Yesterday was a good day for “Monster” Tajima.

Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima began with a qualifying run at Pikes Peak that puts him in the fifth position for Sunday’s race. Tajima and his team gained some valuable insights, which will help on race day – the 100th anniversary of this historic race. He expressed great confidence in the performance of his Giti slicks. This is the fourth year that Tajima has competed on Giti tires at Pikes Peak and 28th year competing in the race.

Later, the legendary driver and fan favorite was inducted into the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Hall of Fame. Tajima was the first competitor in race history to break the 10-minute mark when he clocked 9:51.278 to win the title in the Unlimited Division. Tajima became the first to do so in an electric powered vehicle while setting a new Electric Division record in 2013 with a time of 9:46.530. In addition to his Hall of Fame induction, it was announced that the Penrose Heritage Museum will forever display his 1993 twin-engine race machine at their “Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience.”