Sunday, September 30, 2018

2018 STIHL National Championship Air Race GOLD Victors!

2018 STIHL National Championship
Air Race GOLD Victors!
The 2018 STIHL National Championship Air Races have wrapped up, but not before we got our racing fix for the year. Race week was filled with competition that was sure to have you on the edge of your seat! Listed below are the Gold Race champions for each of the six classes.
Unlimited Class
Joel Swager
"Dreadnought"
The Unlimited Race was a fan favorite once again with "Dreadnought", flown by Joel Swager, taking first place.
Sport Class
Andrew Findlay
"One Moment"
Andrew Findlay showed precision, power and speed taking first place in the Sport class flying the STIHL sponsored "One Moment".
Jet Class
Mike Steiger
"American Spirit"
Mike Steiger won with a speed of 486 miles per hour in the Gold Jet Race.
Formula One Class
Justin Meaders
"Limitless"
Justin Meaders showed us the meaning of "Limitless" as
he took first place in the Formula One 
class.
T-6 Race
John Lohmar
"Radial Velocity"
First and second place were separated by just 1 second with John Lohmar in "Radial Velocity" beating out Chris Rushing for the T-6 Gold.
Biplane Class
Andrew Buehler
"Phantom"
In the Biplane class Andrew Buehler flew straight into first place
in the beautiful "Phantom". 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

ALL THREE EPISODES OF THE 2017 STIHL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES TO RE-AIR ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2018

ALL THREE EPISODES OF THE 2017 STIHL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES
TO RE-AIR ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th

Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is excited to announce that all three episodes of the 2017 STIHL National Championship Air Races will re-air in succession on NBC Sports Network on Friday, September 7, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT.

“Race enthusiasts from across the country will have the opportunity to view the 2017 event on national television as they prepare for the 55th year of the Air Races the following week,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of RARA. “The excitement is already building as Race week approaches, and these shows are great way to relive last year’s Races as we all anticipate the 55th year of air racing in Reno.”

The first show titled, “Start Your Engines” will air on Friday, September 7 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT on NBC Sports Network.

The second show titled, “You Have a Race!” will air on Friday, September 7 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT on NBC Sports Network.

The final episode titled, “Gold Races” will air on Friday, September 7 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT on NBC Sports Network.

“We are excited to partner with STIHL and NBC Sports to re-air the 2017 STIHL National Championship Air Races on national television,” said Fred Telling, RARA CEO and Chairman of the Board. “These shows are only possible because of the continued support and generous sponsorship from STIHL, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the Nevada Commission on Tourism and our other sponsors.”

Tickets are on sale for the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races, scheduled September 12-16, 2018 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information or to volunteer visitwww.airrace.org.
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About the Reno Air Racing Association:
The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), a 501(c)(3), holds the National Championship Air Races every September just north of Reno. The Reno Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Independent economic impact studies have shown that our event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for our local economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.airrace.org.

Media Contact:
Mikaila Bird | The Glenn Group
775-686-7805 | mbird@theglenngroup.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th IS NEVADA APPRECIATION DAY

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2018

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th IS NEVADA APPRECIATION DAY AT THE
STIHL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES 

-Nevada residents get $5.00 general admission-

RENO, Nev. [August 29, 2018] – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is pleased to announce Wednesday, September 12th has been named Nevada Appreciation Day at the 55th STIHL National Championship Air Races. All current Nevada residents will be offered a special General Admission rate of only $5.00 with proof of a Nevada state ID or driver’s license.

“As a Nevada local non-profit, we want to give our residents the opportunity to come out and experience the Races,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of RARA. “We are excited to provide Nevadans with an even more affordable way to enjoy a fun and memorable day at the Races with their families, and experience the thrill of watching the world’s fastest motorsport.”

