The Loss of a Racing Safety Legend

Posted in IndyCar on December 18, 2019 by Oilpressure

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The racing world lost a giant on Monday when Bill Simpson passed away at the age of seventy-nine from a stroke that he suffered on Friday. The terms “giant” and “legend” are tossed around rather loosely is sports, many times being a little liberal with the meaning. That was not the case in describing Bill Simpson.

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How Times Have Changed!

Posted in IndyCar on December 16, 2019 by Oilpressure

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All indications are that unless Tony Kanaan can come up with more sponsorship, he will be limited to running just the five ovals for the 2020 season in the NTT IndyCar Series. When ABC Supply ended their fifteen-year sponsorship with AJ Foyt Enterprise, it clouded the future for Kanaan and the team owned by the IndyCar legend.

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Does May Need the Grand Prix Weekend?

Posted in IndyCar on December 13, 2019 by Oilpressure

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Now that Roger Penske is the new owner of IMS and the NTT IndyCar Series, I wonder if it’s time to re-visit a question that some fans have had for the past five years or so. It’s also a question I’ve pondered to myself, without coming up with a good answer one way or the other.

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Hard Work Finally Gets Rewarded

Posted in IndyCar on December 11, 2019 by Oilpressure

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A lot of the offseason moves have involved either popular drivers losing their rides very late in the game, or unproven foreign drivers getting rides. It’s about time that we had some good news regarding a very popular driver getting a good ride in the NTT IndyCar Series for the 2020 season.

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Who Are the Real Choices?

Posted in IndyCar on December 9, 2019 by Oilpressure

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If you’ve spent much time listening to Trackside, you’ve heard Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee marvel at how the NFL is strategic in dropping news at all times during the offseason to make themselves relevant twelve months a year. The same can be said for Fernando Alonso.

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Dale Coyne: Villain or Victim?

Posted in IndyCar on December 6, 2019 by Oilpressure

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If you read Robin Miller’s mailbag this week on Racer.com, it was quite obvious that people were very upset with the way that Sébastien Bourdais was let go by Dale Coyne last month. They were equating it with the way that James Hinchcliffe had been kicked to the curb just a few weeks earlier by Arrow McLaren SP.

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Roger Penske’s Secret Weapons

Posted in IndyCar on December 4, 2019 by Oilpressure

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One month ago today, it was announced that Roger Penske was buying the NTT IndyCar Series, IMS Productions and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Since then, we’ve all been discussing all the different possibilities that The Captain brings to the table. The common saying throughout the past three weeks has been “Everything Roger Penske touches, turns to gold”.

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