Welcome to Day Two of Qualifying

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 23, 2021 by Oilpressure

geothumbnail10
Welcome to a somewhat overcast Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The temperature is 72°, and is supposed to be around 78° for the Last Row Shootout. By mid-afternoon, the temperature should be around 83° when the Firestone Fast Nine runs.

Continue reading

Saturday Qualifying Wrap-Up

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2021 by Oilpressure

geothumbnail10
One thing about this qualifying format, it not only provides drama – it usually produces surprises. In 2018, James Hinchcliffe was the surprise odd man out when the gun sounded. Two years ago, Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso was knocked out of the race by Kyle Kaiser and tiny Juncos Racing.

Continue reading

Good Morning From Qualifying Day at IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2021 by Oilpressure

geothumbnail10
Good morning from a currently pleasant Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is currently 66° on its way to a high of 84°. While yesterday certainly had a buzz about it, it doesn’t compare to the tension felt by some of the teams today. Many cars that seemed fast earlier in the week, suddenly find themselves frantically searching for speed – especially those with Chevy power.

Continue reading

Random Thoughts on Fast Friday

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2021 by Oilpressure

geothumbnail10
Fast Friday lived up to its name today as the boost was turned up and the teams started preparing for either a realistic run for the pole or doing their best to land in the Top-Thirty and avoid having to deal with the Last Row Shootout on Sunday. The slowest car of the day (RC Enerson at 226.055 mph) was still quicker than the fastest car on Thursday (Tony Kanaan, 225.341 mph). That’s how much difference the extra boost makes.

Continue reading

Good Morning From Fast Friday

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2021 by Oilpressure

geothumbnail10

As I start typing, it is still morning – about five minutes before noon and the start of Fast Friday practice. It is already hot here. My car said 82-degrees as I was arriving at the track from my uneventful drive up from Nashville.

Continue reading

Qualifying Preview

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2021 by Oilpressure

geothumbnail10
Today begins the second of three consecutive weekends in Indianapolis. Susan will not be joining me this weekend. Her radiology group had the nerve to schedule a radiation treatment for Sunday, which she cannot miss. It may be for the best, however. When we got back from the Grand Prix last Sunday, she was very tired and said three weekends in a row would have been tough this year. So she will rest up this weekend and be ready to go for Race Weekend.

Continue reading

The Buzz is Back – It Now Feels Like May

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2021 by Oilpressure

geothumbnail10
Back around the first week in May, fellow IndyCar blogger and good friend Mike Silver of The Pit Window wrote a post about the lack of buzz for the Month of May. His post seemed to be dead-on at the time. Mike actually lives in Indianapolis and has been following this sport a long time. I trust his judgment. He writes a very good blog, by the way. If you haven’t visited his site, you need to check it out.

Continue reading