A Question For My Engineering Friends

Posted in IndyCar on November 13, 2017 by Oilpressure

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We all know the story of the Pratt & Whitney STP-Paxton turbine car, affectionately known as Silent Sam, driven by Parnelli Jones that came within three laps of winning the 1967 Indianapolis 500 after dominating most of the month. It was a beast and although it qualified relatively poorly (sixth), it dominated on Race Day until an inexpensive bearing in the gearbox sidelined it on Lap 197.

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The Best Racing News Of The Fall

Posted in IndyCar on November 10, 2017 by Oilpressure

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This week we got some great news related to IndyCar. It wasn’t about the possibility of rookies getting more tires on a race weekend, nor were there any updates on the TV contract negotiations. No, this news hit much closer to home.

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Finally Living Up To Expectations

Posted in IndyCar on November 8, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Last week, Josef Newgarden confirmed what most of us strongly suspected – that he will be carrying the No.1 on his car for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The No.1 traditionally symbolizes the reigning champion from the previous season. There has been a recent caveat to that rule – that is, if you’re the reigning champion and your team isn’t Chip Ganassi Racing.

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Failing To See The Wonder

Posted in IndyCar on November 6, 2017 by Oilpressure

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This may turn a few people off. I don’t seek out controversy and I swear I’m not trying to do it here, but this is one time that my initial opinion is not in line with the vast majority of race fans. I will probably be proven wrong on this next season, and if I am – I’ll gladly swallow crow.

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The Start Of A New Tradition

Posted in IndyCar on November 3, 2017 by Oilpressure

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I’m a little late to the party on this. With so much IndyCar news in the last couple of weeks, I can’t discuss everything in one post – so I have to spread things out. Besides it’s the offseason and the time will come when we run out of things to talk about here, so too many things at once is sort of a nice problem to have.

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Saying Goodbye To A Good Friend Of IndyCar

Posted in IndyCar on November 1, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Have you ever had an acquaintance develop a terminal illness? I’m not talking about a close friend or a family member, but someone you know well enough to speak to at the grocery store. OK, maybe this is a slightly morbid comparison. I would never make this type of comparison for a loved one, just for a casual acquaintance – so bear with me. You hear the diagnosis and you know the inevitable outcome. Yet, when it happens – it’s still somewhat of a punch to the gut.

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This Could Be The Longest Off-Season Yet

Posted in IndyCar on October 30, 2017 by Oilpressure

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By Susan Phillips

The IndyCar season has only been over for six weeks and already, things are starting to get restless in my house. With the Vols football season a disaster and the Titans up one week and down the next, my husband George has already turned his attention back to racing. I knew this was the case this past Monday night when he chose to listen to “Trackside” instead of watching Monday Night Football.

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