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Pikes Peak 2012 - Race to the Top!

Pikes Peak June 30, 2013

September 27, 2012

The Dallenbach race crew checking out the race car for its record attempt.

Gale Banks, a guy who has met adversity many times in his life, put it very simply saying... "Leonard Arnold brought Banks to Pikes Peak, I deeply appreciate that, and...I'll be back".

So watch this space diesel fans, Banks is talking about taking a Gale Banks Super-Turbo 427" V8 Diesel powered pickup to the mountain!

 


 


Paul Dallenbach
okay following crash

August 13, 2012

The Dallenbach race crew checking out the race car for its record attempt.

Paul Dallenbach, multiple champion at Pikes Peak, is in good condition following a crash into the forest early into his record attempt this past Sunday at the Pikes Peak international Hill Climb. The Dacia entry from France, closest competitor to the Dallenbach Racing/Banks Power entry, had crashed shortly before. Both teams were locked in a top qualifying battle the entire week preceding the event.

On race day, Banks engineers provided Paul with a full power calibration that virtually insured the win, the Banks Turbos lit off and Paul left the starting line with a vengeance. But it was not meant to be and Paul joined the French driver, Jean Philippe Dayraut, on the sidelines


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FASTEST QUALIFIER

Paul Dallenbach Puts The #98 On The Pole!

August 9, 2012
by Chris Tobin; photos/video by Gale Banks Engineering

Pikes Peak 2012 - Testing on the mountain (launch)After staying up well past midnight rebuilding and repairing the Lola transaxle and differential Wednesday night the Dallenbach Racing/Banks Power team was rewarded for all their hard work. Despite running an open differential once again rather than the limited slip differential they hoped to use, Paul Dallenbach made excellent qualifying passes finishing the lower section of the course in 3-minutes 59.704 seconds at an average speed of 77.496 MPH.

Dallenbach’s closest competitor, French driver Jean Philippe Dayraut in the AWD Dacia Duster, posted a slightly faster time but as of now that time has been disallowed by USAC officials after the driver allegedly ignored a red flag from a course worker. As of now, the Dallenbach Racing/Banks Power #98 sits first in qualifying, which would give the team the first pick of start time to up the mountain in competition on Sunday. The next fastest competitor was Rhys Millen who finished his best run nearly 7.5-seconds off Dallenbach’s pace followed by David Donner that was more than 10-seconds behind the Dallenbach Racing/Banks Power machine


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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Hopefully !

August 8, 2012
by Chris Tobin; photos by Gale Banks Engineering

An avid artist, Paul Dallenbach uses his right foot and a 1,400-horsepower Banks Power twin-turbo Chevy V8 to paint thick black Continental rubber stripes on the asphalt while practicing on the upper section of the course.

A look at the open differentialOn Wednesday August 8, 2012 the Dallenbach Racing/Banks Power team made test passes through the upper 1/3 of the racecourse. Paul Dallenbach’s best time was just three seconds off the fast time of the day set by Jean Philippe Dayraut in his AWD Dacia Duster rally-style car. But, the Dallenbach/Banks car has SPEED! Dallenbach tripped the RADAR gun at 144 MPH while Frenchman Dayraut was much slower posting a speed of 136 MPH at the same location on the course.

The team felt that the open differential they were running may have been hurting the acceleration out of the corners allowing one wheel to spin under the power of the twin-turbocharged 1,400-horsepower Chevy V8. The tire spin they were experiencing combined with very…


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TEST REPORT: 150 MPH Top Speed!

August 7, 2012
by Chris Tobin; photos by Gale Banks Engineering

Looking closely at the car as Dallenbach rockets out of the corner on the Pueblo road course you can see that the rear end is solidly planted while the inside front tire is nearly lifted off the ground.

Tuesday morning the Dallenbach Racing/Banks Power team took the car to Pueblo Motorsports Park near Colorado Springs to shake down and fine-tune the car making sure it is in tip-top shape before official practice sessions start on the mountain Wednesday. Paul Dallenbach piloted the car around the Pueblo road course getting a feel for the car before coming in to make some adjustments with the team. It was feeling a little skittish and twitchy under hard braking and need some more bite off the corners to maximize the potential of the 1,400-horsepower Banks Sidewinder twin-turbocharged Chevy V8…


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Dallenbach Racing-Banks Power Return to the Mountain!

August 6, 2012
by Chris Tobin

Banks Power and Dallenbach Racing - early morning preparation for testing on the Mountain

The 90th running of the famed “Race to the Clouds” will take place on August 12, 2012 with the Dallenbach Racing/Banks Power team ready to bring the Unlimited Class record back to the USA. Driver Paul Dallenbach and team owner Leonard Arnold have teamed with the engineers and techs at Banks Power to mount a serious challenge to the mountain and to the record book. Expectations are high for the group of self-described “old-school hot-rodders” as they mount their David vs. Goliath battle against the mega-funded super-teams with their grass-roots rear-wheel-drive V8 powered effort.


