AUVSI XPONENTIAL to Host an International Drone Race for the 2018 Challengers Cup

January 30, 2018


BELLEVILLE, Mich. – The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) has announced a new partnership with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The IDRA will hold one of its international drone races for the 2018 Challengers Cup at AUVSI XPONENTIAL taking place in Denver, Colorado, from April 30 to May 3, 2018. Tickets for the races, held on May 1 and May 2, will be available for sale through the AUVSI XPONENTIAL website.


The race will feature several of the top pilots in the world as they race head-to-head to earn valuable points to gain a position in the Top 32 ranked pilots. At the end of the series, the Top 32 ranked pilots will compete for the world championship at the 2018 Challengers Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The partnership with AUVSI provides IDRA an opportunity to showcase the sport and talented pilots to hundreds of the industry’s most affluent companies and organizations.


“We greatly appreciate AUVSI for giving IDRA the opportunity to bring one of the 2018 Challengers Cup’s largest international races to XPONENTIAL 2018 in Denver,” said Justin Haggerty, the founder and CEO of IDRA. “Not only is Denver a great city to hold such an event, but XPONENTIAL gives IDRA the best platform to promote the sport to hundreds of companies in the unmanned systems industry. Most important to IDRA is providing a platform for pilots to continue to gain recognition, grow their brands, and network with potential sponsors and corporate partners.”


“XPONENTIAL brings together the most creative minds working on issues face the UAS industry today,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “A drone race at XPONENTIAL is not only an opportunity to showcase how UAS technology is advancing, particularly when it comes to agility and speed, but it is also an exciting event that solidifies XPONENTIAL as the place to be for all things unmanned.”


The 2018 Challengers Cup Series is a semi-professional series of 25 international events. The series will begin in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and conclude in Bogota, Columbia. Pilots compete for a position in the Challengers Cup Finals, determined by the Top 32 Pilot Rankings, based on total points earned during the series.


UAS/Drone racing is a worldwide sport that utilizes Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology to allow a new breed of innovators to compete on the international stage. There are roughly 100 drone competitions in the U.S. annually and 200 worldwide competitions, highlighted by races like IDRA’s 2016 World Drone Prix in Dubai, 2017 Dover Internationals at the Dover International Speedway with NASCAR, and 2017 Challengers Cup Finals at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.


Registration for XPONENTIAL 2018 has opened. For tickets and more information, visit


About the International Drone Racing Association


The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) is a for-profit association founded on the belief that competition drives innovation, and that drone racing is the next evolution of motorsports. IDRA believes in growing this awesome new industry by organizing historic drone racing competitions like the semi-professional Challengers Cup and professional Drone Racing Series. The IDRA’s core mission is to grow this amazing community of tinkerers, dreamers, and innovators.








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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents more than 7,500 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit



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