TORONTO, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Spin Master Ltd. is proud to announce that Air Hogs, the world's leading R/C brand, is sponsoring the first ever Red Bull Air Race in New York City, taking place Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20. For the occasion, Air Hogs has signed on to sponsor 26 year old Canadian flying sensation Pete McLeod, the youngest pilot to compete in the weekend's races.
This fifth leg of the 2010 World Championship tour will take place for the first time in New York over the Hudson River at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. In close cooperation with host city partners NYC & Company, Jersey City, NJ and Liberty State Park, the Manhattan skyline and brilliant Liberty State Park landmarks will serve as remarkable backdrops for 300 million TV viewers in 87 countries worldwide.
"Bringing the world's fastest growing motorsport into the heart of New York City has been on our minds for the last six years and now, after three years of intense preparations, the goal of racing on one of the planet's biggest stages has been achieved," says Bernd Loidl, CEO of the Red Bull Air Race. "Partnering with Air Hogs represents an exciting opportunity for us as an organization and helps us connect with our fans who enjoy the fun of R/C flying."
"We couldn't be more excited for Air Hogs to be a part of this event with Red Bull, and to team up with a talent like Pete," says Grant Chapman, Director of Air Hogs Marketing. "We wish him and all of the racers good luck for this unprecedented event."
"I'm thrilled to have Air Hogs sponsor the team for the New York race," says Pete McLeod. "The Air Hogs brand really embodies innovation and the fun of flight, there are great synergies between the Air Hogs and PMR brands. The Air Hogs decals on the plane look great, I hope to provide tremendous exposure for Air Hogs over the weekend."
About the Red Bull Air Race:
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world's best race pilots in a motor sports competition that combines speed, precision and skill.
Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons, flying at speeds reaching 370 km/h (230 mph) while withstanding forces of up to 12G. For more information, visit www.redbullairrace.com.
About Pete McLeod:
Pete McLeod is the youngest pilot and only Canadian to ever compete in the Red Bull Air Race making his debut in 2009 at 25 years of age. Pete grew up flying float planes in northern Canada and took his first flight when he was 6 weeks old. He obtained his pilot's licence at 16 years of age, before earning his driver's licence. McLeod currently sits in 6th place at the halfway point of the 2010 season with 22 world championship points. For more information on Pete McLeod, please visit www.petemcleodracing.com.
About Air Hogs:
Air Hogs is the largest R/C toy brand in the world, and is ranked in the top 25 of all brands in the toy industry. Launching with 1998's Sky Shark, Air Hogs redefined the R/C category and was the first to bring flying toy airplanes to mass market. Since then, Air Hogs has become world famous for innovative flyers such as Sky Winder and Storm Launcher, and recently receiving the toy industry's highest honors: the Toy Industry Association 2009 Most Innovative Toy of the Year award for Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser, and 2008's Toy of the Year award Air Hogs Havoc Heli Laser Battle. For more information, visit www.airhogs.com.
SOURCE Spin Master Ltd.