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[COVERAGE] Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

August 12th, 2014 by Elusive Media

The race weekend has arrived and pasted, but it was fantastic from all 3 classes! All eyes were on Marquez to see if he could continue his undefeated season and continue breaking records after records on only his 2nd year in top class. First, lets talk about this years changes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway(IMS) circuit. After the many years of complains from the riders because of the bumpy and changing tarmac surfaces, IMS has listened. They have now not only repaved the whole circuit, but changed the track layout to have a more flowing track(more exciting racing!), while still keeping their ‘stop and go’ sections which gives us great opportunities for overtaking!

So lets continue with our race weekend, After FP2, Defending World Champion Marc Marquez leaded the back with an impressive .222s(Iannone – Parmac Racing) & .542s(Lorenzo – Movistar Yamaha) in front of his nears competitors. IMS also received positive remarks from all class on the modified layout and resurfacing. Its excited to see Ducati running up front with the other two manufactures, but will it continue the rest of the weekend?

As a Nicky Hayden fan, i must note he was absent from his motorcycle(Drive M7 Aspar) and replaced by Leon Camier due to a past injury that needed surgery. Lets hope to see him 100% in the upcoming races! Despite him being absent from his bike, he was joined his family for a press conference on his fathers new book release. If you a Hayden fan, its a must read, as it involves the whole Hayden family.

Lets move on to FP3/4 and the important qualifying for Sunday’s race. After Marquez dominating day one, Bradl has posted the quickest time of 1:32.522, about .3 faster than yesterdays quickest lap by Marquez. Rossi and Lorenzo finish off the top 3, while the lone Ducati ridden by Dovizioso finishes 4th and Pol Espargaro finished the top 5 in FP3. Dovizioso maybe not have set the fastest lap in FP3, but he does break the fastest trap speed on a motorcycle at IMS with an impressive 214.5mph! FP4 mostly focuses on fine tuning race setup and getting ready to put in a few fast laps to go for pole position in qualifying. Marquez is back to what he does best, shows up on the time sheet with the fastest time this weekend with a 1:32.391! Bradl drops off from the top 5, but Pol Espargaro, Rossi, Dovizioso, and Lorenzo finish the top 5. The new track layout continues to let the riders hit higher speeds; Pedrosa set the new trap speed record at 216.9mph! As Q1 finishes up, Redding and Crutchlow advance to join the rest of the top 10 qualifiers in Q2. With the limited time to put hot laps in, Marquez takes the fastest lap 12 minutes into Q2 with a pole time of 1:31.619. This marks Marquez’s eighth pole out of the ten races so far this season! The odds of continuing his winning streak looks promising! Dovizioso takes the the 2nd grid position(best qualifying since pole in Japanese GP in 2010) while Lorenzo finish off the front row. Seeing 3 different manufactures up front is always promising for an exciting race! Side note: Kallio picks up his 2nd pole of the season for Moto2 and championship leader Miller on pole for Moto3!

Race day is here and it was thrilling! Ducati has really started to get it together this season. Dovizioso has managed to get off the line fighting for the lead along side another Ducati ridden by Iannone. Tho a quick laps down, Rossi takes the lead but Dovizioso keeps a tight leash behind. Marquez has never been known for his starts and get pushed back to fight for 5 and 6th. Lorenzo also falls behind and tails Marquez in the first few laps. While Rossi and Dovizioso battle for the lead, they end up touching allowing Marquez and Lorenzo to sneak their way up to the front. But the show isn’t over, Marquez swings wide a couple turns later and Rossi regains the lead. The top four are within a few bikes lengths of each for almost the entire first half of the race. Its almost like your watching a Moto2 or Moto3 race! With about 16 laps to go, Marquez starts putting some distance between him and pack. Lorenzo and Rossi continue to fight for position 2 while Pedrosa works his way up from 8th on the grid and overtaking Dovizioso for 4th place. Unlike Pedrosa, Dovizioso ends up falling back toward the end of the race to finish in 7th. While the Ducati lost its pace toward the end of the race, it was memorable to see the Ducati finally fighting for the lead in the first 1/2 of the race! A worthy note was Collin Edwards in 13th, which ends his last American race in his motogp career! He will sure be missed! Keep an eye out for an article with just photos i’ve taken of Edwards over the years! The unstoppable Marquez now clinches his 10th consecutive win on his Resole Honda! This is the first time since Mick Doohan in 1997 to have 10 wins in a row in the premier class. Impressive!!!

