After watching the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg yesterday, which was won by Team Penske driver Juan Montoya; I talked to a couple of friends about the race, scanned social media, thought about what I had watched – and still wasn’t sure what I thought about what had just transpired. Let’s just say it was a mixed bag for me.
Archive for March, 2015
Our long nightmarish offseason is officially over today. It has been 209 days since an IndyCar turned a wheel in competition. Regardless of the reason, that’s too long. But I’m hoping that’s the last bit of complaining I do about it. As of today, it’s all behind us. Let’s hope it’s never near that long again.
One of the more intriguing signings for the opening race at St. Petersburg this weekend, is that of Simona de Silvestro at Andretti Autosport. This is one of those things where it is currently a one-race deal, but potential for more. How much more? That depends strictly on money and sponsorship; but then everything in racing depends on that.
With the start of the 2015 IndyCar Series Season now upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to dust off One Take Only – the video blog of Oilpressure.com. For the lucky ones that aren’t familiar with this segment, my longtime friend John McLallen and I sit for about fifteen minutes and talk IndyCar racing. Our approach is to be unscripted and unrehearsed. And the video is unedited. Whatever we get, we get – hence the name One Take Only.
Back in the days before the internet, it was tough for a hard-core IndyCar fan to get a glimpse of any of the new cars before the opening race. Before Racer magazine came out, about the only offseason news came from Ned Wicker’s IndyCar Racing magazine, which was published in Milwaukee and had sort of a home-spun feel to it.
Spring Training for the Verizon IndyCar Series is now officially in the books. Rational people will say that it’s way too early to draw any conclusions on anything that went on at Barber Motorsports Park over the last two days; but we fans are not always that rational. We peer over speed charts for any indication on who may have an edge next weekend when things get serious at St. Petersburg.
Over the years, I’ve never tried to hide the fact that I am a fan of Team Penske. While some seem to think of Roger Penske as the devil and mysteriously blame him for the dearth of ovals on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule; I shudder to think where this series would be without him.