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Video Exclusive: French racing ace Sébastien Loeb tackles Pikes Peak

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The World Rally Championship (WRC) is one of the most challenging racing series on the planet. Dirt, rock, mud, gravel, snow, ice, sand and tarmac greet drivers of high-strung, all-wheel drive (AWD) race cars all over the world.

It's a demanding racing series that requires only the elite among the top racers.

Sébastien Loeb he has won the WRC Championship nine times. He is the best of the best, by far. He is still in his prime and he's got his sights set on dominating Pikes Peak. My girl thinks he's a hottie too. Damn-it.

French automaker Peugeot and massively popular sports sponsor Red Bull, are backing Sébastien Loeb in this historic run. The 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is still considered one of the most challenging timed racing events on earth.

In this exclusive video, Roman Mica (head honcho from The Fast Lane Car) interviews Sébastien Loeb and gets amazing footage of Sebastian's early test runs. Check out the video and bow at the feet of a driving demigod.

Here are the dates of the 2013 PPIHC:

Or at the Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain Gateway

June 29th after noon and June 30th Only

2013 RACE WEEK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, June 24 (Technical Inspection)

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Competitor Registration, Media Room (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Technical Inspection (World Arena)- Open to the general public

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. –Merchandise and Ticket Sales (World Arena)

Tuesday, June 25 (PPIHC Sanctioned Practice Day) (all competitors)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Gateway open to credentialed individuals and spectators (tickets needed for spectators)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Practice day tickets will be sold at the Gateway for $25 per person.

5:00 a.m. – Start Line closes to uphill traffic.

5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Sanctioned Practice (Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Merchandise (Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Media Room / Registration / Ticket Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

Wednesday, June 26 (Practice/Qualifying Day 1)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Gateway open to credentialed individuals and spectators (tickets needed for spectators)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Practice day tickets will be sold at the Gateway for $25 per person.

5:00 a.m. – Start Line closes to uphill traffic.

5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sanctioned Practice (Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Merchandise Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Media Room / Registration / Ticket Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

Thursday, June 27 (Practice/Qualifying Day 2)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Gateway open to credentialed individuals and spectators (tickets needed for spectators)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Practice day tickets will be sold at the Gateway for $25 per person.

5:00 a.m. – Start Line closes to uphill traffic.

5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sanctioned Practice (Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Merchandise Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Media Room / Registration / Ticket Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

Friday, June 28 (Practice/Qualifying Day 3)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Gateway open to credentialed individuals and spectators (tickets needed for spectators)

4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Practice day tickets will be sold at the Gateway for $25 per person.

5:00 a.m. – Start Line closes to uphill traffic.

5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sanctioned Practice (Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Media Room / Registration / Ticket Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

5:00 p.m. – Final competitor list announced

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Fan Fest, downtown Colorado Springs- Open to the general public

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. –Merchandise and Ticket Sales (Fan Fest)

Saturday, June 29 (Set-Up Day)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Press Room / Registration Open (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Ticket Sales (Crowne Plaza Hotel)

Noon – Pikes Peak Highway opens for Overnight Camping

Noon – 6:00 p.m. – Ticket Sales at PPIHC and Will Call ticket pickup at the gateway

6:00 p.m. – Gateway closes and uphill traffic stops

8:00 p.m. – All competitors must be back off of the mountain

Sunday, June 30th (Race Day)

3:00 a.m. – Gateway opens to the public. All Spectators must enter though Gate #1 (the uphill lane on the far left)

3:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. – Ticket Sales at PPIHC and Will Call ticket pickup

3:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Pre-purchased ticket holders and credentialed personal will be allowed through the Gateway

6:45 a.m. – Uphill traffic stopped at Glen Cove or until parking is full

7:00 a.m. – Uphill traffic stopped at Ski Area and Halfway Picnic Grounds or until parking is full

7:00 a.m. – Uphill traffic stopped at Start Line or until parking is full

7:30 a.m. – Uphill traffic stopped at Crystal Reservoir or until parking is full

7:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremony

8:00 a.m. – Start of the 91st running

TBD – End of the 91st running

Merchandise will be sold at the start line area on race day

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