Donner Motorsport

Donner Motorsport History

The Donner family has a long history in motorsports.

Donner MotorsportsBob Donner Jr. was widely known and respected in the automotive world, having competed professionally throughout the country with great success in sports car racing driving Porsches. In addition to winning the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with Porsche three times, Bob also campaigned numerous drives at the Classic 12 Hours of Sebring with a onetime appearance for Chaparral Cars until finally settling with his favorite Prancing Horse, Ferrari. He was a Director of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb from 1979-1991, and President from 1988 to 1990. Bob was inducted into the Colorado Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. He founded and served as President of the Rocky Mountain Region of the Ferrari Club of America. won the sports-car class of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb three straight years, from 1960 through 1962. He started racing Porsches in the 1950s and made it into Sports Illustrated in 1959 after winning three races in the first two days of the old Continental Divide Raceway outside Castle Rock.

Donner MotorsportHe was a permanent fixture in the car-racing world, and under his guidance, his two sons, Bobby Donner III and David Donner, became prominent open-wheel drivers, both winning on Pikes Peak. They finished 1-2 in the 1989 Race to the Clouds open-wheel division, with Bobby setting the division's race record. But just a few months later, he died tragically when a deer jumped in front of his open-wheeler at the end of the Teller County Hill Climb north of Cripple Creek.

David Donner has won six times on Pikes Peak, as an Overall winner three times, once in the Unlimited class, once in Time Attack 2, and most recently in Time Attack 1. He is part of an elite group who has won on gravel, gravel/asphalt, and all-asphalt. He has also been top qualifer six times and a multiple record holder, including the current Time Attack 2 record of 10:26.896 driving a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S. Donner continues to be active in motorsports during the 2015 seaon and will be racing a Porsche GT3 Cup car in the Pirelli Cup Series. In 2005 he was a participant at the 24 hours Donner Motorsportof Daytona and a participant and winner at the Monterey Historical Race driving a 1971 Ferrari 512M, one of the very few times a 512M has prevailed over a Porsche 917 in any race in any period. He has also raced competitively in the Panoz Pro Series and the American Le Mans Series. Donner has also won the Queensland Goldrush Hillclimb in New Zealand.

David served as a lead facilitator for numerous ride and drive programs including Porsche, Audi, BMW, Infinity, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Subaru and Dodge. Donner has served on the board of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb and is also known for the commercials he has driven in including those for Audi of America and Porsche.

Most recently David Donner accepted the placque inducting the Donner Family into the Pikes Peak Hall of Fame (2016 class) for their service and dedication to the race and for their competitive spirit.