NEW YORK - Red Bull Air Race fans are invited to the Race Airport at Linden, New Jersey, to meet and greet the world championship pilots in a Public Pit Lane Walk on Saturday evening ahead of Sunday’s event.
The pilots and their planes will be at their hangars between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to meet friends and fans alike -- and sign autographs. Fans are advised to get in early to secure their vehicle passes from the Red Bull Air Race Liberty State Park box office as parking at the Linden Race Airport is strictly limited.
The traditional Public Pit Lane Walk before each race is not only hugely popular with Red Bull Air Race fans; the teams also look forward to feeding off the energy and enthusiasm of the big crowds that come out to the Race Airport to see the pilots and their planes up close.
“You come to an air race in some countries and the people are just so excited and accepting of the race and just really thrilled,” said American pilot Michael Goulian, who said he looks forward to the Public Pit Lane Walk at every race. “You can already feel the electricity in the air. It makes me really excited to fly,” added Goulian, who is hoping for a big crowd of fans coming down from his home state of Massachusetts to cheer his team on.
The lines to meet some of the most popular pilots can stretch back for hundreds of yards -- especially the home town racers. There is a friendly rivalry among the pilots to get the longest line. "If you want to get a picture, make it snappy!" is the traditional line from Red Bull Air Race Pit Lane Walk MC Barry Nutley at the more popular pit lane walks.
Access to the Public Pit Lane Walk is free, however parking is restricted and requires the purchase of a vehicle pass to park at the Linden Airport.
Vehicle passes are available for purchase at the box offices located at Liberty State Park for $10 USD. Vehicle passes are limited and subject to availability. Guests coming by public transportation do not need any access ticket.