Colorado Springs—Stephanie Reaves (Buxton, Maine) set a new standard for women this summer during the 100th Anniversary of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, becoming the fastest woman on the course. The accomplished driver placed 3rd in the Time Attack 2 Production Class with a time of 10:56.876, driving her 2016 Dodge Viper ACR to the 29th fastest overall time in this year’s race.
She is the first woman in history to earn a professional motorcycle drag racing license, the first to qualify for an NHRA national event, and the first female factory race driver ever for General Motors. Reaves even found success as an actress, appearing as “Norma Bates” in the infamous shower scene of Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, “Psycho.”
Other women who achieved success in 2016 were Michelle Disalvo (Manteca, CA) who took 4th in the motorcycle Pikes Peak Lightweight Division and Elisabeth Deeter (Austin, TX) who finished 7th in the same Division.
While Joyce Thompson was the first female to compete in this famous race in 1960, Michele Mouton of France became the first woman to win a PPIHC championship when she captured the Open Rally division in 1984 and 1985 in her Audi Quattro. Other women who achieved success on America’s Mountain include Jeri Unser, the 12th Unser to compete in the PPIHC, who won the Electric Auto title in 2003, and Brianne Corn, who took home the winner’s trophy in the 2011 Time Attack 4WD class.
The 2017 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will stage its 95th running on Sunday, June 25.
The nation’s second-oldest motorsports race behind only the legendary Indianapolis 500, will follow a highly successful 100th Anniversary Race this summer when 100 competitors (65 autos and 35 motorcycles), put together one of the best races in the history of the Race to the Clouds.
In an effort to allow competitors more practice time during sessions held during Race Week, and to efficiently accommodate competitors and spectators on Race Day, the PPIHC will limit the field to approximately 100 vehicles. Official registration will open on November 7, 2016 and close on January 27, 2017. Competitors will be notified of their acceptance on February 17 with the official field announced on February 20 at ppihc.com.
For all 2017 race-related details, including ticket information, camping permits and Pikes Peak Speedweek information, stay in touch at: www.ppihc.com