Newgarden to start from pole at Pocono after rain cancels qualifying

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Josef Newgarden will start tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 from the pole position after this afternoon’s qualifications were canceled by rain. The starting line-up for the second and final 500-mile race of 2019 will be set by entrant points.

Today’s  on-track activity at Pocono Raceway was already behind schedule when the first practice session of the morning was delayed due to low-hanging clouds that prevented the required medical helicopter from reaching the 2.5-mile superspeedway in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

With drivers and their cars on stand-by in the pit area, the decision was made by INDYCAR officials to send teams back to the garage approximately an hour after the first session of the weekend was initially scheduled to start. Rain would begin to fall shortly after, effectively canceling qualifying.

A single, two-hour practice session will start later this afternoon once the track drying has completed and the medical helicopter safely reaches the facility.

Live coverage of tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Click here for the starting lineup for tomorrow’s race

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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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