Archive for the IndyCar Category

The Fate Of Being The Brother

Posted in IndyCar on January 31, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Having brothers that both race is nothing new. In fact, it’s fairly common. We’re all familiar with the Unsers and the Bettenhausens. The Unser brothers each had sons who also raced, while the Bettenhausen brothers followed in their father’s footsteps. The first Andretti brothers to race were not Michael and Jeff – it was their father Mario and his twin brother Aldo. Some say Aldo was the better racer of the two, but we’ll never know because Aldo suffered a near-fatal accident that sidelined him and ended his career early on.

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Where To Place The Car-Numbers?

Posted in IndyCar on January 29, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Since the 2018 universal aero kit was unveiled last spring, there have been mostly positive comments from fans about the looks. Now drivers are praising the way it drives. We are keeping our fingers crossed that it will also produce great racing, as everyone is predicting. But there is one slight negative about the new design that IndyCar doesn’t quite seem to know how to deal with – the placement of the car number on the side.

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Make Opening Day Mean Something Again

Posted in IndyCar on January 26, 2018 by Oilpressure

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I know many of you will think I should write about this weekend’s Rolex 24. While there will be several IndyCar drivers in the field, I’m not as knowledgeable about IMSA as many of you are. I will enjoy watching it tomorrow and Sunday, but it’s not in my comfort zone to write much about it. Besides, I wrote about it one or two years ago and most of you seemed bored with my musings on it. Instead, I’ll submit a rant on something I usually don’t complain about too much – the fan experience at the Indianapolis 500.

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Why All The Hate For AJ Foyt?

Posted in IndyCar on January 24, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Last week, I made the mistake of engaging in a hypothetical discussion on social media. The hypothetical situation was (paraphrasing) that AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears are all in the field of thirty-three in the same Indianapolis 500 and all three are in their prime. Who wins?

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A Coup For IndyCar, SPM & James Hinchcliffe

Posted in IndyCar on January 22, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Lost in the midst of all of the Danica Patrick discussions that took place last week was this little tidbit that I considered a pretty big deal. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) hired well-known engineer, Leena Gade, to be the lead engineer for the car of James Hinchcliffe. Gade is a three-time winning engineer for Audi at the 24-hours of Le Mans.

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“The Amazing Race”

Posted in IndyCar on January 19, 2018 by Oilpressure

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I am not normally one for reality shows. I’ll admit that back around 2005, Susan got me to watching American Idol for a couple of seasons before I found it tiresome. Of course, I committed to watch the two seasons of Dancing With the Stars that had IndyCar stars as contestants, until they were voted off the show. As luck would have it, both drivers stayed around through the finals.

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Should IndyCar Foot The Bill For Danica?

Posted in IndyCar on January 17, 2018 by Oilpressure

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If you have been paying attention to the Verizon IndyCar Series, you know that Jordan King has joined Ed Carpenter Racing for the upcoming season to drive the No.20 car on the non-ovals. René Binder was also given a four-race deal with Juncos Racing. My first question when I heard both of these names was “who?”.

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