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Off Road: Rod Millen Wins Pikes Peak Hill Climb

7 July 1998

PIKES PEAK HILL CLIMB

Millen, Kameyama Capture Pikes Peak USAC Divisional Titles

Rod Millen of Newport Beach, Calif. fell short in his bid to break the 10-minute barrier at Pikes Peak Saturday but he still won the "Unlimited" Division of the 76th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb near Colorado Springs, Colo.

Millen completed the 12.5-mile course in 10:07.70 in his Toyota Tacoma to beat runner-up Nobuhiro Tajima of Iwata, Japan by nearly 25 seconds. Millen's time was over three seconds shy of his 1994 ultimate course record of 10:04.06.

Akira Kameyama of Sano, Japan captured the other USAC-sanctioned portion of Saturday's hill climb, posting a time of 11:47.44 in his Nissan Skyline to capture the "Open" Division championship. Paul Choiniere of Shelburne, Vt. was second, nearly 22 seconds back.

Pikes Peak Open Division Results: 1-Akira Kameyama, Sano, Japan, Nissan Skyline, 11:47.44; 2-Paul Choiniere, Shelburne, Vt., Tiburon Hyundai, 12:09.24; 3-Koichi Horiuchi, Chiba-Shi, Japan, Mitsubishi, 12:21.22; 4-Tsunehiro Iwata, Japan, Mitsubishi, 12:54.51; 5-Masaki Ohashi, Nagoya, Japan, Nissan Skyline, 12:58.06; 6-Steve Beddor, Chanhassen, Minn., Porsche RUF, 13:10.51.

Pikes Peak Unlimited Division Results: 1-Rod Millen, Newport Beach, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 10:07.70; 2-Nobuhiro Tajima, Iwata, Japan, Suzuki Sidekick, 10:32.57; 3-Bobby Regester, Florissant, Colo., Chevrolet Corvette, 10:59.32.