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Random Thoughts On Texas

Posted in IndyCar on June 9, 2014 by Oilpressure

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The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway was not the edge-of-your seat excitement that we came to know in the last decade. I’ve never really known what to call the last decade – the 2000’s? The zero’s? The naught’s? Anyway – ten years ago, IndyCar races at Texas Motor Speedway were literally riveting. As the pack swarmed around the track at 220 mph, you couldn’t look away – although sometimes we should have. Personally, I liked that excitement. It’s part of what I think allured me to this form of auto-racing.

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Texas Preview

Posted in IndyCar on June 6, 2014 by Oilpressure

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This Saturday, the Verizon IndyCar series returns to Texas Motor Speedway – a track that is tied with Milwaukee as my second favorite oval behind the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That’s nothing against the remaining three on the schedule – Iowa, Pocono and Fontana. All six have their own favorable characteristics and can offer great racing; but those two have a slight edge for different reasons. Milwaukee has its history and Texas has sheer speed.

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Stranger Things Have Happened

Posted in IndyCar on June 4, 2014 by Oilpressure

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Last week, there was a blurb that certainly caught my eye as well as many others who follow the Verizon IndyCar Series. It was the announcement that the now-defunct Nashville Superspeedway had been purchased by a Nashville-based group that I, admittedly, had never heard of. NeXovation, Inc. has announced plans to purchase the assets of Nashville Superspeedway from Dover Motorsports, Inc. for $27 million, along with assuming $18 million in debt – which brings the total to around $45 million.

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Random Thoughts On Belle Isle

Posted in IndyCar on June 2, 2014 by Oilpressure

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The DVR is a wonderful tool. It allows us to watch an event that had taken place earlier at a more convenient time. – with the added bonus of zipping through the commercials. That was my plan for both days this past weekend. With a broadcast time of 2:30 central time on both days; the double-header at Detroit effectively ate up most of the weekend afternoons. Being gone four of the past five weekends, I had a long list of household chores that did not include plopping down in front of the television for both afternoons.

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Travel Adventures & Pictures From Barber

Posted in IndyCar on April 29, 2014 by Oilpressure

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Travelling to races can always be an adventure. You never know what you might encounter. Such was the case this past weekend, when Susan and I attended the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. The weekend at the track was great – except for the rain on Sunday, which couldn’t be helped. Any surprises we encountered at the track were good ones. The same cannot be said for some of our time spent away from the track.

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Random Thoughts On Barber

Posted in IndyCar on April 28, 2014 by Oilpressure

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The fifth Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is in the books and I’m proud to say that Susan and I have attended every single one, including yesterday’s race.  There are still only three drivers who have ever won at Barber Motorsports Park. Helio Castroneves was the first, Will Power won the next two and Ryan Hunter-Reay has won the last two. Hunter-Reay won again yesterday in dominating fashion. He and Will Power both pulled away from the field early, with Power leading Hunter-Reay. Then Power spun on the rain-slicked surface. Power recovered nicely, but still re-entered the course training Hunter-Reay. From that point on, Hunter-Reay was never seriously challenged again.

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Quick Wrap-Up From Barber

Posted in IndyCar on April 27, 2014 by Oilpressure

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What a day! And for once, I don’t mean that in the best of ways. As I type, it’s after 7:00 and the race has been over for only a few minutes. Normally, we would be more than halfway back to Nashville. It will be a long night, so this will be a short post.

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