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.
The disclaimer I’ll throw out here is that I have still not watched the television broadcast of qualifying on the DVR. We got back late Sunday night and last night, we were both playing catch-up with “life” at work and around the house. After two weekend in the fantasy world of racing, it’s tough to go back to the hum-drum of everyday living. At least we know we’ll be going back in just three days. It’s a week from now that reality will come crashing down on us.
I have heard many comments about the lack of Verizon IndyCar Series logo merchandise to purchase for IndyCar events. I took to my favorite hobby this qualifying weekend to check out what was available to purchase this year. Unfortunately, I only found 2 items that had the Verizon IndyCar Series logo on them. Maybe that will change by race weekend–if not, Verizon or someone is missing a great chance to publicize their sponsorship of IndyCar. I saw some merchandise with the generic IndyCar Series logos. The fans want to embrace the new sponsorship with Verizon. My husband has several IZOD IndyCar polos that will never see the light of day again, lest he give free publicity to a sponsor who bailed on us.
The field is now set for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the second year in a row, Ed carpenter finds himself on the pole for the Indianapolis 500. This proves that last year’s pole was no fluke. Ed definitely knows the fast way around this place. I’ll go out on a limb here by saying that before his career is over, Ed Carpenter will win one of these things. I don’t think it’ll be this year, but he’ll get one eventually. It’s so good to see someone who loves this place, experience the success that he has – especially always being on a smaller team. It’s a feel-good story all around.
Good morning form a sun-soaked Indianapolis Motor Speedway! For once, there is not a cloud in the sky. The temperature is still a little cool at 48-degrees, but it is supposed to warm up tot he mid-sixties. For those wondering, the3 long-range forecast for Race Day looks good – sunny and a high of 77. Of course, a lot can change over the next few days but they have gotten much more accurate in recent years.
Throughout this week, I was still apprehensive about the new qualifying format and how it was going to unfold. Even today, after the entire field had been filled after a couple of hours – I was beginning to think this was a dud. Drivers didn’t seem too interested in improving their times if they didn’t think they had a realistic shot of making the Fast Nine. After the rain delay – that all changed.