Honda-LogoTorrance, CA: As a further extension of its growing commitment to grassroots racing in North America, Honda announced today that it is making a major commitment to the 2013 running of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as both a sponsor and race participant, with plans to field products in nine race classes, a first for any OEM in a single Pikes Peak event.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will serve as the Partnering Sponsor for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the first time the company has participated as a corporate sponsor of the legendary race event. The 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled for June 30, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Pikes Peak presents us with a unique opportunity to showcase Honda’s diverse product lineup and to energize Honda fans around world, as we work to further strengthen Honda’s presence in racing at all levels,” said Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations for American Honda. “Our associates will be working hard between now and Race Day to prepare this diverse field of race vehicles and showcase the Honda racing spirit.”

Brad Lovell and the Lovell shop sent over this update on the popular Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Read on for more:

Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been postponed due to the nearby Waldo Canyon Fire. Highway 24 (serving the Pikes Peak Toll Road) has been closed but luckily the fire has not moved south of the highway onto Pikes Peak itself.

The fire has consumed 18,500 acres and moved into Colorado Springs causing evacuation of 32,000 residents and burning hundreds of homes. “I think we are past the worst of it,” said 2012 entrant Brad Lovell, “I am sure it is hard for the racers to accept and the postponement disappoints me. As a member of the community though, I support the decision. We have had a full blown disaster here and are still working to get it in control.”

“This race began in 1916 and it has earned its place among the world’s greatest motor sports events, and it is an important part of the sports heritage of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region,” said Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach. “We are committed to making sure it takes place this year and that we carry on the tradition. We are disappointed, but our first concern is our city, its residents, their homes, businesses and public safety.”