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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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IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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