Colorado Springs, CO — Pastor Don Wickstrum has officially withdrawn from the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb due to an accident that occurred during practice on Tuesday, June 25th. While the vehicle is repairable and Wickstrum walked away unscathed, the damage to the rear of the Kelly-Moss Road and Race twin-turbo 997 GT3 Cup Car can’t be fixed in time for Sunday’s race.
Wickstrum’s story with the Race to the Clouds begins at age 8 watching Bobby Unser slide his way to the top of the mountain. Directly after, Wickstrum proclaimed to his cousin that he’d race Pikes Peak International Hillclimb one day. Over 30 years later, Pastor Don made his lifelong dream a reality by being accepted to compete in Time Attack 1 for the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds.
Pastor Don feels blessed to have worked with the people at Pikes Peak International Hillclimb and all his fellow competitors on the mountain. Wickstrum will be in attendance at Fan Fest with the Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche Safai 911, eager to meet new fans and friends, so stop by and say hello there.
Wickstrum and his GT3 Cup Car, Bernice, will be bigger, better and stronger than ever for Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in 2020. Wickstrum remains positive thanks to his Faith and support from friends and family around him – This is not the end to a dream, but rather a new chapter bringing Pastor Don ever closer to the Race to the Clouds. To keep up with Pastor Don throughout his journey, be sure to follow him on social media at @FastestPastor and #FastestPastor on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Wickstrum thanks everyone at Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Kelly-Moss Road and Race, all his sponsors, plus friends and family for all the support so far and wants everyone to know he will see you next year!