SOURCE: Red Bull

March 27, 2007 15:40 ET

Red Bull Air Race World Series Lands Two Exotic U.S. Stops in 2007

High Speeds, Sharp Turns and Precision Flying

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- The Red Bull Air Race World Series thrusts into high gear in 2007, with U.S. stops in Monument Valley, UT, and San Diego, CA. Raising the stakes to a jarring new level, the Red Bull Air Race will showcase three new elite pilots and an improved racing format that will guarantee thrills to top last year's international success.

Launched in 2005, the Red Bull Air Race World Series is unlike any other form of air racing and is the pinnacle of high-speed precision flying. It's not just a test of speed, but a challenge of skill. Pilots are using the world's lightest, most agile and responsive planes. Stamina and skill determine who will be the next Red Bull Air Race World Series champion.

The international competition features a unique form of flying called 'air racing' where pilots navigate a challenging aerial racetrack of spectacular, specially designed pylons knows as "Air Gates." Pilots will be maneuvering and executing tight turns at 250 mph and will withstand forces of 10Gs to claim victory with the fastest finishing time.

For the first time, the Red Bull Air Race World Series' pilots will be competing in a bracketed format, culminating with a "knockout final." The head-to-head competition heightens the excitement as the best race pilots in the world compete against each other, with the fastest time advancing to the next round.

For 2007, both U.S. stops are sure to offer white-knuckled suspense as pilot and plane zip through the racetrack at unruly speeds and low-flying elevations. Racing will overtake the skies of Monument Valley on May 12th and then invade San Diego on September 22nd.

Spectacular U.S. Locations

The colorful and iconic scenery of sandstone buttes and isolated red mesas of Monument Valley will host one of the first Air Races entirely over land on May 12th. Part of the expansive Navajo Nation Reservation, the historic Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park straddles the northeast border of Arizona and southeast border of Utah. The striking landscape has been captured in numerous photographs, television programs and Western movies, and will provide a stunning backdrop for the third stop of the Red Bull Air Race World Series.

Nicknamed "America's Finest City" and home to numerous military facilities, including Navy ports and Marine bases, San Diego is the perfect place for the second U.S. stop in the World Series on September 22nd. In a special exhibit during the opening ceremonies, planes will take off from the USS Midway, the longest serving aircraft carrier in the history of the U.S. Navy.

New Pilots, New Thrills, New Locations

Red Bull kicks up the excitement even more this year by extending the series to a total of twelve international races. In addition to the new stops in Monument Valley and San Diego, other international cities include Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Istanbul, Interlaken, Budapest, Porto, and Perth. The first race on the calendar is slated for April 6th in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Previous Red Bull Air Race World Series American Champions Mike Mangold (2005) and Kirby Chambliss (2006) will be looking to defend their titles by fending off ambitious and talented opponents including upcoming rookies Hannes Arch (Austria), Glen Dell (South Africa) and Sergei Rakhmanin (Russia).

As reigning champion, American Kirby Chambliss must remain at the top of his game throughout the series. A native of Texas, he has earned a reputation as a fearless and aggressive pilot, winning him five U.S. aerobatic championship titles and virtually every license that aviation has to offer.

To relive the excitement of each race, the complete series will be broadcast on Fox Sports Network beginning in August.

Red Bull Air Race World Series Facts:

1.  The Red Bull Air Race is a high-speed race through inflatable Air
    Gates. It is a high performance motor sport conceived in 2001 by the
    Red Bull sports ideas think-tank which has created a wide range of
    innovative sports events across the globe.
2.  Twelve pilots race against each other, navigating a challenging
    racecourse in the sky, in the fastest possible time.
3.  "Smoke on": The command of the race director to the pilot as a starting
    sign. The white smoke emerges when paraffin oil is added to the engine
    and improves visibility of the aircraft.
4.  "Air Gates": 65 foot-high inflatable pylons that mark the racetrack.
    They are filled with compressed air and made of material that rips
    easily when hit by a plane.
5.  "Racing aircrafts": The three types of aircrafts used at the Air Race
    are the Edge, Extra and MX2, which offer extreme performance and are
    low weight. The planes achieve top speeds of approximately 250 mph,
    generate 350 hp and weigh only 1,100 lbs.
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