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Donner Wins Open Wheel Hill Climb

June 29, 2002

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CASCADE, Colo. (AP) _ David Donner won the Open Wheel division in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, covering the 12.4-mile course in 10 minutes, 52.39 seconds despite engine problems Saturday.

``I didn’t think that I’d finish,″ said Donner, of Colorado Springs. ``I had massive overheating three miles up and low oil pressure. I just thought, ’Oh, I’ll drive it until it quits.‴

Clint Vahsholtz won the Stock Car division in 11:53.05. It was his 10th title overall and his seventh straight in a stock car, a Hill Climb record for consecutive victories in one division.

His father, Leonard, won the Superstock Truck/SUV division in 12:02.95. It was his 13th title, tying him with Bobby Unser for most division victories.

Clint and Leonard Vahsholtz’s 23 combined titles also is a record for a father and son. Bobby and Robby Unser had 21.

Per Eklund of Sweden won the Unlimited Division in 11:13.24, the second-fastest time overall.

Driver Mark Lovell and co-driver Steve Turvey won the SCCA Pro Rally Series event in 11:52.69.

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