It’s Race Day at Pocono!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
    Indianapolis

    • 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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