DMC is proud to support Blind Luck Racing and their team for the 2019 Reno Air Races. The Reno Air Races, officially known as the National Championship Air Races, is a multi-day event tailored to the aviation community that takes place each September at the Reno Stead Airport a few miles north of Reno, Nevada. Air racing is billed as "the world's fastest motor sport" and Reno is one of the few remaining venues. The event includes races in 6 classes and demonstrations by airshow pilots.
Blind Luck set the new record at 242.856 mph! The next day, they flew there first race and had an epic battle against Skylor Piper in Sport 80. Skylor was running a whole bunch of nitrous, and it was VERY CLOSE! Here's how it looked on the first lap. After a full 50 miles of racing later the pilot Mike got past him right at the turn for home and won the checkered flag. This resulted in the second ever fire truck ride for the team--they were pretty excited!
The next race, on Saturday. Louis, the pilot was at idle in order to avoid running away from the formation right when the race started--Skylor made it past me in the two seconds it took to get back to full tilt boogie. They were on him for six full laps and stacked high ready to make there move, when they felt the engine miss--they took the conservative approach and pulled off the course to land early. There were four automotive-style connectors left on the airplane (the final connection to the fuel injectors) and one of them was having intermittent issues. The team spent the whole day and long into the night developing, testing, and installing the fix.
They were airborne at dawn on Sunday for a successful test flight. Louis missed the mandatory briefings, but he was actually glad it worked out the way it did...because it meant Mike flew his first Sunday final since 2012! Louis landed, verified the engine data logs, handed Mike the airplane, and almost had a heart attack watching him work his way up the field from eighth to finish in fourth!!
There are 32 race slots for 36 racers, and we cycle through to make sure everyone gets a chance. As a result, they were paired against faster and faster airplanes as the week goes on--a fourth place finish is where they would have been against the Sunday crop of airplanes anyway, but having to work for it made it really sweet.