Team Goulian is set to kick off the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 2-3 after a brief off-season full of modifications: both on and off the race track.
Long time USA air show partner, Whelen Engineering extends partnership into the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship as an official technical supplier. Whelen has been a supporter of Goulian’s air show team for seven years now, and Team 99 is thrilled for the opportunity to further represent the company.
Much of the success of our air show program is due to our great partnership with Whelen. To bring Whelen onboard Team #99 is such an honor for us as they are now an integral part of the entire Goulian Aerosports program. We’re passionate about air shows and air racing, and our team is honored to have Whelen share in both of our passions, said Goulian.
Racing is in Whelen’s blood. In addition to supporting Team #99 in the Red Bull Air Race, Whelen campaigns the #31 Cadillac Dpi-V.R in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. They have also been a partner and sponsor of NASCAR while promoting the brand by displaying products on pace cars, emergency vehicles, and tow vehicles around the world.
In the Red Bull Air Race, Whelen lights will be showcased on their security and emergency vehicles on-site at all the 2018 races around the world.
Whelen Engineering is a true trailblazer in the world of aviation: George W. Whelen invented the first rotating aircraft anti-collision beacon in his garage in 1952. This wildly successful development helped launch the company into the world of automotive safety lighting. As a direct result, Whelen has experienced positive growth for over six decades. Today, Whelen’s two manufacturing facilities total over 800,000 square feet and employ over 1,500 employees. Whelen is the industry leader in FAA approved aviation lighting products and Team Goulian is proud to showcase their name.
Abu Dhabi Race Schedule:
Qualifying: Saturday, February 2 (4pm GST)
Race Day: Sunday, February 3 (2pm GST)
About Team Goulian
Michael Goulian is one of the most experienced and determined contenders for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, and since his first race in 2004 the American has accumulated career highlights including a memorable win at the iconic stop of Budapest, Hungary. Before beginning his racing career, Goulian earned the US National Unlimited Aerobatics Championship and the National Advanced Aerobatics Championship, and he continues to be a popular performer of aerial demonstrations. Goulian is one of just seven pilots ever to earn the triple crown of industry honors for airshow flying: the Art Scholl Memorial Award, the Bill Barber Award and the ICAS Sword of Excellence. Goulian further holds the distinction of being an honorary member of the legendary US Navy Blue Angels. Based in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, the team flies the number 99 Edge 540.
About Red Bull Air Race
Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has held more than 80 races around the globe. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship.
Top photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool, Photographer: Predrag Vuckovic