Hot Air Skyway (つぎはぎ スカイウェイ lit. Patched Skyway in Japanese) is the fifteenth race course in Crash Team Racing and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. It is set in the sky with airships based on Cortex's Airship in the original Crash Bandicoot game. The pictures on them show that this is Pinstripe Potoroo's home track.
It is featured as the third race course in the Crash Cup (along with Polar Pass, N. Gin Labs and Slide Coliseum) and both the Yellow (as well as Dingo Canyon, Tiny Arena and Oxide Station) and Purple (as well as Roo's Tubes, Papu's Pyramid and Dragon Mines) Gem Cups. In adventure mode, it is in Citadel City, opposite from Oxide Station.
The course takes place on a floating patchwork track, suspended high in the clouds by many balloons and blimps featuring pictures of Pinstripe's face. In the Nitro-Fueled version, the track takes on a casino theme, with slot machines and playing cards serving as decorations. Many Fats and Slims, members of Pinstripe's mafia, can be seen around the track, spectating the race and launching confetti out of guns.
The track begins with a gentle turn to the left before curving upwards to the right, then turning left again before turning into a large downward spiral to the right, with one boost pad on the spiral along the way. At the end of the spiral is a large ramp with a boost pad on it, sending racers to the next section of track. This ramp grants blue fire in Nitro-Fueled. This track curves around to the right before a straight - alternatively, racers can go off to the right after the jump to an alternate path for a small shortcut.
Back on the straight, there's a small drop before curving around to the left, continuing straight ward for a short while before a u-turn to the left. The track gently angles to the left next before curving upwards to the right, with a boost pad on the right side of the road before a small ramp. There is a straight section here before a upwards curve to the left leading to a large boost pad ramp, dropping racers down to the next section of track below. After a brief uphill climb is a sharp u-turn to the left. Alternatively, with enough speed, the player can airbrake to the right at the top of the hill to cut the corner. There is a gentle turn to the right, then the course returns to the finish line.
- C: The C is in the middle of the spiral, on the side of the road to the right just before the boost pad.
- T: At the last big jump not long before the finish line, the T floats in the air off to the right.
- R: The R is floating in the air after the first big jump after the spiral. Aim for the shortcut to the right to reach it.
Crash Team Racing
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
- In early screenshots, the airships had Cortex's face on them instead, which means that it was originally supposed to be Cortex's home track. More evidence for this is in the CTR intro, the camera pans through this course before cutting to Cortex who is preparing for the race.
- It is possible that the name is a reference to the Skyway, a famous toll bridge in Chicago. If so, then this is a reference to the Crash 1 epilogue, where it is stated that Pinstripe moved to Chicago.
- In the episode "The One with Monica's Thunder" of the popular U.S. sitcom Friends, one of the characters, Chandler Bing, can be seen playing Crash Team Racing, playing as Crash on Hot Air Skyway.
- In the Nitro-Fueled version of the track, right before the finish line, there is a poster of Pinstripe parodying the cover of the Scarface movie.