Qualifying Day was hot as advertised! The Hangar Walk and autograph session was busy and fun! Kirby loved seeing all the home fans support him at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Two training sessions were prior to Qualifying, unfortunately the weather moved in and the thunderstorms got to close to the track and Qualifying had to be canceled. The Official Air Race Rules used Kirby’s Qualifying time as his fastest time of the training sessions to determine his position for the race. That puts him in Heat #4 against Martin Sonka from the Czech Republic. The Race starts at 12:20 local at the Texas Motor Speedway. Show up early, don’t forget to wear sunscreen and Smoke On!
Kirby’s schedule today….
Sponsor Hangar Walk 10:00
Parc Ferme’ 11:20
Race Starts 12:20
Hangar Walk 2:35
Pilot appearance at Sky Lounge 3:15
Good Morning everyone! Did we mention that it is really hot here, so wear some cool clothing this weekend.
Yesterday was used as a training day at the Red Bull Air Race World Championships. The morning started with a live interview with FOX News, followed by three training sessions. Kirby flew progressively better each session and was pleased with the results, even found a few places where he could pick up a little time.
Today is Qualifying, gates open at 9am. There are additional training sessions this morning.
Our schedule today….
Kirby will be out at the Public Hangar Walk after the briefing this morning, approximately 11am
Training Session #4 is at 2pm
Training Session #5 is at 2:45pm
Qualifying is at 5:05pm and
The Hospitality Hangar Walk is at 6:15
There are many, many events today at the Texas Motor Speedway, including the Challenger Race and some side acts, so come out and enjoy!
We are looking forward to seeing you today! Smoke On!
Don’t forget, you can catch all the action on Fox Sports 1 on Monday September 15th at 7:30pm ET.
Yesterday was one of the busiest days for the Team! Kirby had a very early start with a Weather Channel interview, then a morning training session. Trying out a few new things and happy with the results! The last event at Alliance Airport was the interview with CBS News, check that out on Saturday morning and Saturday night on CBS!
Moving to the Texas Motor Speedway for the afternoon training session, Kirby is getting a good feel for the track! Kirby was happy with the results, no penalties, and says, “I am excited to be in Texas, looking forward to racing at TMS!”
Kirby finished the day with a formation flight at the Speedway, the pictures should be awesome. We’ll be posting some of those later today.
The Team is already back at it today, so make sure to stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for our latest updates!
Photo by GoPro
Super excited to be in the great State of Texas! Kirby and the Team arrived on Monday night and Tuesday was what we call the build up day. Jason and Grant worked together on the assembly of 14KN and managed to finish by sunset, just in time for a photo shoot!
Today will start with briefings, followed by several interviews and test hops at the Alliance Airport. The interviews continue into the afternoon, finishing up with meetings that are scheduled into the evening hours!
The Team is pumped to be in the US, let alone Texas! We are looking forward to seeing our friends and connecting with new ones! This race will be interesting and a completely new type of speed for the Texas Motor Speedway! We are happy to be here and I know you can’t wait either! Don’t forget about the Team Chambliss App to stay connected! Go to http://www.appcat.com/teamchambliss on your mobil phone and hit install our app and bang, you’re part of the Team! Stay tune for more….
The Ascot Race was an amazing venue for the Red Bull Air Race! This was the first race this year in a stadium setting and the reaction was super positive. Held at the Ascot Racetrack, famous for horse racing with a three hundred year history.
Kirby was disappointed with the results, but says he’s looking ahead to the Race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The morning threatened rain, but the weather cleared in time for the Race! The fans filled the stands at the famous track with anticipation!
Kirby was in the second heat going head to head with Hannes. The former champion, had a clean run, no penalties with a time of 1:15.26. Hannes ran a 1:12.98, putting Kirby in the tenth position out of twelve pilots. Kirby and the Team were extremely disappointed!
Paul Bonhomme took first place with 1:11.57 and Nigel Lamb following close behind at 1:11.75! It was a thrilling venue and an excellent race for the UK! Congratulations to Paul for a tremendous win in his home country!
We will see you in Dallas/Fort Worth! Stay tuned!
Crowds rolled into Ascot to see Qualifying and they weren’t disappointed! Ascot was sold out!
Kirby came in with a time that put him in 8th place for the second heat tomorrow against Hannes. Still trying to find the best line today, Kirby says, “It’s really a close race, so if we can find some way to go a little bit faster, be a little bit tighter then we’ll do it!” Stay tuned as we head into Race Day! Smoke on!
The Team’s arrival in London was followed by rain and plenty of it! That would explain why it is so green and lush! We arrived on Tuesday, using Wednesday and Thursday to get over the massive jet lag, made some adjustments to 14KN, do some interviews and media flights! As always, many meetings and briefings that make this event possible and to be carried to millions globally.
Wednesday and Thursday were spent at the High Wycombe Airport, moving to the track today with one practice run. This iconic track has a very long history of racing, only this weekend it will be a different kind of horsepower! Kirby commented, “This is an incredible venue, gorgeous and green with trees everywhere! This is my kind of flying, so much fun!”
Kirby and the Team are looking to improve upon his ranking in Poland with nice clean runs and a great line! Qualifying tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Photo by Joerg Mitter
Kirby’s making his way through the race course in Gdynia, Poland!
As always, we had a fantastic time at EAA! “One week, One Oshkosh” and we made the most of it! A native of Oshkosh, Frank Frassetto was our 2014 Team Chambliss Intern. Frank helped with the Team’s responsibilities, meeting with sponsors, cleaning airplanes, delivering products, and setting up for autograph sessions. Oh, and a few parties too! Frank had a few words of his own…
My name is Frank Frassetto. I was born and raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and am going into my sophomore at the University of Dubuque with a Flight Operations Major. By my 18th birthday I received my private pilot’s license, have accumulated about 100 hours, and now a few hours away from receiving my Instrument Rating.
During EAA AirVenture 2014, I was given the opportunity to work with Kirby Chambliss and his Team. After being a bystander for many years at AirVenture, I was very excited to see a different side of how the convention worked. As the Team traveled back from Poland, where Kirby raced in the Red Bull Air Race, I anxiously awaited their arrival. At a sponsor dinner on Tuesday night, I was introduced to the crew (Kirby, Jason, Danny, and Stan). Trying to get a good nights’ sleep on Tuesday was almost impossible because I kept thinking of all the exciting things that I would be experiencing the rest of the week.
Wednesday started off by helping the Team to get Kirby’s plane ready for him to practice. The rest of the day we had to make sure that the plane was clean and that Kirby was able to get to all of his autograph signings. Making sure that Kirby followed a schedule allowed him to greet as many people as possible. This not only helped Kirby but it also helped his sponsors who held the signings. This brought attention to the sponsor who then made Kirby’s airshow possible.
This schedule continued the rest of the week until the Team departed Oshkosh on Saturday evening. The week that I spent with Team Chambliss exceeded my expectations by a long shot and I could not have asked for a better experience! I would like to thank the entire Chambliss Team for giving me the opportunity to help them this year at AirVenture 2014.