Red Bull Air Races Add Indianapolis For 2016
Goodbye Texas, hello Indiana. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will mark its ninth season in 2016 with two new stops where fans are passionate about motorsports: the U.S. city of Indianapolis, Indiana, home to the Indianapolis 500 that’s renowned as part of the “Triple Crown” of auto racing and the famed Lausitzring in Germany.
According to a Red Bull Air Races press release, "The Speedway will also be celebrating 100 years of aviation events, as the first race held at IMS was also the first national balloon race, in 1909, the same year the world’s first air race took place in Reims, France." Airshow fans might recall The Indianapolis Air Show at Mt. Comfort Airport, a descendant of the events at the speedway, marked the 100th anniversary in June, 2010. The founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway saw their venue as more than a racetrack, and the infield had room for aviation use, so from June 13-18, 1910, track officials made history by conducting the first licensed aviation meet in American history. Ray Harroun, the winner of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 also built his own airplane and flew it from the Speedway grounds.
“We look forward to bringing the race closer to even more fans in 2016, and it will be a privilege to share our sport at two more locations that are rich with motorsport history,” said Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH. “The pilots and teams are already hard at work on technical innovations and strategic plans, and the races at all eight stops promise to be faster and more competitive than ever. The year ahead should be thrilling for spectators and competitors alike.”??
The 2016 season will span seven countries over eight races kicking off on March 11/12, with the traditional season opener over the Arabian Gulf in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the ninth straight time. Second stop is back at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria – one of the highlight venues in the Formula One calendar on 23/24 April.
The high-speed, low-altitude race will then return to Japan, following the overwhelming success of the debut race in 2015 that sold out across the weekend but a location has yet to be announced.
The Championship will then move to Budapest, Hungary on July 16/17 where the racetrack’s 25-meter-high pylons are set up in the heart of the city a location which has hosted seven races.
On August 13/14, the setting is Ascot in England, the renowned horse-racing track before the series makes the anticipated return to the Lausitzring on September 3/4, where fans will be able to savor a race in Germany for the first time since 2010 and cheer local Master Class pilot Matthias Dolderer.
Once again the final two races of the season will be in North America; first, on October 1/2, with the Red Bull Air Race premiere at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. The season finale happens on October 15/16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the new World Champion will be crowned at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.