A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Pippa Mann had been confirmed to return to the pink Susan G. Komen car for the second consecutive year in this year’s Indianapolis 500. I can’t say it was a surprise. If you follow Pippa at all on social media, you know just how active she has been all through the past year, being involved with Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.
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Yesterday at IMS was a little surreal. As promised, Susan and I made the trek up to Indianapolis this weekend, for the first of four straight weekends at IMS. This was the earliest Opening Day in decades and there were signs of that. It didn’t seem like everyone was quite ready for May. There were signs in the garage area that some of the teams had not really moved in yet, as witnessed by the lack of signs over many of the doors. There were still some last minute projects for the upcoming Grand Prix weekend waiting to be done. The team’s hospitality areas were still in the process of getting set up. All in all, this was more of a soft-opening for Opening Day.
Welcome to the Month of May and the beginning of the seventh year of Oilpressure.com. Six years ago today, I started this site. I had no idea what it would lead to when I started, nor did I have any clue I would still be blogging six years later. It has been a blast and led to experiences I never would have dreamed of. I’ve committed to myself that I will continue this site through the one-hundredth running of the Indianapolis 500 next year. After that, I’ll play it by ear.
For whatever reason, I’ve gotten over my post-500 funk a lot quicker this year than normal. Maybe it was the three straight weekend trips to Indianapolis added to a trip to Barber just two weeks prior. After being on the road four of the last five weekends for races, I’m looking forward to being home for once this weekend. I’ll sort of be glad to watch the double-header this weekend from my couch.
First of all, I apologize for not having this post up here first thing this morning. Being the old man that I am, the long day caught up with me after getting up at 4:15 yesterday to get inside the track early.
The 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 was almost two races in one. The first three-quarters of the race was run completely under green. It was a frenetic pace as the first few rounds of pit-stops were all done under green conditions. This long stretch of green caused the field to really stretch out. By the time Charlie Kimball crashed on Lap 150, there were many cars that were several laps down.
We went to the Tweet-Up in the Pagoda Plaza to meet a lot of old and new friends. I’m telling you – this place is packed. This crowd seems a lot bigger than last year’s pre-race crowd. I don’t know if it’s the good weather or what. But that will look good on ABC if practically every seat is filled for the over-head camera shots.