This weekend there will be, not one, but two races when the Verizon IndyCar Series takes to the streets (and parking lots) of Houston for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. This will be the second of three double-header weekends over an eight-week period.
To tell the truth, I don’t watch a ton of NASCAR. I don’t really hold a grudge against them, even though they claim to invent everything. Nor do I blame them for getting the vast amount of ratings, so far as racing goes. It’s not their fault they do a better job of marketing, even though I don’t care for their product as much as the Verizon IndyCar Series. It’s more about so much time in a weekend.
Down-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series means idle time. Idle time generally leads to bad things – evil things. And so it is with One Take Only; the videoblog of Oilpressure.com. It is unrehearsed, unscripted and unedited. We just sit down, start the camera rolling and start talking about IndyCar – all the while keeping an eye on the clock to keep it under fifteen minutes for You Tube. Whatever we get, we keep – hence the name.
First off, let me get out the disclaimer that I am not a financial analyst. When I look at a company’s balance sheet, I may as well be trying to read hieroglyphics. So those that are more astute than I, are likely to tell me how misguided I am to feel the way I do about this subject.
One of the hardest working pit crews at most Verizon IndyCar tracks is seldom actually seen at the track except for early in the morning or late in the evening after the track has cleared out. That’s when people check off items from their bucket list–mainly riding or driving around any given track during race weekend.
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.