Archive for the IndyCar Category

California May Not Be Golden, After All

Posted in IndyCar on September 9, 2020 by Oilpressure

File this under one of the strangest ideas I’ve heard in the last few years. A super-speedway racing venue that has produced some outstanding IndyCar racing, is about to become a half-mile track, along the lines of Bristol Motor Speedway. The Athletic announced yesterday that they have learned of NASCAR’s intentions to convert the two-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California to a half-mile oval.

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Let the Silly Season Begin!

Posted in IndyCar on September 4, 2020 by Oilpressure

Is it ever too soon to discuss the IndyCar silly season? In this strangest of years, most are focused on just getting as much of a 2020 season in as possible. Some that said there would be no IndyCar season at all this season are still skeptical about any IndyCar season at all for next year.

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It Should Live Up to the Hype

Posted in IndyCar on September 2, 2020 by Oilpressure

Just before last weekend’s Bommarito Auto Group 500; a group of IndyCar officials that included Roger Penske made a trip to my hometown of Nashville. For the last few years, various groups have been trying to put together a street race in downtown Nashville.

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Random Thoughts on Gateway

Posted in IndyCar on August 31, 2020 by Oilpressure

The Bommarito Auto Group 500 from World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway was something of a mixed bag, if you were looking for great racing. Both races were essentially won (or lost) in the pits on the last series of stops. In Race One on Saturday, the Chip Ganassi Racing crew of Scott Dixon outperformed Pato O’Ward’s crew by the narrowest of margins.

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Gateway Preview

Posted in IndyCar on August 28, 2020 by Oilpressure

And just like that, the Indianapolis 500 is over and the NTT IndyCar Series is headed to a double-header event. In this crazy year when nothing seems normal; that’s a situation that actually is normal. Since 2012, the Indianapolis 500 has been immediately followed by a double-header the very next weekend at Belle Isle in Detroit. The only difference this time is we are in August and the double-header they are headed for is an oval.

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Posted in IndyCar on August 10, 2020 by Oilpressure

By Susan Phillips

Note from George:  With the Indianapolis 500 practice just  a couple of days away, I wanted to give Susan a chance today to share some really good news that we have recently gotten, before we get into hard-core IndyCar racing for the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, she has also gotten some rather unpleasant news. I guess we are learning to take the bad with the good. – GP

Some days I wake up in the morning and I forget I have cancer–that my life was the way it was before; before I worried about Tumor Markers, cell counts, ports, and the like. I try to stay positive most of the time, but I’m having a hard time this week, although I have some wonderful news to share here in a bit.

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How Good is Scott Dixon?

Posted in IndyCar on August 5, 2020 by Oilpressure

By John Oreovicz

Racing fans love to bench race, and there’s no more popular topic than “Greatest of All Time.” As Scott Dixon continues to rise through the record books, people naturally want to compare his achievements to the stars of Indy car racing who preceded him. Dixon’s statistics put him in heady company with the likes of A.J. Foyt, Mario and Michael Andretti and the Unser brothers, but some folks tend to be dismissive of drivers from the modern era given how radically different the sport is compared to 50 or 60 years ago.

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