I hope you enjoyed the coverage from this years races, til next year! Enjoy the gobs of photos!

Date: August 8-10th, 2014
Location: Indianapolis, IN
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

August 20th, 2013 by Elusive Media

What a weekend at the Famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ben Spies returns to his Ignite Pramac Racing Team after being out since RD2 in Austin, TX and is fully fit! Engery TI Pramac Racing Andrea Iannone also returns from being injured as well, But Friday was just the start of the Marquez weekend. To Start off, Marquez picks off Pedrosa by one tenth of a second at 1’39.502 after a day of free practices, while Bradl (despite a fall during FP2), finishes ahead of Lorenzo. Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi finish off the top six times of the day.

On Saturday Marquez continues to conquer the field and taking his forth pole of the season. In return, Marc Marquez beats the previous pole record by eight tenths of a second(1’37.958), while half a second back is Lorenzo and Pedrosa to finish the front row. For his home race, Nicky Hayden claims a spot on the second row in sixth place. Bradl having a great weekend up until a crashes in T1 and the best he can pull out is 8th qualifying time. Valentino Rossi struggles with qualifying with a disappointing ninth(worst qualifying on a Yamaha since Valencia in 2008) and will have plenty of work to do during race day. Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso finishes off the top 10. Ben Spies which looked strong after missing seven races this year crashed in FP with a highside in T4, which ended his weekend. We wish him a quick recovery and home to see him back out soon!

Race Day is here and Marc Marquez, which so far hasn’t had the best starts continues that by getting behind Lorenzo and Pedrosa out of the gate. While both(Lorenzo and Pedrosa) are still recovering from their injuries, it doesn’t take Marquez long to get past his rival and teammate. He ultimately takes victor after the 27 Lap race and dominates all 3 US GPs, which also marks his third consecutive win! Valentino Rossi finds his rhythm and battles his way past Monster Yamaha’s Tech3′s Crutchlow and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Bautista on the final laps and clinches 4th all the way back from 9th. Stephen Bradl Finishes seventh on his LCR Honda, while a controversial final turn overtake by Hayden sends both Ducati Teammates jumping out of line and allowing Smith’s Tech3 Yamaha to beat them to the finish! Besides Ben Spies, Karel Abraham as also unable to start the race due to injury on the first day and hope for a quick recovery for his home race on the following round!

With this Win from Marquez, he now leads the championship by 21 points(188 Total) from Pedrosa and 35 points behind is now Lorenzo. It should be an interesting second half of the championship. As both Pedrosa and Lorenzo become fully fit. Will Marquez still be able to keep up with the wins? Lets hope both of them can put some pressure on Marquez and keep the Championship exciting!

On to IMS News: There was rumors that this would of been Indianapolis’s last year, despite one year left on the contract. But during race weekend, it was officially released that MotoGP would be returning to the IMS Raceway! There is also talks of a reconfiguration of the track for next year, which would include a fresh coat of tarmac on all infield. Will this be enough to extend IMS past next year? Look forward to see what happens in the next following months. Til then See you next year!!!

For further news on everything MotoGP, check out www.motogp.com

Enjoy the photos from MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3!

Date: August 16-18th, 2013
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas

April 27th, 2013 by Elusive Media

A weekend of firsts, broken records, and great racing at the world-class Circuit of the Americas(COTA). If your not familiar with COTA, its located in Austin, TX and it’s the 1st purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States. Besides MotoGP, Formula 1(F1), V8 Supercars, Rolex Sports Car Series & American Le Mans Series, make the journey to Circuit of the Americas for one of their rounds. COTA consists of 20 turns, elevation change of 133ft, & .62 mile back straight that makes up the 3.4 mile track.

