Reno Air Racing Association to Add Cessna Class
The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) has been at a crossroads for what seems like forever. Increasing insurance fees and decreasing participation numbers have forced RARA to 'think outside the course'.
Announced early this morning, RARA will introduce the Cessna Class series of races. Beginning on the Wednesday prior to race weekend, the Cessna 150 & 152 class will begin their heat with the hope of determining a winner before the end of the event on Sunday. Should the aircraft fail to complete all six laps before the end of the weekend, whoever is in the lead wins. Period. The success of this particular race will determine the potential for next year's Piper Cub Crawl.
On Thursday, the Bonanza Class will begin their heat. Those participating in the race with a medical background will be disqualified. When ATA inquired about the strange disqualification rule, soaring insurance cost was to blame.
Friday's unique race will center around the 50 year-old twin-engine Mitsubishi Mu-2. The loud high-wing aircraft should make for some unique echos bouncing off the nearby hills. "It won't be much to watch, but it'll be super cool to hear!" said Melanie Moreno, RARA's new Aircraft Racing Integration Manager.
Even RARA's catch phrase will be changing. It will now be, "Rather than gamble in Reno, come to the races in Stead!"