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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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Qualifying Day One Notes

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2017 by Oilpressure

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If you watched Saturday’s qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, you know that the main story of the day was the horrifying crash involving Sébastien Bourdais. What was horrifying was his approach to the wall. His car went squirrelly and when he tried to correct by turning right – the front-end bit and he went pretty much straight into the wall. Thanks goodness for the SAFER barrier which certainly did its job. After the initial hit, the car flipped and Bourdais was a helpless passenger at that point.

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Qualifying Currently On Hold At IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Welcome to a cold, dark and soon to be wet Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We actually arrived on the grounds around 9:00, but we made a quick run through the garage area before getting up to the Media Center where I can actually type.

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Fast Friday Is Now Complete

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 2017 by Oilpressure

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So, I lied. I said that when the rains came, I would be back here to post something Well, the rains came as promised – I ate some lunch and headed to the garage area while the track dried.

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Welcome To Fast Friday At IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Friday’s practice got underway promptly at noon local time. There is weather moving in, so there is a flurry of activity. Currently, Sébastien Bourdais has turned the fastest lap at 233.116 mph. He is closely followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato. The fastest Chevy s that of Juan Montoya in fourth at 231..662 mph. All of these times are subject to change Before I even finish typing.

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Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Preview

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Things are about to get serious at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today is Fast Friday – the last day before qualifying and the first day with the turned-up boost. I’ve never been a fan of the turned-up boost for Fast Friday and qualifying. It’s an artificial gimmick just to attract attention to make it look like the cars are faster than they are. I think that whatever the drivers have been practicing with and what they will race with is what they should have for qualifying too. So there’s my annual rant on that subject.

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