The NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series officially crowned their champions this past weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and tonight in South Florida, those champs are the guests of honor.
A joint celebration for both series is set to take place later this evening at the Trump National Doral Miami. The event will honor the series driver and owner’s champs plus the top five drivers in each series.
Already, those groups are arriving for tonight’s ceremony…
Not seen above is a photo of the No. 22 Team Penske camp, which claimed the Nationwide owner’s title. But according to Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News, all five drivers that drove the 22 this year – Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Alex Tagliani, and Michael McDowell – are in attendance:
As a note for fans, the Nationwide/Truck Series ceremony will air on TV on Sunday night, Nov. 23. Be sure to check your local listings for time and channel.
The Red Bull Racing pit crew may have already made headlines last weekend when it completed the fastest pit stop in Formula One history, changing Max Verstappen’s tires in 1.82 seconds, but the team’s most recent stunt took their skills to new heights – quite literally.
With the help of the Russian Space agency Roscomos, a group of the team’s mechanics completed the world’s first zero-gravity pit stop, on-board a IIyushin II-76K cosmonaut training plane.
Using a 2005 BR1, the team filmed the viral video over the course of a week, enduring seven flights and about 80 parabolas – periods in which the plane climbs 45 degrees before falling again at a ballistic arch of 45 degrees, creating a period of weightlessness for approximately 22 seconds.
With such a short time frame between weightlessness periods, the car and equipment had to be both quickly and safely secured before gravity once again took effect. Each filming lasted roughly 15 seconds, and the stunt was the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team had ever undertaken.
“It pushed us harder than I thought it would,” said Red Bull Support Team Mechanic Joe Robinson. “You realize how much you rely on gravity when you don’t have any!
“It challenges you to think and operate in a different way – and that was brilliant. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly, I could have stayed and done it all month. It was amazing. I think it’s the coolest, most fun thing the Live Demo team has ever done with a show car.”
Though Red Bull was the first team to perform a pit stop in zero gravity, surprisingly Red Bull was not the first team to put a car through zero gravity. In 1999, McLaren driver David Coulthard and his car experienced zero gravity as part of a promotion for then-sponsor West Cigarettes.
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