Archive for the Indianapolis 500 Category

The Most Important Person In IMS History

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 6, 2016 by Oilpressure

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Starting in mid-April, The Indianapolis Star began a series in which they listed the Top-100 most influential people in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The list was revealed in reverse order in groups of ten. A recent release showed positions 10 through 3, but the remaining two were released just a couple of days ago – Tony Hulman and Carl Fisher. The Star considers Tony Hulman THE most influential or important.

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The Shrinking Role Of The Purdue Band

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 5, 2016 by Oilpressure

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Long ago, it was well-established how much I dislike change. It’s a fact, I really do. Windows 7 was a perfectly good product. Why did they have to screw it up by replacing it with Windows 8 and then 10? I like traditional football uniforms like the Packers and Bears. I also like for the traditions of the Indianapolis 500 to remain unchanged.

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“The Sound Of Speed”

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 4, 2016 by Oilpressure

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Most fans probably enjoy a peek behind the curtain to see what it takes to stage a race. I know I do. Whether it’s to be a fly on the wall in Race Control or to sit and watch what the IMS grounds crew will endure next weekend to convert the track from the road course configuration back to the more familiar oval immediately following the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis; we all like to get a better idea of what really goes on behind the scenes.

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The Fans Lose Again

Posted in Indianapolis 500, IndyCar on May 3, 2016 by Oilpressure

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Usually, there are two sides to every story. I’m sure this same principle applies to the cancellation of the Boston Grand Prix that was supposed to take place in about four months over Labor Day weekend.

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It’s The Month Of May!

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 2, 2016 by Oilpressure

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Welcome to the official beginning of the Month of May. OK, it actually started yesterday – but today is the first weekday. As of today, I will try to post every weekday in May through the race. Sometimes life or the day job may prevent that from happening, but that’s the plan. Not only do we kick off most everyone’s favorite month of the year, but Trackside goes to their nightly format starting tonight. Most importantly, tonight also marks the beginning of nightly episodes of The Talk of Gasoline with Donald Davidson. If you like the history of the Indianapolis 500, do yourself a favor and download the “1070 The Fan” app, so that you won’t miss a single episode.

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A Curious Choice For An Iconic Moment

Posted in Indianapolis 500, IndyCar on April 8, 2016 by Oilpressure

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Admittedly, this post will show my age. I was eating lunch yesterday and going through my phone when I saw that someone named Josh Kaufman had been chosen to sing (Back Home Again in) Indiana along with the Indiana Children’s Choir, at this year’s Indianapolis 500. My first reaction was “who?”

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This Ticket Is Truly A Keepsake

Posted in Indianapolis 500, IndyCar on March 30, 2016 by Oilpressure

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As I write this I am fully aware that some of us have already received our tickets for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, while many more have not. Fear not, they are on their way.

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