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It’s Pole Day At IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Good morning from a sunny and quiet Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For some reason, track activity does not begin until noon. That’s a departure from recent years, when practice would start in the morning. I actually preferred that, because the run for the pole would conclude at 3:00 and we could get on the road at a decent hour. This year, practice starts at noon and the Fast Nine will conclude at 6:00. I think I smell ABC. But I’m not sure why, because a look at the local programming in Nashville shows an infomercial for an Airfryer oven and Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. Just before IndyCar coverage begins is a one-hour episode of The James Brown Show. Hmmm…

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Drama Rules On Bump Day

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 2018 by Oilpressure

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What we just witnessed is the drama that is inherent with Bump Day. Am I happy that James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann have been bumped from this year’s field? Absolutely not! I’m gutted for both of them. But that it what Bump Day with actual bumping is all about. You must earn your way into the race. That’s what makes this race so special. It’s a privilege to be one of the thirty-three participants in this race. If you don’t think so, look at te faces of those who barely made it in. Still not convinced? Look at the faces of those that didn’t.

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Another Rain Delay For Bump Day

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 2018 by Oilpressure

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After another hour of track time, another small shower showed up. It rained just enough to make qualifying stop. The estimate is that qualifying will resume at 4:10 EDT. We currently have twenty-three cars in the field. Conor Daly is the slowest at 222.684 mph. The drivers that still have a guaranteed shot to qualify are Robert Wickens, Gabby Chaves, Sage Karam, Carlos Muñoz, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Pippa Mann, Takuma Sato, Charlie Kimball and Ed Carpenter.

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Rain Delay On Bump Day

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is currently on hold. The rains came around noon after eleven cars made an attempt and ten cars qualified. The one attempt that was waved off was by Oriol Servia. With laps speeds in the 201 and 197 range, Servia’s crew waved off his run.

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It’s Bump Day At IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Good morning from a slightly damp and muggy Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I say damp to describe the concession areas and the area behind the Pagoda. The track itself underwent drying procedures earlier this morning. Although practice was delayed from the original 8:00 start, there was a very abbreviated practice that session that got underway at 8:45. There were only eleven takers, including only an installation lap by Simon Pagenaud where he only did 137.494 mph.

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Fast Friday Wrap-Up

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 18, 2018 by Oilpressure

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To be blunt – Happy Hour was a dud. When the rain came at 4:15, a lot of the teams packed up and called it a day. The rain didn’t last long at all, and soon cars were back on track. There were a handful of the front-runners trying to find a little more speed. But most on track were those whose aim is to stay off of the bubble tomorrow.

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Fast Friday Mid-Day Update

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 18, 2018 by Oilpressure

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If you live within a couple of hours of IMS and you are not here, you are missing a very good day at the track. No, it’s not brilliant sunshine. In fact, I have not seen the sun all day. But the temperature is a perfect 72-degrees with a slight breeze. Humidity is low and it is very pleasant. Because of the gray skies, the crowds have stayed away. Although crowds are good for the IMS bottom-line, the lack of them is good for the fans that are here.

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