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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Should The Captain Take A Step Back?

Posted in IndyCar on September 27, 2017 by Oilpressure

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A week and a half ago, we witnessed what was most likely the last IndyCar race ever for Helio Castroneves outside of the I-465 beltway at Indianapolis. Helio faded down the stretch and finished fourth in the final points standings. Much has been made about Helio’s missed opportunities for a championship throughout his career. In a lot of cases, the criticism is somewhat justified.

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Some Unsolicited Advice For JR Hildebrand

Posted in IndyCar on September 25, 2017 by Oilpressure

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A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Spencer Pigot has been named the fulltime driver for the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka car at Ed Carpenter Racing for 2018. The press release that came out made no mention of JR Hildebrand, the driver of that car for the 2017 season that just ended. By saying nothing, the press release said a lot – if you read between the lines. JR Hildebrand is currently out of a ride for next season.

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Why The Off-Season Seems So Long For Me

Posted in IndyCar on September 22, 2017 by Oilpressure

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By Susan Phillips

No one likes the IndyCar off-season. I get that. But I’ll promise you that no one dislikes it more than me. It’s not that I’ll terribly miss watching races and keeping up with the points race. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to races and watching them on TV. But I have other things in my life to keep me occupied and distracted to where it doesn’t leave a huge hole in my life.

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A Rough Start To The Offseason

Posted in IndyCar on September 20, 2017 by Oilpressure

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The season is over and the championship has been decided. Is there a better (or worse) way to kick off the offseason than to have another episode of One Take Only? For those that don’t come here that often, One Take Only is the poor excuse for the videoblog of Oilpressure.com. My friend John McLallen and I sit down with no script or outline. We don’t rehearse (as you can tell). We just start the camera and start talking about anything that has to do with IndyCar. We do everything in one take, hence the name. What you see is uncut and unedited. Some have likened it to two old friends sitting in a sports bar having an informal conversation. Others have compared it to hearing one’s nails on a chalkboard.

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