The devastating Waldo Canyon wildfire is no laughing matter, so much in fact that it forced the cancellation of the 2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, which was originally scheduled for July 8.
While we certainly hope and pray for the safety of all those involved, we were happy to find out that the race has been re-scheduled for August 12. Barring any conflicts from all the participants for the event, we can all expect a full cast of all the 211 competitors that will be ready to run the race up the clouds.
This year, we can expect to see the usual cast of racers at Pikes Peak led by no less than the legend himself, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima. A number of other drivers will also be in attendance, including Walter Röhrl who will be driving the iconic Audi Sport quattro A1 up the hill.
For now, pencil in August 12 as the date, although that could still change if the wildfire hasn’t been contained at that time.
So cross your fingers, people. While we’d love to see Pikes Peak take place on its re-scheduled date, we wouldn’t want to see it if it means that it could still be dangerous for all parties involved.