Archive for July, 2017

Random Thoughts On Mid-Ohio

Posted in IndyCar on July 31, 2017 by Oilpressure

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While the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course may not be remembered for its excitement, try telling that to the fans of Josef Newgarden. The twenty-six year-old from Nashville delivered a masterpiece in winning yesterday that shows everyone why he was so sought after by Roger Penske.

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Mid-Ohio Preview

Posted in IndyCar on July 28, 2017 by Oilpressure

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This has been a busy week in the IndyCar world. Fans of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway had a field day on Monday discussing the grueling and sparsely attended Brickyard 400 that took started Sunday afternoon and lasted well into Sunday evening until it was threatened by darkness. Then Tuesday, the new common body kit for use in 2018 made its debut at IMS before a crowd that gathered at the south end of the track that almost looked bigger than what we saw there on Sunday. Lost in all the hoopla surrounding IMS this week was the fact that the Verizon IndyCar Series resumes after a week off from racing.

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The Sleek 2018 Car Finally Hits The Track

Posted in IndyCar on July 26, 2017 by Oilpressure

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More than a week ago, I had decided that today’s post would be dedicated to the updated version of the DW12 that will run in 2018. After all, this car is something that has been pointed to by every corner of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Not only are fans looking forward to a car with much improved looks, but drivers, teams and even the engine manufacturers are keeping a close eye on the development of this car.

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Challenging Times At Andretti Autosport

Posted in IndyCar on July 24, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Michael Andretti being courted by Chevy has moved from the rumor category to the public knowledge category. It’s still in the talking stages for now, but many people seem to think it will happen. Most see it as a win-win between Chevy, who needs more entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series; and Andretti Autosport, which is not only in need of better results, but financial help as well.

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Embracing The IndyCar Blogger Moniker

Posted in IndyCar on July 21, 2017 by Oilpressure

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All the way back in February, we learned that John Oreovicz was being unceremoniously dumped by ESPN.com through no fault of his own. Most of you know that Oreovicz did an excellent job as their motorsports writer for more than a decade, especially in his coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Unfortunately, he was one of the earliest victims of the bloodbath at ESPN this past spring that saw them cut loose many familiar faces and voices that we had grown to know over the years.

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My Take On The Helio Saga

Posted in IndyCar on July 19, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Over the last week or so, I’ve gotten a handful of e-mails asking why I haven’t written my thoughts regarding the situation regarding Helio Castroneves and his possible (probable?) move into sports cars next season. I’m not sure what an overage blogger in Nashville thinks about something really matters, but since a few have asked – here is my take.

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Random Thoughts On Toronto

Posted in IndyCar on July 17, 2017 by Oilpressure

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For the second year in a row, the Honda Indy Toronto was won by a car that was not the fastest in the field, but one that was able to stay out front once it got there. Josef Newgarden pitted just as Tony Kanaan buried his car into the Turn One tire-barrier on Lap 23, which brought out the second and last full-course yellow of the day. While the timing was extremely fortunate for Newgarden, it had the opposite effect on the day for Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal.

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