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Wrap-Up 2017 National Championship Air Races

By September 30, 2017January 19th, 2024General 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
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

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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