OF THE RED BULL AIR RACE
Global Motorsport Soars Between Two Countries
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship pilots are tuned up and ready to face the daunting Detroit River track June 13 and 14. With 750,000 fans attending both days of the race in 2008, the race will be once again a must see event hosted by Windsor, Ontario. The excitement kicks off June 12 in Detroit with various Red Bull Air Race concerts, parties and special events leading up to Race Day.
The 2009 six-city worldwide tour kicked off in Abu Dhabi, UAE on April 17 and 18, where 2008 World Champion Hannes Arch won the race. San Diego hosted the second stop of this year’s World Championship on May 9 and 10 where Nicolas Ivanoff of France took home first place. The third race of the season on June 13 and 14 is officially hosted by Windsor, Ontario with strong support and cooperation from the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, City of Detroit and Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau to ensure a stellar Detroit spectator experience equal to 2008.
Qualifying will take place on Saturday, June 13, and Race Day will take place on Sunday, June 14. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship revamped its already successful race format in the 2009 season as part of its quest to perfect scoring and spectator enjoyment. The new format features a Qualifying Day with all pilots racing to be one of the ten fastest to take them directly through to the Top 12 session on Race Day. For the first time ever, Qualifying will also be a race for one championship point which will be awarded to the pilot with the best time in Qualifying.
The new format will also be adopted to accommodate the largest field expansion ever in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship – from 12 pilots in 2008 to 15 in 2009.
These elite 15 of the world’s best pilots will push their skills to the limit, flying through the challenging, twisting race tracks just feet above the water with points awarded for the fastest times and least number of penalties.
Spectators will have the opportunity to experience the best view of the track and excellent sound including on-site activities from the two countries – once again, the Detroit Riverfront will offer a spectacular view of the race along with concessions, music and fun for the entire family.
Tickets for the Red Bull Air Race weekend are $35 for a 2-day general admission pass and can be purchased and printed at home from www.redbullairrace.com.
Other activities include a Red Bull Air Race Terminal in the lobby of the GM Renaissance Center featuring interactive displays, live music and aircraft displays, and for those over 21, a $5 pub crawl on Saturday, June 13.
Check out RBAR2008 coverage from MCB
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