Is Danica Patrick on track to become a real doll?

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Move over, Barbie, or you might get the chrome horn put to ‘ya.

One of next year’s hottest Christmas gifts could potentially be a Danica Patrick doll – or at least one that the NASCAR driver will have a significant say in designing.

According to License Global! (licensemag.com), NASCAR Team Properties has begun collaboration with the Madame Alexander Doll Company to design and market a new line of NASCAR-branded dolls.

Patrick will lend her input into the line, which is slated to hit stores next fall – just in time for the Christmas rush.

“Designing NASCAR-themed dolls for girls to play with is a fun and engaging way for young girls to become even more fascinated with a sport that empowers a new generation of women and that is one of the largest spectator sports in America,” Madame Alexander president Gale Jarvis said.

“Partnering with Danica Patrick is exciting for us,” Jarvis added. “She is one of the most successful and well-known women in the history of racing and a well-known female superstar.”

While it’s unclear if there actually will be a Danica doll per se, it certainly makes sense to have the Sprint Cup star also be the star of the proposed doll lineup, as well.

Can’t you just see a potential Danica doll in a GoDaddy.com firesuit, or driving her trademark neon green GoDaddy Chevrolet – in scaled-down form, of course?

Hey, maybe they can even make a talking Danica doll, where she says, “Eat my dust, Barbie.”

Of course, that leads to a rather obvious question. Since Barbie has her longtime boyfriend Ken, will we also potentially see a Ricky Stenhouse Jr. doll to go along with Danica, as well?

Yep, Ricky, that’ll likely go over real well around the Sprint Cup garage, for sure.

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WATCH: Red Bull F1 team completes pit stop in zero gravity

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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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