The deadline for entry in the new Unlimited & Warbird Racing Class will be extended to July 1, representatives of the Reno Air Racing Association and the Unlimited Division of the National Air Racing Group announced Friday, the original deadline date.
However, as part of an agreement, the association has extended the deadline for entries into the unlimited class for the 50th annual National Championship Air Races by 10 days.
The announcement comes on the heels of the introduction of the new class, and will ensure that current members of the unlimited division can become members of this new racing organization and compete in September.
The unlimited division features the fastest propeller aircraft, including many World War II-era models, such as the P-51 Mustang.
“Great things happen when dedicated people sit face-to-face,” said Association President Mike Houghton. “The Reno Air Racing Association is grateful to Matt Jackson, veteran race pilot and vice president of the Unlimited Division of the National Air Racing Group and veteran race pilot Dennis Sanders for flying to Reno to help us all work to posture Unlimited Air Racing for the future.”
“Unlimited racing has a long, storied and proud tradition at the National Championship Air Races,” Houghton said. “This agreement guarantees a full representation of Unlimited racers and owners in Reno to help celebrate the 50th year of closed course pylon racing in Reno and for many years to come.”
As previously announced, Air Race legend and seven-time Unlimited champion Bill “Tiger” Destefani will serve as president of the new class and the remaining members of the class board, will consist of race pilots, owners and RARA representatives. This partnership will place us all on the same side of the table with a common goal. “Over the next several days and weeks we will make announcements regarding the specific names that will be added to the UWRC Governing Board.”
“Both the Reno Air Racing Association and the Unlimited Division share the common perspective that safety is our foremost priority. As we move forward, we will work with the Federal Aviation Administration to continue to refine current rules and create new rules that are in the best interest of race fans, pilots and officials,” said Group Vice President Matt Jackson, a veteran race pilot. “One significant change will be the addition of a designated representative from the race class to serve on the contest committee judging their specific race. This added pilot insight will help the contest committee rule on situational issues.”
The 50th annual National Championship Air Races take place Sept. 11-15 at the Reno Stead Airport. For tickets or for more information, visit www.airrace.org or call (775) 972-6663.