Reno Replacement Down to Three Sites


While 2023 signaled the last time championship air racing would take place in Reno, Nevada, the organizing body—Reno Air Racing Association (RARA)—has said it would actively seek out new venues for its events. Now it’s down to three possible locations: Casper, Wyoming, Pueblo, Colorado and Roswell, New Mexico. Off the list, for now, are Buckeye, Arizona, Thermal, California and Wendover, Utah, though RARA says the sites “each have tremendous merit and value in their own right. We will be reaching out to them to continue discussions on their potential as expansion venues in the near future.” RARA is due to announce the final choice next month.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the amazing, positive feedback we’ve received from the six bidding communities as a whole, as we search for the future home for the National Championship Air Races,” said Fred Telling, CEO and chairman of the board for the Reno Air Racing Association. “Through a rigorous vetting process, we feel confident that one of these three locations will provide the right mix of elements our event needs to continue to race well into the future.”

According to RARA, “A series of site visits were conducted at each of the six locations by some RARA board members, Class pilot representatives and other committee participants to assess the viability of hosting the pinnacle air racing event at their facilities. A myriad of factors were taken into account, including the ability of venues to host large crowds, handle hundreds of aircraft and support the large race course needed for the event.”

These venues are vying for air-racing events in 2025. For 2024, Reno will host an air show October 4-6 featuring the US Navy Blue Angels, the Canadian Snowbirds and the USAF F-16 Viper Demonstration Team. RARA claims that the races brought  an estimated $100 million in annual economic impact” to the Reno area.

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Marc Cook
Marc Cook is a veteran special-interest journalist who started as a staffer at AOPA Pilot in the late 1980s. Marc has built two airplanes, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Aviation Sportsman, and now owns a 180-hp, steam-gauge-adjacent GlaStar based in western Oregon. Marc has 5000 hours spread over 200-plus types and four decades of flying.


  1. I know it will be hard to stop calling it the Reno air races. Not too many other reasons to go to Reno. My vote is for Casper.

  2. Maybe use some ideas from Red Bull then it wouldn’t have to be at one location that would be cool if they came to Florida on the multi city air race championships

    • Sebring is a no brainier. You couldn’t dream of a better location. Airfield with multiple runways, and motorsport grandstands and nothing around the course. 10/10


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