Feast or Famine

Posted in IndyCar on June 24, 2020 by Oilpressure

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All of us have been lamenting the fact that after a three-month delay to the start of the IndyCar season, there is now another month between the opening race at Texas and the next race on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I think everyone understands that it’s because Richmond was cancelled and Road America took the date previously vacated by Toronto, so that they could make sure fans would be able to attend in July. But that doesn’t make this month of inactivity after the season-opening race any easier to swallow.

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What Defines a Hall of Fame Career?

Posted in IndyCar on June 19, 2020 by Oilpressure

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I rarely discuss NASCAR here, and when I do – it’s normally not in a very flattering way. This takes me out of my wheelhouse to discuss NASCAR, but it will get back around to the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 (at least a little bit), so bear with me.

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For the Love of the Sport

Posted in IndyCar on June 17, 2020 by Oilpressure

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As the country begins to re-open along with sports and sporting events, I am more and more grateful, than I already was, to be a fan of the NTT IndyCar Series. IndyCar was not the first sport back, but they didn’t need to be. That was more due to scheduling issues and logistics, just like this one-month layoff between the first and second races. That is no one’s fault. But with Richmond canceling and Road America wisely taking Toronto’s vacated date created a void after the Texas race.

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This Could Be an Interesting Decision

Posted in IndyCar on June 15, 2020 by Oilpressure

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Michael Andretti has his fingers in a lot of different pies. Not only does he own and operate a successful five-car team in the NTT IndyCar Series, he owns a successful team in Indy Lights – even though that series is on hiatus for this season. He also owns a team in Formula E as well as a Global RallyCross team. In the past, he has owned teams in ALMS, A1GP, US F2000 and Star Mazda. He is used to evaluating talent and making some tough business decisions.

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come…and Gone

Posted in IndyCar on June 12, 2020 by Oilpressure

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Every week, I enjoy reading Robin Miller’s Mailbag that he posts every Wednesday morning on Racer.com. I like to see what other IndyCar fans are thinking, but I also like to read his responses. Not only are they humorous, but more times than not – I learn something new. Some say they are bothered by the negativity on there, but I find it entertaining. It’s sort of like listening to Donald Davidson on The Talk of Gasoline Alley, and hearing someone ask if it’s true that Jim Hurtubise put his Mallard through the qualifying line, only to find out he had cold beer under the hood. You know what the response is going to be, but it’s still funny when it happens as you thought.

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Straight Out of Left Field

Posted in IndyCar on June 10, 2020 by Oilpressure

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As we were all looking forward to our first race in nine months last week, this little nugget came out of nowhere – that the NASCAR Cup Series would be staging a race at Nashville Superspeedway in 2021. I had not heard a thing about it until a racing friend of mine in Florida sent me an e-mail with a link. His e-mail was short and to the point – “Have you seen this?”

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Random Thoughts on Texas

Posted in IndyCar on June 8, 2020 by Oilpressure

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Perhaps in my old age, I’m starting to subconsciously lower my expectations. It’s either that or most fans of the NTT IndyCar Series had unrealistic expectations going into Saturday night’s Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. As you know, I always go and check social media to see what fans are saying after a race. Some of you have told me to never do that, but I don’t feel like I’m able to properly comment on IndyCar if I don’t see the various opinions out there. Sometimes, the vast majority of opinions coincide with my own. Other times, my opinion is diametrically opposed to what I’m seeing out there. Such was the case after Saturday night’s race.

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