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Long Beach Preview

Posted in IndyCar on April 7, 2017 by Oilpressure

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After a four-week hiatus, the Verizon IndyCar Series resumes this weekend at the second-longest continuous event on its schedule – The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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Planning For The Future

Posted in IndyCar on April 5, 2017 by Oilpressure

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With the NFL draft approaching later this month, sports talk radio is filled with all kinds of pontificating on how to build a football team. A perfect mix is to have a mixture of savvy veterans combined with budding stars of the future ready to move up when the veterans get too old to perform at a high level.

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Another Year Of Racing Vacations

Posted in IndyCar on April 3, 2017 by Oilpressure

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By Susan Phillips

Once the blue envelope came with our Indy 500 tickets in it, there has been a sense in our household that our racing season was about to start up. I’m not talking about the season-opener in St. Pete over three weeks ago. I’m talking about when George and I travel to the actual races.

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Next Year Is Looking Good Already

Posted in IndyCar on March 31, 2017 by Oilpressure

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By now, I’m sure most of you have seen the renderings of the new universal bodywork for the DW12 or IR-12 as it is more officially known. Before last season was over, we learned that the common body would finally lose the airbox over the driver’s head. I say finally because I have never cared for that look on a race car and was disappointed when the Dallara and g-Force chassis were both introduced for the 1997 IRL season. When I saw the look, I cringed. But that was before I heard the dreadful sound that the Oldsmobile and Infiniti engines made. That horrible drone overshadowed any shortcomings in the look of the car.

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The Struggle To Stay On Top Of The Mountain

Posted in IndyCar on March 29, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Two and a half weeks ago, Sébastien Bourdais scored an improbable victory at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Some may ask why I would use the word “improbable” to describe the feat of a four-time IndyCar champion. The reason is two-fold. First, it’s because Bourdais scored the win after starting from the back of the field in last place. It took Bourdais only thirty-seven laps to make it to the front. Once he got there, he stayed. The other reason is because his new team, Dale Coyne Racing (DCR), is not used to winning very often – especially after starting in the back.

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A Taste Of May In March

Posted in IndyCar on March 27, 2017 by Oilpressure

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I had big plans for this past weekend. There was a Honda test scheduled at IMS for all day Saturday. When I first heard about it a couple of weeks ago, I thought what a great idea it would be for Susan and me to hop in the car, do a one-day turnaround and make a very full day of it. I contacted my friend, Paul Dalbey from More Front Wing, who lives about half the distance from IMS than I do. He and his fiancé were going to meet us there.

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The Indianapolis 500 In Prime-Time?

Posted in IndyCar on March 24, 2017 by Oilpressure

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There is not much debate that I am a traditionalist, especially when it comes to the Indianapolis 500. Being a traditionalist requires a good bit of inflexibility. After all, if you calmly go with the flow without any griping or complaining – can you really and truly call yourself a traditionalist? We traditionalist like to gripe and complain about anything that changes something true to our heart – no matter if it’s a good idea or not.

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