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Preaching To The Choir

Posted in IndyCar on October 18, 2017 by Oilpressure

Every now and then, someone posts something in the comment section here that sends me into a rant. It has happened again. This penalizes the 99.9% of readers of this site who make intelligent comments and know not to take what I say very seriously. I normally don’t take myself very seriously, so why should you?

Last Friday, I wrote a post about the potential decision that those at AJ Foyt’s team may be facing – choosing between Conor Daly or Sage Karam for the No.4 car. Most comments were well-written and well thought-out arguments. Some agreed with my assessment, while others did not.

Friday night, Susan and I watched a movie around 7:00. Just as the movie started, I checked the site and saw that there were eight comments. About ninety people had responded to the poll question and Sage Karam had garnered only two votes. When the movie was over, I checked the site again. There were ten comments, but there were now over 375 respondents to the poll question, showing Karam with well over 250 votes.

The two new comments appeared to come from two different people; one named “Ruby”, while another was named “IU Writer”. However, they both came from the same IP Address, which I can see but you can’t. Both were adamant in their support for Karam. The one under IU Writer complained “This article is written so slanted towards Daly and it’s obvious what the author wants.”

This is where longtime readers and supporters of this site will grow weary of hearing me repeat this, so my apologies as I preach to the choir.

To quote Richard Nixon – Let me make one thing perfectly clear. This is a blog. This is not a news site. I’ve been posting here since May of 2009 and I’ve always maintained that I am not a journalist. I am a blogger and nothing more. Some would say I am a lowly blogger, which I get. Bloggers can say and do some incredulous things from time to time. But I try to not be one of those outrageous bloggers, who says outrageous and shocking things just to get attention, or one of those who oversteps their bounds at race tracks.

There are (or were) IndyCar blogs out there that blur the lines between a blog and a professional website; with beautiful graphics and animations, along with tons of constantly updated video content, as well as containing all of the latest press-releases. This site is not one of those.

Instead, is what I would call a pure old-school blog. It is pretty much a one-man show. Yes, I’ll have guest-bloggers from time to time and the fun, but corny, One Take Only videos – but it’s mostly me writing about my take on things related to the Verizon IndyCar Series, and I’ll never refer to myself as "we" in order to give the false impression that there is a full staff here. It’s just me.

The key phrase there is “my take”. As I mentioned earlier, this is not an IndyCar news site. I give my impression of different things related to IndyCar; whether it be a race that just happened, my opinion of IndyCar’s TV coverage or more trivial matters like the lack of all-cotton polos in the IMS gift shop or my love of the classic breaded jumbo pork tenderloin that is still available during the Month of May.

News and sports coverage today have blurred the lines. There used to be op-ed pieces in newspapers that were separated from news articles that were just facts that told the story about what had happened. While the Opinion section still exists, nowadays reporters interject their own thoughts and opinions into their own news articles. In past times, that was considered a journalistic no-no. If you wanted to state your opinion or sway others to your opinion, you were encouraged to write an op-ed column and not taint your news article with opinions. In today’s world of news and sports reporting, it’s hard to tell the difference between a news article and an opinion column.

I do no IndyCar news reporting and I rarely do interviews. Why? Because I’m not very good at it. I simply comment on things that have already happened, much like a columnist; not that my opinion really means anything within the IndyCar world. But this whole site is centered around my opinion, so of course I’m going to slant things.

My opinion matters to me, but not to anyone else. My wife disagrees with a lot of what I write. But she’ll tell me her side and we move on. I invite people to disagree and comment. Longtime reader Ron Ford, whom I’ve never met, probably disagrees with what I write more than what he agrees with. But we both laugh it off and will probably agree on something just as strongly in the next post. Reading comments that agreed with every point I try to make would be boring. Many of you make excellent points that are totally against a point I made in a post, and it gives me something to think about. I’ve learned a lot from reading your comments.

I don’t wait for comments to be approved before they hit the site. I’ve never censored or deleted comments from anyone, nor has anyone ever been blocked from making comments here. OK, one has – a crazy person who hi-jacked this site back in 2010 to trumpet her own personal cause that had nothing to do with racing, but that’s it.

