NASCAR AMERICA’s coverage of the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte continues today with a one-hour, live show that starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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Here is what’s on tap for today’s show:
· We’ll talk with the “Roushkateers” of Roush Fenway Racing’s Sprint Cup stable: Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and newcomer Trevor Bayne. Also, don’t miss our in-depth analysis of Stenhouse’s new hairstyle and where it stands among the best in NASCAR history.
· Our Charlotte team also talks with the King, Richard Petty, and his team’s driving tandem for 2015 – Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. Additionally, Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano discuss what they need to do to turn their successful 2014 seasons into a championship in 2015.
· And with 25 days left to the Daytona 500, we’ll look back on the 1990 Daytona 500 where a quarter of a century ago, Derrike Cope passed Dale Earnhardt Sr. on the final lap to score one of NASCAR’s greatest upsets.
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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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