It’s Race Day At Road America

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Good morning form a cool, but not so windy Road America. The temperature was a brisk 51-degrees when we woke up this morning. In the car, the readout said it was fifty-eight. Although yesterday’s wind made it downright cold, this feels good and I’ll take it any day to the weather back home in Nashville.

For dinner last night, we took a tip from a local and went to nearby Plymouth and ate at a place called PJ’s at The Depot. It was located inside an old train depot built in 1912. If you are ever up this way, I’d recommend giving it a try. My only complaint was there were surprisingly no cheese curds on the menu – a must if you are in Wisconsin.

All the talk this morning is how Team Penske dominated qualifying and practice. While that may be true, the race is a different matter. I’m still going with my pick for Scott Dixon to win this thing, but don’t count out Graham Rahal. He has been consistently quick all weekend and he seems hungry. If it is a Penske car, don’t be surprised if Josef Newgarden jumps up and steals it from his more experienced teammates.

The morning warm-up is now complete. Ryan Hunter-Reay led the session, wile pole-sitter Helio Castroneves was fourteenth, Graham Rahal was sixteenth and Scott Dixon was twentieth. Conclusion? Nothing at all. Race morning warm-ups generally tell us nothing. It’s just a chance to get re-acclimated with the car and the track.

That’s going to do it for now. We are going to follow up on a suggestion and go try what I’m told is another Road America – an Egger for breakfast. I’ll be back here for a race recap along with Susan’s post of her impressions of the weekend. Then tomorrow I’ll have the usual "Random Thoughts" article. Meanwhile, please follow us on Twitter for photos, videos and such today. Follow me at @Oilpressureblog and Susan at @MrsOilpressure. Check back after the race..

George Phillips

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2 Responses to “It’s Race Day At Road America”

  1. Ron Ford Says:

    Well, we are one hour away from green, green, green! A bit chilly, but not too bad. Nothing a warm brat can’t fix. I consider this to be quite a bargain to be able to get informed trackside reports complete with photos with just a click of the mouse. Have fun!

  2. I had to google “cheese curds”! 🙂

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