Fast Friday Wrap-Up

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 18, 2018 by Oilpressure

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To be blunt – Happy Hour was a dud. When the rain came at 4:15, a lot of the teams packed up and called it a day. The rain didn’t last long at all, and soon cars were back on track. There were a handful of the front-runners trying to find a little more speed. But most on track were those whose aim is to stay off of the bubble tomorrow.

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Fast Friday Mid-Day Update

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 18, 2018 by Oilpressure

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If you live within a couple of hours of IMS and you are not here, you are missing a very good day at the track. No, it’s not brilliant sunshine. In fact, I have not seen the sun all day. But the temperature is a perfect 72-degrees with a slight breeze. Humidity is low and it is very pleasant. Because of the gray skies, the crowds have stayed away. Although crowds are good for the IMS bottom-line, the lack of them is good for the fans that are here.

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Greetings From Fast Friday

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 18, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Greetings from a cool and cloudy Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cars are currently on track trying to see what they can do, just in case the rains come. We came through some significant showers through Kentucky this morning, but it has not rained since we crossed over into Indiana. The temperatures are supposed to get in the mid-to-upper eighties by Sunday, but right now it’s a cool and breezy 65-degrees.

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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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