Red Bull air race announces 2017 calendar

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is set to occur in San Diego Bay for the first time in eight years on April 15-16, the company said.

After the series opener in Abu Dhabi, Red Bull Air Race heads to San Diego, where pilots will fly over the bay with the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and city skyline providing an impressive backdrop to all the aerial action.

The race continues to Chiba, Japan on June 3-4, to Budapest, Hungary on July 1-2, and will debut in Kazan, Russia, also in July. The race will move on to two other European locations, to be announced following the Abu Dhabi race.

The season finale occurs on October 14-15, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Champion will be crowned.

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features 14 of the world´s best race pilots in a motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill as pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons 80 feet high at speeds of up to 230 mph. During tight turns through air gates that are only 32 to 45 feet apart, the daredevils are subjected to G-force that makes them 10 times their normal weight.