The Red Bull Air Race is a high level motor sport pitting 14 of the world’s best pilots against each other for the title of Red Bull Air Race World Champion. Action takes place over San Diego Bay with the beautiful downtown skyline as the backdrop.

The race consists of the following flying sessions: training, qualifying, point one, super eights, semifinals, 3rd place fly-off and the final. The race track is approximately 1.5 miles in length and consists of inflatable gates. Pilots must complete one full circuit of the race track in each of the four sessions.


Before the 2007 event got off the ground, the Commission, working in conjunction with Red Bull Air Race, had to discuss and negotiate with a variety of city, state and federal government agencies which included some of the following organizations:

  • Unified Port of San Diego
  • United States Navy
  • City of San Diego
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • City of Coronado

With the race box located on San Diego Bay and in close proximity of one of the largest U.S. Naval bases in the world, getting Navy approval was a key requirement for the event to take place.