And What A Weekend It Was!

Posted in IndyCar on November 19, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Sometimes you look forward to a weekend and hype it up so much in your mind, that it inevitably falls a little short of expectations. That did not apply to this past weekend. Of course, the original reason for this trip was the Titans-Colts game – but that didn’t work out so well. Even with a horribly embarrassing performance by the Titans, it was still a great weekend.

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What A Way To Spend A Weekend!

Posted in IndyCar on November 16, 2018 by Oilpressure

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If you’ve been a regular visitor to this site, you know that two of my biggest passions are IndyCar racing and football. To be even more specific; when it comes to IndyCar racing, I am most passionate about the Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While I enjoy attending and watching all of the races on the IndyCar schedule, I won’t kid anyone – the Indianapolis 500 is what triggered my interest in this sport when I was six years old.

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More Questions Than Answers With Alonso

Posted in IndyCar on November 14, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Although it never really went away, Alonso-mania is back. Over this past weekend, Fernando Alonso confirmed what many of us had strongly suspected – that he will return to run in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 next May. While some had speculated that Alonso would run the entire IndyCar season, I never thought that would be the case. Once Alonso squashed those dreams by some, the experts said that he would not run the “500” next May. Given the fact that I’m not an expert – I predicted that we would see Alonso in a car next May. I don’t mean to pat myself on the back, but…OK, yeah…I really do.

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How Veterans Shaped The Indianapolis 500

Posted in IndyCar on November 12, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Yesterday was Veterans Day in the US. Today is the day that it is observed, but it was really yesterday. It is one of the few holidays left that has not morphed into a Monday three-day weekend holiday, such as MLK Day, President’s Day, Columbus Day and of course Memorial Day. Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Independence Day are about the only other ones left that are celebrated no matter which day of the week they fall on. The only reason we are observing it today is that it fell over the weekend. The actual celebration was yesterday, but many offices are closed today in observance of the holiday.

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Is The Gold Coast In IndyCar’s Future?

Posted in IndyCar on November 9, 2018 by Oilpressure

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The hot rumor in the IndyCar circles for the past couple of weeks has been that talks may be underway for the IndyCar Series to return to Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia as early as the 2020 season. Is that a good thing?

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The Ever-Shrinking Sponsor Relationship

Posted in IndyCar on November 7, 2018 by Oilpressure

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I was saddened to see that Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka has ended their partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR). Fuzzy’s has been on the sidepod of at least one ECR car since the inception of Ed Carpenter Racing in 2012. However, that was not Fuzzy’s first foray into IndyCar racing. Fuzzy’s was the primary sponsor for Carpenter’s 2010 Indianapolis 500 entry with Vision Racing. One mostly forgotten fact is that they were the primary sponsor on a second Panther entry in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 – the No. 44 for Buddy Rice; when Carpenter was driving the Dollar General car for Sarah Fisher Racing.

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Remembering Mari Hulman George

Posted in IndyCar on November 5, 2018 by Oilpressure

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The racing world awoke on Saturday morning with the sad news that Mari Hulman George had passed away at the age of eighty-three. She was, of course, the IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus and former Chairman from 1988 to 2016. She was also the daughter of Tony Hulman and Mary Fendrich Hulman. The Hulman-George family has owned and provided oversight to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since Mr. Hulman purchased the track in the fall of 1945.

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