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Interview with Paul Dallenbach

August 6, 2012

Banks Power and Dallenbach Racing - early morning preparation for testing on the Mountain

Pikes Peak 2012 - Testing on the mountain (launch)NBC Colorado Channel 9 News interviewed Paul Dallenbach and spoke with him about the upcoming hill climb event. Watch the video to hear Paul talk about the Pikes Peak experience and get a look at one sweet Banks Powered hill climb race vehicle!


 


 


Tech inspection starts tomorrow

August 6, 2012

With Tech inspection beginning tomorrow, our engineers and the race team are in place prepping for the big day. This week we will be testing and fine-tuning to make sure that Paul has everything he needs to power his 1400hp Banks Powered rocket sled up the hill to victory. If you're interested in the full schedule, you can view it here.

Stay tuned as the week progresses!

 


 


ALMOST RACE TIME!

Stay tuned as we approach race day!

July 30, 2012

As race day draws nearer, the Banks-Dallenbach team is continually preparing. Pretty soon we will have some more time on the hill to run the car and fine-tune it for our turn to tear up Pikes Peak. With the improvements made to the vehicle from last year, we are confident that records will be broken!



 


 


POstponed due to fire concerns

90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Postponed Because of Safety Concerns And The Fires Near Colorado Springs – New Date Sunday August 12th

July 3, 2012

Due to fire concerns, the race is being postponed. Until the August 12th, we will continue to prepare and anxiously await our chance to break new records.

Source: http://www.usacracing.com



 


 


Lower Half testing

June 9, 2012
by Matt Trainham

Banks Power and Dallenbach Racing - early morning preparation for testing on the Mountain

With the major drivability issues resolved, the team spent time between runs getting the suspension of the car dialed in for the 'new' (fully paved) course conditions - Paul indicated that he's able to carry much more momentum through all parts of the course now, often pulling one or two gears higher than in previous years, and the car is really nailed down laterally.

Pikes Peak 2012 - Testing on the mountain (launch)Even with the massive wings, we're still seeing wheelspin at full throttle, even in 5th gear - Paul's able to modulate it safely, though, and the excess of power pays off - Logged GPS speeds from the car were incredibly fast, with a peak recorded speed of 144.5 MPH through the Picnic Grounds, more than 20 MPH higher than the team's previous best.

The only other Unlimited class car testing today was the factory Dacia of J.P. Dayraut. He pulled a slightly better overall section time to just south of Glen Cove on his last run - a 3:58 compared to Paul's best of 4:00 flat on the last run of the session (on cold tires, immediately after replacing the runaway wheel). On the faster lower portion of the test section, Paul was pulling incremental times several seconds faster than Dayraut, with the AWD Dacia making up time in the tighter, slower upper portion of the section where it has more grip than Paul's RWD chassis. Paul feels confident that there's plenty left in the car - he was carrying more corner speed and pushing his braking points further each pass.

The car's going back up to the team's shop in Greeley CO for a full checkup prior to race week - barring any major issues that turn up, it's ready to race after an oil and tire change.



 


 


PPIR Testing
Pikes Peak International Raceway

June 8, 2012
by Matt Trainham

After the lack of test time Thursday on the Peak prevented the team from shaking the car down fully, some quick arrangements were made and we flew back out to Colorado Springs to help get the car dialed in. Met up with the team at 6PM at Pikes Peak International Raceway, an ex-NASCAR oval with a great infield roadcourse and really nice support (garage, stand, shop area) facilities. Some quick runs around the infield course identified the last few gremlins remaining in the car, both of which turned out to be related to increased cornering grip over last year’s setup. Issues corrected, and with a final few test laps down and the car running like a top, we packed it in and headed for the hotel around 9PM.



 


 


Full Course testing

June 7, 2012
by Matt Trainham

Near-disaster in full-course testing today — Wyatt’s car went off-course and into the trees. He was uninjured, but the car will need some reworking. Severe suspension damage on two corners will require replacing the control arms and uprights, but the tub appears undamaged. Wyatt was in good spirits, and is still looking forward to running on the Peak during race week practice.

Pauls’ car was running better, but downtime prevented working out the final kinks during on-course practice time.



 


 


More testing

June 3, 2012
by Matt Trainham

Paul Dallenbach driving the #98 car powered by Gale Banks EngineeringWyatt Dallenbach driving the #84 car powered by Gale Banks Engineering

Electrical and continued fuel system gremlins prevented both Paul and Wyatt from making full runs up through the top half of the course this morning. The limited amount of running they did get under favorable conditions looked promising – the setup on both chassis was working quite well, even given 25°F pavement temperatures. Repair work to fix all of the issues began today and will continue through this week – the team will be back testing on the Peak next Thursday.



 


 


Testing on the lower half Part 2

June 2, 2012
by Matt Trainham

Lambda feedback sensor— Found the root cause of our fueling issues, it was the lambda feedback sensors as suspected. Corrected that and made a few more tweaks, ready to run tomorrow.

— The thunderstorms did show up - we got hosed pretty well for a few hours, including some hail, right in the middle of swapping the clutch, pilot bushing and throwout bearing on Wyatt's car in the hotel parking lot. Normally not too bad of a job, but it requires essentially unbolting the back half of the racecar.

