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Bourdais leads, then crashes in P2 at Portland

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PORTLAND, Oregon – Sebastien Bourdais set the fastest lap in practice 2 for Grand Prix of Portland, turning a lap of 57.9213 seconds, only to promptly stuff his No. 18 Honda into the Turn 12 tire barrier.

In an almost similar manner to his crash in P3 last year at Portland, Bourdais set the fastest lap of the session with less than three minutes remaining in the session, right before his left front brake locked up and he went off-course. The session would end under the red flag.

Luckily for Bourdais, however, his No. 18 SealMaster Honda suffered minimal damage, and his crew was able to quickly change the front wing in time for the warm-up session, which began roughly 15 minutes later.

Will Power finished second in the second practices session of the weekend, with an elapsed time of 57.9502 seconds. Felix Rosenqvist, Colton Herta, and Josef Newgarden rounded out the top five.

Live coverage of Practice 3 for the Grand Prix of Portland begins tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.

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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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