RARA Announces Racers for the 54th National Championship Air Races

The Reno Air Racing Association today announced the lineup of racers for the 54th National Championship Air Races.

"We are beyond excited about our racing lineup this year," Reno Air Racing Association COO Tony Logoteta said. "This is a great group of pilots and planes that we can hardly wait to watch fly in September." Continue reading "RARA Announces Racers for the 54th National Championship Air Races"

President and CEO of Reno Air Race Association Resigns

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) Board of Directors this afternoon issued the following statement:

"Micheal Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association, informed the Board of Directors today that he has resigned his position, effective immediately. Crowell, who has held his post for the last two and a half years, is stepping down to focus on his wife's health. We are thankful to Mike for his hard work and dedication to continuing this one-of-a-kind event. Continue reading "President and CEO of Reno Air Race Association Resigns"

Final 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races Episode Airs Sunday, April 2

The final one-hour episode featuring the 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races will air this Sunday, April 2nd at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET on NBC Sports Network. Here's a preview: Continue reading "Final 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races Episode Airs Sunday, April 2"

RARA Announces Design Contest for 54th National Championship Air Races

Reno Air Race logo

Calling all racing fans and artists! The Reno Air Racing Association today launched a design contest for the official poster and t-shirts of the 54th National Championship Air Races.

“The Reno Air Racing Association is looking for fresh and new designs that represent the spirit of air racing to place on our collectible posters for the 54th National Championship Air Races,” Mike Crowell President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “Entries should center on the idea of racing – which is what we are all about. We look forward to seeing the ideas our fans have.” Continue reading "RARA Announces Design Contest for 54th National Championship Air Races"

Sport Gold Final

This is the only view Sport Gold competitors saw of Jeff LaVelle’s Glasair III all week. Power is supplied by a Lycoming IO-580 built by Ly-Con and turboed by Grant Semanskee.
This is the only view Sport Gold competitors saw of Jeff LaVelle’s Glasair III all week. Power is supplied by a Lycoming IO-580 built by Ly-Con and turboed by Grant Semanskee.

Even if the results are often predictable and there might not be wingtip-to-wingtip combat, the Sport Gold final is one of the most anticipated contests at the National Air Races. Gold races are the money races; it's where there's nothing left to save, reputations are made and scores settled. In Sport Gold highly modified engines in experimental racers are pushed to what is hoped is their rpm, pressure and temperature limits and left there for 48 suspenseful miles. Many don’t make it, and to stand among the gathered crew chiefs huddled in their designated viewing area is to be among the quiet and anxious. Continue reading "Sport Gold Final"

Formula One Gold

Slatter Continental O-200
Here’s why Lowell Slatter is 15 mph faster this year: a fresh engine. The special O-200 was built by Slatter using the best parts he could gather over a five-year period. The new mill has turned Fraed Naught into the F1 front runner.

Any racer will tell you a good start is vital, and now Thom Richard and Steve Senegal have unfortunate first-hand experience in just how true that is.

Richard, who’s been having engine issues all week at the Reno air races, aborted his start this morning in the Formula One Gold main event due to yet more engine trouble, and when Steve Senegal got the tail up on Endeavor there was a very slow moving Richard right in the way. With the runway crowded by the usual 3-abreast take-off Steve’s only hope was to pull back on the stick and hope there was enough energy to vault Richard, but there wasn’t and the two race planes tangled. Continue reading "Formula One Gold"