Welcome To Barber Motorsports Park

Posted in IndyCar on April 20, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Good morning from Barber Motorsports Park! It was a cold and brisk 52°when I got out of the car here. But you could not ask for a more spectacular day. As I type, the temperature has already risen to 56°. The forecast promises that it will reach a high of 70°today.  Let’s hope so. Tomorrow is supposed to be the same, but things may get ugly on Sunday. They are calling for cooler temperatures with potentially severe thunderstorms later in the afternoon. After two days of running on normal tires, they may be breaking out the rain tires on Sunday. It could get interesting.

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Barber Preview

Posted in IndyCar on April 20, 2018 by Oilpressure

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As you read this, I will be on my way to Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama – just east of Birmingham – for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Susan and I will have two cars in Alabama this weekend. She has been in Arkansas all week for work. Her flight gets into Nashville at 12:40 this afternoon. Rather than miss a day of track activity, I am headed there this morning and she will get to the track very late this afternoon.

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It’s Become A Way Of Life

Posted in IndyCar on April 18, 2018 by Oilpressure

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By Susan Phillips

Greetings from my hotel room in beautiful Bentonville, Arkansas! I am here for work all week. I fly home Friday afternoon just in time to drive down to Barber Motorsports Park and meet up with George, who will already be at the track, late Friday afternoon. I’m excited! Our racing season is about to start.

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Random Thoughts On Long Beach

Posted in IndyCar on April 16, 2018 by Oilpressure

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It’s not often that you watch a race that is dominated as heavily as yesterday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was, and you come away thinking that it was a fairly entertaining race. Alexander Rossi dominated not only Sunday’s race, but really the entire race weekend on his way to victory lane. He topped the charts in Sessions Two and Three of practice, then won the pole in qualifying. Rossi jumped to a huge lead at the start and never looked back. He led seventy-one of the eighty-five laps, trailing only after pitting and waiting for the pit-stops to cycle through.

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Long Beach Preview

Posted in IndyCar on April 13, 2018 by Oilpressure

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With a month separating the first and second Verizon IndyCar Series races of the season, it was hard to fully realize that the season had actually started. But now that we have our second of three racing weekends in a row, I feel like we are now getting a rhythm to the season.

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Jumping On The Rossi Bandwagon

Posted in IndyCar on April 11, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Whenever I go through a performance review at work, there is one overwhelming trait that comes through on every one regardless of who is giving them. For decades, different bosses on different jobs have always told me that I have the ability to read people very well. I have to agree with them. Very rarely has that trait of mine failed me. OK, it failed me when I met my first wife – but other than that one crucial bobble, I’m usually dead-on accurate when I either meet people or even get a first impression on television. Well, now I can count two bobbles, because it’s now apparent that I completely misread Alexander Rossi when he first came to the Verizon IndyCar Series.

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Random Thoughts On Phoenix

Posted in IndyCar on April 9, 2018 by Oilpressure

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It took a while, but the Verizon IndyCar Series race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix on Saturday night became one that people were still buzzing about on Sunday. Early on, it did not look like that was going to be the case. About thirty laps into the 250-Lap event, I looked over at my wife, Susan, and said that it looks like it’s going to be another snoozer at Phoenix.

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