NASCAR: Brad Keselowski’s Truck Series team finalizes lineups for 2015

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After almost capturing a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title last year, Brad Keselowski Racing will look to continue their momentum in 2015 with Tyler Reddick as its new full-time driver.

Reddick, the 19-year-old Californian, is taking over the appropriately numbered No. 19 Ford F-150. He made 16 starts in that very machine last season, earning two pole positions, three Top-5s, and nine Top-10s (best finish of fourth; Chicagoland, Talladega, and Texas).

All three of his Top-5s and seven of his nine Top-10s occurred during the last eight races of the season.

BKR’s No. 29 Ford will also run the full schedule in 2015. But it will go for the Truck Series’ owner’s championship after Ryan Blaney drove it to second in last season’s driver’s standings.

The four-driver rotation for the No. 29 includes Blaney, who will compete on a part-time basis in Sprint Cup for the Wood Brothers in 2015.

Also in the rotation are former Cup Series champion Keselowski, his Cup Series teammate Joey Logano, and young gun Austin Theriault.

Theriault returns to BKR after running in its developmental program back in 2012 and 2013. He will get the majority of seat time in the No. 29, as the team says he’ll be running 13 of the 23 events.

“One of the things I wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity,” said Keselowski. “Both Tyler and Austin are perfect examples of what I’m trying to accomplish.

“We saw a lot of improvement with Tyler in 2014. He really stepped up his game during the second half of the season and I certainly think he can compete for wins and challenge for a championship in 2015. Austin was part of our driver development program, so for him to have an opportunity to drive for us in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is pretty special.”

BKR has retained sponsorship support from Cooper Standard (No. 29), as well as Broken Bow Records and Cequent Performance’s group of companies (No. 19). Doug Randolph will guide Reddick as his crew chief, while Chad Kendrick will lead the No. 29’s formidable quartet.

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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