The thrilling Red Bull Air Race World Championship returns for 2010, and the fifth race of the season will be held - in partnership with NYC & Company, Jersey City, New Jersey and Liberty State Park - over the Hudson River June 19 and 20.
“The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will—without a doubt—bring a new element of adventure to this city, and add to the incredible roster of events taking place here in 2010," said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta.
Red Bull Air Race brings fifteen of the world’s most skilled pilots together to race individually against the clock for the fastest time through an aerial race track made up of inflatable air gates. 2010 marks the sixth year of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which will land in 10 different cities worldwide, including Abu Dhabi, UAE, Perth, Australia, and Lisbon, Portugal.
“Staging a Red Bull Air Race in New York City and Jersey City marks an important milestone in the history of the global 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 to 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 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 best 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 as possible throughout the season in a quest to achieve the prestigious honor of 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Champion.
The Red Bull Air Race is different from all other motorsports in that it takes its race track with it wherever it goes around the world, bringing the action directly to the spectator. To do this, it takes a logistics operation unparalled in the sports business to transport 380 tons of infrastructure and race equipment, including 15 lightweight, 24-foot wingspan race planes and the sport’s own travelling air traffic control tower.
For more information about the sport and the race in New York and Jersey City, please visit www.redbullairrace.com. To view each episode of the 2009 season go to www.hulu.com/redbullairrace.