Date opened: Aug. 19, 1909
Phone/Tickets: (317) 481-8500
Phone: (317) 492-6700
4790 W. 16th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222
PO Box 24152
Speedway, IN 46224
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile quad-oval
Banking: turns: 9 degrees, 12 minutes
Straights: Front/Back - 3300 feet, Short Chute (between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
Seats: 235,000 was 257,325 before 2013
2014 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 150.297mph, started 2nd
Race Record: Bobby Labonte, August 2000, 155.912mph
Slowest Race Record: Jimmie Johnson, July 2008, 115.117mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, August 2001, started 27th
Oldest Race Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 27 days, 8/4/2002
Youngest Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 2 days, 8/6/1994
2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 188.470mph, finished 8th
Track Qualifying Record: Kevin Harvick, July 2014, 188.889mph (1st round qualifying)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 197 days, 7/25/2009
Youngest Pole Winner: Reed Sorenson, 21 years, 5 months, 24 days, 7/29/2007
Most Wins: 5 - Jeff Gordon; 4 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Poles: 3 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s: 12 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 17 - Jeff Gordon
Most Lead Changes: 26 - 7/27/2008
Fewest Lead Changes: 9 - 8/5/2000, 8/8/2004 & 7/26/2010
Most Leaders: 16 - 7/27/2008
Fewest Leaders: 5 - 8/5/2000
Most Cautions: 13 - 8/8/2004
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 8/5/1995
Most Caution Laps: 52, 7/27/2008
Few Caution Laps: 4, 5/8/1995
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 36, 7/27/2008
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 14, 8/5/2000
Most Running at the Finish: 43 (whole field) - 7/28/2013
Fewest Running at the Finish: 27, 8/8/2004
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 124 [of 160], Jeff Gordon, 8/8/2004
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 11, Dale Jarrett, 8/3/1996
DNFs (Most): 4: Terry Labonte (13 races) and Ricky Rudd (13)
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 16 - Chevy
Races won from the pole: 3 of 21 events
Races won from in top 10: 13 of 21 events
Races won from outside top 10: 8 of 21 events
the FOUR or FIVE-time Auto Racing Winners at Indy:
Driver' Wins, Races, Laps Led, Years Won
Jeff Gordon, 5, 21, 528, 1994-1999-2001-2004-2014: NASCAR Sprint Cup
Michael Schumacher, 5, 7, 346, 2000-2003-2004-2005-2006: F-1
Jimmie Johnson, 4, 13, 302, 2006-2008-2009-2012: NASCAR Sprint Cup
A.J. Foyt, 4, 35, 555, 1961-1964-1967-1977: Indy Car
Al Unser, 4, 27, 644, 1970-1971-1978-1987: Indy Car
Rick Mears, 4, 15, 429, 1979-1984-1988-1991: Indy Car
also: Wolf Henzler has recorded four victories in Porsche Michelin Supercup series support races to the United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2000. Henzler won once in 2002, 2003 and both races in 2004.
F1 and Supercup no longer run at Indy
Run all the Brickyard races: two drivers have run all 21 Brickyard 400's since it first ran in 1994:
#24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins]
#37-Bobby Labonte [1 win] (part time in 2014)
(Mark Martin [best 2nd once] and Jeff Burton [best 5th once] had run 20, didn't run the race in 2014)(7-27-2014)
Jeff Gordon wins at Indianapolis: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season. It is his 90th career win, only the third driver ever to win 90 career Cup races. It is the fifth win for Gordon at Indianapolis breaking a tie for Sprint Cup Series wins at Indy with #48-Johnson.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #5-Kahne (led most laps with 70), #22-Logano, #42-Larson(best rookie), #4-Harvick (pole sitter), #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #3-Dillon.
Pole winner #4-Harvick led 12 laps and finished 8th.
#24-Gordon (2 wins) keeps the points lead after winning the race and adds to his lead points lead, up to 24 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr..
#2-Keselowski leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and 3rd in points followed by #48-Johnson with 3 wins, 5th in points.
There were 15 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 4 cautions for 16 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 150.297mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Indianapolis Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Indianapolis Penalty Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Indianapolis Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-27-2014)
The Brickyard is the home of champions. Or is it?: Heading into the 20th anniversary of NASCAR racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, legendary names have conquered more often than not. For instance:
- 15 of the 20 races have been won by past, future or reigning series champions.
- 8 winners have gone on to win that year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
- Three NASCAR Hall of Famers have won: Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett (twice) and Bill Elliott (and three others, at least, will undoubtedly one day be enshrined: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart).
Lately, those facts above have been turned on their head. The recent winners list includes names like #1-Jamie McMurray, #27-Paul Menard and #31-Ryan Newman, all of whom are winless in 2014.(NASCAR Wire Service)(7-27-2014)
Race winner to receive special award: The winner of the 21st Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com at IMS on Sunday, July 27, will not only receive the requisite fame and glory associated with winning one of the world's most prestigious auto races, he or she will also be the recipient of a special award. A Big Machine Records trophy guitar featuring artwork from Sam Bass, the officially licensed artist of NASCAR, will be presented to the winner of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at IMS. The guitar features the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway Yard of Bricks, the official logo of the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, two Big Machine Records logos and gold hardware. The guitar comes with a silver case featuring a checkered flag shroud covering the guitar. The trophy guitar is a hand-selected Gibson Les Paul Standard featuring custom silver hi-gloss paint and several coats of silver, gold and purple metal flake over original Sam Bass artwork. "I am extremely honored to have been asked by Big Machine Records to bring back my hand painted Gibson guitar trophies," Bass said. "To have them be a part of the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard trophy presentation just means the world to me. I am extremely excited about the trophy artwork, and think the race winner will be proud to have it in their trophy case for sure." Similar guitars will also be presented to Big Machine Records country music superstars Justin Moore, The Band Perry and Brantley Gilbert, who will perform along with additional Big Machine Records artists during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard in the IMS infield on the Brickfest Music Festival Stage.(IMS)(7-27-2014)
More Brickyard 400 Facts:
* Both #48-Jimmie Johnson and #24-Jeff Gordon will be looking for their 5th win at the track, which will tie them with Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher for the most wins at Indianapolis in major races.
* Jimmie Johnson finished 42nd in each of the last two races, matching his career-worst finish. In his first 452 career Sprint Cup starts, he finished 42nd just twice. He's won 4 of the last 8 Brickyard 400s.
* This race could be a good indicator of who's going to win the title. In 40% of the past Brickyard 400s (8 of 20), the race winner went on to win the championship.
* In three of the last four years, the driver who won this race entered 18th or lower in points, including Ryan Newman last year, who came in 19th. In the first 16 runnings of this race, every driver who won entered this race in the top 10 in points, with the lowest points position being Jeff Gordon in 1994 (10th).(ESPN)(7-26-2014)
Indy encourages fans to use 'Know Your Zones' routes & parking: Race fans looking for the most efficient ways to avoid heavy traffic en route to the 2014 Kroger Super Weekend and the 21st running of the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 on Sunday, July 27, are encouraged to follow the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's KNOW YOUR ZONE driving routes and parking program. Fans should plan their routes ahead of time for an easier, more efficient drive to the track. In its third year, the KNOW YOUR ZONE program is designed to help Speedway guests identify the best driving routes to parking lots located near their respective seating locations. With the track opening at 6:00am on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Day on Sunday and the race beginning at 1:00pm, officials suggest fans arrive in Marion County no later than 8:00am to ensure arriving to IMS in time to experience all the traditional pre-race activities, the Brickfest Music Festival featuring great live country music headlined by Brantley Gilbert and the start of the race. "All Roads Lead to Indy" driving routes have been created by the Indiana State Police and match KNOW YOUR ZONE colors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Orange: The southern end of IMS.
