Red Bull Air Race World Championship

Michael Goulian, American pilot wins Indy Air race for the first time

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For the first time in the three years the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has been racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an American has won.

In front of 40,000 spectators, Michael Goulian beat Canadian Pete McLeod and Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff on the most technical course of the air racing season. Racing through a low-level slalom track with 80-foot-high air filled pylons, the pilots reached top speeds of 230 mph and endured 10Gs of force.

“It’s a big day,” Goulian said in a press release. “Right now, the season doesn’t even mean anything, because to win at Indy is amazing. Sometimes the day just works out for you, and today it did. It feels great to win here.”

From the podium, Goulian made his way to the frontstretch of Indy to kiss the bricks – just as auto racing legends Will Power in IndyCar and Brad Keselowski in NASCAR have done already this year.

While the season standings were not a primary concern for Goulian, the victory vaulted him back into the points lead of the Red Bull series. He now has a five point advantage over Czechoslovakia’s Martin Sonka and is seven points ahead of Austria’s Matt Hall.

The final race of the season will be held in Fort Worth, Texas this November at Texas Motor Speedway.

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F1 races in Austin, Mexico City hitting financial rough patches

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two of Formula One’s three races in North America are facing financial issues that are raising concern about their future.

Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix won’t get at least $20 million from the state of Texas for the 2018 race after missing a paperwork deadline set by state law. And new questions lurk about the future of the Mexican Grand Prix after the country’s new president suggested the government may not spend on the race like it has the last four years.

Both races have been popular with drivers and fans, and have enjoyed key dates on the F1 calendar. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinched season championships in Texas in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2017 and 2018.

Officials in Formula One and at the Circuit of the Americas, host of the U.S. Grand Prix, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.