Press Release

Rocket Racing League(R) Conducts Successful Rocket Racer Flights at EAA AirVenture

By SpaceRef Editor
August 5, 2008
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New entertainment sports league takes historic steps at Oshkosh Unveils DKNY MEN as first official sponsor Rocket Racing League(R) Conducts Successful Rocket Racer Flights at EAA AirVenture

The Rocket Racing League today celebrates the historic inaugural flights of the Rocket Racer(R), which captivated the hundreds of thousands of people on-hand at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. Beginning with the first public demonstration flight of the Rocket Racer on Tuesday, July 29th and followed by additional flights on August 1st and 2nd, the Rocket Racing League showed the world what the future of sports, entertainment, and aviation will look like. The Rocket Racing League is a new entertainment sports league combining rocket engines and 21st century technology to make it the most interactive and exciting fan sport in the world.

“We did it!” said Rocket Racing League founder and CEO Granger Whitelaw. “The three flights we conducted last week have shown the world what the future of racing and entertainment will look like. We are looking forward to the next step of conducting our first exhibition races and displaying the amazing 3D racetrack in the sky technology.”

During all three flights, two-time NASA Shuttle commander Rick Searfoss was the test pilot and ignited the Rocket Racer’s rocket engine and took to the skies above Oshkosh for 10-minute demonstrations that comprised between 15 to 35 seconds of burn time. Aerobatic moves were completed in different angles, including a 90 degree turn, “Aileron” rolls and the “Double Immelman,” which is extremely difficult for most planes but not so for a Rocket Racer given its power and thrust. The Bridenstine DKNY Rocket Racer is based on Velocity Aircraft’s canard airframe that is outfitted with an XCOR Aerospace LOX engine capable of 1,500 lbs. of thrust.

“These flights would not have happened without the amazingly hard working team here at Rocket Racing League,” continued Whitelaw. “Working with the development teams at XCOR and Velocity Aircraft as well as the logistics folks at EAA, the flights went off without a hitch and the Rocket Racer performed exactly as planned.”

At a press conference prior to the July 29th flight, Granger Whitelaw officially introduced DKNY MEN as the first official sponsor and clothing provider of the Rocket Racing League and official team sponsor of Bridenstine Rocket Racing, one of six teams set to compete in future Rocket Racing League races.

The Rocket Racing League has posted videos and photos of the first three flights of the Rocket Racer at the following FTP site:

Username: press_ftp
Password: pressmaterials

NOTE: You will need an FTP Client Program to access site

For more information or to find a schedule of future Rocket Racing League events, visit

About The Rocket Racing League(R)

Founded in 2005 by two-time Indianapolis 500 winning team partner Granger Whitelaw and X PRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter H. Diamandis, MD, the Rocket Racing League(R) (RRL(TM)) is a new entertainment sports league that combines the exhilaration of racing with the power of rocket engines. To be held at venues across the country, the Rocket Racing League will feature multiple races pitting up to 10 Rocket Racers going head to head in a 4-lap, multiple elimination heat format on a 5-mile “Formula One”-like closed circuit raceway in the sky. For more information on the Rocket Racing League, please visit

Media Contact

John McCartney of Attention! for Rocket Racing League
(212) 201-7893

SpaceRef staff editor.