With many strong rides this season, Dani Pedrosa, Cal Clutchlow, VR 46 Valentino Rossi(back to Yamaha), Marc Marquez (2012 Moto2 World Champion), and the reigning world champion, Jorge Lorenzo, we are excited to see how this season unfolds. After some great battles in Qatar, we are ready for some more action for Round 2 at Circuit of the Americas!! A forecast of sunny and low to mid 70s make it ideal temperature for the weekend. As the race weekend starts off, we are greeted with low 40f degree weather in the mornings, much cold than anyone expected. Combined with a 8-15mph wind, the next few days would make morning practices a bit more of a challenge. As expected race times drastically reduce in the afternoon, where the Rookie, Marc Marquez comes in the fastest by just over a half-a-second faster than his teammate Dani Pedrosa. As the weekend progresses, Saturday conditions are in line with yesterday, and still after the 4th Free Practice, Marc Marquez comes on top with a 2:03:779. Dani trails behind by a small gap, were Lorenzo is nearly a full second behind Marquez’s time. We start seeing that the Honda’s favor this track over the Yamaha’s. After we finish up Q1 and on our way to Q2, Dovisiozo tops his teammate Nicky Hayden for 6th and also top Ducati. The top 5, in order are Bradl, Crutchlow, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, and Marquez. This is Marc’s first pole position and also breaks a long time record held by Freddie Spencer all the way back in 1982. Spencer at the age of 20 years and 196 days, while Marquez at the age of 20 years and 63 days. We had a feeling he would be breaking this record, but no one knew he would break in only his 2nd top class race.

Race day is finally here, and its the best conditions we’ve had all weekend. As all 26 rides take off from the grid, Pedrosa with a great start takes the lead into turn one. Marquez falls back to 3rd while quickly overtaking Bradl in the first lap and stays close to Pedrosa. Lorenzo does all he can to keep up with both Hondas, but slowly falls back after taking 3rd place from Bradl. With 13 laps down, Marquez finally makes his move and passes his teammate Pedrosa. Dani tries to keep up, but Marquez keeps pushing all the way to the checkered flag with a 1.5 second lead ahead of Dani. We now witness another record held by Freddie Spencer broken by Marquez in his first MotoGP win! Lorenzo finishes 3rd while crutchlow works his way up the back after making a mistake for a impressive 4th place. Nicky Hayden is the top American(9th) and Ben Spies finished 13th, dispute strong pain from a previous injury that has not completely healed. Wild Card Rider Blake Young finished 1 lap down in 21st and local boy(man) Colin Edwards completes nearly half the race after having major issues with his CRT machine.
Moto2′s race was won by Nico Torel and Moto3′s race was won by Alex Rins both first time winners in their class. If all those records and first weren’t enough, the Red Bull Rookie Cup had its first race in the United States, which included a race on Saturday and another on Sunday. It was a packed weekend of records and firsts, with over 131,000 in attendance during the race weekend, we will all be talking about this until we start it all over again next year!

Date: April 19-21st, 2013
Location: Austin, TX
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[COVERAGE] Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

August 22nd, 2012 by Elusive Media

The sun is out and not a drop of rain is set for Indianapolis Motor speedway, Round10 of MotoGP Championship was set for a great weekend of racing! Over the years, rides from all classes have complained of bumpy track, so at the end of last year’s race, IMS repaved the entire inside track. Even with race weekend being rain free, Thursday the 16th, a massive thunderstorm came through the city, soaking the track and leaving the track dirty, but with the sun beating down on the fresh tarmac, fans and rides were eager to see what each rider could put down for a lap time. Rides quickly learned, even with a bump free track, MotoGP was the first to ever go around the repaved track, which lead to a very slick surface. ISM this weekend took no prisoners. Héctor Barberá returns after being out on injury, while Toni Elías Stand By in case he need to fill in. We quickly learn it was a good thing, Barberá comes out of the last turn and loses traction and land on the top of his helmet, injuring his back. Stoner during qualifying takes a fast high side which throw him off the bike, where we later find out needs surgery, but even with a fracture and torn ligaments in his right ankle, Stoner continues to race on Sunday. Nicky Hayden also takes a high sides as well which renders him unconscious and injurers his hand. Medical steps in and see him unfit to race his home race on Sunday.
Now onto Race day, which isn’t done claiming rides. Spies goes out with engine issues, Crutchlow crashes out, Randy out with bad clutch, and Pirro out as well. Even with Stoner’s enjury he fought a hard battle to take 4th, a disapointing weekend for him, but good to pick up some much needed points in the Championship. Dovizioso finish again on the podium with 3rd, while Lorenzo couldn’t keep the blistering pace of Pedrosa, winning by nearly 10 seconds. For further stats and articles from all 3 classes, head over to motogp.com

Gallery includes photos from all 3 classes including AMA. Enjoy!!

