A Belated Welcome to the Month of May

Due to the way the calendar falls and with racing activity this past weekend, I want to wish every one a belated welcome to the Month of May.

May has had an ominous start for racing fans. We learned Monday morning that three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser passed away on Sunday night. He was eighty-seven and apparently died of natural causes. Those of us that had seen him in recent years knew that he was in poor physical health, but the mind was as sharp as ever until just before the end. We kidded ourselves that he would last forever. Obviously no one does, but the sport lost one of the wittiest and sharpest minds to ever grace the intersection of 16th and Georgetown.

I will spend more time tomorrow reflecting on the life of Bobby Unser.

While this year’s Indianapolis 500 promises to look and feel different than most, there is still a lot more normalcy than last year.

So yes, I will do my best to post every weekday in the Month of May. My work is abnormally busy for this time of year, and I have been having to bring work home at night lately. I do have a fulltime day-job that actually pays the bills, If that happens, there won’t be any post the next day. But I promise you that I will try.

My Month of May posts will generally center around the Indianapolis 500. They may be personal reflections, something from a historical perspective or something very light-hearted. With the race so late in May this year (the traditional date of May 30), it will be a long month – so I’ll have plenty of time to create new topics.

Most importantly, the trivia contest will have thirty-three questions again – plus a tie-breaker. I started gathering the questions in March and completed it last week. The only question is what the prize will be. The trivia contest will be posted on Wednesday May 12.

This year’s race may feel a lot different. COVID-19 has taken away a lot of privileges from a lot of people. As of this writing, I am still not sure if I will be credentialed for this year’s race. While many will sarcastically say “boo-hoo”; I’ve been fully credentialed for the Indianapolis 500 since 2010. I am hoping that streak will continue, but I can’t say I am confident at this point. If it doesn’t, I’ll completely understand. Those that make these decisions have their hands tied. Not that anyone really cares, but I will keep everyone here posted.

Susan’s health will also play a part in our May plans. She is doing VERY well, but we learned back in December that follow-up radiation after her surgery in February would be happening in May. It’s not great timing, but we will deal with it. She is over a week into the five weeks of treatment and it seems to be going fine. It just really tires her out. So it is doubtful she will make all three weekends at IMS this year. My guess is that she will skip Qualifying Weekend this year, but we’ll see.

Lastly, it is usually this Month of May post that I recognize the anniversary for starting this site. Saturday May 1, marked the twelfth anniversary of this site. I started blogging anonymously here on May 1, 2009. Surprisingly, things caught on quickly. Some followed for a while and dropped off. Others showed up later, but have been here ever since. A few of you have been here since the very beginning. Even if you first stumbled across this site last week, I appreciate all of you that have been reading this site for the past dozen years. Even at my ripe old age, I still enjoy doing this. Once that stops, the site will stop – but for now, I plan to continue for a while.

So, buckle-up for a full month. We have nightly Tracksides from 7:00 to 8:00 EDT on 1075theFan.com followed by Beyond the Bricks with Jake Query and Mike Thomsen (more on that show on Thursday) nightly from 8:00 to 9:00 EDT. And of course, a daily post from Oilpressure.com. It’s going to be a fun run.

George Phillips

8 Responses to “A Belated Welcome to the Month of May”

  1. Looking forward to your May posts. We’ll be watching from over here and thanks for your efforts….

  2. As always George, thank you for what you do here at oilpressure. Your site is truly a treasure to us IndyCar fans. And as a show of my gratitude, I wanted to let you know that Stallone’s “Driven” just popped up this month on Amazon Prime Video. Watch it all over again as if it was the first time!!!! You’re welcome! Enjoy!!!! hahaha. Just kidding of course. It’s going to be a great May! Looking forward to your posts.

  3. Yannick Says:

    Thanks for writing this blog for all these years and putting as much effort in as you have done and continue to do so.

    All the best to Susan. Here is wishing her a full recovery.

    Who knows what this year’s Indianapolis 500 is going to be like? It sure will be different to last year’s.

    Do you intend filming a vlog with one of your frequent co-presenters this month, too? That would be wonderful.

  4. All the best to Susan with her treatment!

  5. Happy 12th Anniversary, George!! I so have enjoyed reading your posts each week. Thank goodness I discovered your website when I did. I cannot imagine not having you and Susan as a regular part of my race world. Congrats on your outstanding work!!

  6. Always look forward to this post each year. That is when you know the Month of May has arrived! Just like you, I’ve had credentials since 2010 but it sounds ominous right now. Hoping that you will be around for practice days regardless. Can’t wait for your thoughts on the Beyond the Bricks show, sounds like it will be really interesting. Mike and Jake are both excellent in their own right, and their appreciation for it all. All the best to you and Susan, hope to see you at the track.

  7. billytheskink Says:

    It’s MAY!!!!

    Can’t wait to consume everything Indy this month, starting with this site. Thank you for all you do, George.

  8. Jeff P. Says:

    Happy 12th and all the best to Susan as she continues treatments. It’s so good to be in the month of May and looking forward to the 500. Seems an eternity since 2019 and my last trip to the Speedway.

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