As you read this, Susan and I are (hopefully) en route to our second of four weekends at IMS. Practice for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis was yesterday. After another practice this morning from 11:00 to 11:45 for the Verizon IndyCar Series, qualifying will take place this afternoon at 3:00. Of course, the race for IndyCars will take place tomorrow at 3:50.
Last week, we learned that Jeff Gordon will be driving the pace car for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 later this month. When I saw it, my first reaction was that it was a great idea. I thought it was a very nice salute to a great driver and an outstanding career. I realized just how wrong I must have been after checking the fan response on social media. There were the tirades from the usual grumps, but I also saw complaints from many whose opinions I have a great amount of respect for. On Trackside the other night, Curt Cavin said that he didn’t see many complaints. I did.
One of the traditions for this site is the annual Indianapolis Trivia Contest. For the seventh year in a row, I have put together a list of thirty-three questions. This year’s may be the toughest yet. There are no True-False or multiple choice questions. These are short answer only.
A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Pippa Mann had been confirmed to return to the pink Susan G. Komen car for the second consecutive year in this year’s Indianapolis 500. I can’t say it was a surprise. If you follow Pippa at all on social media, you know just how active she has been all through the past year, being involved with Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.
Yesterday at IMS was a little surreal. As promised, Susan and I made the trek up to Indianapolis this weekend, for the first of four straight weekends at IMS. This was the earliest Opening Day in decades and there were signs of that. It didn’t seem like everyone was quite ready for May. There were signs in the garage area that some of the teams had not really moved in yet, as witnessed by the lack of signs over many of the doors. There were still some last minute projects for the upcoming Grand Prix weekend waiting to be done. The team’s hospitality areas were still in the process of getting set up. All in all, this was more of a soft-opening for Opening Day.
Welcome to the Month of May and the beginning of the seventh year of Oilpressure.com. Six years ago today, I started this site. I had no idea what it would lead to when I started, nor did I have any clue I would still be blogging six years later. It has been a blast and led to experiences I never would have dreamed of. I’ve committed to myself that I will continue this site through the one-hundredth running of the Indianapolis 500 next year. After that, I’ll play it by ear.