Archive for the Indianapolis 500 Category

Welcome To Carb Day At IMS!

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Just a quick post here to say we made it in time for the first practice, which starts in about ten minutes from the time I type. The crowd here is maddening. That’s good if you’re IMS and want to see this event grow. It’s a pain after you’ve been here for the past two weekends and grown used to manageable crowds.

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Indianapolis 500 Preview

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2017 by Oilpressure

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And so it has come to this. While the Month of May was officially kicked off with the first practice for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis, some could say that the Month of May actually got started over three weeks ago when Fernando Alonso had his private test session on Wednesday May 3. As I sat at work and watched that test session online with over two million other people worldwide, that’s when it felt like May to me. The past two weekends have flown by and we are down to the final weekend of the month. It’s actually a little sad.

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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.

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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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