Veteran driver Bruce Canepa, driving the Kenworth T2000/CFI Peak Performer, set a record during qualifying for last Saturday's 80th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Canepa's time of 6 minutes 8.72 seconds over the six-mile qualifying course surpassed his own record of 6 minutes 22.89 seconds set in 2000 in the Big Rig-Highway division for tandem-axle trucks.
Canepa piloted the Kenworth to a record-winning time of 13 minutes 57.8 seconds over the challenging 12.42-mile course, which features 156 twisting turns and a 4,700-foot rise in elevation.
During the record run, Canepa and the Kenworth T2000 hit speeds of 90 miles an hour six times while racing up an average grade of 7 percent from the starting line to the Pikes Peak summit at 14,110 feet. Drivers face drop-offs of several hundred feet or more through many sections of the course.
Kenworth uses its Pikes Peak racing experience to help evaluate systems and parts that may eventually become available on Kenworth production truck models.
The race will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. (EDT) and Aug. 25, at 11:30 p.m.