For the first time in almost 30 years, Al Unser Jr. will take part in the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, whose 96th running takes place on June 24.
Unser last competed at Pikes Peak in 1989. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner earned the Pikes Peak King of the Mountain moniker in 1983, taking the open-wheel crown in his Wells Coyote Chevy. His entry marks the return of a name that’s synonymous with the event; Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Famers Bobby (13) and Bobby’s uncle Louis (9) have a combined 22 climb wins.
Unser’s ride will be in “The Ghost,” a modernized modified 1936 Chevy Sedan designed by newly inducted NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham.
“Looking forward to driving Ray Evernham’s car up Pikes Peak sometime this summer!” – Al Unser Jr. Official Facebook Page. • 1983 PPIHC King of the Mountain and 2-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. will officially make his return to international motorsport competition for the first time since retiring from full-time racing in 2007 when he Races to the Clouds on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Unser will be doing so in “The Ghost,” a modernized modified 1936 Chevy Sedan that was the brainchild of newly inducted NASCAR Hall of Famer @rayevernham. • Photos from the Al Unser Jr. Facebook Page & @autoweekusa • #PikesPeak #AmericasMountain #PikesPeakHillClimb #PikesPeakInternationalHillClimb #RaceToTheClouds #PPHC #PPIHC #RTTC #Unser #AlUnserJr #Evernham #RayEvernham #36Chevy #Modified #Indy500 #Indianapolis500
Also returning after a one-year absence is eight-time Pikes Peak winner Paul Dallenbach, 23-time champion Clint Vahsholtz and Layne Schranz, who has three wins in 24 appearances.
“The fans of this historic race will really embrace the competitive field for the 96th Running of the Race to the Clouds,” PPIHC executive director Megan Leatham said. “We have many of the legends of the race on board along with a roster of rookies from the USA and many nations that will generate incredible interest.”
For the full entry list, click here.