Archive for October, 2017

A New Incarnation Of Team Canada

Posted in IndyCar on October 20, 2017 by Oilpressure

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On Wednesday, we finally got confirmation on the 2018 lineup for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM). Most felt confident that James Hinchcliffe would re-sign with the Verizon IndyCar Series team he has driven for since 2015. But until the ink is dry on the contract, you never know. As time went on, more and more people were speculating what Hinchcliffe might do. That speculation included driving the No.10 car at Ganassi that Tony Kanaan once occupied, seeing as how that’s the best open seat left.

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Preaching To The Choir

Posted in IndyCar on October 18, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Every now and then, someone posts something in the comment section here that sends me into a rant. It has happened again. This penalizes the 99.9% of readers of this site who make intelligent comments and know not to take what I say very seriously. I normally don’t take myself very seriously, so why should you?

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If Only Dreams Could Come True

Posted in IndyCar on October 16, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Last Thursday, the Verizon IndyCar Series released their 2018 schedule. There were the usual leaks that got out, this time about Portland replacing Watkins Glen – so there were no real surprises. Every other race is in about the same place as it was last year, except that Phoenix will return to early April now that it doesn’t have to compete with the Final Four just a few miles down the road. Still, that move was expected so there were really no surprises. In this day and age, it’s hard to keep any secrets.

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Question For Foyt: Conor Daly Or Sage Karam?

Posted in IndyCar on October 13, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Now that Tony Kanaan has been confirmed for the No.14 car, we are awaiting a decision on who will drive the No.4 car that was piloted by Conor Daly this past season. On paper, Daly did not have a good season in that car. He finished eighteenth in points and finished last among drivers who competed in every race this season. By comparison Carlos Muñoz, who drove the No.14 car and is apparently already out at Foyt, finished sixteenth – just one point ahead of Charlie Kimball.

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A Good News/Bad News Scenario

Posted in IndyCar on October 11, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Over this past weekend, Robin Miller wrote an article on Racer.com about the possibility that one of the longtime favorite tracks from the CART era may be returning to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule next season, but at the expense of another.

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A Grumpy Glimpse Into The Future

Posted in IndyCar on October 6, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Feel free to file this under the Grumpy Old Man category. If you didn’t like my rant a couple of weeks ago on JR Hildebrand’s appearance, there’s a chance you might not agree with me on this topic either. Just remember – You’ve been warned.

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The Silly Season May Still Be Silly

Posted in IndyCar on October 4, 2017 by Oilpressure

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About a week ago, we learned that longtime race engineer Allen McDonald is leaving Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM). McDonald has been with SPM consecutively since 2013. He was actually with Sam Schmidt after he bought Alex Tagliani’s FAZZT Racing after they closed at the end of the 2010 season, but McDonald took a one-year sabbatical when he went to Andretti Autosport for the 2012 season.

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