RENO, NV (September 28, 2009) At the 46th Annual National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV, VP Racing Fuels took its traditional top spot on the podium as 22-year old Steven Hinton won the 2009 Breitling Unlimited Gold Race, marking the 22 nd consecutive year that VP has fueled the Unlimited Gold Race Champion at Reno.   Hinton, the son of past Reno champion pilot Steve Hinton, led the field throughout the Unlimited Gold Race with an average speed of 491 MPH in his P-51 called “Strega” (Italian for “witch”) to become the youngest pilot to win the paramount event at the National Championship Air Races.  

Owned by Tiger DeStefani, t he highly modified Strega’s wings have been shortened by five feet along with other changes to make it more aerodynamic.   The engine is a 1649 ci  Rolls Royce Merlin V-12 which generates 1500 horsepower in stock configuration, while Strega produces about 3800 Hp.   Compared to the stock manifold pressure of 65 inches, this engine runs over 120 inches at power.

The Reno National Championship Air Races have been run since 1964 and are currently held at Reno Stead Field.   The 2009 edition marked the 18 th consecutive year VP Racing Fuels has powered the winners of all three Un limited classes -- Gold, Silver and Bronze.  

Race aircraft in the Unlimited Class are the fastest-moving machines in motor sports. The 46th National Championship Air Races also included a world-class air show featuring the US Navy "Blue Angels" flying the F-18 Hornet. Air show performers for 2009 included David Martin, the Red Eagles, the Smoke and Thunder jet car, and Patty Wagstaff, plus military and civil flight demonstrations, and a large display of static aircraft.

The event draws fans from all over the world.    The Reno Air Racing Association, which organizes the event, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of authentic air racing.