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More Red Bull Athletes Added to Impressive Lineup of Performers during Red Bull Air Race World Championship Oct. 14-15 at IMS

There are even more reasons for fans to keep their eyes on the skies above Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Oct. 14-15, as Red Bull aerial athletes will perform thrilling demonstrations during the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season finale.

The Red Bull Air Force skydiving team, paraglider Pál Takáts and helicopter aerobatic pilot Siegfried “Blacky” Schwarz each will perform above IMS during the event weekend. They join previously announced performers Geoff Aaron (motorcycle trials riding), Aaron Colton (motorcycle street freestyle riding), Terry Adams and Scott O’Brien (BMX flatland riding), Bailey Payne and Adam Devenport (tricking) and Alex Mason (slacklining) in the packed lineup of World of Red Bull athletes coming to IMS.

“The addition of these talented World of Red Bull athletes creates even more excitement and value for our fans during the Red Bull Air Race World Championship weekend,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “With adrenaline-filled performances on the ground and in the air and the incredible skill of the Red Bull Air Race pilots in competition, there will be constant action on both days at IMS.”

Performances will take place during breaks in Red Bull Air Race World Championship action, adding even more value to the Red Bull Air Race World Championship weekend at IMS.

Red Bull Air Race World Championship competition will include 14 Master Class and six Challenger Class pilots flying on a course above the IMS oval infield. Planes fly at low altitude while exceeding 200 mph and encountering forces of up to 10 G’s while navigating a low-level slalom track marked by 82-foot-high, air-filled pylons.

World champions in both classes will be crowned at IMS from a field featuring pilots from all over the world, including Americans Kirby Chambliss, Michael Goulian and Kevin Coleman.

A look at the unique aerial-based World of Red Bull athletes demonstrating their extraordinary talent at IMS:

Red Bull Air Force (Skydiving): The Red Bull Air Force is a team assembled from the most accomplished and experienced skydivers, B.A.S.E. jumpers, speed riders and paragliders on the planet. At Indianapolis, team members Jon DeVore, Luke Aikins, Mike Swanson and Miles Daisher will amaze the crowd with two jumps: one skydive during the national anthem and a separate wing suit jump, where they will wear special jumpsuits that shape the human body into an airfoil, creating lift and, with it, “human flight.”

Pál Takáts (Paragliding): Takats, from Hungary, is a three-time World Cup champion in aerobatic paragliding, which combines a parachute, engine with propeller and pilot. A professional paragliding pilot since 2006, Takáts is a Guinness Book of World Records holder and has invented numerous maneuvers in the sport, including Esfera, Joker and Corkscrew. He also performed the world’s first Infinite Tumble in Tandem maneuver.

Siegfried “Blacky” Schwarz (Aerobatic helicopter flying): Schwarz, a native of Austria, has completed more than 10,000 hours in the air and is the only Austrian with a civilian license for helicopter aerobatics and one of two pilots with a U.S. FAA license for helicopter aerobatics. He began his flying career in the 1980s in freight and rescue operations before moving to aerobatics, where he has flown with the Flying Bulls since 2000. Schwarz won two gold medals with the Flying Bulls BO-105 helicopter at the Helicopter Freestyle Championships, in 2012 in Russia and in 2015 in Poland.

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