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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

RED BULL AIR RACE

You've got plans for the weekend of May 31. The Red Bull Air Race is coming to Detroit and it should be a scene. Taking place on Saturday May 31, and Sunday June 1, the event is basically a race through the sky where pilots must navigate through an obstacle course in the fastest possible time. The races are also supplemented by a program of show flights.

It started in 2001, but this is the first year that a leg of the Red Bull Air Race tour will be held in Detroit. This year it will only be held in one other U.S. city, San Diego, and since 2003, it has only been held in two other U.S. cities, San Francisco and Reno, Nevada. Worldwide it is only held in ten cities each year.

There will be two ticketed areas, one in Windsor, and one in Detroit, accompanied by "premium concessions," and jumbotrons so that race fans can catch a birds eye view of the aircrafts. In Detroit, the race can be seen on the Detroit riverfront, from the Renaissance Center to Belle Isle. Race promoters expect that the race will attract 100,000 spectators and pump $64 million dollars into the local economy.

While the Red Bull Air Race website says it picked Detroit because of its rich aviation history, reputation as a great sports town, and international waterway, the seed was planted by Jon Rimanelli, CEO of of Detroit Air Racing Inc., a Detroit based company of aviation enthusiasts. A prime example of how we all can make a difference in Detroit/Metro, Jon intensely lobbied for the event, and once officials took notice of how the Detroit River stacks up against other waterways in the world, the pieces were in place to bring the race to rock citay.

If you'd like to know more about the races and all the locations, check out the Red Bull Air Race website at Red Bull Air Race

If you want information on buying tickets or Detroit hospitality packages, here is the link: Detroit Red Bull Air Race Ticket Information
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