Tony Kanaan will race for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona next month, rounding out a stacked 12-driver line-up for the race.
It was confirmed last week that all four Ford GTs would be taking part in the twice-around-the-clock classic at Daytona, racing in the GT Le Mans class.
On Friday, Ford confirmed a trio of drivers for all four of its cars, with 2015 Rolex 24 winner Kanaan joining a roster of Ford returnees for the race.
Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook all raced the Ford GT at Daytona last year during its maiden outing.
Hand, Muller and Bourdais also claimed class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Briscoe, Westbrook and IndyCar’s Scott Dixon finishing third in GTE Pro.
The 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona takes place on January 28-29.
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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