Following the fatal injuries to Dan Wheldon in the 2011 IndyCar finale at Las Vegas, there was an immediate and knee-jerk outcry for all open wheel cars to have some sort of enclosed cockpit. There was no adequate solution proposed by this side, but there were many reasonable arguments to suggest that the unintended consequences of an enclosed canopy could pose many more problems than it could solve.
After Will Power missed the opening round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season reportedly due to a concussion; it was revealed on Wednesday that it was actually due to an inner ear infection. As expected, there were a few that took to social media to blame IndyCar for misdiagnosing Power.
As we approached the beginning of the Verizon IndyCar Series season last week, some of you may have missed what I consider a major development and a reason to celebrate. For the past couple of years, many have bemoaned the fact that the number of IndyCar bloggers has dwindled to the point that you are left with me and a handful of others to satisfy your thirst for something away from the conventional media outlets.
To use an old saying – the more things change, the more they stay the same. Such was the case with the Verizon IndyCar Series season-opening race at yesterday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
With the start of another season comes another episode of One Take Only. For the uninitiated, One Take Only is the videoblog of Oilpressure.com. The name comes from the fact that it is uncut, unrehearsed and unedited. We do one take. What you see is what we got.
One of the most popular drivers among fans for Team Penske, may also be sitting on the hottest seat. I’m not talking about Helio Castroneves, who is one of the most popular drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series; nor am I referring to former champions Will Power or Juan Montoya. I’m talking about team newcomer Simon Pagenaud.