was 26th (221.916 mph), followed by rookie Robert Wickens (221.821 mph), carrying the mantle for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with James Hinchcliffe having failed to qualify for the race.

* The biggest surprise was 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who was 32nd fastest (221.374 mph).

We’ll have the full speed grid, as well as full driver quotes, shortly. Please check back soon.

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