Ahead of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, Master Class pilots Nigel Lamb (Breitling Racing Team, GBR) and Michael Goulian (Team Goulian, USA) enjoyed an opportunity to play a round of golf with three-time Major Champion Nick Price and Walker Cup Captain John “Spider” Miller at Indiana University Golf Course.
While Lamb and Goulian are world-leading pilots who like to swing a golf club, Price and Miller are renowned golfers who have earned pilot’s licenses. Like Lamb – who was the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Champion – the World Golf Hall of Famer Price was raised in Zimbabwe (called Rhodesia at the time), and the pair first met during their days in the Rhodesian Air Force. Lamb often attended Price’s tournaments in the UK until the golfer, who now lives in the US state of Florida, went into semi retirement last year. Price is pleased to be offering return support at the race in Indy.
“I’ve always loved flying, and when I heard ‘Nige’ say he was going to retire soon, I said, ‘I’m definitely coming!’” remarked Price, who won The Open Championship as well as two PGA Championships.
Speaking from the Breitling Racing Team hangar, where Lamb gave him a close look the team’s MXS-R raceplane, Price added, “I watch the Red Bull Air Races on TV, but this whole experience to be here is great fun, and I hope he wins it.”
After the golf outing, Lamb, who has announced that he will hang up his racing gloves following the 2016 final in Las Vegas, USA on 15-16 October, marveled at the skills of his friend, saying, “Golf is a fantastic game. In terms of mind control, and the mental side, to play at Nick’s level has got to be just amazing.”
Goulian was in full agreement. “We pilots probably aren’t star-struck by too many people, but to play golf with Nick and Spider – when you realize how good they are – you don’t get to see that often in your life. Plus while it’s fun to meet people who have done great things, when they’re great people, that’s the most important thing, and these are two of the greatest guys on the planet.”
Excitement around golf is stronger than ever in Indianapolis with the announcement that a full-field LPGA tournament will return to the city when the Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim debuts in September 2017 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course that’s in the heart of the speedway where the Red Bull Air Race pilots are flying this weekend.