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An Unpleasant Way To Start Summer

Posted in IndyCar on June 21, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Welcome to the first full day of summer! While many of you may be planning cookouts or trips to the beach in the near future, you probably didn’t plan on starting summer off like this.

Most have probably savored the past month without an episode of One Take Only. Unfortunately, it’s back. For those that don’t know or tried to forget, One Take Only is the videoblog of Oilpressure.com. It is about as low-budget (meaning no budget) as you can get. It is just two friends, John McLallen and myself, who both happened to grow up as lifelong IndyCar fans. John is a native Hoosier who grew up in Indianapolis and went to his first “500” in 1964. Mine was in 1965. As it turns out, we went to many of the same races as kids and adults before we became friends about ten years ago with both of us now living in Nashville.

Why the name? Because we plan nothing. There is no script or outline or even a conversation about what we are going to talk about. We just set up the camera in my backyard and start talking about IndyCar racing. They are always unrehearsed and unedited. What you see is what we get – goofs and all. While many find these boring and something to avoid, there is enough of a following that actually likes these that prompt us to keep doing them.

In this episode, we recap the last four races; Texas, the double-header in Detroit and of course, the Indianapolis 500 – since the last one of these we did was just after Indianapolis 500 Qualifying about a month ago. We also touch on the proposed Grand Prix of Nashville, which I will eventually write about and cover my thoughts on it in detail, later this summer.; as well as this weekend’s race at Road America.

So pour a cup of coffee, sit back and listen to two slightly-informed old goats do some bench-racing. You’ve been warned.

George Phillips

Don’t Treat New Fans With Disdain

Posted in IndyCar on June 16, 2017 by Oilpressure

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A few years ago, I tackled this subject using the exact same comparison I’m going to use here. If this seems like a re-run, it’s not. It’s just that recent events have reignited this rant within. I promise I haven’t even gone back to see what I wrote. This is all coming from the heart now – not a few years ago. So if you remember the last one and see similarities, forgive me. It’s not intentional. There is a racing component to all this so stick with me.

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Some Food For Thought On Pack Racing

Posted in IndyCar on June 14, 2017 by Oilpressure

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The biggest question coming out of the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway this past Saturday night is what can be done to eliminate pack racing? If that was the biggest question, the second biggest question was should it be eliminated? I am not an engineer, so I have no idea how to answer the first question. To be truthful, I have mixed emotions on the second one.

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Random Thoughts On Texas

Posted in IndyCar on June 12, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Some of the words coming from the drivers immediately after the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway were “Crazy”, “Wild”, “Fun”, “Close” and “Fast”. There were other words coming from the driver’s mouths that I’ve chosen not to print. After all, this is a family site. But the most dreaded term in the minds of many fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series that came from Saturday night’s race was “pack-racing”.

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Texas Preview

Posted in IndyCar on June 9, 2017 by Oilpressure

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In less than a week, the Verizon IndyCar Series goes from my least favorite track to one of my favorites. Just thinking about the Indy cars streaking around the extremely fast oval of Texas Motor Speedway gets my blood pumping. Putting it under the lights just makes it even more special.

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Running On The Ragged Edge

Posted in IndyCar on June 7, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Much has been made of Honda’s lack of durability that was on display for the three weekends in the Month of May and bled over into this past weekend in Detroit. Heading into the Indianapolis 500, there had been seven Honda engine failures throughout the month including the Grand Prix, practice and qualifying. There were three more during the Indianapolis 500. In Sunday’s race, James Hinchcliffe had his second engine failure in a little more than a week. Let’s just assume it’s fair to question the reliability of the Honda engine.

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Random Thoughts On Belle Isle

Posted in IndyCar on June 5, 2017 by Oilpressure

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I find it fascinating that the Verizon IndyCar Series can race on the same 2.36 mile stretch of pavement over a twenty-four hour period, have two distinctly different races yet come up with the same car in victory lane both days. Odd as it seems, that is exactly what happened this past weekend at Belle Isle in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

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