Posted: Jun 23, 2011 10:38 AM by Jordan Mason
Updated: Jun 23, 2011 8:44 PM
"I am the king of the mountain! Yeah!"
The "Monster" is back. Japan's Nabuhiro "Monster" Tajima is aiming for his sixth straight overall tile at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
"Time is important, but the most important is victory," said Tajima. "I want to go to the sixth, you know [sic]."
He's still trying to break the elusive ten-minute barrier, a mark that has never been broken. He says that will all depend on the weather this weekend.
"The weather and car is good [sic]," said Tajima. "I have a nice competition here. Everything is going well. The top section is pavement, so be under ten minutes should be possible."
And Monster's biggest inspiration for the race is to give back to his home nation following Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.
Monster is selling t-shirts that say "Pray for Japan" at Friday's Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs. He will donate all the proceeds to earthquake relief efforts.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is Sunday at 9 a.m.