With the NASCAR Media Tour over, NASCAR AMERICA still rolls on with preseason coverage in the run-up to the Daytona Speedweeks at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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Here is what’s on tap for today’s show, with Leigh Diffey and Kyle Petty in studio and Dale Jarrett in Charlotte:
- Tonight begins the first of two sitdowns per show from the Media Tour, running daily through the Daytona 500 Media Day. First up are Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson – respective teaser videos (Stewart, Larson) can be found at the embedded links.
- A discussion will occur on whether Penske/Wood Brothers would run Ryan Blaney in a full season if he wins Daytona. Last week, it was announced Blaney will run at least 18 Sprint Cup races in 2015.
- We’ll analyze the Matt McCall situation and how it isn’t uncommon for employees to shift teams and ruffle feathers as information moves around. McCall shifts to Chip Ganassi Racing as new crew chief for Jamie McMurray.
- With only 20 days left until the 2015 Daytona 500, we’ll look back at Trevor Bayne. Why, you ask? Bayne was 20 when he became the youngest Daytona 500 winner in 2011.
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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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