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We Have a Winner!

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 2023 by Oilpressure

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Congratulations to longtime reader and commenter Billy the Skink, for winning the 2023 Oilpressure.com Indianapolis 500 Trivia Contest. Billy is a multi-time winner (I think maybe his fourth, but I’m not sure), and missed only two questions. I was lenient and allowed some answers where there was a debate, but I didn’t even need to do that with Billy. Last year’s winner, Rick Johnson, came in second with five missed questions. A lot of people sent in some submissions with some blank answers. Please at least give it a guess – you might be right. Some say to make this easier in the future, but those that always finish near the top enjoy the difficulty. Thanks to everyone who played. I’ll start working on next year’s quiz right after Christmas. Here are the correct answers:

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Recognizing Those that are Fan-Friendly

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 23, 2023 by Oilpressure

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I will let you in on a secret. Sometimes I write these daily May posts early. Such is the case with today’s post, although this is the last one this month that was written ahead of time. With yesterday’s crash involving Katherine Legge and Stefan Wilson, I felt like I needed to acknowledge it. Legge walked away, but Wilson was taken directly to the hospital wearing a neck brace. It sounds as if both cars can be repaired without going to a backup car. But last night we learned that Wilson will be sidelined for the 500. Who will drive the car is still unknown as I add this in on Monday night. This is a tough break for Wilson (no pun intended). At least it sounds as if he was awake and alert when he was transported to the hospital. Hopefully, he’ll fully recover and be back ion the car next year. Now on to today’s plausibly recent post…

We always hear the term “fan-friendly” tossed around a lot, whether it relates to a facility, a schedule or an event. We also hear it tossed about as it relates to athletes – in our case, IndyCar drivers. Practically all drivers claim to be fan-friendly, but not all of them are. Some truly go out of their way to interact with fans. Others think they do, but they really don’t; and a few can be just downright rude.

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Random Thoughts on Qualifying

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2023 by Oilpressure

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My week of attending practice and qualifying has come to a close. It started with a whimper with Tuesday’s rain out. Still, I was able to say hi to several friends and enjoy a low-key day at IMS with no cars on track. From Wednesday on, it was non-stop action.

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Pole Day/Bump Day Wrap-up

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2023 by Oilpressure

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Whether you hate this non-traditional format of qualifying or love it; you cannot deny that the last two days were very entertaining. Within one hour today (Sunday) we watched one driver experience the lowest point in his racing career; and then watched another experience one of the highest in his career.

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It’s Pole Day/Bump Day at IMS!

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2023 by Oilpressure

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It’s another cool, but sunny day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was much cooler when we got up this morning than yesterday. Yesterday it was 54° when we got up and today it 45°. But yesterday’s high was supposed to be 70° (I don’t think it made it), and today’s high is predicted to be 78°.

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Saturday Qualifying Wrap-up

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2023 by Oilpressure

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Well, that was interesting! If you watched qualifying at home, you were able to keep up with who was in and who was out of the Top-Twelve much better than us at the track.

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It’s Qualifying Day at IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2023 by Oilpressure

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Good morning from a sun-drenched, but cool Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As predicted, just as we were packing up to leave around 7:00 last night, A downpour came. The rains were so heavy that we could hardly see the grandstands across the track from the media center. What does that mean, other than we had a very soggy drive to Dawson’s? It means that all the rubber from the past three days has been washed off of the race track, and those hitting practice at 8:30 this morning will be faced with a very green track.

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