IMS bringing Red Bull Air Race back for 2017 after city ’embraced’ inaugural competition

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Red Bull Air Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Oct. 2, 2016

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Officials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway say they’re pleased with this weekend’s Red Bull Air Race and revealed that the event would return to IMS in 2017.

“It was a fantastic and historic weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the pilots of the Red Bull Air Race,” Doug Boles, president of IMS, said in a statement released Monday. “Our city embraced this exciting competition, filling out the North end with spectators and selling out all Tier 1 tickets on Sunday.”

Boles said the Air Race would return next year. IMS will announce a final date in the coming months.

4 Fast Facts

  • IMS president says Red Bull Air Race will return in 2017
  • The inaugural event was held this weekend at the track
  • Dates for next year’s event will be announced soon
  • The weekend event drew an estimated 40,000 people

For this weekend’s event, crews transformed the speedway into an aerial race track for low-altitude, high-speed racing. Pilots navigated around three laps in the sky on a course filled with pylons as they tried to get the fastest time.

A crowd of more than 40,000 watched Sunday’s finals as German pilot Matthias Dolderer won Sunday’s inaugural Red Bull Air Race at IMS and clinched his first championship

Dolderer dedicated his win to Hannes Arch, a close friend and series competitor who died Sept. 8 after a helicopter crash in the Austrian Alps. Arch was still third in the points standings before the Air Race arrived in Indianapolis.

After winning, Dolderer eventually made his way to the Yard of Bricks, where he kissed the bricks in one of the track’s great traditions.

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