IMS to host Red Bull Air Race in 2016, officials announce Wednesday

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INDIANAPOLIS (December 16, 2015) – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Wednesday that it will host the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Series in 2016.

IMS president Doug Boles said in a statement, “In 2016, as we celebrate the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, it's fitting that the world's best pilots will gather at IMS for a breathtaking display of competition and innovation that will honor the legacies of IMS founder Carl Fisher, the Wright brothers and their fellow aviation pioneers."

Aviation has always been an influential and fascinating piece of our track's history," IMS Historian Donald Davidson added. "Today's announcement pays tribute to this piece of our legacy and brings an exciting new event to our schedule."

The Air Race consists of several flying sessions: Training, Qualifying, Round of 14, Round of 8 and Final 4. Only one pilot races in the track at a time.

Training at IMS will take place on Sept. 29-30, followed by a single day dedicated to two qualifying competitions on Oct 1. Race Day is Oct. 2 and will consist of Round of 14, Round of 8 and Final 4 competitions.

According to IMS, pilots regularly reach speeds of nearly 230 mph.

Tickets will be available on the IMS website.

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