The Curious Talent Choices for NBC This May

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 7, 2021 by Oilpressure

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Earlier this week, NBC revealed their broadcast team for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. As expected; Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will be in the booth covering the race. Pit reporters will be Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Kevin Lee. None of those presented any huge shock, although I am glad to see Kevin Lee will be back on a true race broadcast for the first time this season.

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“Beyond the Bricks”

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 6, 2021 by Oilpressure

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Like many of you, I was saddened when I learned that Donald Davidson was retiring from his position as IMS Historian. I held out a small sliver of hope that he would still do his nightly radio program in May, The Talk of Gasoline Alley (TOGA). As it turns out, that was one of the main things he wanted to get away from. He explained earlier this week that he did not enjoy the way he had to do the show last year and he did not like a lot of the changes that would likely stay in place for this year. Therefore, he decided that he would step back and do the things he wanted to do in May, but not all of the things that he had to do. I have to say, I’m jealous.

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Personal Reflections on Bobby Unser

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 5, 2021 by Oilpressure

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I am guilty of using words like “icon” and “legend” way too often. It could be because there are so many living legends in this sport, that those are the words that I use to describe them. I am guessing that there are more true legends of our sport in their eighties than there has ever been. We lost one of the true legends Sunday night, when Bobby Unser passed away at the age of eighty-seven.

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A Belated Welcome to the Month of May

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 4, 2021 by Oilpressure

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Due to the way the calendar falls and with racing activity this past weekend, I want to wish every one a belated welcome to the Month of May.

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Random Thoughts on Texas

Posted in IndyCar on May 3, 2021 by Oilpressure

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If I was a casual fan and tuned into the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, I’m not sure I would’ve bothered tuning into the EXPEL 375 on Sunday afternoon. I might have been tempted to rearrange my sock drawer instead. That option held the possibility to be more entertaining than a repeat of what I watched Saturday night.

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Texas Preview

Posted in IndyCar on April 30, 2021 by Oilpressure

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This weekend gives fans of the NTT IndyCar Series an extra treat – we get two oval races in one weekend. The site is Texas Motor Speedway, with two separate races of different distances, on two separate days. The Saturday night race will be the Genesys 300, which will be 212 laps for 300 miles. Late Sunday afternoon, we will have the XPEL 375; consisting of 248 laps for 375 miles.

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It Didn’t Have to be This Confusing

Posted in IndyCar on April 28, 2021 by Oilpressure

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There is a very powerful phrase in the English language that negates an entire paragraph (or more), in just three words. You can got through a long diatribe of praising someone for several sentences. But when you follow that praise up with the phrase “…having said that”, it negates all of the wonderful things you just said about someone. Instead, it paves the way for you to rip into them. Unfortunately, that’s what I am about to do here.

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