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Red Bull Air Race

December 16, 2015 12:41 ET

Red Bull Air Race 2016 Calendar Announced With New Locations in Germany and the United States

The Eight-Race 2016 World Championship Season to Feature Return to Las Vegas and Historic Debut in Indianapolis

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA--(Marketwired - Dec 16, 2015) - The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will mark its ninth season in 2016 with two exciting new stops in cities with an avid motorsports fanbase: the return to the famed Lausitzring in Germany and the series debut in Indianapolis, Indiana, home to the Indianapolis 500. In a season that spans seven countries over eight races, the enthralling motorsport series will also captivate spectators at stops that have already become favorites in the calendar, including the season finale in Las Vegas. Each of the eight races of the season will air as a full-length broadcast in the USA on FS1, with television times to be announced in January 2016.

It all kicks off on March 11/12, with the traditional season opener over the Arabian Gulf in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the ninth straight time. Next up, the action is back at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria -- also one of the highlight venues in the Formula One calendar -- on 23/24 April.

The high-speed, low-altitude race will then return to Japan, following the overwhelming success of the debut race in 2015. The Championship then moves to Budapest, Hungary, on July 16/17, a location that has hosted seven previous races, with the racetrack's 82 foot-high pylons contrasting the stunning backdrop of the Parliament Building.

On August 13/14, the setting will be Ascot in England, the renowned horse-racing track that has proven to be one of the all-time favorite stops in the history of the sport. The series will then make a highly anticipated return to the Lausitzring on September 3/4, where fans will be able to savor a race in Germany for the first time since 2010 and cheer on local Master Class pilot Matthias Dolderer.

Once again the final two races of the season will be in the United States. First, on October 1/2, Red Bull Air Race will make its first stop ever in Indianapolis, a city well known for its love of motorsports. The race will take place at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500, one of the most renowned auto races in the world. The season finale will follow on October 15/16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the new World Champion will be crowned at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"We look forward to bringing the race closer to even more fans in 2016, and it will be a privilege to share our sport at two more locations that are rich with motorsport history," said Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH. "The pilots and teams are already hard at work on technical innovations and strategic plans, and the races at all eight stops promise to be faster and more competitive than ever. The year ahead should be thrilling for spectators and competitors alike."

Ticketing for the 2016 season of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship will begin in December. For more information on tickets, visit www.redbullairrace.com

2016 Race Calendar:

1. Abu Dhabi, UAE 11/12 March
2. Spielberg, Austria 23/24 April
3. Japan*  
4. Budapest, Hungary 16/17 July
5. Ascot, Great Britain 13/14 August
6. Lausitzring, Germany 3/4 September
7. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 1/2 October
8. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 15/16 October

*To be confirmed

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About Red Bull Air Race:
Created in 2003, officially a world championship in 2005, the Red Bull Air Race has held over 65 races and is watched by millions of fans. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world's best race pilots in a pure motor-sport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 230 mph while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 82-foot-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was introduced, giving new pilots the chance to develop their low altitude flying skills. But one thing remains the same: The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the most thrilling motorsports competition in the sky.

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