"Red: The northern end of IMS.
"Green : Between the Orange (southern) and Red (northern) zones.
For more information about the KNOW YOUR ZONE program, including details about special ticket and parking packages, visit www.ims.com/knowyourzone.
Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT's TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov. Fans also can learn more about Race Day traffic tips at www.in.gov/isp/2967.htm. IMS will enforce its one cooler-per-person rule, and the size of each cooler can be no larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches. Coolers may be hard-or soft-sided. Fans will be allowed to bring one cooler and one standard backpack or book bag per person.
All infield parking permits for fans for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, July 27, must be purchased in advance, with entry by pre-paid permit only. Holders of those permits are recommended to enter through Gate 2 (Tunnel 2) off 16th Street. As a reminder, motorists traveling east on 16th Street will not be allowed to turn left into Gate 2. All pre-paid permits should be clearly displayed at all times to expedite traffic.
Turn 3 reserved infield parking passes are on sale for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, and are ideal for all fans looking to park inside the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and enjoy tailgating. Front-row parking spaces are available for $75 each, with additional general parking spaces available for $25 each. All passes must be pre-purchased prior to Race Day at the main IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building.
A limited number of reserved parking spaces for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday in the Lot 7 (North 40) parking lot are available for $25 each and can be purchased in person at the IMS Ticket Office, by calling (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or by visiting www.ims.com/tickets. Limited free parking on Race Day is also available in Lot 7 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free parking will be available outside the oval for fans attending all IMS events in 2014, with access to lots from both eastbound and westbound 30th Street.
Vehicles traveling west on 30th Street from Lafayette Road will be routed into Gate 10 until the area is full, then westbound traffic will be diverted to Lot 1C (Coke Lot), west of Georgetown Road. Vehicles traveling east on 30th Street from Moller Road will be routed into Lot 1C.
Recreational vehicles and buses, with the exception of those with proper placards or credentials, will not be allowed inside IMS property. Sufficient parking is available for oversize vehicles in Lot 1C. For information on general parking restrictions for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, visit: Town of Speedway Parking Restrictions.
Follow these recommended routes for limited free parking via 30th Street (Lot 1C and Gate 10).
From I-465 : Use Exit 17 (38th Street) and proceed east (turn right form northbound, turn left from southbound) on 38th Street, turn south (right) on Moller Road, turn east (left) on 30th Street, the Lot entrances are on the right.Free parking will be available outside the oval for fans attending all IMS events in 2014, with access to lots from both eastbound and westbound 30th Street.
From Southbound I-65: Use Exit 119 (38th Street) and proceed to the Kessler Boulevard North Drive exit, turn south (right) on Kessler Boulevard North Drive, turn west (right) onto 30th Street, Gate 10 or Lot 1C will be on the left.
From Northbound I-65: Use Exit 116 (29th/30th Street) and proceed straight past 29th Street, turn west (left) on 30th Street, Gate 10 or Lot 1C is on the left. From I-70 West of Indianapolis (Eastbound): Use Exit 69 (I-465 North/I-74 West) and follow I-465 directions seen above.
From I-70 East of Indianapolis (Westbound): Use Exit 83B (I-65 North toward Chicago), Merge onto I-65 North, use Exit 116 (30th Street), continue straight, turn west (left) on 30th Street, continue west on 30th Street, the entrance is on the left.
In an effort to increase the safety and security of race patrons, Georgetown Road will be closed between 16th Street on the south and 25th Street on the north beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Brickyard 400 race morning to all vehicular traffic. After Georgetown Road is closed, no vehicular traffic, including placarded traffic, will be allowed to access the roadway. Those race patrons with placards who are accustom to entering IMS Gate 7 will have to enter through Gate 2 (W. 16th Street) or Gate 10 (30th Street). Local residents who reside on this stretch of Georgetown Road are encouraged to make provisions for this temporary traffic restriction as vehicles will not be permitted to access Georgetown Road from McCray Street, 24th Street, and all other access points in this area.
The second notable change involves the reopening of Georgetown Road after the race is complete. Georgetown Road will remain closed to vehicular traffic until the vast majority of race pedestrian foot traffic clears from the roadway (approximately 1 hour after the race).
An additional thoroughfare that will be closed during the running of the Brickyard 400 will be 16th Street between Olin Avenue on the east to Georgetown Road on the west from noon until the end of the race. In addition, 16th Street will not be accessible from Polco Street, which will be closed at 10th Street.
All traffic traveling east on Crawfordsville Road from the west will be turned around at Georgetown Road. Traffic traveling west on 16th Street from downtown will be diverted south on Olin Avenue.
Fans leaving IMS following all races during the Kroger Super Weekend should be aware that whatever direction they are sent, they will never be more than 1 to 4 miles away from a main interstate artery. Officers will direct traffic in the quickest, most efficient way and may suddenly change routes due to traffic congestion. Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT's TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov. ISP will offer updates on traffic and parking on Twitter and Facebook.
A series of eight videos showing fans the best routes to access various parking lots from all directions for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard is available at www.ims.com/how2park. Each video offers step-by-step instructions, featuring audio and Google Earth maps.
Fans also can avoid traffic and parking issues on NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Day on Sunday by using the shuttle bus service provided by the Free Enterprise System and Star of Americas' Park-N-Ride Shuttle. Online advance registration for bus service from three downtown locations and the Indianapolis International Airport is available at: www.brickyard400parking.com. All taxis will drop off customers at Main Street and Gilman Street just south of IMS. Following the race, all taxis will stage at Main and Gilman to pick up customers.
2014 Kroger Super Weekend tickets: Ticket orders for the 2014 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be made at www.ims.com/tickets and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(7-25-2014)
IMS Brickfest Music Festival Schedule: Great NASCAR racing and many of country music's most highly acclaimed artists will take center stage during the third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. An award-winning list of Big Machine Label Group country music artists, including headliners Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry and Justin Moore, will perform at the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 at IMS. All performances will take place on the Brickfest Music Festival Stage on the north end of the IMS infield and are free with admission to the track for each day. See the Brickfest Music Festival schedule at IMS.com.
Ticket orders for the 2014 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be made at www.ims.com/tickets and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(7-25-2014)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway introduces New Scoring Pylon: When a race goes green at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a lot more fans are going to know it instantly. The third-generation scoring pylon was unveiled Tuesday on the main straightaway and among the many tricks on the full-LED-paneled pylon is the ability to completely flash with green lights. Or yellow. Or with an American flag look for pre-race. And then, in a blink, the 92-foot, 4-inch pylon can look just like the one that was removed last month after 20 years of service, documenting the lap count and running order of 33 cars on the track. "We wanted to generate more information, to give more information to the fans in their seats," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. "That old pylon was iconic, so we wanted to make sure the size was similar - we're about two feet taller and three inches wider (with the new pylon) - but we wanted the ability to light it like everybody's used to, especially for the Indianapolis 500." For the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400, the pylon can display the top 10 on the track while also circulating through spots 11 through 43. It can also provide enhanced stats information like lap times, miles per hour and time behind the leader.
