From the Racing Aces: Stanger and Holt Win Air Race Classic
Port Lavaca, TX — The Racing Aces, Dianna Stanger and Victoria Holt
were announced the 36th Annual Air Race Classic (ARC) Champions on
Sunday, June 25th. The four-day race covered 2,862 statute-miles, eight
states and nine stops. The race concluded on Friday, June 22nd at the
terminus in Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio. The kicker was the
fact that Clermont County Airport is home of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, the mecca of pilot supplies and accessories.
The team started out strong, flying five legs of the race in one day.
“The first day of the race we covered a total of 1313.72 miles and over
half the race route.” Dianna commented. The female pilots competed in
last year’s race and are proud to take home the title.
The Racing Aces departed from Chippewa County International Airport,
Sault Ste. in Marie, Michigan (CIU) on the morning of the 22nd, the
fourth day of the race, later than a handful of racers but the move was
strategic and beneficial. The day prior all teams were grounded due to
eastern weather systems.
“Our strategy kept changing as quickly as the weather was changing.
We knew we needed to keep flying along the weather front to take
advantage of the strong tail winds,” said Holt. “We started the race
with our minds set on a victory, working hard all year practicing crew
The pilots, Victoria Holt and Dianna Stanger, flew the last two legs
in a matter of hours. The team landed twentieth at Clermont County
Aiport and were announced the champions on the evening of Sunday, June
25th. The team is the first to win in a Cirrus SR 22 Special Edition.
“The Racing Aces love this competition because it not only tests your
skills as a pilot, but also mental abilities to choose route and
altitudes. It is a challenge on many different levels,” said Stanger.
“The air race is a very long journey that took us over some fantastic
parts of the United States that amazed us. Meeting the wonderful people
at each airport and community was so heart warming; each time we left
an airport we felt like we were very special.”
The four day air race began in 1929 with the First Women’s Air Derby,
the oldest women’s race in the country. Amelia Earhart, Louise Thaden,
and Ruth Elder were amongst the first women to compete. The female
pilots are proud to follow the footsteps of past competitors and
aviatrixes. They helped pave the way for the Aces and in turn, they hope
to do the same for other female pilots. The Aces promoted aviation all
along the race route and made headlines as far as South Dakota and Ohio.
Through out the years, the ARC has drawn entrants from overseas with
racers coming from Canada, Germany, New Zealand, England, and Malaysia.
The Racing Aces would like to thank everyone that has supported the
team, they look forward to continuing to promote general aviation to
girls of all ages. Most importantly, awarding scholarships with the proceeds from this year’s race.
“These scholarships are going to give a few dedicated girls a jump
start towards pursuing their aviation dreams,” said President and CEO of
Sporty’s Pilot Shop, Michael Wolf. “We feel very fortunate to have
played in a role in supporting this great event.”
Dianna and Victoria would like to personally thank the 2012 sponsors;
AvFuel, Byrne & Storm, P.C., Federman, Lally & Remis LLC, IBC
Bank, Eurocopter, Flight Safety, Formosa and Ladd Gardner Insurance.
View the Ace’s journey http://theracingaces.com/photos/2012-win/