Wrap-Up 2017 National Championship Air Races

By September 30, 2017General News

To: RJI Members
Date: September 26, 2017
From: Jeff Turney
Re: Wrap-up of the 2017 National Championship Air Races


Dear members-

Racing Jets Inc., wraps up our successful 2017 racing season with sincere thanks for the generous support of our Sponsors:

Epic Aircraft
Grand Sierra Resort
Embraer Executive Aircraft
Avloft Technologies
Ladd-Gardner Aviation Insurance
My Go Flight
Warriors TapHouse
TacAir
Kleenmaster Products
North American Embroidery
Oregon Aero
Bruce’s Custom Covers
Tom Harter

It was a week of exciting, fast paced 500+ MPH racing, outstanding competition, and unparalleled camaraderie displayed among all of our race teams and crews.

Racing Results:

Jet Gold:

1st Place: Rick Vandam, Race 5 – “American Spirit
2nd Place: Zach McNeill, Race 44 – “Phatty
3rd Place: Dave Culler, Race 8 – “American Patriot

Jet Silver:

1st Place: Pete Stavrides, Race 10 – “Rif Raf
2nd Place: Bob McCormack, Race 4 – “Soco Ono
3rd Place: Lachie Onslow, Race 69 – “Drop Bear

Jet Bronze:

1st Place: Bob McCormack, Race 107 – “Wildest Dreams
2nd Place: Zach McNeill, Race 32 – “Invictus
3rd Place: Jim Beyer, Race 27 – “Starship

Congratulations go out to all our race teams for the outstanding competition and sportsmanship displayed by all throughout the week. Full Jet racing results can be viewed at http://reports.airrace.org/

Racing Jets Class Awards:

Rookie of the Year”: Pete Stavrides
Mike Mangold Airmanship Trophy”: Mike Steiger
Lee Behel Air Race Support Trophy”: Rick Vandam
Best Race Crew Team Award”: Ed Noel’s, Race 5 Team
Best Race Crew Uniform Award”: Zach McNeill’s, Race 44/32 Team

 

Some Really Special Highlights:

  • Tuskegee Airman LtCol Alexander Jefferson was hosted by Racing Jets, an American Hero and National Treasure who will be honored with a Lifetime Membership to Racing Jets, Inc., for his service to our Nation.
  • Over 100+ new Associate Members joined our “Racing Family” thanks to the exceptional effort of Kathy Cloke – Thank you Kat!
  • An outstanding “Jet Class Awards Ceremony” was the result Jen Steiger’s relentless hard work – Thank you Jen!
  • An exceptional “Crew Appreciation Pit BBQ” hosted by “Ace”Arias, and Sponsored by Bob Calendar – Thank you Bob and Ace!
  • There is rumor of a wedding that will take place at the races next year; can you guess who it might be? Can you say…”Hello Angels” with an Australian accent!

A truly successful year, and preparation for our 2018 racing season has already begun.  We look forward to another successful year with all our racing teams – See you all in September, Fly low, Fly Fast, Turn Left…

Jeff Turney
RJI President

Racing Jet, Inc. “The fastest Motorsport on the Planet”

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