Airportfest features Formula 1 racers

November 6, 2009

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Two Formula 1 racers that competed in the forty-sixth annual National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., were on display at Peter O. Knight Airport during AOPA Aviation Summit’s Airportfest.

Race No. 40, Miss USA, is a Cassutt Racer built in 1970, then modified in 1980 and again in the early 1990s; its maximum speed is 245 mph.

Race No. 1, Invictus, won first place in the Formula 1 Gold race, averaging 241.06 mph during the eight-lap, 25.5-mile race.

Formula 1 racers are powered by stock Continental O-200 engines and must have a fixed-pitch prop, fixed landing gear, at least 66 square feet of wing area, and weigh at least 500 pounds. Thom Richard, who instructs in North American T-6 aircraft at Warbird Adventures in Kissimmee, Fla., raced both airplanes at Reno.