Stihl signs on as presenting sponsor of the National Championship Air Races


Stihl’s Andrew Findlay

The National Championship Air Races recently announced that Stihl has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 and 2017 races.

“Stihl partnered with us last year as a gold sponsor of the NBC Sports show, and we are thrilled that they have decided to come on board in such a big way as the presenting sponsor of the 53rd and 54th National Championship Air Races,” said Mike Crowell, president and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA). “Organizing and putting on the air races is a tremendous undertaking each year, and we are very glad to partner with Stihl to bring this year’s event to our fans.”

Known for power, precision and quality engineering, Stihl offers a full line of high-quality, handheld outdoor power equipment, including blowers, trimmers, brushcutters, multi-task tools, and chain saws. Stihl products are available only through Stihl servicing dealers, and not mass merchant retailers.

“We were first introduced to the National Championship Air Races by our employee Andrew Findlay, who races in the experimental class,” said Roger Phelps, corporate communications manager at Stihl. “We were so impressed with the event, and the popularity that the pilot NBC Sports program enjoyed, that it was an obvious choice for us to grow our support. We are proud to be a part of bringing this unique and exciting event to fans around the world.”

Additional tickets are on sale for the 53rd annual National Championship Air Races, which will be held Sept. 14-18, 2016, at Reno Stead Airport. For more information or to volunteer, visit