Good morning from a sunny and somewhat smoky Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The smoke is coming from the camping grounds in the Coke lot across from Turn Four. It has drifted over The Speedway and created sort of a blue haze. I’m hoping it goes away because it’s kind of hard to breathe. I come here wanting to smell ethanol and tires burning – not camp fires.
Give the folks at 16th and Georgetown credit. They are trying new things. When you try new things, sometimes you hit a home run. Sometimes you bet a base hit, but more times than not – you either strike out or get thrown out at first. It used to be that there was absolutely nothing going on at the track on the Saturday before the race. All these people were making their annual pilgrimage to this great facility and they had nothing to do but go to the museum and the gift shop.
First of all…contrary to popular belief, I was not abducted in the Carb Day crowd. But my afternoon filled up with an unexpected surprise. Through happenstance and good fortune, I somehow lucked into a ride in the two-seater at IMS. I’m close friends with a sponsor here that had one opening in the two-seater rides they were giving for their guests. As an act of kindness, they asked me if I wanted to do it. Needless to say, they did not have to twist my arm. Susan is going to put up a post about the whole thing a little later, but suffice it to say, it was unbelievable!
As we were driving through the mob in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I had to ask myself why I was here. Yes, I’m old – but this wasn’t my bag thirty years ago. I was never of the shirtless, throw a Frisbee walk barefoot crowd. Most will not be surprised that I worse shorts, tennis shoes and polos to any large gathering like this. Now, it’s just expected of my age group.
Three-hundred and sixty-two days ago, we all watched Tony Kanaan win a very popular 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Now that we’re almost a year removed from it – I’d have to say it ranks up there with some of the most popular in recent years. Certainly, Dan Wheldon’s second victory in 2011 was near the top. Watching Helio Castroneves celebrate winning his third win in 2009 – just a month after being acquitted for tax evasion, was popular with many fans. Although he was never one of my personal favorites, Sam Hornish passing Marco Andretti just before the yard of bricks ranks near the top for many fans. So who will be drinking the milk in a couple of days? That remains to be seen.
You probably thought we had put One Take Only away until later during the summer. After all, it’s barely been two weeks since the last appearance. No such luck. For those that don’t know or are trying to forget; One Take Only is the video-blog of Oilpressure.com. It is essentially two old cronies sitting in my backyard talking racing. It is unscripted, unrehearsed, unedited and we only do it once. If we screw it up, we screw it up – hence the name.
First of all, I want to thank everyone who participated. There were a record number of entries, this year. You guys are good. Surprisingly, several got everyone of them – including the tie-breaker. So I had to go by who got theirs in first. The commenter known as “Billy The Skink” was actually the first to get his in that had everyone correct. In fact, he got his in in within a matter of hours. He was a previous winner and said he was only playing for fun and already had a set of prints from the last time.