September 16, 2018

The Reno Air Racing Association Announces Results from Sunday, September 16th

-At the 55thAnnual STIHL National Championship Air Races-

Reno, Nev.– The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announces the results of the Gold Races of the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races held at Reno-Stead Airport on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

The final day of Race week began with the Welcoming Ceremonies, featuring the Fresnotes Quartetsrendition of the National Anthem while the Nevada Air Guard presented the Colors. With speeds reaching over 400 mph, all six classes of aircraft competed in the Gold Race heats to be named champion of the world’s fastest motorsport!

The results from today’s Gold Races are as follows:

  •  Unlimited – Joel Swager flying Dreadnought completing the course in 09:01.302 at an average speed of 417.735 mph
  • Jet – Mike Steiger flying American Spirit completing the course in 05:47.925 at an average speed of 486.208 mph
  • Sport – Andrew Findlay flying One Moment completing the course in 07:00.058 at an average speed of 402.716 mph
  • T6 – John Lohmar flying Radial Velocity completing the course in 07:35.947 at an average speed of 228.612 mph
  • Formula One – Justin Meaders flying Limitless completing the course in 06:15.065 at an average speed of 239.521 mph
  • Biplane – Andrew Buehler flying Phantom completing the course in 05:03.88 mph at an average speed of 221.721 mph

The full detailed results from the STIHL National Championship Air Race are as follows:

Unlimited Class Results:

Jet Class Results:

Sport Class Results:

T6 Class Results:

Formula One Results:

Biplane Class Results:

Performances from the Patriots Jet Team, John Klatt’s Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco, Commemorative Air Force Demo, USAF F-16 Demonstration and P51 Heritage Flight, NVANG C-130 Tactical AirDrop with two C-130’s, HondaJet Flight Demo and the STIHL Lumberjack Show entertained the crowds between the racing heats and youth and attendees explored the STEM Education Zone learning about aviation and technology. The National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) outdoor exhibit of historical military aircraft provided fans with the opportunity to take a stroll back in time with its antique aircraft. The pits were filled with fans engaging with the racing teams and talking with them about their favorite planes, crews and pilots.

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About the Reno Air Racing Association:

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), a 501(c)(3), holds the STIHL National Championship Air Races every September just north of Reno. The Reno Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Independent economic impact studies have shown that our event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for our local economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. For more information on the STIHL National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit