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Reno Sport Class Purse Increased to $100,000. for 2004

Reno Air Races Update
March 18, 2004
Sport Class Air Racing
Press Release Reno 2004

Reno Air Race officials announced at the recently concluded Class President’s Meeting that they are boosting the purse for the swift kit-builts by $20,000.00 to achieve a prize of $100,000.00 at this September’s running of the National Championship Air Races. The increase was attributed to the burgeoning appeal and fan base of these innovative aircraft. Officials also noted the significant Race sponsorship generated by the class which has included Lancair, Audi, Aircraft Spruce, Kitplanes Magazine, and Textron Lycoming.

In addition to their development support of Mike Jones’ soon to be certified 10 580 engine and the debut of John Sharp’s twin turbocharged Nemesis NXT, Lycoming will have an expanded presence on the Reno pit midway this year.

Several new aircraft, including an entry from Frank Taylor, the original owner of Dago Red, will increase competition at the sharp end of the Gold Heat in ‘04.

Additional attention could be drawn to the Class in ’05. Reno executives have asked that a survey be made regarding the feasibility of adding turbo prop powered kit-builts as a separate division within the Sport Class next year.

For further information view the Class website, .



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