Needless to say, that's a far cry from the pylon erected in 1994 that stood sentry over the first 20 Brickyard 400s, two decades of Indianapolis 500s and other events. That pylon, powered by 6,496 30-watt light bulbs, could only display basic race scoring with a space at the top for race logos. The new pylon can fully light up with "Indianapolis Motor Speedway," race logos or other digital artwork. The possibilities are considerable. "I think the fans, even fans that are a little concerned about it, are going to find that we've done a great job of paying real close attention to our tradition but also giving them something that makes their experience here at the Speedway better," Boles said. Looking at the new Panasonic-built model, it's hard to fathom the first IMS pylon that went up in 1959 and was manually operated. More than a half-century later, the pylon now has animation and video capabilities. And the enhancements at IMS won't stop there. Boles added that in the coming year, video boards around the track will be added that have the same digital capabilities.(IMS)(7-23-2014)
Hauler parade kicks off events at Indianapolis: The third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard will begin with the fun and excitement of the sixth annual Hauler Parade on Thursday, July 24 on Main Street in Speedway, Ind. The event will take place from 5:00-8:00pm. Admission is free. A parade of more than 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will arrive on Main Street starting at 6:00pm. Haulers will then park on Main Street between 10th and 15th Streets, giving fans an up-close look. Legendary NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett will be the grand marshal of the Hauler Parade. Another featured guest will be retired Green Beret John Wayne Walding of Little Elm, Texas, the hero who received naming rights to the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com NASCAR Sprint cup race Sunday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Walding will be incorporated into a series of VIP activities throughout the race weekend that also will honor America's unsung heroes. Also appearing at the Hauler Parade on Main Street in Speedway will be Miss Coors Light and Miss Sprint Cup. Fans also can watch the haulers parade north on Main Street and east on 16th Street at 7:55pm, as they depart the Hauler Parade single-file and enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS)(7-20-2014)
20 years at the Brickyard: It'll be here before you know it, and it'll be a big one ... one of the biggest on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule - the Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard. At one of the world's most iconic sporting venues - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 43 drivers will vie for the honor of participating in one of the sport's most unique celebrations. That, of course, is kissing the Yard of Bricks. A few notes whet the Indy appetite before going full throttle next week.
* It's the 20th anniversary of the inaugural Brickyard 400, won by Jeff Gordon, who's still the youngest winner ever there at 23 years, 2 days.
* It's the place of championships - 15 of the 20 winners are either past, reigning or future series champions. That includes NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jarrett and 2015 inductee Bill Elliott.
* Eight times, the winner of the Brickyard race went on to win that year's championship. Those wins are split among five champions - Jimmie Johnson (three times), Gordon, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte and Dale Jarrett.
* Chevy has won the last 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at The Brickyard. The victory stranglehold falls short of the record, however. Chevy does hold the all-time record of 13 consecutive wins, at Talladega Superspeedway, from 1999-2005.
* Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are tied for the all-time Brickyard wins lead, with four each.(NASCAR)(7-19-2014)
Pratt to drive pace car at Indy: Actor Chris Pratt - star of the soon-to-be-released movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" - will serve as honorary pace car driver in a 2014 red and silver Chevy SS pace car for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "It's a dream come true to drive the pace car for the John Wayne Walding 400," said Pratt, who has also appeared in 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Moneyball.' "I am really excited to be part of NASCAR for the day." Chevrolet has a long history of pacing races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and has served as the pace car for every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at the famed track (1994-present).(Chevy PR)(7-19-2014)
Indianapolis Nationwide race gets Lilly as the sponsor: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Eli Lilly and Company announced a multi-year agreement in which Lilly will be the title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Nationwide Series race at IMS, now known as the Lilly Diabetes 250. Scheduled for Saturday, July 26, the Lilly Diabetes 250 will be run on the famed IMS 2.5-mile oval and will take place during the third-annual Kroger Super Weekend. Previous IMS Nationwide Series race winners include Brad Keselowski in 2012 and Kyle Busch last year. This title sponsorship goes hand-in-hand with Lilly's mission of raising awareness about diabetes in Indiana and across the world. The event will serve as an ideal platform to support those affected by diabetes, as well as provide education about this rampant disease. A leader in diabetes care for more than 90 years, Lilly delivers an array of treatment options as well as a variety of programs and resources that can help people overcome the daily challenges of managing diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects approximately 382 million people worldwide and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) predicts that by 2030, that figure will grow to 592 million people.
Kroger Super Weekend at IMS will include the Lilly Diabetes 250 Nationwide Series race and NASCAR Sprint Cup practice and qualifying on Saturday, July 26. Thursday will feature TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice and qualifying; and NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series practice and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship racing will take place on Friday. The weekend will conclude on Sunday, July 27 with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 21st annual Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400.(IMS)(7-14-2014)
Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard Pre-Race Pit Lane Passes on sale: For the first time in the history of the event, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering Pre-Race Pit Lane Passes for sale to the general public for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard July 24-27 at IMS. For more information on tickets for the third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, including details on how to purchase Pre-Race Pit Lane Passes and prices, visit: brickyard.com.(IMS)(7-12-2014)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will delay apron project: Seldom has an eight-foot-wide stretch of asphalt been so anticipated and yet so delayed. But as preparations build for next month's NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, track officials have decided another year must pass without the apron, the proposed racing room below the white boundary line in each corner. The reason: NASCAR officials want time to study the effects of changes made to the track. The Brickyard 400 is July 27. IMS had planned to begin apron installation June 9, the day after its vintage car weekend, but NASCAR thought that was too late. "They asked if we could postpone (the project) so they could test it," IMS president Doug Boles said Tuesday. "We said, 'That makes sense; we understand that.' " Boles said the heavy Indiana winter delayed several IMS projects, including the installation the asphalt sections totaling more than a mile in length. With spring-like weather late to arrive, IMS officials didn't want to risk the added surface not being ready for Indianapolis 500 activities in May.(Indianapolis Star)(6-25-2014)
Green Beret announced as Namesake of Brickyard 400: When Green Beret John Wayne Walding attends his first NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, he'll see a familiar name plastered around the historic race track - his own. Walding was announced the winner of Crown Royal's annual "Your Hero's Name Here" program, which awards naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at IMS to a deserving American hero, during last night's live broadcast of the CMT Music Awards. As the winner, Walding's name will be incorporated into the official race title, the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.
Walding, of Little Elm, Texas, is a highly decorated Army veteran who served for 12 years, completing tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. While overseas in 2008, Walding was involved in a fire fight during a mission to capture a high value target, during which he lost the lower part of his right leg. After recovering from his injury, Walding was the first amputee to graduate the Special Forces Sniper School. He completed the Army 10 miler on foot and the 2009 Boston Marathon utilizing a hand cycle, within a year of the accident. Among Walding's many awards and badges are the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. Walding was nominated for the program by his brother and lives in Little Elm with his wife Amy and their four children. He is the founder of Five Toes Custom, which employs wounded veterans in an effort to provide support and direction within their lives.
"The fact that Crown Royal cares enough to say 'thank you' for what I've done is a true validation for my sacrifice," said Walding following the unveil event. "The magnitude of those two words goes above and beyond." On hand to take part in the program's winner reveal event for the third year in a row was country music star and reigning ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore. Moore presented Walding with a custom-made Gibson guitar bearing the official race logo incorporating Walding's name and thanked him for his service during the award show broadcast.
"To be able to be involved in this program's winner reveal event for the third year in a row is really special to me," said Moore. "We've had the opportunity to meet so many amazing heroes over the years and are looking forward to honoring John Wayne at the Brickyard this summer." Walding was joined in Nashville by the other four program finalists, Tara Hulett of Albany, N.Y.; James Bailey of Pamplin, Va.; Bryce Boyer of Wanship, Utah; and Tyler Whisenhunt of Gentry, Ark. The five finalists were selected from thousands of nominations submitted to CrownRoyalHeroes.com, and consumers 21+ voted for the hero they thought was most deserving of the honor. "The sacrifices that have been made by John Wayne Walding and countless heroes across the country serve as an inspiration to all of us at Crown Royal," said Abby Wise, Brand Director for Crown Royal. "We're excited to provide Walding a small token of our gratitude by renaming the NASCAR race at the famed Brickyard in his honor."
