Practice 1 Delayed

Practice 1 at Pocono has been delayed but not cancelled yet according to a source at the track. A storm cell approaching the track and a low ceiling all morning has prevented the medical helicopter from getting to the track.

Qualifying could be delayed or cancelled and the grid set by points. If that occurs, there will be a practice session later in the day. It’s possible if Indycar decides to conduct qualfying that there will be an abbreviated practice before it. There are several possibilities. It depends on when or if rain arrives, track drying time, and getting the helicopter to the track.

No word yet on how the schedule will be adjusted.  I will post an update when I get information.

Title Chase Heats Up at Pocono

Good morning. It’s practice and qualifying day at Pocono Raceway for the ABC Supply 500.

Today’s schedule: All Times Eastern

Practice 1- 9:30-10:30

Qualifying   12:30-1:45

Practice 2   4:00-5:00

All sessions are streamed on NBC Gold. Qualifying will be shown delayed on NBCSN at 2:30.  My Quick Thoughts will post after the television broadcast.

The race is the first of the last four races of the season and the first of three consecutive weekends of racing. After all the wild nes of the past ten days, it will be great to re-focus on the championship. After tomorrow we should have a clearer picture of how many drivers will still be in contention. I still thin k going into Portland we will be down to a two man battle between Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden.

I will be back after the first practice with a summary and some thoughts on the latest news.

Open-Wheels 500 Pit Stop Competition to be Sponsored by “The Pit Window”


Open-Wheels Staff
August 12, 2019 | 2:00 PM

The “Day Before the 500” has its first presenting sponsor as The Pit Window will become the official sponsor of the Open-Wheels Pit Stop Competition. The fun event will be held Saturday, November 16 following the final one-hour 500 Mile Race practice session and the Veterans 100.

“To partner with Mike Silver and his website, The Pit Window, is an exciting venture and I am happy he jumped on-board to help sponsor our pit stop competition,” said Tanner Watkins, owner and editor of and the president of the 500 Mile Race.

“Mike’s passion for IndyCar racing and this history of racing at Indianapolis is evident in his coverage of the NTT IndyCar Series on The Pit Window, and I am thankful that his passion has spilled over into sim racing! Mike is a worthy partner and I look forward to working with him throughout the month of November.”

The Pit Stop Competition will be a 40-lap race in the Dallara IR-18 Indy car with reduced fuel tank capacity and no yellow flags. The emphasis will be placed on drivers who can not only be quick on-track, but speedy and efficient coming in and out of the pit lane. The winner of the race will take home a cash prize as well.

The Pit Window is proud to sponsor the Open-Wheels Pit Stop Competition in conjunction with the 500 Mile Race,” said Mike Silver, the owner of The Pit Window. “This event fits perfectly with The Pit Window‘s goal of engaging fans of open-wheel racing with IndyCar racing and related activities.”

The Pit Window is a helpful and insightful website that Silver uses to document the Indianapolis 500, the history of IndyCar, and even the latest current-day news around American open-wheel racing.

The primary logo for the 2019 Open-Wheels Pit Stop Competition, presented by The Pit Window.

“Since I began The Pit Window in 2016 I have taken a look at the history of IndyCar in general, with a focus on the Indianapolis 500,” adds Silver. “Many times, my posts are from my personal experiences at the Indianapolis 500. I have been fortunate enough to meet many past winners.

The Pit Window also provides coverage every race weekend with commentary and keeps fans up to date on the latest news. You can find The Pit Window at, @PitWindow on Twitter, and on Facebook at by searching “The Pit Window.”

Drivers can register for the Open-Wheels Pit Stop Competition when they submit their entry to the 2019 500 Mile Race. The entry form will go live on Tuesday, October 1 and will be accessible via, the iRacing forums and Open-Wheels’ social media outlets.

The 2019 500 Mile Race presented by Mitchell Transmissions will go green on Sunday, November 17, broadcast live by RaceSpot TV.