— Wally Dallenbach Sr. and his wife Pepe made it in time for pizza and beers as work on the cars wrapped up, and I caught a shot of three generations of racing Dallenbachs sitting still in one spot - from right to left, Wally Sr., Paul, Wally Jr., and Wyatt.

Turning in for the night - should have some more updates around noon tomorrow when we head back down. The pool for top half times is ranging from barely sub-5 minutes to 5:20 - anywhere in that range will guarantee a solid sub-10 minute run on race day when combined with the lower half times from today.

Practice runs on the lower halfGetting ready for some practice runsGetting ready for some practice runs

 


 


Testing on the lower half Part 1

June 2, 2012
by Matt Trainham

Getting ready for some practice runsBest Times for lower half
practice this morning:

Paul's car (#98, Unlimited) 4:18.67
Wyatt's car (#84, Open Wheel) 4:26.56

Next closest testing competitor: 4:53.35

Prior best times (when middle-lower section was dirt) was in the 4:40.X range - indicators are that runs will be well under 10 minutes to the top this year.

Bad news - fueling issues on the 98 car, we're working on those now. We think we have a handle on it - crossed-up feedback from the oxygen sensor was driving the left-right bank mixture the wrong direction. On the upside, Paul's 25+ seconds faster than his best section times from prior years, with the engine not running well.

We're working on troubleshooting that now, will report back when I've got a root cause ID'd definitively.

Other notes:

— Beautiful weather - started setup @ 4:30 AM, clear and 45F. Mild winds, last practice run @ 9 AM, 75F. No signs of the promised thunderstorms, but we're seeing some overcast skies back in town now…

Practice runs on the lower halfGetting ready for some practice runsGetting ready for some practice runs

 


 


Latest Video:

Dallenbach Banks PMR Hot Lap

Dallenbach Banks PMR Hot Lap
August 9, 2012 — This is from Paul's fastest lap around Pueblo Motorsports Raceway this morning, and it starts off with the 150MPH blast down the front straight / drag strip.


Latest Photos:

Sunrise on the mountain, as the team waits to make their practice runs on the top 1/3 of the course. An avid artist, Paul Dallenbach uses his right foot and a 1,400-horsepower Banks Power twin-turbo Chevy V8 to paint thick black Continental rubber stripes on the asphalt while practicing on the upper section of the course. Just accessing the rear-mounted transaxle in the mid-engine car is difficult, much less doing it in a campground. But we can see more of that amazing engine in this shot with all the rear wings and body panels removed. With the transaxle torn down the team was able to make the necessary repairs. Well after midnight, the Dallenbach Racing/Banks Power team is hard at work reassembling the car to tackle the course in a few hours. At 5:00 waiting to take the green flag for one of the qualifying runs through the lower 1/3 of the course.
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Time on the Track

Latest Video:

Soft Launch on the recently rebuilt transmission

Soft Launch on the recently rebuilt transmission
August 9, 2012 — A soft leave on a 6-hour old transmission rebuild still launches Paul Dallenbach on his way for the first qualifying run of the day...


Photos:

Looking closely at the car as Dallenbach rockets out of the corner on the Pueblo road course you can see that the rear end is solidly planted while the inside front tire is nearly lifted off the ground. After a few laps on the track the small group of hot-rodders make some minor tweaks to the car adjusting the brake bias, shock tuning and pressure in the rear tires. With the bodywork removed you can see half of the Chevy engine along with the Banks Sidewinder turbo. But also notice the rear suspension as well as the massive Continental tire that Dallenbach is able to spin at will with pressure from his right foot.
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Time on the Track

Video:

Pikes Peak - Practice at Pueblo

Pikes Peak - Practice at Pueblo
August 7, 2012 — Getting some practice runs in on the track before we start our practice runs up the mountain.


More testing

Video:

Pikes Peak 2012 Banks-Dallenbach

Pikes Peak 2012
Banks-Dallenbach

June 15, 2012 — Banks has upped the power in the 422 cu. in. small block Chevy V8 from 1307hp and 1206 lb-ft to 1400 hp and 1301 lb-ft, and with that increase comes the challenge of keeping the tires from breaking loose…

Testing on the Mountain

Video:

Pikes Peak 2012 Banks-Dallenbach

Banks Power Pikes Peak 2012
June 9, 2012 — This video is from a day of testing on the lower half of the course on June 9, 2012. Everything is looking good and everyone is happy with the times we're running. Can't wait for the race! Stay tuned for more action. "Like Us" on Facebook for all the latest news and updates…


Photos:

Early in the morning! Some last minute preparations Getting ready for a shakedown
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Video:

Pikes Peak 2012 Banks-Dallenbach

Testing With Paul Dallenbach
A quick time lapse from the June 6th testing on Pikes Peak. The Dallenbach Racing team is testing two cars: A 750bhp Open Wheel car driven by Wyatt Dallenbach and a 1400bhp Unlimited car driven by Paul Dallenbach. Tune in to the race on July 8th 2012 at Pikes Peak, CO. by Gardner Nichols



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