As part of the grand-prize package, Walding will take part in a VIP at-track experience that will include garage tours, pace car rides and concerts by Big Machine Label Group artists. He'll cap off the weekend by delivering the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane. "We're proud to participate in Crown Royal 'Your Hero's Name Here' program for the third consecutive year," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "It's been an honor to welcome so many great American heroes to our events and we're anxious to host John Wayne for a great weekend of racing."(Crown Royal/Diageo)(6-5-2014)
Country Singers to Perform at Brickfest Music Festival: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will once again host an award-winning list of Big Machine Label Group country music artists, including headliners Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry and Justin Moore, at the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. All performances are free with admission to the track for each day. On Saturday, July 26, ACM Vocal Group of the Year The Band Perry and ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore will perform following the NASCAR Nationwide Series Indiana 250 race. Joining later that evening will be southern rock/country band A Thousand Horses. The hit songs will continue on Sunday when an array of additional Big Machine Label Group artists take the stage at the Brickfest Music Festival and will culminate with headliner Brantley Gilbert. Opening sets will include Lauren Jenkins, Scotty Emerick, Drake White and A Thousand Horses with their second appearance over the weekend on the Brickfest stage. The 21st running of the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here 400" at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 27 will be the climactic event of the third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. Ticket orders for the 2014 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be made at www.ims.com/tickets and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(5-25-2014)
Re-Name the Brickyard 400 after your hero: Crown Royal is honoring the people who Reign On across the country every day. People can nominate their hero now for a chance to win naming rights to the Brickyard 400. The grand prize winner will receive naming rights to the Brickyard 400 and much more. Held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014, the winner will get the experience of a lifetime and a chance for his or her inspiring story to be shared from coast to coast. The winner will receive: His or her name on the actual race; Airfare and accommodations; VIP pit tour; Pace car ride; Victory Lane appearance; And so much more. To nominate your hero, visit yourherosnamehere.nascar.com. Voting is allowed once per day and ends June 2, 2014.(2-28-2014)
Indiana Motorsports Commission approves modifications to IMS: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced plans on Tuesday for track modifications and upgrades to enhance fan experience that include additions of track aprons in the turns for NASCAR events, new video screens, improved catch fencing, a new scoring pylon and improved restroom facilities. The list of proposed improvements carries a price tag of about $140 million, according to Jeff Belskus, Hulman & Company president and chief administrative officer. The project does not include lights for the facility -- a $20 million project in itself -- because it was determined that lights did not bring a strong enough return on investment. The project also includes the recently completed repaving and renovations to the road course that will be used for an IndyCar race scheduled for May 10, 2014. The plans were approved by the Indiana Motorsports Commission. The plans also outlined the need for increased concession choices, more on-site entertainment, improved access and improved traffic flow and parking. Wireless access throughout the facility was also addressed as a priority to enhance the fan experienced. The apron only will be used for NASCAR racing and will cost less than $1 million.(Autoweek)(12-11-2013)
Indy adds former NASCAR executive to staff: Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles has completed the formation of his leadership team by naming two accomplished sales and marketing executives with extensive automotive and racing industry roots as the leaders of the sales, licensing, marketing and communications functions of Hulman Motorsports.
Connell J. (C.J.) O'Donnell, who has worked in key marketing positions for various brands within Ford Motor Company, will join Hulman Motorsports as chief marketing officer, and Jay Frye, a racing executive who successfully transformed two teams into NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders, is the new chief revenue officer.
The appointments complete a reorganization that began earlier this year. This includes combining the commercial functions of INDYCAR and IMS, including sales, licensing, marketing and communications, into Hulman Motorsports, which O'Donnell and Frye will lead. In May, Derrick Walker was named as president of INDYCAR operations and competition. Other members of the Hulman leadership team include Jeff Belskus, president and chief financial officer of Hulman & Company; Gretchen Snelling, vice president and chief legal counsel; Robby Greene, president of IMS Productions; and Doug Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation.
Frye led the transformation of the Red Bull Racing Team in NASCAR Sprint Cup into a contender that earned a berth in the 2009 Chase for the Championship during his tenure as vice president and general manager from 2008-11. In addition, he spent 12 years at MB2 Motorsports, LLC, a NASCAR Sprint Cup team he helped build from the ground up into a multi-team operation. As the chief executive officer and general manager, he negotiated what was an industry-first - a sponsorship/ownership package with The Valvoline Company. Frye also has other sales and marketing experience, including several years with Anheuser-Busch. Frye will lead a combined team of INDYCAR and IMS sponsorship sales, licensing and account services staff. IMS suite and hospitality sales will remain an IMS function under Boles' direction.
O'Donnell recently served as Ford's group marketing manager for electric vehicles in Detroit, where he was recognized for the launch of several hybrid vehicles and has orchestrated a record year for hybrid and electric vehicle sales. During his 20-year career with Ford, he also has led marketing for the Lincoln and Jaguar brands domestically and abroad and was a member of a small team that led the turnaround of the Mazda brand. O'Donnell will lead a combined team of INDYCAR and IMS marketing and communications staff.(IMS)(11-8-2013)
Brickyard 400 Tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 21st Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and the seventh Red Bull Indianapolis GP, as the exciting NASCAR/TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and MotoGP World Championship events return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014. The Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard takes place July 24-27, while the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is scheduled for Aug. 8-10. Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets: Online, Phone or In Person. Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets. A variety of special offers are available to fans who buy reserved seats for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard or Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Fans who buy reserved seats for the Crown Royal presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, July 27 and the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 26 will receive a free track walk during pre-race ceremonies Sunday, July 27.(IMS)(11-7-2013)
Lights at Indy?: Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials have confirmed the installation of lights is very much on the radar as part of an improvement program planned for the next several years at the historic speedway. Once the system is installed, it's expected the Brickyard 400 will shift to prime time as early as the 2015 season. The idea has sparked a great deal of conversation throughout the garage area if a Brickyard 400 under the lights might be the cure for an event that although is still considered a crown jewel by many in the sport has suffered a tremendous drop in attendance since its 1994 debut. An estimated 80,000 fans showed up for last years race, a far cry from the 260,000 that jammed the track as recently as 2006. "It is one of the projects we have identified as a potential,'' Doug Boles, new Indianapolis Motor Speedway president said earlier this year. "That is a good indicator. As we go through this process and better define what makes sense, we will know. But it's important enough for consideration that [lights are] on that list.'' Some believe lighting up IMS and possibly moving the Brickyard 400 to the lead spot of the Chase might be the cure at least in the short term.(Motor Racing Network)(7-27-2013)
Brickyard 400 on Radio: The IMS Radio Network will provide live coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series action this weekend during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. All broadcasts will be heard on IMS Radio Network affiliates and Sirius XM Channel 90. A Sprint Cup qualifying show is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with coverage of the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race from 4-7 p.m. Live coverage of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com Sprint Cup race will start at noon Sunday. The IMS Radio Network team: Doug Rice, anchor; John Andretti, driver analyst; Donald Davidson, historian; Mike King, Turn 1 reporter; Jake Query, Turn 2 reporter; Mark Jaynes, Turn 3 reporter; Chris Denari, Turn 4 reporter; Brett McMillan, Brad Gillie, Pat Patterson, Nick Yeoman, pit reporters.(IMS)(7-27-2013)
Indy Pace Car: Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup field to the start the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor and Indiana University graduate Sage Steele will drive the Camaro ZL1 Pace Car. Chevrolet has paced the previous 19 Sprint Cup races at IMS. This is the sixth time a Camaro has paced the race (Chevy), see an image of the Indy Pace car and some other pace cars on my 2013 Pace Cars page.(7-26-2013)
ESPN's Sage Steele to drive pacecar at Indy: ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor and Indiana University graduate Sage Steele will drive the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series superstars to the start of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet also paced the previous 19 Sprint Cup races at IMS, and this year's Brickyard 400 will mark the sixth time a Camaro has paced the race.
