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EAA Young Eagles Volunteer Pilot Becomes Pro Air Racer, Wins “Rookie of the Year”

October, 2019

EAA Young Eagles Volunteer Pilot Becomes Pro Air Racer, Wins “Rookie of the Year”

EAA Young Eagles Volunteer. AirVenture Cup Vice Chairman. Commercial Airline Pilot. Mentor. Long EZ Builder. Those are all titles Joe Coraggio can claim. And now, he can add “Air Racer.”

Coraggio, the 2018 Phillips 66® EAA Young Eagles Leadership Award winner, recently earned his Sport Class Racing license from Pylon Racing School and competed as a rookie in the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada Sept. 11 – 15, 2019. He received the well-deserved “Rookie of the Year” honor.

Coraggio’s team, Ramp Rat Racing, an ode to the nickname he was given as an aviation-loving kid, qualified to race in the Silver Sport Heat. Coraggio completed the last six-lap, 41.315-mile race on Sunday in just under 9 minutes, at a speed of 278.337 mph. View all Coraggio’s race results here.

Coraggio raced his Lancair Legacy, which is an experimental, amateur-built aircraft. Made of carbon fiber and fiberglass, the airframe is highly aerodynamic and built for speed. The plane’s panel was recently redone by Ramp Rat Racing sponsor, BendixKing, and is equipped with a full suite of the latest technology in electronic flight displays, GPS, communications, electronic georeferenced maps and charts, autopilot, and onboard weather and traffic.

Phillips 66® Aviation would like to congratulate Joe on his newest endeavor and wish him all the success as he continues racing!

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Learn more about Joe Coraggio’s accolades and love of aviation here.