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If Only Dreams Could Come True

Posted in IndyCar on October 16, 2017 by Oilpressure

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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

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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

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Over this past weekend, Robin Miller wrote an article on Racer.com 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

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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

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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

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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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A Curious Move, At Best

Posted in IndyCar on September 29, 2017 by Oilpressure

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While it has yet to be officially announced, we all know that Tony Kanaan is now headed to AJ Foyt Enterprises for 2018. Who he will be displacing is not clear, although smarter people than me are saying that Carlos Muñoz will be the odd man out. That means Kanaan will be driving the famous No.14 car and Conor Daly will most likely be driving the not-so-famous No.4. But that’s speculation on one of the many questions surrounding this move.

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