The schedule for Wednesday at the Races will be a full day including qualifications, racing and demonstrations. The morning will have the final timed qualifying sessions from 8:00am-12:00pm, and official racing starting at 12:00pm with heats for Formula One’s, Biplanes, T-6’s and Jets. A number of demonstrations will be practicing in the afternoon including the HondaJet Demo, the Commemorative Air Force Demo and Glenn McNeely’s T-6 80thAnniversary Demo. The static displays will also be arriving and being staged after 5:00pm.  

Tickets are on sale for the 55th Annual STIHL National Championship Air Races, scheduled September 12-16, 2018 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information or to volunteer visitairrace.org.
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About the Reno Air Racing Association:
The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), a 501(c)(3), holds the National Championship Air Races every September just north of Reno. The Reno Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Independent economic impact studies have shown that our event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for our local economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.airrace.org.
Media Contact:
Mikaila Bird | The Glenn Group
775-686-7805 | mbird@theglenngroup.com

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Getting Ready for the Races – Part 2



Last month, we covered the Sport, Jet, Unlimited and International Formula 1 Classes. Let’s finish up with the Biplanes and the T6s. And we can do some other updates as well.

Biplanes

Biplanes are having an interesting time this year. Only 15 racers in the field – while 24 would be a full field. Quite a surprise for a class that should be growing.

Biplanes! 


The good news though is that Phantom will be back. Andrew Buehler will be flying again. But is there anyone in the lineup that can give Phantom a challenge? I would say the best bet would be either Sam Swift in Smokin’ Hot or Eric Zine in Yellow Fever. Either of them could be the spoiler.

Alan Hoover in There Be Dragons or Scott Thompson in Second Hand might also put up a fight. Let’s see if Phantom stays hungry and does what we know she can do.


 
Dennis Buehne - Midnight Miss
Roger Cain - Photographer
T6

Last year’s dramatic winner, John Lohmar in his Radial Velocity, will likely give Dennis Buehne in Midnight Miss III and Six Cat’s Nick Macy another exciting and challenging year.  

Chris Rushing is back in Barons Revenge and William Walker III will take the reins from his father in law, Gordo Sanders.

A full field in the T6s with lots of exciting racing will make this another winning year!

Other news

Since our last edition, we were able to learn some additional good news. The National Aviation Heritage Invitational will be returning to NCAR. This year, we will have about a dozen classic antique aircraft – but next year we expect to increase the number. It is very exciting to have this group back to give fans something else fun to do between races. NAHI will take their spot on the East Side of Stead.

There will also be a Drone Zone with Drone races – on a smaller scale from last year, but they will still be in attendance. This group will also be on the East Side of the airport.

How about Fly-overs? We will be having a U-2 and a B-52 perform fly-overs during the week. I don’t know about you – but either of these sleek aircraft would make me stare longingly at the sky – but BOTH!? YEAH!

The Patriots will be our Jet Formation Team this year. They are the largest civilian-owned aerobatic jet team in the western hemisphere. And, they are a lot of fun to watch.

John Klatt and his “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco will also be performing this year. Super fun to watch the beautiful Waco turn into a JET right before your eyes.

The Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing will be bringing their toys this year. Their performance will feature a B25, F8F-2 Bearcat, F6F Hellcat and Mitsubishi AM63 Zero and will include mock dogfights and aerobatics.

The Smoke and Thunder Truck will also be there -- The Hot Streak II is a twin jet engine 57 Chevy Pickup capable of speeds of 350+mph that has been entertaining fans across the country for over 20 years and is currently driven by Hayden Proffitt II. Kids love the Jet Truck!

Finally, the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team will be there to provide a fast paced and exciting Demo!

The Stihl Lumberjack Demonstration will also take place. The first time I saw this Demo was in Alaska – and I really enjoyed it.

All in all – a great lineup to share the stage with our races.

Looking forward to seeing all of you in September! 

Tickets are still available.
Volunteer opportunities are still available.

