INDYCAR: Rossi, others in lap 1 crash at Pocono (video)

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Five drivers, including IndyCar championship contender Alexander Rossi, were collected in multi-car crash in the first lap of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.

The crash began shortly after the green flag waved and the field safely made its way through Turn 1 of the 2.5-mile, 3-Turn superspeedway. As the field approached Turn 2, Takuma Sato, Alexander Rossi, and Ryan Hunter-Reay were racing three-wide when Sato cut across the track, making contact with both Rossi and Hunter-Reay.

The impact sent all three off-course as Sato and Hunter-Reay hit the inside wall before rolling back onto the racing surface in Turn 2.

Sato’s car then made contact with the No. 10 Honda of Felix Rosenqvist, sending Rosenqvist’s car airborne into the Turn 2 wall. James Hinchliffe also made contact with the outside wall when he attempted to avoid hitting the damaged cars of Sato, Rossi and Hunter-Reay.

All drivers walked away from the accident safely, though Felix Rosenqvist was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries before being released later in the afternoon.

The race would then be halted by a red flag as crews repaired the outside catchfence. Green-flag racing would resume just over 45 minutes later.

For Rossi, the crash could not have come at a worse time. Rossi entered this weekend firmly-placed within the championship fight, only 16 points behind series points leader Josef Newgarden.

Rossi’s Andretti Autosport crew began making repairs to the No. 27 Honda while under the red flag in attempt to bring their championship contender back into the race at a later point. However, INDYCAR rules state that teams may not work on their cars while under red, and thus the team was assessed a 10-lap penalty as result.

Rossi, Hunter-Reay and Hinchcliffe all resumed the race following repairs later on, though all three were several laps down and out of contention for the win.

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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