Many pilots and team members in the Red Bull Air Race have strong ties to ground-based motorsport in addition to their passion for airborne racing. Their understanding of what it takes to excel on wheels makes flying at a historic racetrack like Indianapolis Motor Speedway a career highlight.
"Not too many people get the chance to race at a legendary track like the Nürburgring or Indianapolis, so that's a very special feeling," says Matthias Dolderer, who clinched the 2016 World Championship by winning history's first Red Bull Air Race at "The Brickyard".
Two pilots renowned for making motorsport history at the USA's Indianapolis Motor Speedway created a spectacular scene as they flew above the famous oval ahead of the penultimate stop of the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
This weekend, the two aces will be part of a 14-pilot field looking to sew up 2018 honours as the raceplanes fly through a racetrack of 25-metre pylons at speeds of up to 200kts, pulling as much as 12G – right inside the oval.
In his first appearance since Budapest, Germany's Florian Bergér came flying out of the blocks and topped the timesheet earlier, stopping the clock at 1:10.529. Dario Costa and Daniel Genevey of Hungary were second and third on the timesheet.