When the Speedway Becomes an Airport

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When the Speedway Becomes an Airport

The Red Bull Air Race will feature pilots who fly through 80 ft. tall pylons.

SPEEDWAY, Ind.--The Indianapolis Motor Speedway becomes an actual airport for the Red Bull Air Race, which is both Saturday and Sunday. You will be able to see planes that look like they are coming right at you when they race at eye level with people in the stands.

"We have to take down the pedestrian bridge over the road course," said IMS Pres. Doug Boles, talking to WISH TV. "We have to actually pain the runway numbers and runway stripes. So, if you flew over and landed in Indy today, you would see a runway."

Boles said that since it becomes an airport, with hangars, and the Pagoda as an air traffic control tower, that he can't go some places that become FAA-controlled.

Pilots in the Master Class and Challenger Class fly against the clock at 200 mph, just 50 feet off the ground, through a course marked by 82-foot-tall Air Pylons over the IMS infield.

"You're literally as high up as the planes are flying, so it looks like they're coming right at you. They're 230 mph, 60 ft. off the ground. It's fantastic to watch."

Boles said there are also side acts, and people 15 and under get in free. If it rains a little, they can still fly.Gates open at 10 a.m.

PHOTO: WISH TV

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