"I am honored and just floored that it's all coming full circle like this," said Steele, who also graduated from high school in the Indianapolis area. "I could not be more thrilled because of what Indianapolis means to me and that's where my love of racing began. I never in a million years thought I'd be asked to do something like this. It just means more to me than anything I've ever been asked to do."
Steele, who graduated in 1995 from Indiana University with a bachelor of science degree in sports communications, began her television career in 1995 at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Ind., as a producer and reporter. Her next stop was in Indianapolis at WISH-TV where she covered the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 races at IMS, served as the beat reporter for the Indianapolis Colts and covered the 1997 NCAA Men's Final Four. In August 1998, Steele moved to Tampa and worked as a reporter, anchor and host for WFTS-TV before taking a similar position with Fox Sports Net in Tampa as a reporter. In April 2001, Steele became the anchor for the debut of "Comcast SportsNet" in the Washington/Baltimore region, where she anchored the show "SportsNite" for six years.
Steele joined ESPN in 2007 and is a co-anchor of ESPN's "SportsCenter." Most recently, Steele served as update anchor during live daytime "SportsCenter" editions, which debuted in August 2008. She also previously contributed to "First Take" and "Mike & Mike in the Morning," and has served as a guest co-host of ESPN2's "SportsNation." Away from the studio, Steele anchored the daytime "SportsCenter" segments from the NBA Finals in 2012 and has hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year since 2010.
The Camaro ZL1 Coupe brings supercar levels of performance and technology to the sports car segment. It is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged Chevrolet small block V8 that delivers 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque, and has a top speed of 184 miles per hour. The Camaro ZL1 also features a factory-installed engine oil cooler, high capacity transmission oil coller (automatic and manual) and differential cooler, Magnetic Ride ControlTM, world-class BremboŽ brakes and 4-wheel independent suspension.
2013 Kroger Super Weekend tickets: Ticket orders for the 2013 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be made at www.ims.com/tickets and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday. General admission tickets will cost $10 for Thursday, July 25, $30 for Friday, July 26, $25 for Saturday, July 27 and $30 for Sunday, July 28. A four-day Kroger Super Weekend general admission ticket is $80, a great value for the ultimate race weekend. A three-day general admission ticket (Thursday-Saturday) is $65. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free any of the four days of the Super Weekend at the Brickyard when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket. Reserved tickets for the Saturday and Sunday action also will be available at various price ranges.(IMS)(7-24-2013)
"Troops to the Track" Program to Indy: The Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR continue the 2013 Troops to the Track program on Sunday, July 28th, by bringing service members of the 76th Brigade Combat Team from the Indiana Army National Guard. The primary mission of the Infantry battalion is to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver. In addition to its primary war fighting mission, the Infantry battalion might be tasked to perform other types of operations, including stability operations and civil support operations, semi independently or as an integral part of a larger force. The Predator Battalion traces its rich heritage back before Indiana actually became a State. Born from the militia companies that mustered on the banks of the Ohio River in times of crisis, the battalion has since continually served with pride and distinction. Always there, ready to serve, exemplifying the true spirit of the citizen soldier. This unit has been deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. 2013 season of Troops to the Track, a program in which service members are treated to a daylong interactive at-track experience, which includes: a special invitation and recognition at the drivers' pre-race meeting, a private tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pit road access during driver introductions / National Anthem and special seating in the grandstands.(AFF)(7-24-2013)
Country Stars to perform at Brickyard Music Festival: Big Machine once again will bring a host of country music artists, including headliner Justin Moore, to the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Moore will perform Saturday, July 27 after the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Sunday, July 28 before the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com. One of the most popular and accomplished young artists to hit the country music scene in years, Moore will play Saturday afternoon on the Pagoda Plaza Stage shortly after the checkered flag for the Indiana 250, with vivacious trio The Cadillac Three opening the show. Moore then will play a pre-race mini concert on the IMS main straightaway before the 1:00 pm start of the 20th running of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. A number of other stars on the Big Machine Label Group roster will perform Sunday at the Brickfest Music Festival beginning at 9:00 am. Cassadee Pope will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies while The Cadillac Three and Dustin Lynch will perform pre-race concerts. These performances will take place on the infield stage inside Turn 2, near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. A Big Machine artist to be announced will sing "America the Beautiful" during pre-race ceremonies. All performances are free with admission to the track for each day.(IMS)(7-24-2013)
Indy making security changes for Brickyard: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will more than double the number of entrance lanes for fans attending Sunday's Brickyard 400 NASCAR race following lengthy delays for fans before the Indianapolis 500. The speedway said Monday it's increasing the number of entry gates from 11 to 18 by converting some exit-only gates. The total number of entrance lanes will top 160. The speedway also said in a release that it's hiring more staff with crowd-flow experience, adding better signage directing fans to gates and express lanes, and will direct fans to less crowded gates. Heavier security after the Boston Marathon bombings angered thousands of Indy 500 fans who stood in line for up to two hours, with some told to lug coolers back to their cars parked blocks away because of new size restrictions.(Associated Press)(7-23-2013)
Boles named president at Indianapolis: Doug Boles has been named president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Boles was put in charge of the facility in a Tuesday announcement made by Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles. Boles has been interim chief operating officer since early this year and replaces Jeff Belskus as president of IMS. Miles made official a handful of personnel moves on Tuesday that he'd been discussing for some time. Belskus will continue as president of Hulman & Co. and add chief financial officer to his duties. Robby Greene is returning to IMS Productions after filling in as COO of IndyCar since late last year. Miles said he's still looking for a president of Hulman Motorsports Properties.(Associated Press/ESPN)(7-10-2013)
Marine honored as Brickyard Sprint Cup race namesake: While deployed in Iraq, Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Deeds, a diehard NASCAR fan, dreamed of working in the sport after completing his service. In 2005, those dreams took a back seat when Deeds placed himself in harm's way to save the lives of his fellow Marines. This summer Deeds will travel to one of the country's most historic tracks, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), not as a fan or employee, but as the race namesake. On June 27 in his hometown of Erlanger, Ky., Deeds was recognized as the winner of Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program, which awards one deserving individual naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, July 28 at IMS. Surrounded by friends, family and Marines, Deeds cemented his place in the NASCAR record books by laying the final brick, engraved with the official race logo, in a ceremonial "Yard of Bricks" at Flagship Park in Erlanger.
While deployed in Iraq, Deeds came across an improvised explosive device (IED) while setting up a vehicle checkpoint. Upon seeing fellow Marines approaching, he exposed himself to the device, risking his life to save others. He was severely injured and underwent more than 30 surgeries and procedures following the blast. Three years later, while still recovering, Deeds' heroic instincts took charge once again when he saved the lives of three individuals caught in a rip tide off the coast of North Carolina.
In addition to Deeds' friends and family, special representatives from Crown Royal, Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), and IMS attended the ceremony and spoke of Deeds' many accomplishments. NASCAR driver Kurt Busch surprised Deeds during the ceremony, appearing on behalf of the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF), and country music star Justin Moore debuted a special song titled "Heroes," which was penned specifically for the "Your Hero's Name Here" program. Consumers 21 and over can visit CrownHeroesSong.com to download "Heroes" for free. For every download redeemed between now and the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com July 28, Crown Royal will donate $1 to AFF.
