Random Thoughts on Qualifying

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2019 by Oilpressure

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The original plan for us was to stay for qualifying on Sunday, but then leave during the afternoon practice. Then when it looked like yesterday would be a washout, we planned to leave around 3:00. But then it stopped raining and it brightened up. So we were stuck. I couldn’t think of anything worse than hanging around here all week, then leaving at 3:00 and listening to the Last Row Shootout on the radio as we approach Louisville.

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Pagenaud on Pole; Alonso Goes Home

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 19, 2019 by Oilpressure

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This will be brief because we are late getting out of here and have a long drive back. Simon Pagenaud winning the pole with a four-lap average of 229.992 mph, is overshadowed by Fernando Alonso and McLaren being bumped out by tiny and underfunded Kyle Kaiser and Juncos Racing.

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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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