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Red Bull Air Race Season Preview on SportsNet
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Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:00

Can’t wait for the Red Bull Air Race season to start? Rogers SportsNet has you covered. The 2010 Red Bull Air Race season preview show will air multiple times in the week leading up to the Abu Dhabi race.
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Be sure to check the air times below and tune in to get caught up on all the story lines of the season ahead – it’s sure to be a season full of excitement and sporting drama. The preview show includes new interviews with Pete where he discusses his rookie season and expectations for the season ahead.

All times listed below are Eastern Standard Time. Be sure to check your local listings to confirm air times. 

  • Friday, March 19 - 6:00 p.m. Rogers SportsNet Pacific 
  • Saturday, March 20 - 8:30 p.m. Rogers SportsNet Pacific 
  • Sunday, March 21 - 2:30 p.m. Rogers SportsNet Pacific
  • Monday, March 22 - 9:00 p.m. Rogers SportsNet West
  • Tuesday, March 23 - 5:30 p.m. Rogers SportsNet West
  • Wednesday, March 24 - 7:30 p.m. Rogers SportsNet West
  • Thursday, March 25 - 8:00 p.m. Rogers SportsNet Ontario
  • Thursday, March 25 - 9:00 p.m. Rogers SportsNet Pacific 
  • Thursday, March 25  -10:00 p.m. Rogers SportsNet East
  • Friday, March 26 – 7:00 p.m. Rogers SportsNet East
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Race Preview: Abu Dhabi 2010
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Wednesday, 17 March 2010 16:17
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Less than 12 months ago Pete McLeod was preparing to burst on to the Red Bull Air Race World Championship as the youngest pilot and only Canadian to ever compete for the championship title in the world’s fastest growing motorsport. 

Arriving in Abu Dhabi this season Pete is familiar with the surroundings, the majority of competitors and the fast and challenging track. The #84 EDGE 540 underwent significant modifications in the off-season and Pete is eager to get in the track and see how it performs.

“It’s great to be back in Abu Dhabi and to finally get the race season started again,” said McLeod after landing in the United Arab Emirates. “This track will always be special for me; this is where I made my Red Bull Air Race debut,” McLeod added.

Pete, now 26 years old, enters the 2010 season again as the youngest pilot in the field and is still over 17 years younger than his average competitor. These stats don’t concern McLeod and his team who are ready to move up the world championship standings this season. “I think the question of whether I was ‘old enough’ to be in the championship was answered last year. I’m going to get better with more track time and races, not birthdays,” Pete quipped. 

With 8 races on the 2010 schedule it’s important to get the season started with a solid performance and make sure no championship points are left on the table. The PMR team is confident fans will notice the improved performance of the race plane in 2010. “I could really feel the increased performance in testing. There is little doubt in my mind that we will be a bigger factor in the 2010 championship than in 2009. In the end, a lot of our relative results will depend on how fast other teams are running this season. What it comes down to is that I’ll be sticking to the long term plan for a world championship but I expect better results than 2009. I was uncomfortable being at the back of the standings,” confirmed McLeod. 

“The fans are great in Abu Dhabi, people are very knowledgeable about the world championship, the planes and pilots. The impressive skyline and sunny skies make it a great place to race, while the high temperatures add a unique challenge” said McLeod. 

Over the next week Pete will spend significant time in the plane making final adjustments before qualification flights on March 26 and race day on March 27. 

Be sure to become a fan of Pete on Facebook and follow him on Twitter for the latest news and behind the scenes access. Information regarding live streaming and broadcast times will be posted in the coming days – check back regularly for details!
 
Pete Goes Back to School
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Thursday, 11 March 2010 01:12
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McLeod took a break from his pre-season race preparations to serve as the honourary chair of the Toronto District School Board’s technological skills competition. “Pete is an exceptional role model for our students and someone they can relate to,” says Carmen Camuti the program coordinator of experiential learning for the Toronto District School Board.

Students competing in the competition were vying to earn the right to represent the Toronto District at the provincial skills competition taking place this May in Waterloo Ontario. Students competed in various competitions including automobile servicing, precision machining, graphic design, robotics and carpentry.

“I’m passionate about my belief that young people have great potential and should not wait to achieve big things,” said McLeod as he met with students competing in the competition. “I am honoured to assist the technological education skills teams in their pursuit of competition, success and learning,” added McLeod.

Pete, a graduate of Red Lake District High School and the University of Western Ontario enjoyed meeting the students while overseeing the competitions at Central Technical School in downtown Toronto.

Pete and his team are currently making final preparations for the season opening race in Abu Dhabi and will be onsite in Abu Dhabi by March 17 for training and test flights.
 
Spring Training 2010
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Tuesday, 02 March 2010 17:41
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“Max Power has never felt so good,” said Pete McLeod following test flights in the sunny sky over Chandler, Arizona. The PMR team has temporarily relocated to the Southern United States to take advantage of pristine flying conditions and test the modifications made to the Edge 540 over the past six months.

“We’ve come a long way since this time last year,” said McLeod following the first three days of test flights. “I know they are only training flights over the open the desert, but the plane is much faster and it should be more competitive in the track this season – it’s going to be an exciting year” McLeod added.

It appears six months of late nights in the PMR hangar are going to pay off in the months ahead. Pete is exceptionally pleased with how the plane is flying and is optimistic about the eight races he is scheduled to compete in over the next six months. “We did everything possible with the time and budget we had over the off season, the question now is how much of the gap did we close with other teams. Every team works hard in the off season but all the cards come on the table in Abu Dhabi,” said McLeod.

A focus of the off season was to make the #84 plane more powerful and lighter than the race plane fans saw competing last year and it appears the team has accomplished this goal and hopes to start climbing the ranks during the 2010 season.

By Thursday of this week, the plane will be dismantled and trucked to Los Angeles before being shipped by air cargo to Abu Dhabi for the season opening race.

Pete is scheduled to continue test flights and training in Abu Dhabi on March 18 with the race taking place on March 27. Following training in Arizona, Pete and the team are headed back to London, Ontario to complete final preparations for the season ahead.
 
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