The 98th running of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb event has become the latest motorsport activity to be put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Originally scheduled for 28 June, the iconic event will now take place on 30 August with the accompanying ‘Fan Fest’ event in downtown Colorado Springs now set for 28 August. A full revised schedule will be released at a later date.
“With a full recognition and understanding related to the current coronavirus situation, our board of directors has decided to postpone the ‘Race to the Clouds’ until 30 August,” said Tom Osborne, chairman of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb board.
“As all Americans understand in these challenging times, there are numerous factors that may influence the decision to postpone, cancel, or reschedule major sports events, domestically and internationally – including the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.
“The safety of our competitors, fans, volunteers and partners is our major concern as we move forward.”
Megan Leatham, the event’s executive director, added: “Our Pikes Peak International Hillclimb family is important to us, and we believe this is the best option today. We feel confident that race teams, competitors and their crews, along with our loyal fans will support this change.
“We know this race is iconic and tremendously important to the auto racing world and our community, but the safety and health of everyone involved is our top priority.”