Date: August 17-19th, 2012
By: Erik
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Red Bull Butter Cup: Drinkys Easton, PA

February 12th, 2012 by Elusive Media

Last year Red Bull helped sponsor a local event called Rail Jam, which Drinky’s created. Because of the success of last years event, Red Bull added Easton, PA as one of it’s stops on the Butter Cup Series. Unlike last year, which allowed skiers to be involved, this event was for snowboarders only with women, men, and kids broken into different heats. As Red Bull says it, “more flow and smoother than ever before”; This let the riders have more freedom to show of their style. Despite the warmer weather all season, organizers brought in over 40 tons of snow which was needed for the 16ft high ramp and 180ft area w/ a mix of rails and jumps.
Winners: Under 13 – Thomas Melchiore Women – Jess Kurman Best Trick – Kyle Luza Pro – Peter Pape

Date: February 11th, 2012
Location: Easton, PA @ Drinky’s
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Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

August 30th, 2011 by Elusive Media

As everyone knows, MotoGP is my “fix”. I watch FP1,2,3 & Quali for all MotoGP races … i’d even watch moto2/125 FPs and Quali if sleep didn’t get in the way! This year was a bit different for travel arrangements, instead of driving in the day before, we flew from Newark, NJ to Indy Friday morning.  If all went well, we would have a few hours to make it to the track before the first FP would start. Of course, this wasn’t the case. After a few hours delay with our first plane, the airline decided to give us a new plane. About 2.5 hrs later, we were on our way to the Indianapolis. As we entered Indianapolis airspace, i look at the window and i see the speedway, with 125cc already on the track, dang! Not off to a good start, but we made it safe, and I’m ready to take some photos!

Besides this being the last year for 125cc(moto3 next year), Indianapolis Speedway resurfaced the entire infield of the track a few months prior to the start of race weekend. This was done because many of the riders complained about bumps around the course, but the downside of doing this without anyone riding on the track before was grip. The new problem for the weekend, was of course tire grip. As the weekend progressed and the more rides took to the track, the more rubber that was laid down to give some better grip to the riders. Thankfully the weekend was full of sun with no chance of rain to hit during race weekend.

Stoner’s dominance continues with his seventh pole position setting him up for another win at one of the tracks he’s never won at before. The Ducati team with tire wear and front end feel with both the GP11/11.1 model has hindered both riders to start higher on the grid. The Yamaha team on the the other hand, Lorenzo and Spies qualified 2nd and 3rd, which was their first first double Yamaha front row of the year.

Race day is here and like the whole weekend, the sun is out and is heating up the asphalt to a scorching 51c/123f. Stoner, Lorenzo, & Pedrosa take a charging start, and Pedrosa hoping to do a repeat of last year, but after 7 laps Stoner over takes Lorenzo then Pedrosa and stay ahead for the remainder of the race.  Even though Spies starts 2nd on the grid, him and Dovi, touch going into turn one which send him out wide. Marco Simoncelli and Nicky Hayden starts off strong but tire wear slowly start cutting back their times, and eventually Nicky has to pit to change tires to finish the race and still able to get a few points. While Rossi has is own problem worth front end feel and tire wear pushes him back to the end of the pack; At one point Rossi was in 17th to work his way back up to 10th.  Despite the bad start for Spies, he works his way back up to 3rd place by lap 16 but too far off to catch Pedrosa. Randy De Puniet ends up finishing 8th, which is his best finish of the season on his Pramac Ducati.

For a first for this year, AMA XR1200 had a race after the MotoGP races were completed. It wasn’t something i was all that up-to-date with, but it was a great bonus the crowed go to enjoy.

