Archive for September, 2013

A Fan Remembers George Bignotti

Posted in IndyCar on September 30, 2013 by Oilpressure

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Friday afternoon brought a flurry of news in the IndyCar world. There was the confirmation that IZOD would terminate their title sponsorship with the series. Then there were the reports and denials that Tony Kanaan had inked a deal with Chip Ganassi Racing. The one news item that caught me totally off-guard was the death of legendary Chief Mechanic George Bignotti.

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Who Is IndyCar’s First Family?

Posted in IndyCar on September 27, 2013 by Oilpressure

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After I watched The Book of Manning, the excellent documentary on the Manning family that aired Tuesday night on ESPN; I began to ponder how this compares with the history of IndyCar. Since I am a Tennessee alumnus, I’ll admit I’m a little biased – but I don’t think there is much debate over which family is the First Family of football. It’s the Manning family.

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Beating The Dead Horse Some More

Posted in IndyCar on September 25, 2013 by Oilpressure

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No matter what you do, it’s always good to take a break. You know that the break did you some good when you’re glad to get back to what you were doing. I took a week-long break from here and re-charged my batteries. Today is my first day back. After reading this, some may say I need to take another break. I’ll promise you, I’m not as down as I may come across. It’s just that I’ve decided to tackle a subject that is bothering me – and that’s the fact that the IndyCar Series is far away from my thoughts.

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Welcome Back, Juan Montoya

Posted in IndyCar on September 18, 2013 by Oilpressure

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When it was announced last month that Juan Montoya would not be returning to his NASCAR seat at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, speculation swirled as to where the Columbian driver would end up. The amount of guesses were endless.

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IndyCar’s Latest Scheduling Casualty

Posted in IndyCar on September 16, 2013 by Oilpressure

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Friday brought the confirmation of what many people had been speculating about – that the Grand Prix of Baltimore will not run in 2014. Actually, the official story from the Baltimore Business Journal says it is cancelled for 2015 as well. The City of Baltimore, the promoter and the IndyCar Series could not come up with a suitable date for the next two years.

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Was Scott Dixon’s Fine Justified?

Posted in IndyCar on September 13, 2013 by Oilpressure

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Last Friday, we learned that Scott Dixon had been fined $30,000 and placed on probation through December 31, for comments made during the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Dixon called Director of Race Control, Beaux Barfield an idiot and that he should be fired for his handling of several calls this season.

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Is The Future Of Auto Racing In Danger?

Posted in IndyCar on September 11, 2013 by Oilpressure

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Normally, I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to what comes out of NPR. Let’s just say that I don’t fit into their demographics or target audience. But I came across an article from NPR last week that got my attention. It was about the upcoming generation of millennials and their disdain for the automobile. The article focused on how this affected the auto industry, but I got to thinking how it would translate into the future of motorsports.

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