But when someone gets on here and makes snarky comments under an alias and changes their name from comment to comment, “stuffs the ballot box” on the poll question and then tries to accuse me of slanting an article to get what I want – that gets me riled up.

There is a reason I put my name at the end of every post I write. It’s to validate that I stand behind every word I wrote, no matter how controversial. And yes, George Phillips is my real name and I really do live in Nashville.

It shouldn’t shock me that there are cowards on the internet who dwell in anonymity and live in falsehoods. It probably happens more times than not. I have no problem with usernames like “billytheskink”, “Bob F.” or ”tonelok” because some people have a real need for privacy – especially where the internet is concerned. I get that. All of these are regular commenters who have registered with legitimate e-mail accounts. Although they are longtime readers, each of them have disagreed with me in the past and had the guts to put it out there. But for the trolls who have to hide behind a disguise to give their slant; I have no use for them.

I’ve been spoiled over the years. In talking to other IndyCar bloggers, I have determined that I have the most loyal and intelligent readers out there. I appreciate the thoughtful and frank discussions you all engage in. I also appreciate the humor and sarcastic wit that so many of you bring. It’s very seldom that someone brings the TrackForum mentality to this site. When they do, I probably get angrier than I should.

There is no poll question for today. What would I ask; do you like this rant or have you heard it before? It was about two years ago when I last went on this rant. I’m hoping it will be that long before I have to do it again. But I want to extend a heartfelt thank-you to those of you that keep coming here three days a week, fifty-two weeks a year and reading my sometimes pointless meanderings. You are the reason I keep doing this. As for the trolls…go get a life and use your real name, for once.

George Phillips


If Only Dreams Could Come True

Posted in IndyCar on October 16, 2017 by Oilpressure

Last Thursday, the Verizon IndyCar Series released their 2018 schedule. There were the usual leaks that got out, this time about Portland replacing Watkins Glen – so there were no real surprises. Every other race is in about the same place as it was last year, except that Phoenix will return to early April now that it doesn’t have to compete with the Final Four just a few miles down the road. Still, that move was expected so there were really no surprises. In this day and age, it’s hard to keep any secrets.

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Question For Foyt: Conor Daly Or Sage Karam?

Posted in IndyCar on October 13, 2017 by Oilpressure

Now that Tony Kanaan has been confirmed for the No.14 car, we are awaiting a decision on who will drive the No.4 car that was piloted by Conor Daly this past season. On paper, Daly did not have a good season in that car. He finished eighteenth in points and finished last among drivers who competed in every race this season. By comparison Carlos Muñoz, who drove the No.14 car and is apparently already out at Foyt, finished sixteenth – just one point ahead of Charlie Kimball.

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A Good News/Bad News Scenario

Posted in IndyCar on October 11, 2017 by Oilpressure

Over this past weekend, Robin Miller wrote an article on about the possibility that one of the longtime favorite tracks from the CART era may be returning to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule next season, but at the expense of another.

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A Grumpy Glimpse Into The Future

Posted in IndyCar on October 6, 2017 by Oilpressure

Feel free to file this under the Grumpy Old Man category. If you didn’t like my rant a couple of weeks ago on JR Hildebrand’s appearance, there’s a chance you might not agree with me on this topic either. Just remember – You’ve been warned.

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The Silly Season May Still Be Silly

Posted in IndyCar on October 4, 2017 by Oilpressure

About a week ago, we learned that longtime race engineer Allen McDonald is leaving Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM). McDonald has been with SPM consecutively since 2013. He was actually with Sam Schmidt after he bought Alex Tagliani’s FAZZT Racing after they closed at the end of the 2010 season, but McDonald took a one-year sabbatical when he went to Andretti Autosport for the 2012 season.

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A Brighter Future Than Normal

Posted in IndyCar on October 2, 2017 by Oilpressure

Much of the late-season and off-season talk has been about either the dominant 2017 season by Team Penske or how the wheels came off at Chip Ganassi Racing this season. Not many people noticed that in the same time frame, there was an uptick in performance and results at Andretti Autosport.

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