Archive for May, 2017

Another Blight On The Month Of May

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 25, 2017 by Oilpressure

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You probably thought that you would be spared a second episode of One Take Only for the Month of May, but here it is. This site gets a ton of more traffic in May than at any other time of the year, so I’ll explain (one more time) what this is all about. My good friend, John McLallen, and I occasionally sit down in my back yard, run the camera and start talking IndyCar racing. There is no script and no outline. We don’t rehearse nor is anything edited out. We talk for about fifteen or twenty minutes. What we get is what you see.

John and I have known each other for several years, but for the first two years – neither of us had any idea that the other was an IndyCar fan. For the past seven years, we have been co-workers – so we get plenty of time at work to do some bench-racing. Although we are good friends, we have some fairly healthy banter between us. We tone it down here, because we like to think this is a family show – but our co-workers sometimes think we hate each other.

In this episode, we discuss Qualifying Weekend and of course discuss Sunday’s upcoming race along with our picks.

Some people love these things and others…not so much. If you’re new here, give it a try. We do these about every six weeks or so. Previous episodes are archived to the right of this page under the One Take Only page, if you’re really into torture. Consider it a video podcast that you can play while sitting at your desk. You don’t really need to see it. The scenery never changes. So pour a cup of coffee and sit a while with us. It’s the Thursday before the Indianapolis 500 – you’re not going to get any work done today, anyway.

George Phillips

We Have A Winner!

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 2017 by Oilpressure

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As hard as I thought this quiz was, many of you proved me wrong – that it was possibly too easy. I don’t think so. Except for getting possession of a brand new Oilpressure.com polo as a prize, it seems like many of you enjoyed doing the research and  looking up the answers just for the fun of it. Hopefully, everyone who submitted an entry learned something. I will say that the number of entrants was way down. I don’t think this was due to declining interest, rather it was because the quiz was not for the casual fan. You need to know your stuff. Those that submitted entries know their stuff.

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Throwback Liveries – Hits & Misses

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 23, 2017 by Oilpressure

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The Indianapolis 500 is a showcase for many things. In the last couple of decades, it has become common for many teams to go to retro-style or throwback liveries for the Indianapolis 500 or even the entire IndyCar season. Some of these have more success than others in achieving the desired effect. Sometimes, the style of current cars make it almost impossible to generate anything that even remotely resembles the original – such as trying to recreate a famous roadster paint scheme on a winged rear-engine car.

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Random Thoughts On Qualifying

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2017 by Oilpressure

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The IndyCar Grand Prix and the qualifying weekend for the Indianapolis 500 are now behind us. The grid is set and all that’s left now is the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. There was not a lot of drama in qualifying this past weekend, other than the obvious – the horrifying crash of Sébastien Bourdais. Those who were expected to be fast, were; and those who were expected to be slow, were slow. There were no surprises either way.

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The Grid Is Set For The 2017 Indianapolis 500

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2017 by Oilpressure

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The field is now set for Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. There were not a ton of surprises, but there were enough to keep things interesting. Of the cars that ran, Zach Veach was the slowest with a four-lap average of 221.081 mph. Sebastian Saavedra was barely quicker at 221.142 mph. They will make up the last row along with James Davison, who is filling in for Sébastien Saavedra and did not run today. Davison will start on the outside of Row Eleven with Veach in the middle and Saavedra on the inside.

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Qualifying Through The Eyes Of A Fan

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2017 by Oilpressure

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By Susan Phillips

When I met George, I had barely even heard of IndyCar racing. Sure I had heard of Mario Andretti, but that’s about where my knowledge of the sport ended. I still don’t know all the technical parts and the qualifying format is a bit puzzling—I can’t even compare to George’s history with IndyCar racing.

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Welcome To Pole Day At Indianapolis

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Welcome to another soggy day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Torrential rains swept through the area around 9:30 this morning. It has stopped and practice is now underway. The good news is that the forecast for this afternoon is perfect – sunny and a high of 72-degrees. With cooler temperatures, I’m guessing that speeds may be higher than yesterday. Based on the early speeds we’re seeing in practice, I’d say that’s the case. Ed Jones already has turned a lap of 233.008 mph.

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