2018 Red Bull Air Races Include France, U.S. Stops

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The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will return to a U.S. venue next year, with an event to be held Oct. 6-7 in Indianapolis, the organizers announced this week. The popular series will also make a stop in France for the first time, with a race at the seaside resort of Cannes, April 21-22. The season will start in Abu Dhabi, in February, then Cannes, then another European location yet to be announced, in May. In June, the racers will return to Budapest, Hungary, then head to a yet-to-be-determined site in Asia in August. Next stop is Kazan, Russia, before heading to the U.S. The season will wrap with a final race in Asia, at a location not yet announced.

"The 2017 title went down to the wire, keeping the world in suspense up until the final run of the final race,” said Erich Wolf, Red Bull’s general manager of the races. “And now the teams are using the off-season to make their raceplanes even faster. The best pilots in the world just keep getting better, and the destinations that will welcome them next year are spectacular. I can't predict who will win the 2018 season, but I guarantee it'll be one to watch."

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