What Do You Do During a Rain Delay?

Posted in IndyCar on May 19, 2019 by Oilpressure

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By Susan Phillips

What do you do during a rain delay? You either get to go to the IMS Museum and listen to George and Paul Dalbey compare the accuracies of the cars in the museum or download your photos and prepare them to post. I’m glad to know out waiting will pay off, as the track will be dry soon and qualifying will resume.

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It’s a Holding Pattern at IMS

Posted in IndyCar on May 19, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Shortly after my last post, it was obvious that the yellow flag was staying out for sometime. Then track-drying got underway and we were teased with thinking we might resume shortly. But then it all went terribly wrong, when the bottom fell out and they lost the track.

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Welcome to Bump Day/Pole Day at IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Welcome to a cloudy and very windy Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is dry for now, and the forecast is a little bit better than it had been – but the skies don’t look great.

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A Day of Twists and Turns

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 18, 2019 by Oilpressure

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If you had Ben Hanley and Pippa Mann locking in spots for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, and Fernando Alonso having to come back tomorrow to duke it out for a spot in the last row – raise your hand. I thought so, and neither did I.

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Trouble in Turn Two

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 18, 2019 by Oilpressure

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As qualifying was chugging along at a not-so scintillating pace, things suddenly took a somber tone as James Hinchcliffe lost control of his car and had a crash very similar to that of Pato O’Ward just one day earlier. The car went airborne and flirted with flipping over, before it slammed back into the track. But unlike O’Ward and the other drivers involved in crashes earlier this week – Hinch did not immediately hop out of the car.

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Welcome to Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Day

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 18, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Welcome to a very sunny and warm Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I checked the forecast just before we left the hotel and it calls for a zero percent chance of rain and a high of 87°. That means there should be a good turnout of fans today, but it does not bode well for fast speeds.

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Fast Friday Recap

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 17, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Fast Friday was like two days in one. When the green flag flew this morning, it was obvious that the boost had been turned up. 228-229 mph was the norm right out of the gate. Then Marco Andretti set the bar higher when he turned a lap of 230.851. It stayed that way through lunch. Then around 2:30, the skies were darkening and it looked like we may be looking at a replay of yesterday when heavy thunderstorms ended the day early.

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