Something IndyCar Fans Can Be Thankful For

Posted in IndyCar on November 26, 2014 by Oilpressure

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We fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series can be a cynical bunch. We complain a lot and many times for very good reasons. But this week, we reached a milestone that we can all be thankful for. Monday marked six months until the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500. That means we are now closer to the next one than we are to the memorable finish we witnessed a little more than half a year ago.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, then four weeks later is Christmas. One week after that is New Year’s Day. At that point, we are into 2015 and racing will not be far off. I’m very thankful that we passed the six month point to the Indianapolis 500 this past Monday. That will make the next few weeks and months just a little bit warmer.

I’m also thankful that at my ripe old age, I still get to travel to my childhood home and have another Thanksgiving dinner prepared by my mother. She turned ninety this past summer, but is still in excellent health. Susan will help, but have no doubt that the majority of the meal will be cooked by my mother. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Me, I’ll carve the turkey and watch football. For someone who detests change like I do, I find my fifty-first Thanksgiving dinner in the same house to be very comforting. I am very thankful to still be going there after all these years.

Susan, my mother and I want to take this time to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

George Phillips

Please Note – As usual, I will take some time off from here over the Thanksgiving holiday. So that I won’t have to spend time behind a keyboard over Thanksgiving, there will be no post here this Friday Nov 28, nor Monday Dec 1. I plan to return here on Wednesday Dec 3. – GP

Will An IndyCar Favorite Return For 2015?

Posted in IndyCar on November 24, 2014 by Oilpressure

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Last season, the Verizon IndyCar Series was without one of its promising stars. Simona de Silvestro decided to take a chance and take the steps necessary to fulfill her ultimate dream of being a Formula One driver. Due to a chain of unfortunate circumstances, let’s just say that it didn’t work out.

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Busting An IndyCar Myth

Posted in IndyCar on November 21, 2014 by Oilpressure

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There is a myth going around that needs to be exposed. For months; IndyCar fans, forums and websites have been lamenting the fact that this is a terribly long offseason that is unsurpassed in the history of motor sports. I have been just as guilty as everyone else claiming that this offseason is way too long and that a cure for Ebola may be found before the Verizon IndyCar Series turns another wheel in competition.

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Who Has Paid Their Dues More?

Posted in IndyCar on November 19, 2014 by Oilpressure

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Today’s society is filled with stories chanting with the phrase “…they haven’t paid their dues”. Whether it’s Taylor Swift, Johnny Manziel or Ryan Briscoe; there are plenty of examples where detractors scoff at any success that has come their way and write it off simply as luck. Those detractors cannot make that same claim against Verizon IndyCar driver Justin Wilson.

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Change In A Roundabout Way

Posted in IndyCar on November 17, 2014 by Oilpressure

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Throughout the years, it has been well-documented how much I despise change. I have lived my life under the mantra "Change is bad". If truth be known, I’m not quite as averse to change as it comes across. I love the latest technological gadgets. I can’t wait until the price of Ultra HD television falls within my budget. But even with technology, sometimes they change things just for change sake. Was it really necessary to do away with the Start button in Windows 8? Apparently not, since they put it back with Windows 8.1.

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Get Well Soon, AJ Foyt!

Posted in IndyCar on November 14, 2014 by Oilpressure

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This past Friday, legendary driver AJ Foyt was admitted to the hospital with sporadic chest pain. The initial tests showed very little, but a procedure this past Monday showed blockages in arteries that had given Foyt problems in recent years. On Wednesday, he underwent triple bypass surgery. At last report, the fiery Texan was doing well and was expected to be released by Monday.

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A Friend To IndyCar Moves On

Posted in IndyCar on November 12, 2014 by Oilpressure

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The name Gillian Zucker probably doesn’t resonate with the casual racing fan. Hard-core fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series might have a hard time placing her name. Even those that follow the business side of the sport, who know the names of Hulman, George, Belskus, Bernard and Miles might pause when her name is mentioned. That’s a shame, because she has been a very good friend to IndyCar over the years.

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