Return Of Red Bull Air Races Delayed
When the Red Bull Air Races were canceled for the 2011 season, it was expected to be a one-year hiatus, but now officials are saying the races won't return until 2013. "There will be no races in 2012," spokeswoman Nadja Zele told RGJ.com. "A revamped concept and a fixed race calendar will be revealed in 2013. … Currently a core team is working intensively to bring Red Bull Air Race back better than ever." The Times of India recently reported that race organizers have been conferring with officials in Mumbai about staging a race there for the 2013 season.
The three-day Mumbai race would be one of 10 events held in cities around the world, according to the Times. Up to 24 pilots would compete, and a quarter-mile-long folding runway would be used by the race pilots. After several delays in host-city negotiations during the 2010 season, the organization announced in August of that year that it would take a year off to "revise the main organization ... [and develop] strong host city partnerships." No pilots have been hurt during the races, but one airplane hit the water during a race in Australia during the last season.