SOURCE: Red Bull

April 16, 2008 07:15 ET

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Red Bull Air Race World Series Returns to San Diego May 3 and 4

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - Over 50,000 race fans turned out for the first stop of the Red Bull Air Race World Series in San Diego, Calif. last September, which will return to San Diego on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4 this year. This year, in an effort to support the U.S. military throughout the year, the Red Bull Air Race Airport operations will be based on Naval Air Station, North Island to provide San Diego's sailors and marines with an unprecedented race experience.

The 10 city worldwide tour kicked off last week in Abu Dhabi, UAE where British racer, Paul Bonhomme, took home the first win of the season. The United States will host the second stop in San Diego with the third stop of this year's Series to take place in the Midwest on May 31 and June 1. The Midwest location will be announced on Monday, April 21.


Qualifying will take place on Saturday, May 3, and Race Day will take place on Sunday, May 4. This year's Series features a new race format that allows all 12 pilots to race on Race Day. Spectators will be able to get the best views of the race from the Embarcadero Marine Park peninsulas. Fans will also have a chance to check out the Red Bull Air Race Airport on the North Island Naval Base during a pit lane walk on Saturday, May 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. During this time, the public can meet the pilots and get an up-close look at their race planes.

Tickets for the Red Bull Air Race weekend at the Embarcadero Marine Park are $30 for a 2-day general admission pass and can be purchased and printed at home from

Race fans in San Diego can experience the Red Bull Air Race all week long starting on Monday, April 28, when the Red Bull Air Race Terminal opens to the public throughout the day and night. The Terminal is the latest innovation from the Red Bull Air Race and will serve as an interactive zone located on Market St. between 7th and 8th streets. Race enthusiasts can check out a replica race plane, listen to LIVE bands and DJs including Cut Copy and Seis Pistos, and admire the talents of B-Boys and Go-Go dancers. The Terminal will commence with the official Red Bull Air Race party on Saturday, May 3. Most events during the week are free and open to the public. For updated entertainment schedules and tickets, visit


South African Glen Dell will make his debut race season in the Red Bull Air Race World Series in 2008, with Dutchman Frank Versteegh and German Klaus Schrodt retiring from the sport. This means that 12 of the world's top pilots will contest the 2008 Red Bull Air Race World Series flying through the challenging, twisting race tracks just feet above the ground with points awarded for the fastest times and least number of penalties.

The Series also returns to London, Budapest, Porto, and Perth, which all held races in 2007. For the first time, Sweden will host a round of the Red Bull Air Race World Series.

In the United States, fans can watch each race on Sunday evenings on Fox Sports Network starting in July. The San Diego race will air on July 20 and again on September 28.

For further information please register at the new Red Bull Air Race Newsroom which can be accessed via the 'Press' link on The Red Bull Air Race Newsroom is a full media service providing print news, photography, radio, TV and web clips.

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