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Dixon Makes History

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2022 by Oilpressure

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The field has now been set for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The new two-round knockout qualifying format was put to the test under partly sunny skies and cool temperatures.

It was a good show for the fans and the TV audience, but I’m not sure this is something that the teams and drivers are particularly fond of.

Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 has always been tough. You always fear that a driver may wad up a perfectly good car, while pushing the limit. Drivers in the Fast Six had to qualify at least three times. I have mixed emotions now that we have one of these in the books.

But like it or not, we got to see history in the making. Scott Dixon turned the second-fastest four-lap average in the history of this race. I was not here in 1996, when Arie Luyendyk posted the record of over 236 mph. But as I watched Dixon cross the line to take the checkered flag, I could feel the goosebumps on the back of my neck.

In the process, Scott Dixon also moved into sole possession of second place, with his fifth pole position in the Indianapolis 500. Last year, he moved into a four-way tie for second with Rex Mays, AJ Foyt and Helio Castroneves. Today he moved all of those legendary drivers into third place. he now trails only Rick Mears, who owns the record with six poles. (Photo: George Phillips, Oilpressure.com)

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Susan did not get her post finished for today, but will have it sometime this week. We are trying to get on the road to Nashville early, so that is going to do it for us. for tonight. But I will have my usual Random Thoughts post on Monday. Thanks to everyone who followed along this weekend. We will be back up here Thursday night, in order to attend Carb Day on Friday. I will still continue with posting every day in May all of this week.

So congratulations to Scott Dixon for making history today. It was an honor to be present for it.

George Phillips

It’s Pole Day at IMS!

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2022 by Oilpressure

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Good afternoon from a cool, breezy and slightly overcast Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With no track activity until 12:30, we took advantage and slept in. We are going to need that sleep, considering that Pole Qualifying will not end until 6:00 pm. I’ll need to write some and then hit the road. I have to be at work in the morning.

As I type, practice has already started for only the twelve cars that will run for the pole this afternoon. So far, Romain Grosjean is the only taker. He has only managed a top speed of 231.672 mph. If the wind continues and the sun comes out to heat up the track, it’s slightly possible, but not likely,  that the pole speed could be slower than the thirteenth fastest car from Saturday, which was David Malukas at 231.607 mph for a four-lap average.

Now Alex Palou and Felix Rosenqvist have gone out. Palou set a fast speed of 232.742 mph. I’m not sure there will be a whole lot of laps turned in this practice session.

Everything gets serious at 4:00 pm EDT on Big NBC. To win the pole, drivers that qualified yesterday must qualify a second time fast enough to get into the Fast-Six. Then they need to push the limit to qualify a third time and faster than everyone else in the Fast-Six.

That’s going to do it for me right now. Susan is here in the media center and will have a post up sometime this afternoon before Qualifying. Then I will be back here with a wrap-up and my usual Random Thoughts on Monday.

Please check back later.

George Phillips

An Odd Ending to a Strange Day

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2022 by Oilpressure

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It’s about 4:30 pm EDT as I type this. Track officials have not called the rest of the day a washout, but I will. It is supposed to rain for another hour, and it looks as if they have “lost the track”. Once that happens, it takes roughly two hours to dry. Even if it stopped raining right now, they wouldn’t have it dry in time for the 5:50 pm gun…unless they change the rules.

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It’s Qualifying Day at IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2022 by Oilpressure

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Good morning from a dry, but humid Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With the potential of rain later today and a lot of sitting around, Susan decided to stay behind and rest up. She was not up to a potential ten-hour day at the track, so she may come later.

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Fast Friday Wrap-Up

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2022 by Oilpressure

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First of all, there is a schedule change for Saturday. As suspected, everything has been moved up in anticipation of rain moving in on Saturday afternoon. There is also talk of rain in the early morning, so the schedule change may end up being a moot point. Such is life in central Indiana in May.

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Good Morning From IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2022 by Oilpressure

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Good morning from a sunny, but very windy Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Although today is named Fast Friday, I’m not sure we will see dramatically increased speeds today, regardless of the increased boost that is allowed today and this weekend.

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It’s Fast Friday at IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2022 by Oilpressure

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Good morning from Indianapolis! It’s Fast Friday, which means the series allows teams to turn up the boost in preparation for Qualifying tomorrow and the run for the pole on Sunday. We will get to the track around 9:30 or 10:00 this morning, and plan on being here all day.

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