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IndyCar, Indianapolis Motor Speedway announce several promotions

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With the recent passing of Hulman & Company matriarch Mary Hulman George, and the pending departure of IndyCar Chief Marketing Officer C.J. O’Donnell, the company announced several strategic organizational changes on Monday.

Jay Frye, who has served as head of IndyCar’s Competition and Operations departments since November 2015, has been promoted to President of IndyCar, effective January 1, 2019.

New IndyCar president Jay Frye.

In his new role, Frye will continue to oversee Competition and Operations, and also add Marketing and Communications responsibilities to his duties.

Mark Miles will remain President and CEO of Hulman & Company.

After nearly 20 years as a NASCAR team executive, Frye joined Hulman & Company in 2013 as Chief Revenue Officer for both IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

O’Donnell has served as Chief of Marketing for IndyCar and IMS since 2013. He is leaving the company December 31.

IndyCar Vice President of Communications Curt Cavin and a still-to-be-named replacement for O’Donnell will report directly to Frye.

Other promotions announced include:

* IndyCar Chief of Staff for Competition and Operations, Mark Sibla, will see his role expanded to become Chief of Staff for all IndyCar departments.

* Executive Director of Events at IMS Jarrod Krisiloff has been named Vice President, Facilities and Events, at IMS.

* Dan Skiver has been promoted to Director of Operations for IMS.

* Pat Garlock has been promoted to Assistant Manager, Facilities and Events, at IMS.

* Lastly, Alex Damron has been promoted to Senior Director of Communications for IMS and Hulman & Company. He will also oversee corporate communications.

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WATCH: Red Bull F1 team completes pit stop in zero gravity

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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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