Six Cities Announced as Potential Future Home of National Championship Air Races

Sport Class Lancair Legacy #5 ‘Breathless,’ piloted by Conrad Huffstutler, rounds outer pylon 2.


Reno, Nev. – Over fifteen hundred pages of supporting documents have been submitted by six cities vying to become the new home of the National Championship Air Races (NCAR) after responding to a request for proposal distributed by the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) earlier this year. RARA is looking for a new venue for the event after announcing its departure from Reno following the final race in September. The world-renowned event has contributed over $100 million annually in economic impact to the region, while also establishing itself as the global standard for air racing. The National Championship Air Races is the only event in the world to feature seven classes of exciting air racing action in one incredible venue. Six closed-course pylon contests and the immensely popular and entertaining STOL Drag combine to create a motorsport experience like no other.

P-51C #19 ‘Boise Bee,’ flown by John Maloney, rounds outer pylon 2.

“Seeing the interest to host the National Championship Air Races at each of these unique venues gives me great hope for the future of air racing,” said Fred Telling, CEO and chairman of the board for the Reno Air Racing Association. “We’re looking for our next home, somewhere we can celebrate many more anniversaries, so we’ve assembled an expert committee that is putting an extreme amount of care and diligence into choosing our next location.”

The bidders that responded to the request for proposals include:

  • Casper, Wyo.                         ·Buckeye, Ariz.
  • Pueblo, Colo.                         ·Roswell, N. Mex.
  • Thermal, Calif.                       ·Wendover, Utah

The National Championship Air Races is a unique event that has called northern Nevada home since its founding in 1964, nearly 60 years ago. In the past 10 years alone, the event has attracted more than one million visitors to the region, generated more than $750 million for the economy and contributed significant aviation-related education and outreach to schools and non-profits all around the area.

The committee researching the bid submissions is made up of RARA personnel from all areas, including operations, safety, security, business development, and more. The race classes are also represented in the group and will continue to be an integral part of the selection process. At this point, the selection committee is thoroughly vetting the different proposals and will conduct site visits later this year. There are numerous factors to consider, but a few of the critical requirements for the event include considerable open land available for the racecourses, suitable runways, ramp, and hangar space, administrative and security facilities, as well as proximity to hotels, commercial airports, and restaurants.

Unlimited Class P-63 #63 ‘Pretty Polly’ rolls past the home pylon.

“We only want to go through this process once and because of that, we’re going to make sure our next location is the best fit for the future of the air races,” said Terry Matter, board member and chairman of the selection committee. “Each of the bidders’ proposals were thoroughly prepared and completely addressed the RARA RFP requirements. We are so grateful for their initial attendance at the bidders’ conferences and at NCAR in September, and for the time and effort each one of them put into their proposal preparation. It is very exciting to know that our new home will be in one of these great cities. Soon our Site Selection Committee will visit these locations to further evaluate their ability to be the future host of the National Championship Air Races.”

A final decision is expected to be announced early next year as the organization prepares for a final air show in Reno in 2024 before moving to the new location in 2025. For more information and ways to support the organization, visit

About the National Championship Air Races

The National Championship Air Races are held every September just north of Reno by the Reno Air Racing Association, a 501(c)(3). The event has become an institution for Northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world with seven racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. Independent economic impact studies show that the event generates as much as $100 million annually for the local economy. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, visit

An estimated 140,000 Reno fans attended, up almost 40% over the previous years.


  1. It doesn’t matter where you move the air races to as soon as they start building houses someone will bitch and it starts all over again.

    • Wendover is the middle of no where. Trust me, they could do the pylons out over the salt flats….no one is building there. Not sure on the others but they are all options

  2. What the race people fail to understand is that the reason the races were so successful in Reno is that they were held in Reno – a place that has Other Things To Do, which is why wives come along with husbands. None of those proposed locations have as much going for them as Mojave CA did back in the 70s, and all the Mojave Races were was a 4-day drunk in the desert for airplane geeks (I was there for one). May 25,000 people showed up. If 100,000 people showed up at any of these places, there wouldn’t be enough water for them, let alone places to stay, restaurants to eat in, etc.

    That $100 million spent in Reno was mostly in the casinos.

    Face it, this exercise in nostalgia for people with more money than brains is over and done. Stick a fork in it.

  3. Wendover seems to be the easy choice with plenty of services available in the area, easy access and plenty of salt to race over. Its been a favorite for the salt flats racers for years and could well support the racers in the sky!

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