Federal runners aim for victory at Pikes Peak

June 24, 2011

 Federal Tires is more than honored to to compete in the 89th edition of America’s most spectacular and unusual event on a loaded summer calendar of sports events on the coming June 26th on Sunday.

The race is staged on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America’s Mountain. Competitors, vehicles and motorcycles must be in top shape to conquer the severe weather as the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. Drivers and racers from ten nations, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, New Zealand, Sweden, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain and the USA, will gather at the start line to challenge the terrain and the altitude of the world’s most famous hill climb.

The 17-year-old Savannah Rickli of Littleton, Colorado, whom with navigator Rebecca Greek took third in the rugged Time Attack 2WD Division last year with a time of 13:58.232 in their Mini Cooper S, will go up against one of the race’s legends this time.

Rickli started out practicing her skills on June 5th, with Federal’s FZ-201 semi-slick. She found the FZ-201 extreme performance tires were 3.5 seconds faster over the course compared to 2010 (Hoosier Wets). She will get those tires grooved for more grip in case damp conditions play a factor during race week.

Meanwhile, 2010 runnerup Ken Stouffer will pilot his 1995 Nissan 240SX in the Time Attack 2WD field and David Kern will be behind the wheel of his upgraded, improved, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX chasing for the win.

The Federal FZ-201 has proven itself time after time with the combination of its enhanced R compound rubber and a unique semi-slick tread design. It is an ideal tire delivering road and race performance, another example of how the Federal brand has taken on new international appeal.

In addition, the popular “Fan Fest” pre-race celebration, scheduled for Friday evening June 24th in downtown Colorado Springs, will feature a crowd of over 30,000 fans on hand to meet top race qualifiers in autograph sessions.

Federal will have 3 stunning cars with stars Savannah Rickli, David Kern and Ken Stouffer altogether to display their vehicles and giving demos to showoff what they are going to do on race day.

Be sure to feel the speed and excitement at Pikes Peak, Federal Tires look forward to seeing you there!