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Qualifying Day, Red Bull Air Race, Las Vegas 2014!

Yesterday was a roller coaster for Team Chambliss!

In the two practice flights before qualifying, Kirby had slightly more than a one second difference between the two times. In the first practice round, Kirby’s time was 51.665, and in the second round, came in with the 2nd fastest time of 50.514. As we said before, this is a flat track without a large vertical element. The times are close, several seconds apart! As we went into Qualifying there was less than 5 knots of wind and very hot making the density altitude high.

In Qualifying Kirby was 11th with 52.511 and Pete McLeod qualified first having a scorching time of 49.588. It is going to be an interesting day with the wind already beginning to blow! That always makes the course a little more difficult for the pilots but interesting for the spectators! The Race is getting ready to start, lots of anticipation here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway! Who will end up on top today?

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been a terrific venue for the 7th race in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. I know the Teams have had a fantastic time this week, with so much to do and see in Vegas!

Keep up to date with the latest news from the Team on Facebook/Kirby Chambliss, Twitter/@KirbyChambliss and Instagram/KirbyChambliss. Smoke On!

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Las Vegas 2014!

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

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Hot Off the Press, Red Bull Air Race, Las Vegas, 2014!

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…

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Las Vegas 2014!

Wednesday was a pull it together day, packed with meetings for Kirby and Team Chambliss. The day started off with a practice flight to keep Kirby’s G tolerance up. He can loose his G tolerance very quickly so by flying and pulling G’s everyday he can keep his G tolerance top notch!
After several meetings, Kirby headed to the Las Vegas Convention Center to make an autograph signing appearance for Red Bull. The Team got a sneak peek at some new flavors of Red Bull and now we can’t wait for them to come out! Bonus!
Meetings took most of the afternoon and evening, with topics ranging from rule changes to new teams for next year and everything in between.  Stay tuned on teamchambliss.com and remember to follow Kirby on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news. We want to hear from you! Can’t wait to see you! Smoke On!
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Pilot Bio

Kirby Chambliss
Kirby Chambliss
Years on Team: 19

History:

- Five time winner of the U.S. national aerobatic championship. - Current residence: Flying Crown Ranch, AZ - He is one of the best aerobatic pilots in the world. - One of only two American pilots ever to win the Red Bull Air Race world championship. - Flown more than 70 types of aircraft and logged over 26,000 hours ( that's three years!) in the air.