Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Air Up There

A tandem skydive jump just isn’t Brian Vickers’ style. He wanted to free fall on his own — and so he did.

The driver of Red Bull Racing Team’s No. 83 completed his first solo skydive Tuesday under the guidance of the Red Bull Air Force, a group of air-savvy professionals who know a thing or two about “aero push.”

Vickers took a required Accelerated Free Fall class and spent the first part of the day at a specialized wind tunnel in Orlando, Fla., simulating the forces he felt in the sky. After the class, Vickers jumped out of a perfectly safe airplane all by himself above DeLand, Fla.

You can watch Vickers experience the ride of his life, as the jump will be part of ESPN’s coverage of Saturday’s Nationwide Series race.


Blogger Ashley said...

That is one awesome picture! I'd never be able to do it.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are blowing motors left and right during speedweeks, 6 of them are Toyota engines, anyone know if redbull has lost one? I thought AJ did but wasnt sure, anyone know if the 83 did?

11:36 AM  
Anonymous 83rbrt said...


1:14 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

AJ had to change before qualifying and Brian had an issue, not sure if they changed the engine or were able to fix the problem...

They had some good averages today, hope it transfers over to tomorrow! :)

1:29 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Glad Brian had fun! :)

Hope he gets to have some fun @ Daytona!


1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like he was really enjoying himself.
Hope he enjoys himself tomorrow in the duel too, with a 1st place.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Every single Hendrick engine had to be changed today after Dale Jr. detonated one. One of the Gibbs guys changed one sometime earlier, I think. But it's early in the season and Toyota is in the middle of a major overhaul. This'll happen. We should be competing for wins on a weekly basis within 10 weeks.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be caught DEAD doing that! I caught Brian on NASCAR Now last night talking about it. Can't wait to see the footage Saturday! You can tell he really enjoyed it!

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband used to skydive and he loved it. I think I'd have a heart attack.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

With all of the engine changes AJ now starts on the pole. The only problem is it also brings Busch and Wallace forward.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

I think AJ has to start in the back too b/c of his engine change.

Glad BV had fun but he's insane!!

5:59 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Krystle...we've discussed this before...Brian's the GENIUS, AJ's INSANE ;)

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck today Brian and AJ

4:44 AM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

Good LUCK today BV and AJ! WE BELIEVE in u GUYZ! PUT SOME RED BULL WINGZ in the race.

6:51 AM  
Blogger nicole83 said...

Looks like Brian had an awesome time! I'm just glad he made it safely back to the ground.

Good Luck Brian and AJ! Stay safe and get both Bulls in the show!

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since we are all somewhat confused at this point about engine changes and moving to the back, can you please tell us what postions BV and AJ are actually going to start in for the duel? Surely somewhat at Red Bull knows for sure.

7:54 AM  
Anonymous ashley said...

Good luck today boys! I'm already a nervous wreck! I had to wear my RB tshirt and hoodie today, drink a can of RB, and will have another in a few minutes. All for extra luck!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really nervous about BV's engine since AJ had trouble!! I know AJ is starting in the back and BV is still starting 6th! Lets hope he can stay up front!!! Good luck today boys, we are all cheering for you!!

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Good luck today guys! Hopefully we have two RBRT cars in the show when the duels are over!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

duel #1 starts in 15 minutes! GOOOO BRIAN AND AJ!!

10:44 AM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

28 to go and I'm a nervous wreck. Go get 'em boys!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

13 laps to go, and BV is 7th.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

12 to go and I'm shaking so bad I look like twins. Go get 'em BV!!!

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy - I'm shaking!!! Wow - that spin on lap 3 could have been disasterous. Way to go BV!!!!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Kvnsm67 said...

I'm sorry A.J. didn't make it in, but I sure am glad to see Brian make it. Nice job everyone. See Ya Sunday!!!

12:22 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Hell of job BV and the whole 83 team! I almost needed the heart paddles a couple times but wow! Hell Ya! Can't wait for the race on the Sunday.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

Hooollly Crap!!! I love this stuff. Great job by BV and the whole team. You faced a lot of adversity (got spun, short notice pit stop on lap 30 and a fast pit stop with 5 to go) in 60 short laps and made it through. WOW! Great run guys. Go get 'em boys!

I feel so bad for AJ and the 84 team. They worked just as hard but AJ said the car was tight from the start. Hold your head up fellas, we know you'll be there in the end. Good things are on the horizon for the RBRT.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

Congrats to the BV and the #83 team. I'm glad at least one RBR car will be in the race on Sunday! :)

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Brian and the #83 team. Sorry AJ and the #84 missed the race but what an improvement from last year. Great driving AJ. Go get them in California.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BV, nice work, yesssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to stay calm and focused Brian and Chris. Ya'll did a great job. Congrats to the whole 83 team.
Don't worry AJ, your time is just around the corner.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Vickers!!!!
I didn't know I could still do flip-flops!!!
Sorry for AJ but he'll be in here after!
We'll be watching Sunday with a Red Bull in hand.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad for AJ, we're all crying for you. Better luck next weekend, you'll be in from here on out. Keep your chin up!!!

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to BV and the 83 team! AJ and all the guys on the 84 side should be very proud. You worked so hard and shown that you WILL be contenders this year!!! The improvement from one year ago is amazing. Cant wait to watch you this year.

4:46 PM  
Blogger RedBull83Fan said...

I was so nervous watching trackpass at school that I was eating all the chocolates my kids had given me for Valentine's day. LOL

WAY TO GO 83 TEAM!!!!!


5:21 PM  
Anonymous 83rbrt said...

Being there today...AJ was awesome, with very little help he went from the back to the front 2x's. Awesome job and awesome car! #83 team AWESOME job. Did a great job not getting down with the bad breaks! Good luck Sunday!

5:34 PM  
Blogger nicole83 said...

No one should ever question Brian's ability to drive a race car. It was unbelivable to see him over come all the obstacles. It just goes to show that you can't keep a good man down. After all the bad breaks we had last year, we needed some good luck. Good Luck in the 500! STAY SAFE!!!

AJ---your time is coming. You and the 84 team have improved so much from last year. We know you'll make the next one.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ did a great job driving in his qualifying race. Dont let the fact you didnt get in take away what you and your have team have done!! We are proud to be AJ fans.

9:17 AM  

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