Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Preview

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 18, 2018 by Oilpressure

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It’s a Friday morning in mid-May. That must mean that we are back on the road on the way up to our second of three consecutive weekends in Indianapolis. This weekend is for Indianapolis 500 Qualifying. In many ways, this is my favorite of the three weekends we will spend at IMS this month.

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The 1968 Race Through Nine Year-old Eyes

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 17, 2018 by Oilpressure

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I hope that longtime readers of this site don’t grow tired of me regularly referring to my childhood days of going to the Indianapolis 500. While some may find it tiresome, those were the days that shaped me into becoming a lifelong fan of the Month of May. Chances are, you have a story similar to mine. While my first race in 1965 introduced me to the spectacle of the Indianapolis 500, there was only so much that I could comprehend as a six year-old. Three years and two races behind me; I feel like I was probably the most well-versed nine year-old on the planet when I was heading into the 1968 Indianapolis 500 – fifty years ago this month.

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Do We Need Another Four-Time Winner?

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 16, 2018 by Oilpressure

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This weekend, Helio Castroneves will attempt to qualify for his eighteenth consecutive Indianapolis 500. He will also be going for his fourth Indianapolis 500 win, which would put him into that most elite fraternity of four-time winners. Currently, there are only three men that have accomplished that feat in history. AJ Foyt was the first to win four when he did it in 1977. Ten years later, Al Unser became the second. Rick Mears became the third and last to do it when he won his fourth in 1991.

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How Do You Explain The Indianapolis 500?

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 15, 2018 by Oilpressure

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When I returned from the Open Test held at IMS a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t get home until after 1:00 am that night. Needless to say, I was dragging the next day at work and it apparently showed. Someone asked if I was sick and I explained that I was just tired, and why. My co-worker has apparently been intrigued for the last few years about my fascination with the Indianapolis 500 and asked me some fair questions about how and why I became somewhat obsessed with it.

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Random Thoughts On The IndyCar Grand Prix

Posted in IndyCar on May 14, 2018 by Oilpressure

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When I previewed the IndyCar Grand Prix last Friday, I said that there were no moments from the previous four Verizon IndyCar Series races on the IMS road courses that were memorable for the right reasons. I can no longer say that. Saturday’s race was actually a good race. Was it edge of your seat excitement? No, but if you appreciate road racing and strategy then this was a good race.

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IndyCar Grand Prix Wrap-Up

Posted in IndyCar on May 12, 2018 by Oilpressure

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The fifth edition of the IndyCar Grand Prix is now complete. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was one for the ages, but it was enjoyable – at least in person; but it was definitely the best of the five Grand Prix races here. Will Power won the Grand Prix for the second year in a row and for the third time in four races. He broke the pattern of he and teammate Simon Pagenaud alternating years. but after five races on the IMS road course – those are still the only two that have ever won on it.

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Welcome To The IndyCar Grand Prix

Posted in IndyCar on May 12, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Excuse the tardiness of this post, but I was having computer issues. The Wi-fi was not showing up on my computer. It’s hard to blog without the internet. Talking to others, some were having the issue and some weren’t. Whatever the case, it is obviously working now.

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