Hunter-Reay fastest in first practice for Grand Prix of Long Beach

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No. 28 was number one in the first NTT IndyCar Series practice session for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday morning.

2010 Long Beach winner Ryan Hunter-Reay set the fastest lap of the session with an elapsed time of 1 minute, 7.9335 seconds around the 1.968-mile street circuit, with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon finishing the session second-fastest with a time of 1 minute, 8.1039 seconds.

Circuit of the Americas race winner Colton Herta, who picked up sponsorship from local taco restaurant chain King Taco, finished the session third-fastest, and Graham Rahal finished the first practice session of the weekend fourth quickest.

Defending race winner Alexander Rossi finished first practice fifth, but the Andretti Autosport driver ended the session early when his No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda cut a left front tire.

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Honda power swept the top seven positions on the leaderboard, with James Hinchcliffe and Felix Rosenqvist finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. The trio of Team Penske Chevrolets of Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden and Will Power rounded out the top 10.

The second scheduled IndyCar practice session for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place on Friday evening at 5:00 pm E.T. and will be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold.

Full Practice 1 results 

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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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