Mark Martin explained in a tweet Saturday morning why he no longer is working in a driver development role with Roush Fenway Racing.
Martin tweeted: “I didn’t want to go to the races. I’ve done enough of that for now. Except for dirt track.”
Martin answered a fan’s question Friday on Twitter confirming that he was no longer serving as a coach for Roush. Saturday, he answered another fan’s question as to why he wasn’t coaching Roush’s drivers.
Roush Fenway Racing announced last July that Martin would be helping its drivers. Martin was the first Cup driver for car owner Jack Roush. Martin won 35 in Sprint Cup races and finished runner-up for the championship four times while driving for Roush Fenway Racing.
Martin last raced in Cup in 2013, driving 15 races for Michael Waltrip Racing, 12 races for Stewart-Haas Racing in place of an injured Tony Stewart and one race for Joe Gibbs Racing in place of an injured Denny Hamlin.
Martin has 40 career Sprint Cup wins in 882 starts. He has 49 wins in what is now the Xfinity Series in 236 starts.
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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