Britain’s Nigel Lamb set to debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Posted on: 29th Sep 2016

Fresh off setting a track record at Germany’s EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Great Britain’s Nigel Lamb will race this weekend at the venue where the speedway concept was first born over a century ago: "The Brickyard" in Indianapolis, USA.

Red Bull Air Race pilot Nigel Lamb has been savoring every stop in this, his last season before hanging up his racing gloves, but the World Championship series’ debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 1–2 October will be a true highlight for British ace, who revels in aviation history. 

“The Breitling Team is very excited to be racing at the Indianapolis speedway. It will be a particularly special honor to race at the venue where the Wright Brothers first actively used a demonstration team to display their machines,” Lamb states.

Back in 1909, the opening event for the 2.5-mile oval in the heart of the United States was a balloon race, and it was the very next year when aviation pioneers the Wright Brothers dazzled crowds with their flights. Now, 106 years later, it will be the turn of Lamb and his fellow Master Class pilots to bring aviation to “The Racing Capital of the World.” 

If Lamb can fly the way he did at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz a month ago, Indy spectators will be dazzled all over again. In the German Qualifying session, the 2014 World Champion clocked a track record that had the fans on their feet and his opponents looking over their shoulders. While Lamb wasn’t able to improve on that time on Race Day, where he exited early after a penalty in the Round of 14, no other pilot could top it, either. The record still stands, and Lamb’s performance bodes well for the Breitling Racing Team at "The Brickyard" in Indianapolis, which features a similarly tight, fast Air Gate setup. 

Lamb, who arrived in Indiana a few days early with his son and race analyst Max to explore the area while getting acclimatized, is greatly appreciative of the storied auto racing history of the venue that has hosted the Indianapolis 500 since 1911. 

Like flying at the Ascot Racecourse in England, it’s also a tremendous privilege to be involved in the traditions of a venue with such an established racing history,” declares Lamb, who with an overall placement of seventh after the EuroSpeedway Lausitz still has a realistic chance to claim a step on the World Championship podium. Referring to the Indianapolis tradition of offering winners a down-home alternative to champagne, he adds, “I guess there’ll be some milk splashing around on the podium next Sunday!”

In the Red Bull Air Race, which is the official world championship of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world's top pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. It’s the ultimate motorsport series in the sky.


Tickets are still available for the Red Bull Air Race debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The action kicks off with Qualifying on Saturday, 1 October, followed by Race Day on Sunday, 2 October 2016.