One of the world’s great golfers could only shake his head, watching a friend navigate the skies on a practice run on Friday for the Red Bull Air Race.
“We play a premeditated sport,” Nick Price said. “This is reactionary.”
Price, 59, a three-time major champion and the No. 1-ranked player in the world for a while in the mid-1990s, is visiting IMS this weekend to watch his longtime friend Nigel Lamb. The two served in the Rhodesian Air Force together in the mid-1970s and enjoyed parallel successes in their respective sports. When Price reached No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning his multiple major titles, Lamb was a seven-time British aerobatic champion.
Now, the 60-year-old Lamb is competing in the penultimate race of his Red Bull Air Race career, having announced his retirement at season’s end. When Price heard about that, he decided he had to see his friend compete and asked Lamb where was best to do that. Lamb, flying under Great Britain’s flag, said the new race at IMS was not to be missed.
That gave Price the opportunity to hook up with friend John “Spider” Miller of Bloomington, Indiana, an acclaimed amateur golfer and longtime friend. The two played a match in Bloomington earlier this week with Lamb and American Master Class pilot Michael Goulian before coming to Indy.
“Being an Indiana kid, I’ve been to the track a number of times over the years,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t miss this for anything.”