Practice, practice, practice, that’s what Friday was all about! The pilots were getting familiar with the track, finding the best line for the best time. Kirby flew three practice rounds with his best time in round 2 at 51.277, putting his best time in 6th place overall. The time to beat was 50.224 and Kirby is looking for another second….Somewhere!
As you may have guessed, there are many factors involved in a good run, engine performance, pilot skill, the fastest line through the tract, and finally, aerodynamics. The Las Vegas track is what is referred to as a flat track, not a lot of vertical element to it.
Qualifying is today and will prove challenging for all competitors! We look forward to seeing you out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this morning! Smoke On!
Photo by Joerg Mitter
Incredible, no jet lag this week! Having two races back to back here in the States is awesome for Team Chambliss! Coming up fast is Qualifying Day and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the perfect place to have the 7th Race in the World Championship Series.
Thursday was a transition day for all Teams, moving from the North Las Vegas Airport to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kirby had his first practice flight at North Las Vegas and went right into the photo flight with Nigel, Pete and Martin. I’m sure you’ve already seen these on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There were some spectacular photos taken of the formation flight at Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and on the Las Vegas Strip. This one was with our new camera, the GoPro HERO4, cool, huh?
The transition proved to be a smooth one, even time for a run through the track. Kirby finished the day with two interviews and then headed for the hotel for a well deserved break! Today will be all about practicing through the track, multiple times. Kirby is working on finding the best, most efficient line through the track. Stay tuned for more…
Just a quick preview of what the Fastest Motorsport Series in the World is all about!
Yesterday was the official arrival day for the Pilots and their Teams. Kirby had been flying, testing and training in Arizona at the Flying Crown Ranch for the past week. Flying out yesterday with Hannes Arch and his Crew Chief, Jason Resop for North Las Vegas. The entire Air Race Crew is busy setting the stage for a spectacular race in the city that never sleeps!
The 7th stop on the 2014 race calendar, should prove to be thrilling! It’s a fierce race to the World Championship status for 2014, with the top three pilots very close, only a 1 point separation! The countdown has started, 2 days, 23 hours, 50 minutes!
Quali Day is the 11th and Race Day is the 12th, doors open at 10am, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway! You’re go to website for all things Red Bull Air Race, www.redbullairrace.com. Smoke On!
Full throttle, Kirby’s coming around the corner at the Dallas/Fort Worth Red Bull Air Race! Photo by Joerg Mitter
Tons of fun to be back in the home state of Texas at the Texas Motor Speedway! This year has been a roller coaster for Kirby and the Team, with the best finish being fourth in Poland. It was a bright spot being around so many friends and family this weekend! Thank you for the incredible support!
Race day, the twelve Master Pilots are matched up in heats, depending on where they were postitioned in Qualifying. In the fourth heat, Kirby went head to head with Martin Sonka who came out on top, moving him into the Super 8’s. The winner of the Red Bull Air Race, Dallas/Fort Worth, was Nicholas Ivanoff with a winning time of 54.118. Nigel Lamb followed with 54.253, making this a very close Championship Series for 2014! Paul Bonhomme has a total of 45 points, Hannes Arch and Nigel Lamb are on his heels with 44 points each! Las Vegas should be a very interesting race, indeed!
Heading to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway the second week of October to race on the 11th and 12th!
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