It’s Race Day at Pocono!

Good morning from Race Day at Pocono Raceway. It’s sunny and steamy here this morning. A heavy thunderstorm went through overnight around 9:00 pm and it was still cloudy and wet when we left our hotel. But by the time we got to the track, the sun had broken through and it is now a beautiful day. However, there is a chance of an isolated thunderstorm going through the area around 1:00 pm today. The green flag is at 2:45 pm EDT. If there is a shower then, it’s possible that the start could be delayed slightly, but we’ll think positive.

If you are on Twitter, you should always follow the IndyCar Weatherman at @IndyCar_Wxman. He tracks weather for all the IndyCar races and is usually very accurate. He predicts that even if a stray shower goes through, that we will not be talking about Monday racing. We will get the race in today. It may or may not be a full five-hundred miles, but we’ll get it in according the IndyCar Weatherman.

Susan and I were lucky enough to get a Pace Car ride here this morning. I think she is currently working on a post about that, so I won’t steal her thunder. But here is a picture I took of her, just as we were waiting for our rides to come back around.


Afterwards, we went through the paddock. At around 10:00, it was humming with activity almost five hours before the race is scheduled to start. It’s looking like a good crowd here today – probably the best of the three races I’ve been to here. But in all honesty, it wouldn’t take much to improve on 2016-17. Still, t’s refreshing to see the early arriving crowd.


They have a vintage race car exhibit here and they are actually scheduled to run later this morning. They have mostly sprints and midgets, along with a few replica cars. But they have several roadsters and 1960s rear-engine cars that are presented as genuine. A couple really caught my eye. One was the 1961 car driven by Len Sutton.




The one that really drew my attention to it was the Travelon Trailer Special driven by Jim Hurtubise, when he got ever-so-close to the 150 mph barrier in 1960.


Susan will have a post up here a little later and I’ll be back after the race with a quick recap. Then I will have my usual Random Thoughts post tomorrow morning. In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter for photos and videos. Follow me at @Oilpressureblog and Susan at @MrsOilpressure.

Check back for Susan’s article shortly and for my recap after the race. Enjoy the race, everyone.

George Phillips

2 Responses to “It’s Race Day at Pocono!”

  1. George, I’ve noticed the LED panels are completely gone from the rollbars and have been replaced by a panel with the car numbers, which I think is a good move. Any indication this is a permanent change? How much money have these changes to that system all season actually cost each team? Any word on why they worked so well a few years ago and then they went haywire?

    Phil Kaiser

    • I’ve noticed the same thing and I agree with all of your curiosity. I don’t know if these are paid for by the teams or the series, but I can’t understand why even the simplified version they tried this year has been unreliable.

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