VIDEO: 'It's madness' as international drone racing hits Sacramento

VIDEO: 'It's madness' as international drone racing hits Sacramento

July 20, 2018

The fastest pilots in the world are competing inside Sacramento's Golden 1 Center as part of the Aerial Sports League's biggest drone race ever in California.

Pilots competing in the California Drone Speed Challenge Level 2 are racing for a $25,000 prize, which is almost unheard of for drone racing, according to pilot Colby Curtola.

Curtola won last year's race in San Francisco, but after taking a test flight inside the Golden 1 Center, he was surprised by the setup.

"Flying here is insane," Curtola said. "The stuff comes up really fast."

Pilots wear specialized first-person view eyewear as the high-speed drones fly around with small transmitting cameras mounted on them.

It's a fast-growing sport, and Comcast, which is putting up the prize money, calls this race the latest in the step to bigger, better exposure.

"I think the future for Golden 1 and globally is big," a Comcast spokesperson said. "We've got pilots from Norway, Sweden, Canada and all over."

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