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Hyundai announces its return to the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), also known as “The Race to the Clouds,” on June 23, 2024. This year’s race to the summit on America’s Mountain will mark another milestone in Hyundai’s long history with the Colorado event, an effort that began in 1992. Hyundai will enter the 2024 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a four-car effort and this stellar driver line-up:

  • Paul Dallenbach – Eleven-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb winner; set the overall record in 1993
  • Robin Shute – Four-time overall winner and King of the Mountain title holder at Pikes Peak
  • Daniel “Dani” Sordo Castillo – Spanish World Rally Championship driver for Hyundai Motorsport
  • The fourth driver will be announced at a later date.

Hyundai will announce what racecars the drivers will be piloting and the records they intend to chase at a future event.

“The driver is one of the most critical elements to being successful at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb,” said Till Wartenberg, Hyundai Vice President and Head of N Brand and Motorsport. “We have selected top experts like Robin Shute and Paul Dallenbach who have won the event overall and in class 15 times. Both these drivers have an incredible track record and know the climb well. The addition of Hyundai Motorsports WRC driver Dani Sordo is very exciting and will help us engage a global audience for the hill climb.”

“Pikes Peak is one of the unique and historical challenges still left in motorsports,” said Randy Parker, CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “It has stood the test of time because the mountain never relents. The weather makes getting a clean run extremely difficult and to conquer the mountain everything must go perfectly. A tremendous amount of preparation and a little bit of luck is required to break and set records. Going to Pikes Peak will prove the fortitude that these four vehicles have.”

“The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb represents a unique and exciting new challenge for our team because Hyundai already has a rich history of participating in the event going back 30 years,” said Bryan Herta, president and CEO, Bryan Herta Autosport. “We’re relying on a lot of experts in the event as well as Hyundai’s engineering and experience. We want to showcase what the Hyundai vehicles can do in one of the toughest challenges in motorsport.”

Hyundai also is bringing in technicians and crew members that have a great deal of experience working at Pikes Peak. These experts understand the track, the weather, and the need to be mobile when moving up and down the mountain during practice.

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