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Some Post-Holiday Indianapolis 500 Ramblings

Posted in IndyCar on November 29, 2017 by Oilpressure

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As we forced ourselves back to work this week and tried to recover from Thanksgiving and somewhat of a turkey coma, we are now about to settle in for a four-week blast of Christmas Carols and Doorbuster Sales and an almost certain tangle with wintry weather; I thought I’d offer a glimmer of spring. After all, we can only stand so much turkey and dressing, travelling and shopping over the next month.

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Thinking of an IndyCar Friend at Thanksgiving

Posted in IndyCar on November 22, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Before I pass along warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving for everyone, I’d like to acknowledge something I was going to write about for Monday, before the whole Danica Patrick story broke.

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Let The Polarization Begin!

Posted in IndyCar on November 20, 2017 by Oilpressure

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By now, I’m sure most of you have heard about Friday’s big news – that Danica Patrick will close out her racing career at the 2018 Indianapolis 500. This will be the second of two farewell races for Danica – the other being the 2018 Daytona 500 in February. Both of these races represent the finest moments for Patrick in each series. In NASCAR, she won the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500 and finished eighth. Her career in the Indianapolis 500 is much more impressive. In seven starts between 2005 and 2011, she had six Top-Ten finishes – which included a fourth-place finish as a rookie in 2005 and a third place finish in 2009.

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Better Sooner Than Later

Posted in IndyCar on November 17, 2017 by Oilpressure

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This past Tuesday, I heard the news I had been dreading for the past few months. No, I’m not getting laid off from my job or anything like that. But being an IndyCar fan here in Music City, I knew that Tuesday’s news was likely.

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Don’t Squander This Golden Opportunity

Posted in IndyCar on November 15, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Believe it or not, we are one-third of the way through the offseason for the Verizon IndyCar series. That also means that two months have passed since Josef Newgarden was crowned as the new champion.

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A Question For My Engineering Friends

Posted in IndyCar on November 13, 2017 by Oilpressure

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We all know the story of the Pratt & Whitney STP-Paxton turbine car, affectionately known as Silent Sam, driven by Parnelli Jones that came within three laps of winning the 1967 Indianapolis 500 after dominating most of the month. It was a beast and although it qualified relatively poorly (sixth), it dominated on Race Day until an inexpensive bearing in the gearbox sidelined it on Lap 197.

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The Best Racing News Of The Fall

Posted in IndyCar on November 10, 2017 by Oilpressure

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This week we got some great news related to IndyCar. It wasn’t about the possibility of rookies getting more tires on a race weekend, nor were there any updates on the TV contract negotiations. No, this news hit much closer to home.

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