Rocket Racing League Pits Air Force vs. Navy Aviators With Highly Anticipated Debut of Bridenstine Team

Sep 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from Rocket Racing League

    LAS CRUCES, N.M., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- In a highly anticipated move
 following the debut of its first independent race team seven months ago,
 the Rocket Racing League(TM) (RRL) has unveiled its second, the Bridenstine
 Rocket Racing Team, it was announced at the Reno National Championship Air
 Races and Air Show. Founded by Navy Lt. James Bridenstine, an E-2C and
 F-18C pilot, and his wife Michelle, the team will take possession of their
 first rocket-powered Mark-1 X-Racer later this year. Aiming to debut its
 first competitive races in late Fall of 2007, the RRL is a
 first-of-its-kind aerospace sports and entertainment league which combines
 the competition of racing with the excitement of rocketry.
     "Given the air force credentials of our first team, Leading Edge, and
 the navy aviation experience of this second team under Jim Bridenstine, we
 expect a good-natured competition as the Rocket Racing League prepares for
 its official launch in late 2007," stated RRL President and CEO Granger
 Whitelaw. "I look forward to working with Jim, Michelle and the entire
 Bridenstine team and appreciate their commitment to this young, exciting
 league."
     Serving as the primary pilot and president of Bridenstine Rocket Racing
 Team, Lt. James Bridenstine has been a naval aviator for nine years,
 training as an E-2C pilot and recently transitioning to the F-18C as a
 weapons and tactics instructor. He served with distinction in Operation
 Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Southern Watch in Saudi Arabia
 and Kuwait, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also flew missions in Operation
 Noble Eagle immediately after September 11, 2001. Bridenstine holds degrees
 in business administration, economics and psychology from Rice University.
     "Flying exhilarating manned rockets, competitive races in the sky, and
 the opportunity to advance rocket science and space technology inspired me
 to take the helm of the Bridenstine Rocket Racing Team and fly the Mark-1
 X-Racer," explains James Bridenstine. "It is an honor to be selected as the
 second team within the Rocket Racing League."
     About the Rocket Racing League
     The Rocket Racing League (RRL) is an aerospace entertainment
 organization which combines the competition of racing with the excitement
 of rocketry. RRL is dedicated to providing safe and thrilling experiences
 for families through live events, television broadcasts and interactive
 technologies. Co-founded by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder of the X PRIZE,
 and Granger Whitelaw, two-time Indianapolis 500 champion team partner, the
 league's mission is to serve as a technology accelerator in the areas of
 airframe, propulsion and spacecraft design, and reach for the future to
 inspire the next generation of spaceflight enthusiasts. Rocket Racing
 League(TM), RRL(TM) and X-Racer(TM) are trademarks of Rocket Racing Inc.
 For more information, visit the website at www.rocketracingleague.com.
     Contact:   Alfred Hopton, Senior Account Executive
                B|W|R Public Relations
                310.248.6160
                ahopton@bwr-la.com
 
 

SOURCE Rocket Racing League
    LAS CRUCES, N.M., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- In a highly anticipated move
 following the debut of its first independent race team seven months ago,
 the Rocket Racing League(TM) (RRL) has unveiled its second, the Bridenstine
 Rocket Racing Team, it was announced at the Reno National Championship Air
 Races and Air Show. Founded by Navy Lt. James Bridenstine, an E-2C and
 F-18C pilot, and his wife Michelle, the team will take possession of their
 first rocket-powered Mark-1 X-Racer later this year. Aiming to debut its
 first competitive races in late Fall of 2007, the RRL is a
 first-of-its-kind aerospace sports and entertainment league which combines
 the competition of racing with the excitement of rocketry.
     "Given the air force credentials of our first team, Leading Edge, and
 the navy aviation experience of this second team under Jim Bridenstine, we
 expect a good-natured competition as the Rocket Racing League prepares for
 its official launch in late 2007," stated RRL President and CEO Granger
 Whitelaw. "I look forward to working with Jim, Michelle and the entire
 Bridenstine team and appreciate their commitment to this young, exciting
 league."
     Serving as the primary pilot and president of Bridenstine Rocket Racing
 Team, Lt. James Bridenstine has been a naval aviator for nine years,
 training as an E-2C pilot and recently transitioning to the F-18C as a
 weapons and tactics instructor. He served with distinction in Operation
 Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Southern Watch in Saudi Arabia
 and Kuwait, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also flew missions in Operation
 Noble Eagle immediately after September 11, 2001. Bridenstine holds degrees
 in business administration, economics and psychology from Rice University.
     "Flying exhilarating manned rockets, competitive races in the sky, and
 the opportunity to advance rocket science and space technology inspired me
 to take the helm of the Bridenstine Rocket Racing Team and fly the Mark-1
 X-Racer," explains James Bridenstine. "It is an honor to be selected as the
 second team within the Rocket Racing League."
     About the Rocket Racing League
     The Rocket Racing League (RRL) is an aerospace entertainment
 organization which combines the competition of racing with the excitement
 of rocketry. RRL is dedicated to providing safe and thrilling experiences
 for families through live events, television broadcasts and interactive
 technologies. Co-founded by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder of the X PRIZE,
 and Granger Whitelaw, two-time Indianapolis 500 champion team partner, the
 league's mission is to serve as a technology accelerator in the areas of
 airframe, propulsion and spacecraft design, and reach for the future to
 inspire the next generation of spaceflight enthusiasts. Rocket Racing
 League(TM), RRL(TM) and X-Racer(TM) are trademarks of Rocket Racing Inc.
 For more information, visit the website at www.rocketracingleague.com.
     Contact:   Alfred Hopton, Senior Account Executive
                B|W|R Public Relations
                310.248.6160
                ahopton@bwr-la.com
 
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