A Sour Start To The IndyCar Season

Posted in IndyCar on March 15, 2017 by Oilpressure

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With last weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, came a lot of euphoria. There were smiles everywhere as Sébastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne and Honda all came away with big wins. It was a great way to start the new Verizon IndyCar Series season.

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Random Thoughts On St. Petersburg

Posted in IndyCar on March 13, 2017 by Oilpressure

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The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for 2017 is now in the books. It did not go as planned. Going into the weekend, I think most people (including myself) were convinced that this would be a battle among the four Team Penske drivers. After all, they had won the last three races at St. Petersburg and four of the last five. Going into the weekend, Team Penske driver Will Power had won five of the previous six poles. Power added another one on Saturday.

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St. Petersburg Preview

Posted in IndyCar on March 10, 2017 by Oilpressure

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This morning at 11:15 Eastern Standard Time, our offseason of 173 days will finally be over. September 18th of last year was the last time an IndyCar turned a wheel in competition – 173 days ago. That’s less than ten days shy of half a year. Granted, there are no points up for grabs in today’s two practice sessions – but preparations will begin in earnest today for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It’s been a long time coming.

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From A Purist’s Viewpoint

Posted in IndyCar on March 8, 2017 by Oilpressure

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One might think that I’ve changed my opinion of IndyCar CEO Mark Miles, simply because I’ve said complimentary things about IndyCar President of Competition Jay Frye and the recent decisions of IndyCar’s upper management. On Monday, Robin Miller wrote an article on Racer.com that reinforced my original perception of Mr. Miles – one who is buried so deep within his bunker, that he has no idea what fans want. I also perceive him to be very stubborn. That is, when he’s convinced he’s right – rather than listening to fans and trying to understand why fans might be offering a different viewpoint, he digs in deeper to further uphold his stance on a topic.

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The Darkest Days Of IndyCar Racing

Posted in IndyCar on March 6, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Some might consider what I’m about to say as heresy with us on the verge of a brand new IndyCar season. Perhaps the timing isn’t great for those that love nothing but giggles and smiles, but I think in order to appreciate the current state of racing we are enjoying in today’s Verizon IndyCar Series, we need to take a step back and see where we’ve come from. This topic happened to pop into my head over the weekend. Rather than file it away and forget some of the things that were running through my head, I thought I would run with it.

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Anxiously Awaiting IndyCar 2018

Posted in IndyCar on March 3, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Exactly one week from today, practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will officially begin. On the eve of the beginning of another season for the Verizon IndyCar Series, it’s not too soon to start talking about 2018.

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IndyCar Journalism Takes A Hit

Posted in IndyCar on March 1, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Without trying to stir up a political discussion here, there has been a lot of noise lately about fake news. One of the many things I enjoy about sports in general and IndyCar in particular, is the escape that they provide from the continuous drone of politics, work, paying bills and our everyday lives. While many claim that today’s news outlets are fake and agenda-driven; you’ll rarely, if ever, hear that claim in sports or racing journalism.

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