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.”

RENO, NV – Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems has officially been announced as the Title Sponsor of the Ultra4 Stampede, after being a primary sponsor of the “Lucas Oil on the Edge” 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers TV Show and supporting an entire team for the Ultra4 series including 4 entries at this weekends American Rock Sports Challenge.  The Torchmate Racing Team is burning an impression on the entire offroad community as impressive as the Torchmate CNC Tables precision cuts.

The Ultra4 Torchmate CNC Stampede takes place in the heart of Reno, NV, Torchmate’s hometown.  “We are glad to be able to support the whole series, but are especially proud to be title sponsoring an event that is in our backyard,” said Torchmate CEO Bill Kunz.  “This is one of the toughest races in the series next to the King of the Hammers, which puts it right up Torchmate’s alley.”  The Torchmate CNC Stampede will be September 7-11, 2011 hosted at the Grand Sierra Resort and Exit 28 Motorsports Park.

Television coverage of the 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers on Speed Channel’s “Lucas Oil on the Edge” aired July 9th and 11th brought to you by Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems.  The show featured JT Taylor and the new TTB car that was built specifically for the Ultra4 series.  It also showed the Torchmate 2×2 CNC Machine in action right there in the dirt helping racers during the pre-race week.

This weekend 4 Torchmate Racing Teammates will take the track at the American Rock Sports Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.  JT Taylor, Torchmate Racings General Manager, will be driving the #13 Torchmate Racing TTB car two weeks after taking 4th place at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.  Rusty Bray, the Rausch Creek Qualifier winner, will be sporting a new Mastercraft fire suit, a gift from Torchmate after his muddy win.  Jesse Haines, who has been rock crawling in multiple series every weekend, will go fast on the track and then head straight to Indiana for W.E. Rock crawling competition.  Brad Lovell put away his Nissan AMSOil truck and pulled out the Ultra4 car for the weekend, which may make him the most prepared driving on TORC tracks in the east and having rock crawling championships on his resume.   Roger Lovell will not be able to race after his epic crash at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb that he walked away from, but destroyed the Ultra4 car.

Torchmate Racing is proud to present their team of racers and consistent support of the Ultra4 Series.

See video of  Torchmate at King of the Hammers.

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