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".
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.
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.