It’s Race day at Barber!

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Good morning from a soggy and still rainy Barber Motorsports Park. The rain everyone talked so much about this weekend, finally arrived around 7:00 this morning. We stayed at our hotel a little longer than planned, not in any hurry to brave the elements. There were red and purple cells in the system, and it looked like we were in for a rough morning. As it turned out, there was some distance thunder a couple of times, but a lot of rain.

The good news is that it looks as if this will clear out by around 10:30 CDT – about an hour and a half before the green flag. Indy Lights and US F2000 both had races scheduled for this morning. Although they have the ability to run in the rain, they have been under a hold for lightning. Assuming the hold expires soon, the Indy Lights race will run at 10:00 CDT and the US F2000 race will run at 10:55 CDT. That will still leave plenty of time before the NTT IndyCar Series races just after Noon.

We met some friends for dinner last night – Bruce and Lynn Weinberg, who currently live in New Orleans but hail from the St. Louis area. They are regulars at Barber and Gateway each year and we always try to get together. However, with COVID – this is the first time we’ve seen them since Gateway 2019. It was great seeing them last night, and a good time was had by all.

Dinner

I’ve not posted since the final practice, which was led by Callum Ilot. Don’t overlook him in today’s race. He was in the Top-Ten in every practice, and qualified eleventh. I’m not predicting a win, but I don’t think a podium is out of the question. He and his Juncos Hollinger Racing team continue to be a feel-good story for the first part of this young season.

That’s going to do it for now, but I will be back here this afternoon for a race re-cap. Then I will be here tomorrow for my usual Random Thoughts post. Meanwhile, follow us on Twitter for photos and videos (if the crowded cell coverage allows). Follow me at @Oilpressureblog or Susan at @MrsOilpressure. Enjoy the race, and please check back later.

George Phillips

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