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.

INDYCAR: Newgarden, Sato quickest in first of 2 Friday practices at Road America

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Josef Newgarden was quickest in the first of Friday’s two INDYCAR practice sessions at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion covered the 4.048-mile, 14-turn course with a best lap of 1:43.0477, followed by Takuma Sato (1:43.4729), Alexander Rossi (1:43.5603), Robert Wickens (1:43.5774) and Marco Andretti (1:43.8825).

Sixth-quickest was Tony Kanaan (1:44.0429), followed by Spencer Pigot (1:44.1080), Zach Veach (1:44.1306), Scott Dixon (1:44.1643) and Matheius Leist (1:44.2963).

Alfonso Celis Jr., making his Verizon IndyCar Series debut and with Juncos Racing, was 22nd quickest in the 23-car field at 1:44.9164, while Gabby Chaves was the slowest driver on the course at 1:46.4485.

While there were no significant incidents during the 45-minute session, a number of drivers struggled in several turns, primarily due to some lingering puddles from overnight rain, as well as on rumble strips that threw their cars into adjacent grass areas.

The second practice session today takes place at 4:15 p.m. ET.

A third practice kicks off Saturday’s busy day at Noon ET, followed by qualifying at 4 p.m. ET, the second round of qualifying at 4:40 p.m. ET and the third and final round of qualifying at 5 p.m. ET.

The weekend’s main event, Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix, takes the green flag shortly after 1 p.m. ET. Make sure to tune in to NBCSN for the live telecast of the race.

We’ll have the full practice grid and driver quotes shortly. Please check back soon.

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