Welcome To Road America

Welcome to the beautiful facility known as Road America, located in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin. I will try to be aware of how many times I use (or overuse) the word beautiful. But it’s been hard not to in this area. This is the first time I have been to the state of Wisconsin since 1972, when I was fourteen. My memory is not great, because I have no recollection of the beauty we’ve seen since we got her yesterday afternoon.

We just arrived at the track and have gotten settled in the media center. What little we’ve seen of the track has not disappointed. The Indy Lights cars are currently on track. The Verizon IndyCar Series takes to the track at 11:00 and will be carried live on NBCSN.

As I type, the IMS Radio Network is interviewing Josef Newgarden who will practice today with a broken hand and broken clavicle. He will be evaluated after practice to determine whether or not he can drive this weekend. If he can’t go, JR Hildebrand will drive the car. The fact that Newgarden is even considering it after the horrendous crash he suffered at Texas two weeks ago, is miraculous in itself.

We are going to go wander around and take this all in, then we will watch practice. At 1:00, we’ve been invited to attend a media Legends Luncheon with Juan Montoya, Paul Tracy and Michael Andretti. There will be a Q&A session which is promised to be lively.

We will return later here later this afternoon with a report on the luncheon along with photos…lots of photos.

In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter at @Oilpressureblog and @MrsOilpressure for more instantaneous photos and comments. Check back later.

George Phillips

4 Responses to “Welcome To Road America”

  1. Newgarden is a special guy. He wants to win and I like his attitude. I hope he can race.

  2. ecurie415 Says:

    I’ve broken my hand twice. It is extremely difficult to drive, particularly with no power steering. If he is able to finish the race, that is incredible grit.

  3. Josef is an example of the many new young Americans that are shaping IndyCar for the better, my wife and I have been following him in the Road to Indy series. It will be easier for fans to follow Americans as well as top flight overseas drivers! The mix is great and hopefully will help TV ratings and getting new sponsors.

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