Now that iRacing has released the Mount Washington Hillclimb point-to-point course for the online racing platform, it’s time to introduce Travis Pastrana.
Travis is a well-known US rally champion, and current Mt. Washington Hillclimb Auto Race world record holder. In 2017, Pastrana shattered the course record at New Hampshire’s Mount Washington with a 5 min. 44.72 sec. run, driving a specially-prepared 600 Hp Subaru WRX STI rally car built by Vermont SportsCar. Travis beat his teammate David Higgins, who previously held the course record of 6 min. 9.09 sec. which was set in 2014.
During a visit at the iRacing headquarters, Travis Pastrana talks about how sim racing has helped him throughout his career, and what he’s already learned for this year’s race.
The Mt. Washington Hillclimb is known as the Climb to the Clouds, a thrilling car race from the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road to the 6,288’ summit. The race has a three-day format, with practice runs on half of the mountain on Friday and Saturday morning. The practice location on either the lower half or the upper half of the mountain depends on the weather.
On race day, each competitor makes two full runs of the technical, steep, and winding mountain road, once in the morning, and once in the afternoon. The field of 80 cars leave the starting line one minute apart from each other to tackle the 7.6 mile Auto Road.
The Auto Road is the oldest man-made attraction in the United States, predating the Indianapolis 500 and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. It typically takes a car and driver about 30 minutes to reach the summit. The Mt. Washington Hillclimb race is a rare chance to see extreme drivers test their mettle on this extraordinary terrain.
The iRacing early access version of the course features two configurations, being Hillclimb and Descent. iRacing is hosting numerous Mount Washington Time Attack competitions in a wide range of vehicles.
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