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It’s Yet Another Set of Opinions

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2021 by Oilpressure

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Just in case you haven’t heard enough people blather on about last week’s qualifications, you get to hear another pair of talking heads discuss it.

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We Have a Winner!

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2021 by Oilpressure

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Congratulations to fellow blogger, Patti Nolen of I Kissed the Bricks, for knocking down almost all of the thirty-three questions in this year’s Oilpressure.com Indianapolis 500 Trivia Contest. She correctly answered all but four of the questions. Runner-up was a tie between Rick Johnson and Billy the Skink, who got his entry in with six minutes to spare. both of them missed five. As usual, there were a couple of questions that there were answers slightly different than what I had. After researching them, I decided to accept the other answers too. There was also one that I mistakenly misworded, so I had to throw that question out (noted below).

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Special Liveries of the 2021 Indianapolis 500

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 25, 2021 by Oilpressure

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One of the many good things about the Indianapolis 500 is that it brings a lot of special liveries for the Month of May. A couple of years ago, Marco Andretti ran a special commemorative livery for the fiftieth anniversary of his grandfather’s win in the 1969 Indianapolis 500, that fans seemed to love. Unfortunately that car did not perform well at all in the race, but that’s another story.

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Random Thoughts on Qualifying

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 2021 by Oilpressure

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The Grid for the 2021 Indianapolis 500 has now been set. It did not exactly go as planned for many of the Chevy teams, especially Team Penske. I mentioned this in my post yesterday after qualifying, but I’m still at a loss why the Honda teams responded to the extra boost that was given prior to the Fast Friday practice and most of the Chevy teams did not. What is it about the Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) Chevy-powered cars that made them perform with the extra boost, while all the other Chevy teams were lagging behind?

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Day-Two Qualifying Wrap-Up

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 23, 2021 by Oilpressure

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As far as the Last Row Shootout, there was not really a whole lot of drama – at least not enough to justify the word “Shootout”. Each of the five cars made an attempt once the the session started, and this was the order on the bottom of the pylon after those five attempts.

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Welcome to Day Two of Qualifying

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 23, 2021 by Oilpressure

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Welcome to a somewhat overcast Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The temperature is 72°, and is supposed to be around 78° for the Last Row Shootout. By mid-afternoon, the temperature should be around 83° when the Firestone Fast Nine runs.

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Saturday Qualifying Wrap-Up

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2021 by Oilpressure

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One thing about this qualifying format, it not only provides drama – it usually produces surprises. In 2018, James Hinchcliffe was the surprise odd man out when the gun sounded. Two years ago, Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso was knocked out of the race by Kyle Kaiser and tiny Juncos Racing.

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