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How to watch the ABC Supply 500

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With four races remaining on the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series schedule, the battle for the championship is in full-swing, and today’s race at Pocono Raceway promises to bring plenty of excitement. 

With yesterday’s qualifying session washed out, the starting grid for this afternoon’s ABC Supply 500 was set by entrant points, meaning Josef Newgarden will start the race from the pole position.

Defending race winner Alexander Rossi will start alongside Newgarden in row one, followed by Indy 500 winner Simon Pageanaud and defending NTT IndyCar Series Champ Scott Dixon.

Before any of the four championship hopefuls can even think about hoisting the Astor Cup at Laguna Seca next month, they’ll have to first survive 500 miles of superspeedway racing at the track known as “The Tricky Triangle”.

Live, flag-to-flag coverage of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with streaming available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App.

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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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