One Woman’s Perspective On The Grid Girls

Posted in IndyCar on February 5, 2018 by Oilpressure

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By Susan Phillips

I usually don’t tackle hard issues here. Usually, I take on topics that might appeal to the casual racing fan. Sometimes I like to embarrass my husband who usually occupies this space by sharing some detail he probably wouldn’t like you to know about him. But this is a topic that has caught my attention and I would like to give you a woman’s perspective that may be different than what you may have read elsewhere.

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Montoya Should Be In The Indianapolis 500

Posted in IndyCar on February 2, 2018 by Oilpressure

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After seeing Juan Montoya racing for Team Penske in last weekend’s Rolex 24, it bothered me that we wouldn’t see him in this year’s Indianapolis 500. Although Montoya has raced at IMS many times at other parts of the year; he has only raced in the Indianapolis 500 five times – and he won two of those times.

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The Fate Of Being The Brother

Posted in IndyCar on January 31, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Having brothers that both race is nothing new. In fact, it’s fairly common. We’re all familiar with the Unsers and the Bettenhausens. The Unser brothers each had sons who also raced, while the Bettenhausen brothers followed in their father’s footsteps. The first Andretti brothers to race were not Michael and Jeff – it was their father Mario and his twin brother Aldo. Some say Aldo was the better racer of the two, but we’ll never know because Aldo suffered a near-fatal accident that sidelined him and ended his career early on.

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Where To Place The Car-Numbers?

Posted in IndyCar on January 29, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Since the 2018 universal aero kit was unveiled last spring, there have been mostly positive comments from fans about the looks. Now drivers are praising the way it drives. We are keeping our fingers crossed that it will also produce great racing, as everyone is predicting. But there is one slight negative about the new design that IndyCar doesn’t quite seem to know how to deal with – the placement of the car number on the side.

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Make Opening Day Mean Something Again

Posted in IndyCar on January 26, 2018 by Oilpressure

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I know many of you will think I should write about this weekend’s Rolex 24. While there will be several IndyCar drivers in the field, I’m not as knowledgeable about IMSA as many of you are. I will enjoy watching it tomorrow and Sunday, but it’s not in my comfort zone to write much about it. Besides, I wrote about it one or two years ago and most of you seemed bored with my musings on it. Instead, I’ll submit a rant on something I usually don’t complain about too much – the fan experience at the Indianapolis 500.

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Why All The Hate For AJ Foyt?

Posted in IndyCar on January 24, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Last week, I made the mistake of engaging in a hypothetical discussion on social media. The hypothetical situation was (paraphrasing) that AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears are all in the field of thirty-three in the same Indianapolis 500 and all three are in their prime. Who wins?

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A Coup For IndyCar, SPM & James Hinchcliffe

Posted in IndyCar on January 22, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Lost in the midst of all of the Danica Patrick discussions that took place last week was this little tidbit that I considered a pretty big deal. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) hired well-known engineer, Leena Gade, to be the lead engineer for the car of James Hinchcliffe. Gade is a three-time winning engineer for Audi at the 24-hours of Le Mans.

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