TEAM NAC WINS GOLD AT RENO AIR RACES!
September 20, 2009
Team NAC’s Formula One racing aircraft, “Invictus” (Latin for “unconquered”) has secured its spot in the winner’s circle after taking first place in the Formula One Gold race at the 46th National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada on September 20, 2009.
After a summer of tweaks to the high-performance plane, Invictus was expected to be a top contender in the multi-lap, multi-aircraft race. But after winning first place in both racing heats and the Race for the Gold Medal, it was apparent that Invictus was ready to be number one. All she needed was a pilot who could handle her power.
Fortunately, pilot Thom Richard from Kissimmee, Florida, had the precision, experience and racing savvy to help Invictus edge out the competition. He delivered everything she needed, an amazing feat for a pilot who is in only his second year of flying at Reno, long considered one of the most difficult Formula One races in the world.
To add to the excitement, Richard also made air racing history in Reno when he won both the Gold and Silver Formula One Races, flying different planes in each race. For the Silver race, Richard flew his own plane, "Miss USA,” while he piloted Neubert Aero Corp's "Invictus" in the Gold.
“Formula One air racing is like Formula One auto racing – the pilot’s skill and experience are the critical factors. What Richard accomplished this year in Reno is an incredible achievement … and the two planes Richard flew happen to be the only planes from east of the Mississippi that made it into the finals,” said Tim Neubert, president of Neubert Aero Corp. Neubert also served as a Formula One race announcer for his second consecutive year.
“This was an incredible experience. I flew the best races I ever have and I certainly couldn’t have done it without the support of such a great crew and sponsors,” said Richard.
Both “Miss USA” and “Invictus” will be on display at the Kissimmee Air Museum until late October when “Invictus” will be moved to the location of the 2009 Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) Annual Conference, to be held November 5 - 7 in Tampa, Florida.