The Sport Class racers are all in as they tune and qualify.

I love the first couple of days of the Reno Race week—no “paying customers,” low traffic – and lots of time to meet up with friends (old and new) that are racing, or crewing, and generally getting ready for the hectic part of the race week. Monday and Tuesday (and part of Wednesday) are dedicated to testing, tuning, and qualification. You won’t see head-to-head racing (well, not officially, anyway), but you’ll get a better chance to see what’s under the cowling or in the cockpit than you will later on when the atmosphere gets a little more intense.

With the Biplane Class out of the schedule, there is more course time for everyone else to go out and test and tune.

The Sport Class is having a field day in the beautiful west that is predicted to last all week—sunny, low winds, and highs in the low to mid-80’s. With this being the last year of the races here at Reno, we’re expecting a full house of spectators by the weekend, and if the weather forecast holds, we’ll probably exceed that! So get here early if you can—the “Pre-Reno” races are my favorite time at Stead.

Technically speaking, Monday and Tuesday are for individual qualifying… not racing. Sometimes though, its hard to tell the difference!
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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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