"I was so fortunate to be part of this program last summer," Moore said. "That experience and the brave men and women I met along the way served as inspiration for this new song. The opportunity to debut 'Heroes' in front of a true hero like Samuel, his friends, family and community is incredibly special to me as well as all of the folks at BMLG."
This will mark the seventh time Crown Royal has awarded race naming rights to an adult fan. After receiving thousands of entries during the nomination period, five heroes were chosen as finalists, and adult fans had the opportunity to cast their votes for the person they felt was most deserving of the honor. As the winner of the program, Deeds will participate in a VIP race weekend experience, riding in the pre-race pace car, delivering the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane and participating in the "kissing the bricks" ceremony following the race.
"I've been a NASCAR fan for as long as I can remember, so the reality of having my name on a track with such rich history and meaning is beyond words," Deeds said. "I am so grateful to all of those who took the time to hear my story and vote for me. I can't wait to attend the race and dedicate that special weekend to all fellow servicemen and women who put their lives on the line every day." Deeds, now retired from his service in the Marines, is a husband and father of two boys. His wife, April, nominated him for the program for his unwavering commitment to his country.
"We could not be more honored to announce Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Deeds as the 2013 'Your Hero's Name Here' winner," said Abby Wise, brand director for Crown Royal. "His sacrifice and continued acts of heroism serve as an inspiration to all of us at Crown Royal, and we are proud to provide him with the ultimate race experience at the Brickyard next month."
The official race title, Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, will be incorporated into race memorabilia as well as the winner's trophy. Various events and celebrations will take place leading up to and throughout race weekend to honor Deeds, during which Crown Royal would like to remind adult consumers to please drink responsibly. "It is our privilege to participate in this program with Crown Royal for the second year at IMS," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation Chief Operating Officer Doug Boles. "We've been introduced to so many deserving American heroes, and we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for Samuel and all other heroes in attendance at this year's race."(IMS)(6-27-2013)
Voting open for "Your Hero's Name Here" program: "Your Hero's Name Here" program, which awards naming rights to the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to a deserving hero. is down to five individuals. After receiving thousands of entries for men and women across the country, the field was narrowed to these five individuals whose stories reflect acts of selflessness and an ongoing commitment to give back to their communities:
ˇ Kenneth Kurth, Debary, FL - EMT was one of the first responders to February NASCAR wreck in Daytona
ˇ Stephen Brady, Pleasant Lake, IN - Deputy Marshal survived gunshot wound and returned to the Waterloo Police Department
ˇ Deon Joseph, Los Angeles - LAPD member offers assistance to LA's homeless
ˇ Taryn Davis, San Marcos, TX - Founded American Widow Project in honor of late husband
ˇ Samuel Deeds, Independence, KY - Marine who saved lives stateside and abroad
For more info and to vote, go to www.CrownRoyalHeroes.com through June 9th. The winner will be revealed in late June.(PR)(5-25-2013)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway reduces capacity by an estimated 10%: Since last year's Indianapolis 500, thousands of grandstand seats overlooking Turn 3 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been removed. Gone, too, are several rows of seats on the front straightaway, reducing capacity at the venerable venue by another couple of thousand. Those alterations follow the removal of the First Turn Terrace, a bleacher section that five years ago sat on the inside of Turn 1. It was torn down to extend the IMS road course. The result of the changes means the May 26 Indy 500 will have the smallest seating capacity since 2000, the last time the Speedway had a major makeover. In 2004, The Indianapolis Star inspected the world's largest sports facility and counted 257,325 seats. Today, that figure is at 235,000. That's an estimated 11,600 seats removed in the North and Northeast Vistas, 5,136 gone in the Turn 1 infield and the loss of the low-row seats. It adds up to nearly a 10 percent reduction in capacity, although IMS officials declined Wednesday to reveal the actual total, a closely guarded secret since Tony Hulman bought the facility in 1945.(Indianapolis Star)(5-16-2013)
House OKs IMS bill, despite dispute over funding source: A bill to help pay for $100 million in improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway passed the House on Monday-but only on its second try, as some lawmakers expressed frustration about a funding source for the project. That funding-money now dedicated to the horse racing industry for purses and breeding programs-is actually part of another bill. But several lawmakers viewed the pair as a package, despite insistence by the Speedway bill's sponsor, Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, that lawmakers should consider the proposals separately. SB 91 also creates a new $1 tax on the tickets for major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and captures new sales and income tax revenues generated there. Those revenue streams would be used to help pay off the bonds.(more at the Indianapolis Business Journal)(4-22-2013)
Indy events add $510 million in Indiana Economy: Events and operations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and associated motorsports businesses generate more than $510 million annually to the Indiana economy, according to a study by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. The study addressed the direct and indirect economic contributions made by IMS through its operations, spending by out-of-state visitors to the Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP annual events, and the presence of nearly all INDYCAR race teams and the Dallara facility in the Indianapolis area, which are attracted to Indiana due to the presence of the Speedway.(see full report atIMS.com)(3-26-2013)
Senate OKs bill to help Indianapolis Motor Speedway: The [Indiana State] Senate voted 37-12 to help the Indianapolis Motor Speedway finance improvements. The measure, Senate Bill 91, now goes to the House for debate. It would create a motorsports development district at the speedway, comprised of the track, the golf course and two buildings across the street. Up to $5 million annually of the sales and income taxes generated within it will be set aside for 20 years to help the Speedway finance improvements. Those include new lights potentially for night races; upgrades to the grandstands, restrooms and tunnels, and making the facility more accessible to the handicapped.(Indianapolis Star)(2-22-2013
Indy seeks state aid; could put up lights: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is seeking aid from the state as part of a plan to fund up to $100 million in improvements at the famed racetrack. The plan would create a "motor sports investment district" to collect existing state sales, income and corporate taxes generated in an area that includes the IMS to help pay for the improvements, IMS officials said. The collected taxes would raise up to $5 million a year that the state would contribute to help pay off bonds for the improvements over a 20-year period, while the IMS would put up $2 million each year. Legislation to enact the plan will be unveiled Monday by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis. Approval by the General Assembly would be required before it could become law. Indystar.com was first to report the plan on Friday night. IMS plans to upgrade its infrastructure with changes including new video boards, better lighting and more modern grandstands, IMS officials said. Plans call for spending $70 million to $100 million. "It's really about keeping this iconic facility competitive in the sports and entertainment world," said Jeff Belskus, IMS CEO and president. Officials say they want to make the speedway more flexible, perhaps for different types of events down the line. The lighting, for example, would make it possible for some races to run at night. NASCAR fans have complained about searing heat during the mid-summer Brickyard 400, set for July 28 this year. Asked if the IMS would move the Brickyard to the cooler evening hours if the money went through, spokesman Doug Boles said, "There could be a chance." The proposal could also help address a looming cost for the IMS. Under a deal announced last month with federal authorities, the IMS is required to spend millions of dollars on renovations to make its facilities more accessible for disabled patrons within the next 30 months.(Indianapolis Star & IMS PR)(2-11-2013)
Brickyard 400 still profitable with smaller crowds: Despite sharp attendance declines in recent years at the Brickyard 400, the event remains hugely profitable for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, motorsports industry experts say. NASCAR officials estimated attendance at this year's race in Indianapolis at 125,000, down from 138,000 last year. In 2007, race attendance was more than 200,000. The Speedway makes enough television revenue-close to $6 million-to pay its NASCAR sanctioning fee, according to industry experts, leaving the track with most of the revenue from ticket sales, concessions and parking. Motorsports business experts estimated that the Speedway made at least $9 million in ticket revenue from Sunday's Brickyard 400 and another $1 million to $2 million from Saturday's Nationwide Series race, which until this year has been held at Lucas Oil Raceway a few miles to the west. The IMS also for the first time hosted the Grand Am Series, but that wasn't likely a big moneymaker since attendance was only about 10,000. A new Brickyard 400 title sponsorship deal with Crown Royal added another $2 million to the Speedway's take.(Indianapolis Business Journal)(8-1-2012)
Fans can get deal when reordering Brickyard tickets: As a special thank you to the greatest race fans in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering special pricing for selected days for the 2013 Kroger Super Weekend for those who reorder their Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard tickets by Monday, Aug. 13. Fans reordering tickets to the 2013 Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard will be entitled to special "Fan Prices" on tickets to select days. Visit www.imstix.com, log in to your account and reorder tickets or mail 2013 Reorder Form (enclosed with 2012 tickets) to: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, P.O. Box 24910, Speedway, IN 46224-0910.(IMS)(8-1-2012)
NASCAR warns drivers about Indy restarts: In light of Saturday's controversy over restarts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR race director David Hoots stepped to the microphone during Sunday's pre-race Sprint Cup Series drivers meeting and delivered a lecture. "We spend a lot of time talking about this," Hoots said sternly. "We tear up race cars, we ruin people's days because we can't handle those responsibilities. Whether it be you, I, whatever. We're all in it together.
