NBCSN’s NASCAR AMERICA show will pay tribute to Justin Wilson, who died Monday from severe head injuries at age 37 after an accident at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday. It airs at 5 p.m. ET tonight on NBCSN and via live stream at NBC Sports Live Extra.
Wilson’s longtime teammate and friend AJ Allmendinger, who raced with Wilson at RuSPORT in Champ Car and with Michael Shank Racing in both GRAND-AM and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, will call in to the show. Wilson, Allmendinger, Ozz Negri and John Pew combined to deliver Shank a win at the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2012.
Additionally, Wilson’s longtime fellow open-wheel drivers Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves are set to call into the show.
NBC Sports Group F1 and IndyCar lead lap-by-lap announcer Leigh Diffey and veteran IndyCar pit reporter Jon Beekhuis will also join the show to discuss Wilson and safety in the motorsports world.
The IndyCar topics will go along with the usual NASCAR discussion, post-Bristol Motor Speedway, with Ryan Blaney and “Scan all 43” features scheduled.
Dave Briggs hosts from Stamford with Jeff Burton and Frank Stoddard at Burton’s Garage.
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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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