The fifth race of the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season will be held over the Hudson River June 19 and 20.
In the Red Bull Air Race, 15 of the world’s best pilots race individually against the clock for the fastest time through an aerial race track made up of inflatable air gates. This year marks the sixth year of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship which will also land in nine other cities, including Abu Dhabi, UAEm Perth, Australia, and Lisbon, Portugal.
“New York City is known for its ability to draw some of the world’s greatest, large-scale events each year, and we’re always happy to welcome new and exciting sporting events that amplify its reputation as one of the most electrifying cities in the world,” said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. “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.”
“Staging a Red Bull Air Race in New York City and Jersey City marks an important milestone in the history of the global motorsports 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 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 some 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 15 pilots from around the world, two are Americans, Kirby Chambliss from Arizona and Michael Goulian from Massachusetts.