Archive for September, 2019

A Late Discussion on a Welcomed Addition

Posted in IndyCar on September 13, 2019 by Oilpressure

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It dawned on me this week that I have been somewhat neglectful in covering a very significant topic. When IndyCar released the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule a couple of weeks ago, they focused primarily on Richmond International Raceway being added to the slate for the first time since 2009. Taking the “glass half-empty approach”, I focused more on the omission of Pocono and hardly gave a mention about the return of Richmond.

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Why We Need the Brickyard 400 to Succeed

Posted in IndyCar on September 11, 2019 by Oilpressure

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The 26th Running of the Brickyard 400 took place this past Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I’ll have to admit that I saw a total of three laps of the entire race, and those were the final three laps of the race. After all, I had already said I was dedicating this past Sunday to watching the NFL. By the way my Titans dismantled the Cleveland Browns, I came away from Sunday a happy man. Susan and I are headed to this weekend’s season-opener against the Colts, so I’d say our presence will guarantee a Colts victory – but I digress…

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A Longtime Sponsor is Gone

Posted in IndyCar on September 6, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Before I get into today’s post, I must indulge in a little shameless self-promotion. When I was loading this post up, I noticed that this is Post #2000 for this site. You may think posting three times a week for ten and one-third years does not add up to 2000. Well keep two things in mind – for the first four months here, I posted every day until that got a little too grueling. I still post every day in the Month of May. Plus, when we attend races – I usually post five to seven times during the weekend. Anyway, I just happened to notice that last night and thought I’d make note of it here today.

When the checkered flag flies at Laguna Seca in a little more than two weeks, it will not only signal the end of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season; it will also bring to an end the longest current continuous fulltime sponsorship in the series. Last weekend we learned that ABC Supply will be ending their longtime partnership with AJ Foyt Enterprises. Ending may not be the correct term since they plan on supporting the team for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 next May, but they are scaling back significantly.

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Some Thoughts on the IndyCar Schedule

Posted in IndyCar on September 4, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Amidst great fanfare on NBC, the NTT IndyCar Series unveiled the 2020 schedule. Before I express any opinions, let me say that (I think) I understand how difficult it is to construct a schedule like this. There are so many moving pieces and variables to take into consideration each year. Throw in the fact that NBC and all of their secondary channels will be covering the 2020 Summer Olympics from late July to early August and it becomes even harder.

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Random Thoughts on Portland

Posted in IndyCar on September 2, 2019 by Oilpressure

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This year’s version of the Grand Prix of Portland was not very scintillating, but that happens. They can’t all be barn-burners. Granted, the race had its moments – but for the wrong reasons. Any excitement was not due to a driver demonstrating superb driver skills, instead the moments came from a couple of bone-headed moves that you might expect to see in US F2000 – not in what is supposed to be the premier open-wheel series in North America.

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