Fuel Freedom is sponsoring methanol-powered cars driven by six-time PPIHC winner Paul Dallenbach, and his nephew, Wyatt Dallenbach, in the 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on July 8.
Fuel Freedom is a nonpartisan campaign to break America’s oil dependency by opening fuel markets to competition from alternative fuels.
Methanol and ethanol have become the fuel of choice in major races from the Indianapolis 500 to Pikes Peak. And this year for the first time, an electric-powered racecar, driven by last year’s winner, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima of Japan, will compete in the race.
“Given the ability to choose, professional drivers prefer methanol, ethanol and electricity over gasoline,” said Eyal Aronoff, co-founder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Irvine, Calif. “Why shouldn’t you and I be given this choice?”
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, located 10 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colo., is grueling on engines and drivers. The 12.42-mile course, which includes 156 turns, starts at an elevation of 9,390 feet and ends at the peak’s 14,110-foot summit, where the song America the Beautiful was penned. Dallenbach Racing is hoping to reclaim the overall title from its Japanese rival.
“I am really excited to have Fuel Freedom Foundation with us this year in our quest to break the record using an alternative fuel and bring the record back to America,” said Paul Dallenbach, 45, a long-time professional and stunt car driver who has won the Pike’s Peak Open Wheel Division six times and the Overall Division three times. He is driving a 1307 bhp Banks Turbocharged SB1 Chevy.
This is 20-year-old Wyatt Dallenbach’s rookie performance in the Pikes Peak race. He will compete in the Open Wheel Class driving a PVA 3, Open Wheel Pikes Peak special with 780 Hp made for Pikes Peak. This car won the PPIHC in 2006 with Wyatt’s father, Wally Dallenbach, Jr., driving, and then won the Goodwood Festival in 2007. The car also is featured in the video game Dirt 2.