Energy drinks giant Red Bull has cut short the 2019 season of its Air Race World Championship after electing to scrap the series beyond this year.
Red Bull confirmed its decision in a brief statement, adding that while Red Bull Air Race had provided sports entertainment of the “highest quality” it did not attract the level of “outside interest” as many other Red Bull events across the world.
There have been more than 90 races since Red Bull Air Race began in 2003, but January’s publication of the 2019 calendar revealed a number of holes in the schedule. While an event has already taken place in Abu Dhabi on February 8-9, Red Bull has said the Championship’s final races will be held in Kazan, Russia (June 15-16); Lake Balaton, Hungary (July 13-14); and Chiba, Japan (September 7-8).
The 2019 calendar had originally included eight events, including races set for Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in the US on October 19-20 and an unnamed location in Saudi Arabia on November 8-9. Two additional events in Europe and Asia were also listed as ‘to be announced’.
In a statement, IMS president Douglas Boles said the Speedway was only informed of the decision yesterday (Wednesday).
Boles added: “We are disappointed that we will not host another Red Bull Air Race event, and I know many of our fans will be disappointed, as well. Customers who already purchased tickets to this year’s event will receive refunds. They will receive an email later today with information on that process.”