 
Is it Dreadnought's Year?
Ken Linde - Photographer




Racers Announced for the 55th STIHL National Championship Air Races

National Championship Air Races



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2018
Racers Announced for the 55th  STIHL National Championship Air Races 


Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is pleased to announce the highly-anticipated racing lineup for the 55th STIHL National Championship Air Races, scheduled September 12-16, 2018 at Reno-Stead Airport.
The event will feature six racing classes including Unlimited, Jet, Sport, T6, Formula One and Biplane, with speeds reaching over 500 miles per hour. Defending Gold champions returning this year include Rick Vandam flying American Spirit in the Jet Class, Jeff Lavelle flying Race 39 in the Sport Class, John Lohmar flying Radial Velocity in the T6 Class, Lowell Slatter flying Fraed Naught in the Formula One Class and Andrew Buehler flying Phantom in the Biplane Class.

Returning to Reno this year following long absences in the Unlimited Class are Brent Hisey flying Miss America, Mike Brown flying Goldfinger (formerly Risky Business) and Lady B, previously known as Bardahl Miss, will be flown by Michael Pfleger. Graeme Frew, flying Full Noise is returning to Reno for the second year in a row from New Zealand, and for the first time in decades a P63 Kingcobra will round the pylons at Reno.

“This is an exciting lineup of talented pilots flying beautiful planes, and we expect to see some close and competitive racing in all of the classes,” said Tony Logoteta, RARA COO. “We are really looking forward to welcoming back some teams that haven’t been to Reno in years and also seeing all of the members of this passionate racing community that follow our one-of-kind event.”

In the Unlimited class, the following racers are scheduled to participate:

Brant Seghetti - Blondie
Brent Hisey - Miss America
Curt Brown - Sawbones
Dan Vance - Speedball Alice
Dennis Sanders - Eagle's Wings
Graeme Frew - Full Noise
Jim "JD" Dale - Pretty Polly
JP Thibodeau - Crusader
Joel Swager - Dreadnought
Mark Watt - 924G
Michael Pfleger - Lady B
Mike Brown - Goldfinger
Rob Gordan - Lady Jo
Sherman Smoot - Argonaut
Tom Nightingale - Bunny
  Pace Plane: Steve Hinton – T33-Pace
  Alternate Pace: Kevin Eldridge
  Safety: Robert Patterson – Wee Willy
  Alternate Pilots:
  Joe Thibodeau
  Mark Moodie

In the Jet class, the following racers are scheduled to participate: 

Alexandre Eckmann - Race 37
Bob McCormack - Athena
Charlie Camilleri - Blue Ice
J. Kevin Roll - Miss Independence
Jeff Turney - Robin 1
Jim Beyer - Poky
Joe Gano - Sluggo
Lachie Onslow - Drop Bear
Larry Labriola - Sarance
Nathan Harnagel - Realty Czech
Pete Stavrides - American Patriot
Peter A. Zaccagnino - Just Lucky
Rick Vandam - American Spirit
Scott Farnsworth - Dash Force One
Vicky Benzing - Darkstar II
Zachary McNeill - Invictus
  Pace Plane: Jay Obernolte – The Mistress
  Alternate Pilots:
  Doug Matthews
  Michael Pflegar
  Michael Stieger

In the Sport class, the following racers are scheduled to participate: 

