Red Bull air race at Indianapolis

Discussion in 'Misc. Posting Board' started by ddindy, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    I was recently surprised by the announcement that the Red Bull air race series will be visiting Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October.

    If you're not familiar with the series, it combines aerobatics with closed-course racing. Pilots race against the clock one at a time in a series of qualifying and elimination rounds. Recently, there have been several races in the US at auto racing venues.

    I was curious how they could put on a high-performance aerial competition in an urban location like IMS. When the Speedway was opened in 1909, it was way out in the country, but over the last century the city has grown up around it. So just for fun, I took the airspace map provided by IMS and overlaid it on the Google Maps view of the track. Here's what I came up with:

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  2. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    For all you airplane fans out there: The Red Bull Air Race series came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in early October, 2016. It was great fun watching the planes fly around the infield, frequently at the same level as spectators in the top of the grandstands. This shot shows eventual race winner (and 2016 series champion) Matthias Dolderer making a slight mistake going through the finish pylons during one of his qualifying runs.

    The amazing thing was how quickly the ground crew could repair the pylons between runs. It usually took only two to three minutes to replace the damaged section and reinflate the pylon.

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  3. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    Petr Kopfstein has an absolutely crazy paint scheme on his airplane. It helps make it stand out against the Indianapolis Motor Speedway pagoda during qualifying for the 2016 Red Bull Air Race event in Indy.

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  4. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    This weekend I'm giving you a two-parter. During practice for the Red Bull Air Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Australian pilot Matt Hall clipped a pylon. Rather than being nice and stopping to apologize, he just flew on as the top of the pylon floated away..

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  5. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    Looks like a good pass through the gate, right? Wrong! Francois Le Vot pulled up a little early, resulting in a two-second penalty. This move caught out many Red Bull Air Race pilots in Indianapolis.

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  6. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    I decided to post the event photos here rather than the POTD-Random thread. I left the previously-postes shots in the random thread because I only know how to copy, not move.

    Here's a fresh one: Kirby Chambliss, one of only two American pilots in the race, heads into the slalom section of the course. That's the Indianapolis skyline in the background.

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