For more information, check out motogp.com!

Date: August 26-28th, 2011
By: Erik
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Rail Jam: Easton PA

February 14th, 2011 by Elusive Media

The First Rail Jam was put on by Drinky’s, Red Bull & Big Boulder. The event featured a 140 foot long snowboard ramp, with 3 different style rails along with a jump in the center. The EMC for the event was DJ Scotty Brilliant of 107.1 FM “The Bone”. The event started from 2-8pm, with practice/qualifying starting at 3-5pm. Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr of Easton, PA started the competition with a few words and a countdown to start the first Rail Jam.

Date: February 12th, 2011
By: Erik
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Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr of Easton, PA says a few words and then starts the countdown to the 1st Annual Rail Jam!
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Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP

August 30th, 2010 by Elusive Media

With the last few year’s GP, you never know what kinda weather you will get at Indy. For one, the first year it rained throughout the whole weekend and the leftovers from a hurricane ended the races early. This year, we had quite the opposite, clear blue skies, excellent racing weather! Qualifying is always an exciting time to see who will grasp the pole position. Jorge Lorenzo has been dominating this year poles and podiums. This weekend the American fans were treated to not only Ben Spies getting his first ever pole position in the premier class, but Nicky Hayden grabbing his first front row on the Ducati. It was one special moment for both in front of their home crowd.

Race Day is here and all rides start off strong, but after a strong FP1/2/Qualifying, Nicky Hayden has some issues with grip, catches a grain cover, which rips off his knee slider, because of this he wasn’t able to ride at his maximum, ending in a 6th position. Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo, and Dani Pedrosa took over the front where Ben tried to hold of Dani, but in the end Dani took him in the straight. Ben Spies tries to fight back, but can’t keep up with Dani’s pace. Despite losing Dani, Ben keeps a good grab between Jorge Lorenzo and finishes 2nd, which is the highest podium he has finished in the premier class. Jorge Lorenzo finishes 3rd, not happy with the ride, but happy to add some points to extend toward his first world championship in MotoGP.

Congrats to all riders! and for more news and exclusive video from this weekends race, visit motogp.com!!

Date: August 27-29th, 2010
By: Erik
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Red Bull Air Race New York

June 22nd, 2010 by Elusive Media

Date: June 19-20th, 2010
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“NEW YORK – Paul Bonhomme of Britain won the first-ever Red Bull Air Race in New York on Sunday with a scintillating performance under pressure in front of the most spectacular setting in the eight-year history of the sport. Nigel Lamb took second place in a thrilling four-way battle between the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan while American Kirby Chambliss got his second straight podium with third place.


Bonhomme, the defending champion, prevailed in front of a huge crowd of 75,000 spectators watching from both sides of the Hudson River and a live U.S. television audience with one superb run after another through three pressure-packed rounds. Bonhomme had finished behind Arch for the last three races and was desperate to get back on top after the Team Abu Dhabi racer cut his lead in the championship to just one point. Arch pushed Bonhomme to his limits but saw his three-race winning streak shattered in dramatic fashion when he hit a pylon in the final 4 ending any hope of a podium finish.

Bonhomme stopped the clock at 1:10.01, the day’s fastest time on the 5.5-km track of 13 Air Gates set up on the majestic Hudson River between the Statue of Liberty and New York’s breathtaking skyline. Bonhomme had been the epitome of consistency with times of 1:10.09 in the Top 12 round and 1:10.07 in the Super 8 before lowering the mark again to 1:10.01 in the final. That was a full 2.05 seconds faster than Lamb and 2.08 faster than Chambliss. Arch was 5.34 back — hurt by the six-second penalty for hitting the pylon.

It was Bonhomme’s 12th straight podium — a record — and he now leads the championship with 53 points while Arch is second overall with 48 points. Team Breitling’s Nigel Lamb is third on 47 and Chambliss has 35.

“It’s very good — and what a setting,” Bonhomme said. “I can appreciate the view now that I’ve finished racing. Great day. I concentrated on me, my airplane and the track. And now I think we can celebrate a bit.” Lamb, who got his third second-place finish this year after getting the same result in Abu Dhabi and Rio de Janeiro, called it “a fantastic result”. Chambliss, the 2006 world champion, was delighted to be on the podium in his home race. “As an American, I’m very, very proud,” he said. “It’ll sink-in in a while. I have to personally thank Hannes for hitting that gate. Thank you Hannes!”

