Pikes Peak International

PRO TIPS: DRIVING A SUPERCAR AT PIKES PEAK

Your Supercar Track Xperience at PPIR Awaits!

Pikes Peak International Raceway, also known as PPIR, is located in Fountain, Colorado, 20 miles south of Colorado Springs and 25 miles north of Pueblo. The track hosted races in several series including the Indy Racing League and NASCAR’s Busch and Truck series. The 1.3 mile circuit incorporates the 10 degree-banked turns of the oval as well as an in-field road course.

Getting from PPIR’s paddock to your supercar, with speed

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Pike’s Peak International Raceway is located at 16650 Midway Ranch Rd, Fountain, CO 80817.

Your reserved time is your Xtreme Xperience Check-In time. Please be at our Check-In area at the time you reserved, and have your driver’s license and confirmation out and ready. We will accept your confirmation via paper form or on your mobile device. Reminder: PPIR is in Mountain Daylight Time.

For XX Guests, there are no fees to park at PPIR All participants will be required to sign in at the Check-in post, prior to entering the facility. You will need to go through the tunnel to reach customer parking.

Please follow our flags and parking signs and remember not to block in other guests. Walking distance is about 50-100 yards from parking to our Check-In.

After checking in you will attend a driver’s briefing which lasts around 25 minutes.

Classroom will be held inside the main building, adjacent to Check-in.

As our program is always evolving and safety is always strengthening, it is required that every driver (no matter how many times you have enjoyed our program) attend the driver’s briefing. No exceptions.

Any XX branded area after Check-In is considered the “Pit Area” and adults will need a spectator pass. VIP Pit Pass access ($10 per adult) provides closer spectator viewing in the pit area (kids 12 under are FREE but must be with an adult). Tented seating, bleachers, close photo opportunities, and waters are included in the Pit Pass, but cannot be promised for free spectator areas.

Drone usage/ aerial footage is not permitted at Pike’s Peak International Raceway.

There are concessions but the hours vary. They may not be open during your event hours. We welcome you to bring your own food and drink (non-alcoholic). Waters are provided to Pit Pass holders
Drivers must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or heels). This event is outdoors (no covered pit). Though we provide tented areas we ALWAYS encourage that you dress for weather possibilities (heat, cold, or rain).

We are a rain or shine experience so on average, our experiences are not postponed and refunds are not provided due to inclement weather (as long as track conditions remain safe). A day-of reschedule request is a $100 fee, unless we have postponed.

If we postpone an event you will be alerted via Email and text message, and we have up to 12 months to provide a reschedule date at a track location close to you. Please visit our FAQ for more information on postponements or cancellations.

Turn-by-Turn Guide of PPIR

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PPIR Track Map

Pikes Peak International Raceway sits near the southeast base of Pikes Peak giving it one of the best backdrops of all the tracks we visit. The track itself is very unique and is one of only three tracks we visit that is what is known as a “Roval”. A roval is essentially an oval track with a road course on the infield which allows the driver to experience both high speed banked turns, long straights, as well as tight, technical turns.

To get around this track most efficiently, you will want to see the track first. Understanding the g-forces your body will experience on track is something most people are not expecting. If you choose not to see the track first, here are some tips to get up to speed quickly.

Cal DeNyse breaks down each turn at PPIR

  • We will start with entering the track. You will enter the track on the back straight and track out to your right. From there, you will head towards the infield road course, to your left. This is normally your heaviest braking zone as you prepare for a sharp left-hand turn. The apex for this turn is very late, so your turn in will be very late. Exercise patience on this turn. 
    • Another common error is often made at Turn 4, on corner exit. Track out wide right, thus creating the widest arc possible, and having the least resistance on the car.
  • As you head down the short straight between Turns 4 and 5, you will transition back to your left side before braking hard. As you begin this long right-hand turn, use your eyes and look as far down the track as possible. This will help prevent you from apexing too early.
  • The next section of the track is the tightest and most technical part of the road course section. It’s important to get to the right if you want to maximize your speed down the front straight. This right, left, right, left section can be a lot of fun if done properly. Turn into the right, and hold that angle of your wheel a little longer than you expect. Your instructor will be talking you through this section, but you can help them out by anticipating what they will be saying. Avoid turning immediately back to your left for the next turn, as this will result in you exiting too far right, making your next right hand turn impossible to hit with any momentum. Completing the front section properly, the second half will be easy. This part of the track is where being slow in, will translate to you being really is fast out.
  • From here you will be on the main front straight heading towards the banked Turns 1 and 2. You will want to be as far right as possible, as you enter the banking where you’ll notice two white lines painted on the track. These white lines will form what we call a “gate“. The gates will guide you through both turns, and then onto the back straight.
    • Be careful here! As you are mid-way through the turn, there is a large bump. This bump will upset the car a little, so we encourage neutral input in the car at this point. This means no gas, no brake, no turning. Just hold still, let the car settle, and get back in the throttle.

This should help you get around PPIR quickly, and help prepare you for what your instructor will be telling you, out on the track.

Watch as Xtreme Instructor takes guides you around the track, turn by turn.

 


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