Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Preview

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Things are about to get serious at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today is Fast Friday – the last day before qualifying and the first day with the turned-up boost. I’ve never been a fan of the turned-up boost for Fast Friday and qualifying. It’s an artificial gimmick just to attract attention to make it look like the cars are faster than they are. I think that whatever the drivers have been practicing with and what they will race with is what they should have for qualifying too. So there’s my annual rant on that subject.

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Five Years And Counting

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 18, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Please excuse the total self-indulgence of today’s post. Although I always try to throw a little about myself into this site, today is completely self-serving. My apologies in advance.

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The Laid-Back Weekends Of May

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 17, 2017 by Oilpressure

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By Susan Phillips

A few years ago, George got the bright idea that we would travel to Indianapolis every weekend in May. Not only did they have the GP and qualifying, but there was an open test the very first weekend in May.

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A Win For All Generations

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 16, 2017 by Oilpressure

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By Paul Dalbey

Once again, I have turned the reins of the site over to Paul Dalbey, from More Front Wing. This satisfies two objectives – it gives me a break from daily writing in May, and it scratches an itch for Paul when he gets the writing bug. More Front Wing has been dormant for a couple of years now. I keep telling him he should revive it. The IndyCar blogosphere needs as many bloggers as we can get. Anyway, today Paul tackles a subject that is near and dear to my heart, and probably the same for many of you. – GP

I have been asked on numerous occasions over the years what my favorite memory or experience has been at the Indianapolis 500. Having attended my first race in 1988 and missed not a single one since, I am fortunate to celebrate my 30th race at the Brickyard this year, and in those years, I’ve seen more wonderful moments than I could possibly count. There are some obvious ones that stand out – watching Rick Mears win his fourth "500" in 1991, the amazing finishes of 1992 and 2006, and the drama of Pole Day in 1996 when Scott Brayton and Team Menard withdrew a qualified car to make another attempt at the pole position. Those were all undoubtedly moments that are forever etched in my memory, and I don’t think anyone could fault me for choosing any of them as my favorite. But there is one memory that still, to this day, stands head and shoulders above the rest.

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Random Thoughts On The IndyCar Grand Prix

Posted in Indianapolis 500, IndyCar on May 15, 2017 by Oilpressure

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The IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis has never been known as a nail-biter. When you put practically identical cars on a track with two long straightaways connected with a lot of very technical turns to negotiate, cars tend to spread out each lap. That has been the case in the past, but there were usually a couple of cautions to pack the field up again.

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Will Power Wins The IndyCar Grand Prix

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 13, 2017 by Oilpressure

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I am lucky enough to be sitting very close to Donald Davidson while he is on the radio in the media center. When he sat down, Kevin Lee asked him how he liked today’s race. His answer was “Well” and then he paused before saying “…the weather was nice”. It’s sort of like trying to say something nice about an unattractive date. You usually end up saying something about a great personality or something like that.

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A Day At The Museum

Posted in IndyCar on May 13, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Yesterday, I took advantage of the free admission to the IMS Museum. Not only did I save money and get another chance to take in the iconic cars from yesterday, but the crowd was much thinner that it is on my usual visit on the Saturday before the race.

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