IMS to Host Red Bull Air Race Season Finale

The Racing Capital of the World will crown a new champion in 2017, with the Red Bull Air Race hosting its season finale at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oct.14-15. Tickets and hangar passes are on sale now at www.ims.com/tickets

“IMS is where the biggest names in motorsports come to produce epic moments and make sporting history,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “Aviation is in our DNA, and we’re honored to host the season finale at the very same venue where the Wright Brothers once flew. Indy embraced the Air Race pilots and teams in 2016 and our fans will be even more excited to see a global champion crowned in 2017.” 

Last year’s inaugural competition produced a crowd of more than 65,000 over two days according to official Red Bull Air Race estimates. Pilots reached speeds of nearly 230 m.p.h and endured forces of up to 10G as they navigated large air-filled pylons. Matthias Dolderer won the event, successfully making his way through several rounds of competition on the 1.85 mile infield layout. To watch a recap of last year’s race, click here.

The full schedule announcement from Red Bull Air Race is below.  

Red Bull Air Race Schedule Announcement 

Salzburg (Austria) – The 2017 season of the Red Bull Air Race will begin with its diamond 75th race and conclude at the motorsport mecca; Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Along the way, the official World Championship will celebrate its tenth season with returns to San Diego, USA and Porto, Portugal, as well as a premier in Kazan, Russia.

The eight-race calendar takes off on February 10-11, 2017 with the celebration of a double anniversary: UAE will mark the 75th Red Bull Air Race of the World Championship and the 10th consecutive season opener in Abu Dhabi. Then on April 15-16, the raceplanes will return to San Diego, USA, which became a favorite over three consecutive seasons from 2007-2009.

Next: A third stop in Chiba, Japan on June 3-4. 90,000 fans cheered home hero Yoshihide Muroya to his first race win last year, and his triumph only fueled their passion. The exhilaration will continue on July 1-2, as the raceplanes dart under the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, the spiritual home of the sport.

As the summer continues, the Red Bull Air Race will write a new chapter in its history. A July debut in the Sports Capital of Russia, Kazan, with its rich 1,000-year-old culture and colorful skyline then the fight for the championship will move to another location in Europe which will be announced later.

On September 2-3, the season’s last race in Europe will be its first return in eight years to Porto, Portugal, where many spectators lined the banks of the Douro River to catch the action at the last Porto stop in 2009.

The season finale will rev up back in the USA on October 14-15, with the second consecutive race at the epic motorsport track of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Champion will be crowned.

“I can’t remember when I’ve been so excited about a season. The calendar goes from strength to strength, with every stop holding special significance as either a landmark location in the sport’s history or a premiere in a dramatic new setting. We’re especially thrilled to bring high-speed, low-altitude racing to a new audience in Russia,” said Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH. “Each pilot and team is keen to clinch the honor of winning the 75th Red Bull Air Race at the opener in Abu Dhabi just a few weeks from now, and the pace and intensity will only build throughout the season. What a year it’s going to be.” 

Ticketing for the 2017 season of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is underway. For all the latest news and information, visit www.redbullairrace.com.

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Red Bull Air Race 2017 Calendar

February 10-11: Abu Dhabi, UAE

April 15-16: San Diego, USA 

June 3-4: Chiba, Japan

July 1-2: Budapest, Hungary 

July 22-23:  Kazan, Russia

August 12-13: TBA, Europe

September 2-3: Porto, Portugal 

October 14-15: Indianapolis, USA