The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will once again crown its champion at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2016.
Next year's eight-race lineup will conclude Oct. 15-16 at LVMS, putting a fitting cap on RBAR's ninth season. It will be the third consecutive year Las Vegas will be a stop on the RBAR schedule.
The 2016 season will include two exciting new stops where fans are passionate about motorsports: the famed Lausitzring in Germany and Indianapolis, Ind., home to the Indianapolis 500. In a season that visits seven countries over eight races, the enthralling motorsport series will also captivate spectators at stops that have already become favorites on the calendar.
It all kicks off on March 11-12 with the traditional season opener over the Arabian Gulf in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the ninth straight time. Next up, the action is back at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria - one of the highlight venues in the Formula One calendar from April 23-24.
The high-speed, low-altitude race will then return to Japan, following the overwhelming success of the debut race in 2015 that sold out across the weekend. The Championship then moves to Budapest, Hungary on July 16-17, where the racetrack's 80-foot pylons are set up in the heart of the city, contrasting with the stunning backdrop of the Parliament Building, a location which has hosted seven races.
On Aug. 13-14, the setting is Ascot in England, the renowned horse-racing track that has proven to be one of the all-time favorite stops in the history of the sport, before the series makes that breathlessly anticipated return to the Lausitzring, Germany, on Sept. 3-4. There, fans will be able to savor a race in Germany for the first time since 2010 and cheer local Master Class pilot Matthias Dolderer.
Once again, the final two races of the season will be in North America, with Indianapolis preceding the Las Vegas race from Oct. 1-2.
"We look forward to bringing the race closer to even more fans in 2016, and it will be a privilege to share our sport at two more locations that are rich with motorsport history," said Erich Wolf, general manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH. "The pilots and teams are already hard at work on technical innovations and strategic plans, and the races at all eight stops promise to be faster and more competitive than ever. The year ahead should be thrilling for spectators and competitors alike."
Ticketing for the 2016 season of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship will begin in mid-December. For more information on tickets or the latest, visit www.redbullairrace.com.
2016 race calendar:
Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 11-12
Spielberg, Austria, April 23-24
Budapest, Hungary, July 16-17
Ascot, Great Britain, Aug. 13-14
Lausitzring, Germany, Sept. 3-4
Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 1-2
Las Vegas, Oct. 15-16
*City and date to be confirmed.
About Red Bull Air Race:
Created in 2003, officially a world championship in 2005, the Red Bull Air Race has held more than 65 races and is watched by millions of fans. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world's best race pilots in a pure motor-sport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of nearly 230 miles per hour while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 80-foot air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was introduced, giving new pilots the chance to develop their low-altitude flying skills. But one thing remains the same; The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the most thrilling motorsports competition in the sky.