This weekend at the 97th Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb, Travis Pastrana competed in the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport class.
Image: Colorado Springs Gazette
Travis had an epic trip up the mountain even though it was not the fastest trip. The Nitro Circus ringmaster encountered rain, hail, a fogged windshield, and a herd of mountain goats on the way to the top of the 14,115-foot mountain.
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport division was introduced in 2018. The cars themselves are all prepped the same way and include coaching sessions with Pike’s Peak legend, Jeff Zwart. Travis described his diverse trip up the mountain in an interview. “The in-car is going to be awesome.”
Travis could finally get the Cayman moving in the section above treeline when it dried out, but it was still hairy. Literally hairy as he split a herd of mountain goats. After watching the clip of the NASCAR obliterating a rabbit, I can only imagine how the Cayman would have suffered from a mountain goat impact at over one hundred miles an hour.
Travis lamented the weather causing him to have the slowest time on race day after being fastest through all but one practice session. In 2018, a snowstorm descended on the mountain just after Pastrana logged his winning time helping to secure his victory. The Universe works itself out.
The cars that make up the GT4 Clubsport division are all 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4’s. Porsche is inviting the drivers who represent a cross-section of Porsche drivers. This year’s cast included Pastrana, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Indycar driver JR Hillebrand, Phil Bloom, Marc Bunting, George Hess III, and Gustav Lundh. All of the Caymans are prepared and run by Porsche for the event.
I’m going to start a Fortune 500 company now, so I can have Jeff Zwart coach me on the mountain someday.