Abe Gaskins - Under Dog
Andrew Findlay - One Moment
Bill Koleno - Joker
Bob Mills - Mojo
Chiwami Takagi-Read - Legacy
Dan West - Whiskey Tango
Dave Morss - Martins Legacy
David Robinson - Desert Lightning
David Sterling - No Name
Elliot Seguin - Wasabinought
Ernie O. Sutter - Jus Pass'n Thru
George Catalano - Bigger Dingo
James Stringer - Rocket Six
Jason Rovery - Sport 76
Jeff Lavelle - Race 39
Jessy Panzer - Cruse Missile
Jim Rust - Race 24
John Flanagan - Greenstreak
Karl Grove - GA 1
Kirk Murphy - Papa's Ride
Lee Ulrich - General Lee
Louis Gabriel - Blind Luck
Marc Frederickson - Tenacity
Mathias Haid - Clas Thunder I
Matt Beaubien - Low Motion
Neil Wischer - Triple 8
Paul Downing - Sport 36
Peter A. Zaccagnino - Coming In Hot
Peter Balmer - Swiss Thunder
Richard Ogg - Neverbird
Scott Prewitt - Phantom Rocket
Sean Vanhatten - Havoc
Skylor Piper - Miss Ruby S.
Tom McNerney - Unleashed
Vicky Benzing - Lucky Too
Vince Walker - Modo Mio
  Pace Plane:
  Bob Mills – El Toro
  Rick Vandam - Phoenix
  Alternate Pace Pilots:
  Kevin Eldredge
  Mark Johnson
  Michael Steiger
  Alternate Pilots:
  Dan Ballin
  Jay Adams
In the T-6 class, the following racers are scheduled to participate: 

Bill Muszala - Miss Ellaneous
Chris Lefave - Bare Essentials
Chris Rushing - Barons Revenge
Dennis Buehn - Midnight Miss III
Eric Woelbing - Miss TNT
Gene McNeely - Baby Boomer
Greg McNeely - Undecided
John Lohmar - Radial Velocity
Lee Oman - Eros
Michael Pfleger - Miss Informed
Nick S. Macy - Six-Cat
Pete Stavrides - Gotcha!
Ralph J. Rina - Miss Humboldt Hunny
Vic McMann - Gunslinger
Vitaly Pecherskyy - Abracadabra
William Walker III - Big Red
  Pace Plane: Rick Siegfried – T6 Pace
  Alternate Pilots:
  Joey “Gordo” Sanders
  Kevin Sutterfield
  Mike Scott
  Rob Sanberg

In the Formula One class, the following racers are scheduled to participate: 

Anders Trygg - Miss Eve
Casey Erickson - ACME Special
Eric Gavin - Sonic Zoom
Jason Barksdale - Tony the Tiger
Jerry Marshall - Tumbleweed
Jim Jordan - Miss Min
Justin Meaders - Limitless
Justin Phillipson - No Strings Attached
Justin Phillipson - Sleeper
Kent Jackson - Once More
Lio V. Mougel - Hysteria
Lowell Slatter - Fraed Naught
Matthew Coughlin - Judy
Merce Marti - Heat Stroke
Paul Newman - Fast and Easy
Phllip Goforth - Annie
Rob Michie - Sassy Sangoma
Ross Killin - The Kraken
Ryszard Zadow - Last Lap Player
Scott Holmes - Outlaw
Steve Senegal - Endeavor
Steve Temple - Outrageous
Steve Tumlin - Feisty

In the Biplane class, the following racers are scheduled to participate: 

Alan Hoover - There Be Dragons
Andrew Buehler - Mistress
Andrew Buehler - Phantom
Anthony Oshinuga - Black Hawk
Casey Erickson - The Batplane
Eric Zine - Yellow Fever
Jeffrey Lo - Miss Dianne
John A. D'Alessandris - RB Special
Marie-Claire Laberge - The Yellow Bomber
Robert Austen - FReaKY
Sam Swift - Smokin' Hot
Scott McDonald - Christen Eagle
Scott Thompson - Second Hand
Tommy Suell - PlaneJunkies
"Tony" Minoru Higa - Tango Tango

Racing qualifications for all classes will start on Sunday, September 9th at 8:00 a.m. and end on Wednesday, September 12th. Racing will begin the afternoon of Wednesday, September 12th. Tickets are on sale for the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races held September 12-16, 2018 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information, to purchase tickets or to volunteer, visit http://www.airrace.org/.


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About the Reno Air Racing Association:
The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), a 501(c)(3), holds the National Championship Air Races every September just north of Reno. The Reno Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Independent economic impact studies have shown that our event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for our local economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.airrace.org.