Red Bull Air Race Takes On Times Square Ahead Of Next Month's Race


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Red Bull Air Race Takes On Times Square Ahead Of Next Month's Race

By Bill Goldston

May 28, 2010 — Times Square visitors got a first-look at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship coming to Liberty State Park in Jersey City next month. It’s been a hundred years since the first aviation exhibit happened in Los Angeles and Belmont Park, New York in 1910 and onlookers had the chance to experience an interactive “channel through time” exhibit, meet the real heroes – the Red Bull Air Race Pilots – and hear the excitement from the people who brought the race to their cities. 

New York City is known around the globe for providing New Yorkers and visitors alike with the world’s top attractions and entertainment,” said Evan Korn, Executive Director at the Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management. “It’s only fitting that the world-class Red Bull Air Race would grace our distinguished island.”


In the Red Bull Air Race, fifteen 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. In 2009, the Red Bull Air Race was broadcast in over 87 countries reaching over 300 million viewers. The two-day spectator experience, coupled with the global television broadcast, will showcase New York and New Jersey as premier sporting destinations. The race in New York and Liberty State Park also represents an exciting opportunity to stimulate the local economy and share with the world the historical importance of Liberty State Park. 

“Red Bull Air Race has brought over 10 million dollars of economic impact in other host cities,” said Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, representing Jersey City, New Jersey. “We look forward to a similar economic impact in the metro area.” 

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. Each pilot operates a year-round race team including a technician and team coordinator. The end goal for each race team is to accumulate as many points throughout the season in a quest to achieve the prestigious honor of 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Champion. The New York race will be the fifth of eight races this season.


“As an American, I truly believe that the New York, New Jersey metro area is the pinnacle of where we can be from a Red Bull Air Race perspective around the globe” said Jimmy DiMatteo, Race Director for the Red Bull Air Race. “We’ve spent two years in coordination and counsel with over 16 government and regulatory agencies to make this happen. It would not have been possible without their support.” 

The Red Bull Air Race New York will air LIVE on FOX Television Networks and immediately re-broadcast on Fox Sports Networks on Sunday, June 20. Check local listings for air times.
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