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Hundreds take helicopters to F1 race

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Some F1 race fans don't want to take the chance of getting caught in traffic. So they are opting to take to the skies. For more than 1,000 fans, the main mode of transportation to the track is by helicopter.

"It's amazing. It was really smooth and great sightseeing from up there," said Marisa Seaman, just after stepping off one 16 choppers used by Charlie Bravo Charter.

The helicopters still aren't traveling quite as fast as F1 racecars, but passengers say it still beats traveling on the ground.

"The helicopter is definitely the way to go," said Austin Nunez, a first time helicopter passenger.

1200 race fans are paying $545 for a round trip ticket and a flight that last 10 minutes. Even F1 racing legend Mario Andretti, chose the chopper over the car.

"The helicopter ride was just the icing on the cake on a really very wonderful day that we had at the track. Very successful. Incredible attendance. So it's just something that motor racing fans should really rejoice," Andretti said.

While several choppers have been coming in and out throughout the day, there have been delays because there is not enough. So they're actually adding more for the big race on Sunday.

"We're adding seven more choppers to help accommodate everybody," said Supawn Sullivan, a spokesperson for Charlie Bravo Charter.

More than 600 race fans will be a part of the 150 flights going to and from the track on Sunday. While some residents living near the helipad in downtown were woken up by the roaring rotor blades at 8am, most say it is a welcome sight and sound.

"You're always going to have people that are annoyed by the noise," said Austenite, Neal Nellans, "When you're bringing in a lot of people, they're bringing in a lot of money. Basically those things are a part of it."

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