So let's do it right and do it the way we know how to do it so we don't have to take the extra steps of getting out there with micrometers and measurements and bring the field down. Usually, when we get involved to that point and you ask us to, you don't like the results! So I'm asking you to accept your responsibilities and do it properly." Hoots said several times each driver had "roles and responsibilities" in starting and restarting the race. Whether it's the pole-sitter conducting a smooth restart or a driver on the second row not pushing the cars in front of him too much, all drivers need to play a part, he said. "If this is not done in this very simple process, there's a chain reaction that occurs," he said. "... You have shared responsibilities on not trying to take advantage of something that's this simple and create such a mess that could ruin a lot of people's days at the start."
Hoots emphasized the flagman -- not the pole-sitter -- starts the race. The pole-sitter then must lead at the start line, barring "some exceptions." The leader, he said, should not brake-check or "burp" the car or do any kind of false start. On restarts, the rule is different because the flagman isn't the decision-maker. The leader has earned the right to decide when to hit the gas in the restart zone, and the second-place car cannot beat him to the line. But the leader has not earned the right to "screw around with the restart," Hoots said. "You all have a role in this," he said. "You have a role in this every week. Sometimes the role is from the pole, sometimes the role is from 43rd. But you're all responsible."(more at SB Nation)(7-29-2012)
Indy considering installing lights: Despite attendance struggles at the Brickyard 400 (now known as the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard) over the past five years, there's no talk from NASCAR or Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials about discontinuing the race. IMS officials said the commitment on both sides couldn't be stronger for continuing the race long-term and making it stronger than it currently is. "I don't think either party could be more secure in its relationship with [the] other," said IMS spokesman Doug Boles. "There is no thought internally or within NASCAR that this race shouldn't continue." To bolster sagging attendance, Speedway officials are breaking new ground this year and may be willing to break even more ground in future years. For the first time, the IMS will host Grand Am and NASCAR Nationwide races over the weekend in conjunction with the Sprint Cup headliner on Sunday. More radical changes could be coming. Speedway officials this week told IBJ that they have discussed installing lights at the massive facility-a project that would cost tens of millions of dollars-to allow races at night, particularly NASCAR events. "Those types of discussions are more common now than they were even a year and a half ago," Boles said. "One consideration is it would allow us to get fans out of the heat of the day." Erecting lights would be a major departure for Speedway officials, who previously have shunned the idea. IMS stands as one of the few major race tracks nationally without lights.(Indianapolis Business Journal)(7-28-2012)
Sunday shuttles available at Indy; parking/traffic info: Roundtrip Race Day bus shuttle service is available for the 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 29 at four convenient locations, including three in downtown Indianapolis and one at Indianapolis International Airport. Tickets are $25 per person for one-way or round-trip service. Tickets can be ordered in advance at www.indysportsparking.com. They also can be purchased on Race Day at each location, with credit card, debit card and cash accepted. More info about the shuttle service at www.indysportsparking.com. For parking and traffic info, go to indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(7-27-2012)
Fans help troops attend '400:' Thanks to generous fans and the combined efforts of Wish For Our Heroes (W4OH), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indiana National Guard, 117 Indiana-based soldiers will attend the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com Sunday, July 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans donated $10,000 to the W4OH campaign that is providing reserved seats for military members for the 19th annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at IMS. A national, non-profit organization based in Noblesville, Ind., Wish For Our Heroes coordinated the purchase and delivery of the tickets to the participating soldiers. For the first time, Wish For Our Heroes provided fans with the opportunity to help send active United States military or veterans to the Indianapolis 500, the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com or the Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2012. The "Wish Fund" program is accepting donations to send soldiers to the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race Sunday, Aug. 19 at IMS.
Wish For Our Heroes provides fans three ways to salute American service members through contributions or donations at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/wish4ourheroes. Fans may also make donations to send soldiers to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP during the pre-race infield concert before the start of the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 29. Ten active-duty soldiers will be in the concert crowd accepting donations. Fans who donate the purchase price of a ticket to the "Wish Fund" can designate the service branch and service status (active, reserves, National Guard, veteran, wounded veteran) of the ticket recipient. "Wish Fund" contributors who donate tickets or the purchase price of a ticket also can receive a picture of the military recipient and learn more about their dedicated service to the country.(IMS)(7-27-2012)
Unique aircraft in Indy flyover: Two V-22 Osprey tilt-rotator aircraft used by the U.S. Marine Corps will perform the flyover shortly before the 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 Powered by BigMachineRecords.com NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, July 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The versatile Ospreys land vertically like a helicopter and fly like a plane by tilting wing-mounted rotors that function as propellers. The Osprey is used by the Marines for a variety of purposes, including troop and cargo transport, amphibious assault, special operations and search and rescue missions. The flyover will be the culmination of pre-race ceremonies that pay special recognition to 100 years of U.S. Marine Corps aviation, acknowledging its growth in the early 20th century and distinguished service to the nation through to the present day.(IMS)(7-27-2012)
Burn Ban at The Brickyard: A significant fire hazard remains in all areas of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to persistently dry environmental conditions and the absence of significant rainfall. Due to the aforementioned conditions the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is instituting a burn ban that adheres to the burn ban put in place on June 28th, 2012 by the Town of Speedway. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway burn ban prohibits open burning such as comfort fires or camp fires of any kind. Fireworks and grilling devices that use a source of ignition other than gas are also not permitted. The following ignition sources will not be permitted on Indianapolis Motor Speedway property during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard event from July 25th - July 30th, 2012:
Comfort fires or camp fires on the ground or in elevated devices
Charcoal or any non-gas grills of any kind
Fireworks of any kind
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway asks all customers camping on or around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway property to be careful concerning the potential threat of ignition to dry areas of grass that could be caused by common sources of heat and fire that are permitted such as: cigarettes, recreational vehicle generator exhaust, vehicle engine heat, fluids from hot vehicle engines and gas grills.