Arch was gracious in defeat on the biggest stage in the 49-race history of the Red Bull Air Race, a city where organizers have dreamed of staging a race since the world’s fastest growing motorsport was launched in 2003. It has been a FAI recognized world championship competition since 2005. Arch said he pulled out the stops to try to beat Bonhomme and get what would have been a record fourth straight victory and just barely hit the Air Gate, an inflatable pylon that he clipped with his wing.

“It was a good run,” said Arch, the 2008 champion. “It was just a couple of centimeters that made the difference. I would rather lose here like that in style, going for it, than completely screw it up. So I think those guys in front of me owe me a beer.”

The New York race was the fifth in the eight-race championship. It was a bit of a disappointment for the other American, Michael Goulian. The man from Massachusetts finished seventh. Pete McLeod of Canada, by contrast, had an excellent race and finished fifth to move up to fifth place in the championship with 29 points.” – redbullairrace.com

Red Bull Air Race – New York Tickets

May 2nd, 2010 by Elusive Media


NEW YORK – April 30, 2010 – The metro area better fasten their seat belts because tickets are now on sale for the 2010 Red Bull Air Race New York being held in Liberty State Park in Jersey City this summer. In partnership with NYC & Company, Jersey City, NJ and Liberty State Park, the race will take place over the Hudson River on June 19 and 20.

With some luck, the sun will be shining as thousands of spectators look just feet above the river to see something other than tall buildings. In the Red Bull Air Race, fifteen of the world’s best pilots race individually against the clock for the fastest time through an aerial race track made up of inflatable air gates. This year marks the sixth year of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship which will also land in countries including Canada, Germany, Hungary and Portugal.

Tickets are available in different levels on www.redbullairrace.com. For General Admission tickets, standing room tickets start at $30 and Grandstand Reserved Seating start at $50. The Race Club provides hospitality, premium viewing, jumbotron screens, selection of food and beverages in a buffet form and a “party” atmosphere. Price for a 2-day pass will be $540.

Corporate groups can book a private lounge within the Business Race Club: requests will personally be managed by the Red Bull Air Race Hospitality Team under hospitality@redbullairrace.com. The High Flyers Lounge is the most premium level of hospitality at the Red Bull Air Race and includes the best views of the track and gourmet food and beverage. A service fee and the Liberty State Park fee will be applied to each ticket level. Questions and requests can be directed to ticketing@redbullairrace.com.

So gather the family and tell your friends about your plans to attend Red Bull Air Race New York at Liberty State Park in Jersey City this summer. Unfortunately, the race will not be viewable from lower Manhattan. The Red Bull Air Race encourages everyone to buy tickets and plan transportation via ferries from Battery Park or the Light Rail in New Jersey. There will not be general admission spectator parking in Liberty State Park.

“Staging a Red Bull Air Race in New York City and Jersey City marks an important milestone in the history of the global motorsport championship and we feel privileged to be given this opportunity,” said Bernd Loidl, CEO of the Red Bull Air Race. “We look forward to our partnership with both cities and Liberty State Park by providing spectators with an incredible experience as well as enabling millions of television viewers around the globe to watch the best race pilots compete against the spectacular skyline of some of the world’s great cities.”

Over the past five years, the Red Bull Air Race has held races in major metropolitans such as London, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, and in the U.S. in San Diego, Detroit, San Francisco, and Monument Valley, Utah. Of the fifteen race pilots from around the world, two are Americans, Kirby Chambliss from Arizona and Michael Goulian from Massachusetts. Each pilot operates a year-round race team including a technician and team coordinator. The end goal for each race team is to accumulate as many points throughout the season in a quest to achieve the prestigious honor of 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

For more information about the sport and to purchase tickets, please visit www.redbullairrace.com, or to view each TV episode of the 2009 season, go to www.hulu.com/redbullairrace. For high resolution photos, b-roll and text, please visit www.redbullairrace.com/press.