Meanwhile, four of the 10 Baja Protrucks broke the class record established last year-the first time the trucks ran PPIHC-with class winner Mark Childress pushing his 2003 F-150 Protruck across the 14,110-foot-high finish line in 13:50.465.

Jason Voss, piloting another F-150, broke the timing lights in 14:01.283, followed closely by Bi-Polar Racing's Dave Creagan who stopped the clocks in 14:07.886 driving a 2006 Chevy Silverado.

In the High Performance Showroom Stock division, it was all VW. Volkswagen entered three TDI Touaregs: two V-10s and a V-6. Ryan Arciero, driving the #1 V-10 Touareg, put on a strong performance on his way to winning the division with a time of 13:17.703, setting a new division record for the fastest time with a diesel-powered vehicle. Mike Miller, in the #2 car, finished closely behind with a time of 13:25.247, while Chris Blais took third with a time of 15:48.312.

Exhibition Class driver Mike Ryan showed the spectators how you power a single-axle 2005 Freightliner up the hill like a madman dicing through L.A. traffic. While the 450-horse Protrucks were doing their best to break the 14-minute barrier, Ryan deftly slung his big semi to the top in 13:18.565-only a second behind Arciero's AWD V-10 Touareg.

A look at Pikes Peak racing isn't complete without a nod to Open Class winner Leonard Vahsholtz, who awed onlookers with his smoothness and speed behind the wheel of his tube-chassis 2005 Ford Explorer. His time: 11:30.536.

Next year The Hill will be about 75 percent paved. Expect the times to get even faster.


RESULTS: Protruck Division
Driver Name Mike Childress Jason Voss Dave Creagan Gustavo Vildosola Jr. Dave Mason
Number 229 235 203 200 265
Vehicle 2003 Ford F-150 2005 Ford Protruck 2005 Chevy Silverado 2005 Toyota Tundra 2007 Ford Protruck
Halfway Picnic Ground 02:13.7 02:19.0 02:21.6 02:25.1 02:28.0
Glen Cove 06:01.7 06:08.6 06:14.2 06:17.7 06:28.3
Sixteen Mile 09:34.4 09:44.3 09:53.0 10:08.7 10:18.5
Finish Line *13:50.465 *14:01.283 *14:07.886 *14:29.487 14:46.4

RESULTS: Protruck Division
Driver Name Joe Bednar Austin Cameron Jim Wasson Rob Reinertson Cody Swanty
Number 299 212 208 234 215
Vehicle 2005 Chevy Protruck 2005 Toyota Tundra 2005 Chevy Silverado 2006 Ford F-150 2005 Dodge Ram 1500
Halfway Picnic Ground 02:21.7 02:25.6 02:31.4 02:29.8 02:34.3
Glen Cove 06:27.5 06:26.1 06:34.2 06:37.9 06:43.2
Sixteen Mile 10:13.1 10:22.3 10:24.8 10:38.2 10:42.6
Finish Line 14:48.7 14:54.2 14:56.3 15:16.3 15:23.5