There was something for each of the more than 27,000 Queenslanders who toured the new Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, including a unique match race between local hero Will Power and the pilot of a Cessna Citation Mustang jet.
The Verizon IndyCar Series champion, driving a V8 Supercar, split the runway series.
The event was part of the Sept. 28 community open day for the facility near Power’s hometown of Toowoomba, Australia. Aerial shows, helicopter flights and terminal tours complemented the adrenaline rush races.
"I didn't really know what to expect beforehand, however it was a heap of fun," said Power, who also greeted fans following the event. "You could hear the jet engines coming from behind and then see it spool as it took off. After losing the first race I was pretty determined to win the second.
"It was definitely not something you get to do every day and I think the crowd enjoyed the spectacle."
Power, who earned his first series title Aug. 30, is Australia’s first Indy car champion. While in Queensland the past few weeks visiting family and friends, he’s also participated in special events such as the community open day. Earlier in the week, he was a special guest in the Grand Central Floral Parade and received the symbolic keys to the city from Mayor Paul Antonio.
"I'm really proud to be from Toowoomba," Power said. "This area is where it all started for me and has played a big part in my career."