B.A.S.E. jump kicked off Red Bull MotoGP weekend at COTA (VIDEO)

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Austin’s Circuit of the Americas has already hosted Formula One last November and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series this March. Ahead of last weekend’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP round, two jumpers decided it could be fun to B.A.S.E. jump off COTA’s 251-foot high tower, that is quickly proving to be the iconic landmark of the facility.

The results – as you can see above – aren’t quite as jaw dropping as Felix Baumgartner’s free fall from space last summer, another Red Bull project. But at least this keeps Red Bull in the news for something other than internal team drama between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, or their concerns about Pirelli’s 2013 tire compounds.

The next race for COTA is the Australian V8 Supercars and Pirelli World Challenge, from May 17-19. A round of the FIA World Endurance Championship and American Le Mans Series occurs in September, with the second U.S. Grand Prix in Austin to be held, once again, in November.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.