Archive for October, 2019

Reserving the Right to Change My Mind

Posted in IndyCar on October 14, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Over the years, one of the most common criticisms I’ve heard of people is to say that so and so never likes to admit that they’re wrong. My question is who does?

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A Surprising Twist in IndyCar’s Musical Chairs

Posted in IndyCar on October 9, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Put this in the category of “I didn’t see that coming”. Yesterday, Chip Ganassi announced that he has signed Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson to drive the heavily rumored third car at Chip Ganassi Racing. Perhaps there are some that suspected that move, but I didn’t. My friend Paul Dalbey of Fieldof33.com texted me about it yesterday afternoon and I was totally unaware of it. To say it caught me by surprise would be an understatement.

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Possibly a Blessing in Disguise

Posted in IndyCar on October 7, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Like just about any fan of the NTT IndyCar Series, I have drivers that I really like and a few drivers that I don’t really care for. Over time, drivers may go from one list to the other. For example, when Graham Rahal came into the series through unification in 2008, he was not my favorite for a few reasons. Over time, he won me over. I was flat-out wrong in some of my criticisms of the second-generation IndyCar driver, and Graham also evolved in other areas. Today, I rank Graham Rahal among my favorite drivers in the series.

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Fans Have a Right to Speak and Be Heard

Posted in IndyCar on October 4, 2019 by Oilpressure

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I’ve gone off on a rant about this topic before, and I will probably feel the need to write about it again before the start of the IndyCar season. As most of you know, the NTT IndyCar Series conducted its first on-track test of the new aeroscreen at IMS on Wednesday. Scott Dixon and Will Power ran for the better part of the day, conducting various tests and configurations. Overall, both drivers gave the safety device glowing reviews.

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A Somewhat Overlooked Loss

Posted in IndyCar on October 2, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Jimmy Vasser is best known for winning the 1996 CART championship and for winning eight races for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. But before Vasser drove for Chip Ganassi and became the Jimmy Vasser we know today, he drove three years for the late Jim Hayhoe who also served as his mentor in CART. Prior to that, Vasser drove two full years for John Della Penna in the Toyota Atlantic Championship.

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