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Still Glad it’s August

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on August 7, 2020 by Oilpressure

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First of all, I would like to thank everyone who contacted me via phone call, text, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or commenting on this website. July was a very rough month for us. Susan’s cancer diagnosis at the first of the month was bad enough, but then my mother suddenly passed away early last week to put a put a period on just a horrible month. Support and concern from the IndyCar community has been incredible and a huge help. Many of you contacted me in some form or fashion to express your condolences. Paul Dalbey and his wife, Kelli, even sent us flowers – which was very thoughtful and much-appreciated.

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This is Going to Feel Very Strange

Posted in Indianapolis 500, IndyCar on July 27, 2020 by Oilpressure

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As of today, we are now inside of four weeks to go until the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. In normal times, that would put us close to the first of May. But as we know, these are not normal times. As I’ve said before, I refuse to acknowledge these times as the new normal.

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The Angst Has Ramped Up

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on July 24, 2020 by Oilpressure

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Earlier this week the Indianapolis Motor Speedway made two major announcements, and both created a stir for some reason. On Tuesday it was announced that the Indianapolis 500 would be run at only 25% crowd capacity, instead of the 50% that had been announced a few weeks ago.

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Did You Have Month of May Withdrawals?

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 29, 2020 by Oilpressure

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The Month of May officially comes to a close on Sunday. Last weekend was the first time I have been home for Memorial Day since 2002. From 1996 through 2002, I did not go to the Indianapolis 500. It wasn’t necessarily a protest of The Split. At that time, I was in the throes of going through a nasty divorce; but I also had no desire to attend and watch what I considered a diluted field. I continued to buy my tickets for the race from 1996 through 1998, but by then it had become obvious that The Split would not end anytime soon; so I let my tickets go.

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Race Day Memories

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 2020 by Oilpressure

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This would normally be Race Day for the Indianapolis 500. Instead, it is just another three-day holiday weekend to rest up and relax. Rather than spend my holiday behind a keyboard, I’ll take the time to relax. But instead of taking days off, I thought I’d take a cue from the sports networks and run a couple of personal favorite posts I’ve put up here from way back. Friday, I re-posted what I posted on Pole Day of 2009. Then today, on what would have been Race Day, I am re-posting something I wrote for Race Morning in 2009. Keep in mind, this was as it was written in 2009. Many things have changed since then. This will serve as Monday’s post also, but I will return here with new material on Wed May 27. Enjoy your holiday!

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Pole Day Memories

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2020 by Oilpressure

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This would normally be Race Weekend for the Indianapolis 500. Instead, it is a three-day holiday weekend to rest up and relax. Rather than spend my holiday behind a keyboard, I’ll take the time to relax. But instead of taking days off, I thought I’d take a cue from the sports networks and run a couple of personal favorite posts I’ve put up here from way back. Today, I’ll re-post what I posted on Pole Day of 2009. Keep in mind, it was written in 2009 – so some things have changed since then. Then on Sunday (not Monday) on what would have been Race Day, I’ll re-post something I wrote for Race Morning in 2010. That will serve as Monday’s post, but I will return here with new material on Wed May 27.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has produced its share of personal memories for me over the years. When I think of going to Pole Days as a wide-eyed kid in the sixties, the first word that comes to mind is COLD. Qualifying for the 1967 race was a mixture of rain, cold temperatures and wind. Our seats were covered, so at least we kept dry as the morning started with a drizzle. It was hard for an eight year-old like me to stay entertained when there were no cars to look at. Finally, the rain subsided and, one by one, the cars began to roll through Gasoline Alley. Our seats in Stand A were just across from the scoring pylon, so we had a perfect view as each car made it’s appearance onto pit road.

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Under the Radar, as Usual

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2020 by Oilpressure

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No one has really mentioned one of the things we are losing this Month of May. For the last several years, it has become something of a “new tradition” to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of famous wins of the Indianapolis 500.

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