A Good News/Bad News Scenario

Posted in IndyCar on October 11, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Over this past weekend, Robin Miller wrote an article on Racer.com about the possibility that one of the longtime favorite tracks from the CART era may be returning to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule next season, but at the expense of another.

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A Grumpy Glimpse Into The Future

Posted in IndyCar on October 6, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Feel free to file this under the Grumpy Old Man category. If you didn’t like my rant a couple of weeks ago on JR Hildebrand’s appearance, there’s a chance you might not agree with me on this topic either. Just remember – You’ve been warned.

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The Silly Season May Still Be Silly

Posted in IndyCar on October 4, 2017 by Oilpressure

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About a week ago, we learned that longtime race engineer Allen McDonald is leaving Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM). McDonald has been with SPM consecutively since 2013. He was actually with Sam Schmidt after he bought Alex Tagliani’s FAZZT Racing after they closed at the end of the 2010 season, but McDonald took a one-year sabbatical when he went to Andretti Autosport for the 2012 season.

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A Brighter Future Than Normal

Posted in IndyCar on October 2, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Much of the late-season and off-season talk has been about either the dominant 2017 season by Team Penske or how the wheels came off at Chip Ganassi Racing this season. Not many people noticed that in the same time frame, there was an uptick in performance and results at Andretti Autosport.

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A Curious Move, At Best

Posted in IndyCar on September 29, 2017 by Oilpressure

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While it has yet to be officially announced, we all know that Tony Kanaan is now headed to AJ Foyt Enterprises for 2018. Who he will be displacing is not clear, although smarter people than me are saying that Carlos Muñoz will be the odd man out. That means Kanaan will be driving the famous No.14 car and Conor Daly will most likely be driving the not-so-famous No.4. But that’s speculation on one of the many questions surrounding this move.

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Should The Captain Take A Step Back?

Posted in IndyCar on September 27, 2017 by Oilpressure

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A week and a half ago, we witnessed what was most likely the last IndyCar race ever for Helio Castroneves outside of the I-465 beltway at Indianapolis. Helio faded down the stretch and finished fourth in the final points standings. Much has been made about Helio’s missed opportunities for a championship throughout his career. In a lot of cases, the criticism is somewhat justified.

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Some Unsolicited Advice For JR Hildebrand

Posted in IndyCar on September 25, 2017 by Oilpressure

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A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Spencer Pigot has been named the fulltime driver for the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka car at Ed Carpenter Racing for 2018. The press release that came out made no mention of JR Hildebrand, the driver of that car for the 2017 season that just ended. By saying nothing, the press release said a lot – if you read between the lines. JR Hildebrand is currently out of a ride for next season.

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