Welcome To The Month Of May!

Welcome to the Month of May! Nine years ago today, I launched Oilpressure.com. It was not a coincidence that it launched on the first day of May. To those of us that cherish the Indianapolis 500, the beginning of the Month of May is sacred. That’s why I chose May 1 to launch this site that I was so reluctant to begin. I’m glad I decided to.

I find it almost impossible to believe that today marks the beginning of the tenth year of this site. When it started in 2009, I figured it would last a few months and I’d grow tired of doing it. Then when it took off, my goal was to make it to the Centennial “500” in 2011 and I’d quit shortly after that. Then 2014 became the goal. Surely after five years of doing this, that would be enough. But by then, I wanted to make it to the 100th Running in 2016. Here we are two years later and my next goal is to make it to ten years, which would be one year from now.

After that, who knows? I’m still having fun doing this and have not set a date for when I turn off my computer. Whenever this becomes a chore and it is no longer any fun, I’ll stop. But so long as I continue to have the good interaction from readers; be it through comments, social media, e-mails or the old fashion way, which is meeting people face-to-face at the track and still my favorite – this will still continue to be fun.

As I always say in my May 1 posting; I will try to post here every weekday in May up until Memorial Day. This is a busy time at work, so there may be a day or two when I don’t post. It seems like I always throw out that disclaimer every year, but I always end up getting every day covered. After that, I tend to take a few days off.

There may be one or two guest posts here throughout the month along with one or two episodes of One Take Only, but I’ll try to have something up here every weekday. I will also have another Indianapolis 500 Trivia Contest this year. Paul Dalbey and I put together thirty-three fresh new questions to test your level of knowledge of all things pertaining to the Indianapolis 500. That will run on May 9 and you’ll have two weeks to get your answers in for the prize – an Oilpressure.com polo shirt made of 100% cotton.

Susan and I will keep our usual May schedule. We will be attending all three weekends of track activity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway beginning with the IndyCar Grand Prix held the weekend of May 12. We’ll return to IMS for Fast Friday and Qualifying weekend on the very next weekend on May 18-20, then back again the following weekend for Carb Day, Legends Day and the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday May 27th.

As always, I’ll be posting from the track each and every day that we are there. Susan will also be here regularly through May lending her perspective, which is very different from mine.

Along with all of the other daily offerings throughout the month like daily episodes of Trackside and The Talk of Gasoline Alley with Donald Davidson; hopefully you’ll check out Oilpressure.com from time to time.

Just like in every May, there are lots of storylines heading into the month. There is the new car, some actual bumping to be done, the return of Danica Patrick and this year being the last year for ABC to cover the race after covering fifty-four consecutive races. There will be even more as the month unfolds.

So jump on into the Month of May. If you are an Indianapolis 500 fan, which I’m supposing you are if you are reading this – there’s never a better time to be alive.

George Phillips

14 Responses to “Welcome To The Month Of May!”

  1. Congratulations on your 9th anniversary. I look forward to reading your column three times a week. You’ve been an inspiration to me to start my own blog.

  2. BrandonWright77 Says:

    This fan hopes you keep writing for a long time to come. It’s the only blog I read and always a highlight of my Month of May (as well as the rest of the year). Your personal take on things is very refreshing and not just the same old news stories you get from other sites. Keep up the good work George and thanks for all you do.
    #isitmayyet? Yes, yes it is!

    • BrandonWright77 Says:

      Oh, and thanks for taking a few minutes to chat on the viewing mound yesterday. 🙂

  3. You’re the best George! Looking forward to a great month of May at Indy and on oilpressure.com!

  4. Congratulations on 9 years. That is great! I love your dedication. I need to be more consistent on my site. May is going to be great. Look forward to seeing you and Susan at Indy. I also can’t wait for the trivia contest. Like you said May is busy but I love carving out time to research and work on the quiz.

  5. Wow! 9 years…..Where does the time go? Doesn’t seem like that at all. I was fresh into “corporate world” and this blog along with a few others that no longer exist were my first stops at my desk before I would start work for the day. So many things have come and gone, but glad to still pop in and see what’s up with our Tennessee open wheel correspondent George and his opinions and insight!

  6. Thanks George for keeping this going as long as you have. I love reading your posts.

  7. Can it really be nine full years since you started here? It feels more like…eight. Maybe less.

    Anyway, congratulations on making it this far, and I can’t wait to see what the Month of May brings for all of us this year. It should be a great one.

  8. Brian McKay Says:

    thanks for blogging

    I guess that I was surfing for IndyCar news and commentary and stumbled upon this in May 2009. Or maybe another blogger, such as PressDog, pointed readers to the new kid on the block. Now you’re a stalwart old hand who’s outlasted plenty of bloggers.

  9. Ron Ford Says:

    I think it was PressDog who pointed me toward your site.

    It was great fun to see Danica back at Indy today. She looked as if she had never left.

  10. tonelok Says:

    I keep reading even though I don’t comment much anymore.

  11. Mark J Wick Says:

    I’ll be looking forward to reading your posts. I won’t be able to follow the daily activity as much as I would like to this year, but I will be able to watch the race live on TV this year for the first time in many years.

  12. Either these get more challenging each year or my memory is fading. I got 5 with no research. 28 more to go.

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