RENO, Nev. (June 4, 2019) —Former Hot August Nights executive director, Tony Marini, is lending his expertise to another major Reno event – the STIHL National Championship Air Races. The Reno Air Racing Association announced today that Marini has joined its board of directors.

“Tony will be an enormous asset,” said Fred Telling, Reno Air Racing Association chairman and chief executive officer. “I am impressed with his experience and deep commitment to the local community. The entire board looks forward to working with him on the 2019 races.”

For the last several years Marini has served as director of casino operations for Eldorado Hotel and Casino. With deep Nevada roots, Marini is passionate about his community.

“It is a true honor to be a part of this world-class event,” said Marini. “The Reno Air Racing Association is committed to this region and to putting on a premier special event. I am looking forward to joining their passion to honor, inspire and celebrate.”

The 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races returns Sept. 11–15, 2019, just 20 minutes north of Reno. Attendees can witness the fastest motorsport in the world as six racing classes go head-to-head plus demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the National Aviation Heritage Invitational. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit


About the STIHL National Championship Air Races          
The STIHL National Championship Air Races are held every September just north of Reno by the Reno Air Racing Association, a 501(c)(3). The event has become an institution for Northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world with six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. Independent economic impact studies have shown that the event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for the local economy. For more information on the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer, be a vendor or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit