NewsLocal News / September 8, 2016

What Is This Airplane Doing At The Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

To promote the inaugural Red Bull Air Race, 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi joined Master Class pilot and two-time world champion Kirby Chambliss for a first-of-its-kind video shoot at IMS.Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Red Bull Air Race, IMS, Alexander Rossi, Kirby Chambliss2016-09-08T00:00:00-04:00
What Is This Airplane Doing At The Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

Indianapolis 500 Champion Alexander Rossi drives down the backstretch of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as two-time Red Bull Air Race world champion KirbyChambliss flies above.

Courtesy Red Bull Media House

INDIANAPOLIS -- Here's something you don't see everyday.

To promote the inaugural Red Bull Air Race -- coming Oct. 1-2 to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway --  2016 Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi joined Master Class pilot and two-time world champion Kirby Chambliss for a first-of-its-kind video shoot at IMS.

Chambliss and Rossi piloted their respective racecrafts in unison around the racetrack for the video

"I didn't think anything of it until I was on track and there was a plane next to me," Rossi said. "It was a little bit trippy -- when else are you going to be able to be driving an Indy car around the Speedway with a plane upside down next to you?"

The two also switched roles, with Chambliss riding shotgun to Rossi in a two-seat Indy car and Rossi taking to the skies as Chambliss' guest in a two-seat plane. Rossi experienced a strong dose of the nearly 10 Gs that Air Race pilots regularly confront during competitions. Chambliss also executed several aerial stunts with Rossi in the plane. 

"The fact that I got in the plane makes me question my own sanity," Rossi said.

The Red Bull Air Race will feature pilots negotiating a course over the IMS infield and Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at speeds exceeding 230 mph.

"People always say 'you're crazy,'" Chambliss said. "I take it as a compliment."

Video courtesy Red Bull Media House

 

 

 

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