Red Bull Air Race: Motor City Mayhem Preview

Sheiban ShakeriSenior Analyst IMay 22, 2008

Coming up next weekend is the Detroit stop of the Red Bull Air Race. The race will be held over the Detroit River.

This specific air race has a lot of firsts. The most prominent is that this is the first time that the Red Bull Air Race will be held simultaneously in two countries, with Detroit being across the river from Windsor, Ontario.

This will also be the first time that the Air Race has stopped in Detroit and most unique is the fact that this will be the first time that Bleacher Report will be
at the race! I will be in Detroit from Friday, when the festivities begin, to Sunday when the final race and press conferences. Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all the headlines and highlights.

As well, before you discount that Detroit is all about cars, and a Grand Prix would be more fitting for the motor city, just remember that Charles Lindbergh, the famous aviator who was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean is from Detroit.

So, be sure to expect some amazing flying next weekend if you happen to be in the area.

Just to recap what has happened so far in the Red Bull Air Race, Englishman Paul Bonhomme has won two of two so far in the season while the other pilots are waiting in the wings.

The surprise of the year so far is Hannes Arch from Austria, who stunned everyone by making it into the final showdown at the first race in Abu Dhabi, and making it into the third place fly off in San Diego. He is currently in third place behind Bonhomme and Mike Mangold.

Mike Mangold had a so-so start and a better second round, and he is hoping to deny Bonhomme a hat-trick. As well, he should get a bit of extra support since he is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a four hour drive south of Detroit.

So, next week, Red Bull Air Race in Detroit with a Canadian audience as well as having present for all the highs, lows and everything in between. See you then!

Photography Credit: Balazs Gardi, 2007