Gas grills are permitted in camping and tailgating areas during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard event, but are required to be operated at a minimum of 18 inches off the ground, with 36 inches off the ground being the preferred height for the safest usage. The Speedway Fire Department will assist in patrols and education of customers during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard event concerning the Town of Speedway burn ban as well as the burn ban initiated by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to ensure a safe environment for all customers attending the event. In the case a fire occurs please call 911 immediately to contact local authorities.(IMS)(7-25-2012)
Ron Howard to drive pace car at Indy: Two-time Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard will drive the Pace Car and lead the field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series superstars to the green flag at the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 29, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Howard has become an entertainment legend as a director, producer and actor. He has directed worldwide blockbusters including "A Beautiful Mind," "Angels & Demons," "Apollo 13," "Backdraft," "Cinderella Man," "Cocoon," "Parenthood," "Splash," "The Da Vinci Code," "Willow" and many more. Howard will be making his first visit to the historic speedway as a guest of, and to shadow, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and his #24 Drive to End Hunger team.(IMS)(7-21-2012)
Hauler parade at Indy on July 26: Fans can enjoy the color and excitement of NASCAR and get geared up for the inaugural Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard through the fourth annual Hauler Parade on Thursday, July 26 on Main Street in Speedway, Ind. The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. Admission is free. A parade of more than 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers - the large, colorful trucks carrying stock cars to and from the track during the season - will arrive on Main Street starting at 6 p.m. Haulers will park in two lines on Main Street between 10th and 15th Streets, giving fans an up-close look. Legendary NASCAR team owner Leonard Wood is the grand marshal of the Hauler Parade. Defending "400" winner Paul Menard will join Wood as a special guest in the parade. Menard also will receive his 2011 Brickyard 400 winner's ring on the Hauler Parade Stage on Main Street in Speedway.(IMS)(7-20-2012)
Indy race named Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400: When local firefighters saved Troy native Curtiss Shaver's life during a tragic farming accident, Shaver knew he'd found his calling. Though the accident claimed the lower part of his left leg, Shaver persevered and began a lifelong career as a firefighter and certified EMT with the goal of giving back to his community. In a special event [Wednesday] at Troy Fire Station No. 1, a ceremonial Yard of Bricks was revealed to recognize Shaver as winner of Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program. The national contest renames the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29th after a deserving American hero. In an effort to bring a little piece of the famed track to Troy, Alabama, Crown Royal orchestrated a special ceremony that resulted in the laying of a replica "Yard of Bricks" in Troy's downtown area. The final engraved brick bearing the race logo was personally laid by Shaver, culminating the ceremony. This race will mark the sixth time Crown Royal has awarded race naming rights to an adult fan. This year, the program focused on all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities, from firefighters and police officers, to first responders and local volunteers. In addition to being a firefighter and certified EMT, Shaver is a husband and father of three. His career in the field began as a volunteer, less than two years after his farming accident. This sense of hard work and dedication were major components of his contest nomination, submitted by fellow Fire Lieutenant Brandy Cox.(IMS)(7-19-2012)
Kroger to sponsor Super Weekend at Indy:
Kroger will sponsor the Super Weekend at the Brickyard as part of an expanded partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The July 26-29 event will be known as Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and culminate with the 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard. The new pact, which also will benefit the Riley Children's Foundation, also includes the IMS Kids Club being renamed the Kroger Kids Club and Kroger becoming the Official Florist and the Official Box Lunch Provider for IMS. Kroger and IMS each will continue their corporate generosity by collaborating with race driver and passionate Riley supporter John Andretti, vendor partner General Mills, radio broadcaster Dave Wilson and others to increase fundraising efforts for Riley throughout 2012. The Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard will include the IMS debut of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing joining the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. There will be four races in three days from July 27-29, as action will take place on the IMS oval and road course on the same event weekend for the first time. Tickets are on sale now for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard on July 26-29 at IMS. All ticket orders can be made at www.imstix.com and through the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday. For more information, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(6-18-2012)
Vote on "Your Hero's Name Here" race for Indy race in July: Country music stars, The Band Perry visited one of the most nostalgic venues in motorsports - Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) - on Saturday [May 19th] to make a special announcement about this summer's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Brickyard sponsored by Crown Royal. Crown Royal will name the race, to be held at IMS on July 29th, after an everyday American hero through a program called "Your Hero's Name Here." The five finalists who were announced by The Band Perry and could have the famous race named after them, are: Dale Beatty, veteran and cofounder of the nonprofit organization Purple Heart Homes from Statesville, N.C.; Lindsey Marquez, ICU nurse from Sun Prairie, Wis.; Curtiss Shaver, Fire Lieutenant and EMT from Troy, Ala.; John Thomas, Deputy Sheriff from Sarasota, Fla.; and Brandon Veatch, veteran and Purple Heart recipient from Bloomfield, Ind. In addition to having their name on all race signage, TV broadcasts and apparel, the winner will experience a true VIP experience - from waving the green flag to start the race to delivering the trophy in Victory Lane. Adult consumers can log on to the Crown Royal Facebook page (Facebook.com/CrownRoyal) and click the "Crown Your Hero" tab to vote for the hero they think is most deserving of naming rights to the race. Voting runs through June 28th and the grand prize winner will be announced in early July.(Crown Royal PR)(5-25-2012)
Crown Royal to Honor an American Hero with Naming Rights to the Brickyard 400: Crown Royal is looking to pay tribute to those who are making a difference. The whisky brand is encouraging adult fans to nominate their personal heroes (21 or older) for naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard. The race, to be held on July 29, 2012 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, represents the ultimate celebration of heroes and will mark the sixth time Crown Royal has awarded race naming rights to an adult fan. For the past two years, Crown Royal accepted nominations for military and service members exclusively. Not only has the 2012 race moved to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the annual program-now called "Your Hero's Name Here"-has been expanded to accept entries for all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities, from firefighters and police officers, to first responders and local volunteers. To nominate a hero for consideration for naming rights to the race, fans are encouraged to visit the Crown Royal Facebook page (Facebook.com/CrownRoyal), where they will be asked to describe a heroic act by the nominee in 100 words or less. Nominations will be accepted until April 30, 2012 and the five finalists will be announced in May. Once the finalists are announced, fans will be provided the chance to cast a vote and determine the winner. The winner will be revealed in a special ceremony leading up to the race.(Crown Royal)(2-20-2012)
Super Weekend at the Brickyard tix on sale: The 2012 Crown Royal Presents "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard will feature a return to 2010 ticket prices in Penthouse and Deck seating areas as the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard makes racing history next July at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Super Weekend (July 26-29) will welcome the NASCAR Nationwide and GRAND-AM Road Racing Series for the first time ever at IMS as they join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for an unforgettable four days of on-track activity featuring four races in three days. Ticket prices have been reduced from $165 to $150 in the E & B Penthouse for the 2012 Crown Royal Presents "You're Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 29. Seats in the A Penthouse, Northwest Vista Deck, Northeast Vista Deck, Southeast Vista Deck, South Vista Deck (sections 1-4) and Southwest Vista Deck will be reduced from $160 to $150.
Prices for the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, July 28 will range from $65 for reserved seats to $25 for seated general admission.Tickets for the Nationwide Series practice on Thursday, July 26 are $10 for seated general admission. Fans can also buy Super Weekend Tickets for just $80 that provide open seating for Thursday and Friday, with limited general admission seating on Saturday, and general admission infield access for the Crown Royal Presents "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday. Children 12 and under will receive free general admission when accompanied by an adult with a Super Weekend Ticket or general admission ticket. All ticket orders can be made at www.imstix.com and through the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday. For more information, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area.(IMS)(11-6-2011)
Crown Royal to sponsor 2012 Brickyard 400: In a continuing effort to provide race fans with an unrivaled experience and honor all of the nation's heroes, the Crown Royal brand announced it will become entitlement sponsor of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Officially titled, the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard, the race will serve as an expansion of the annual "Your Name Here" program and not only honor U.S. service men and women, but all of our nation's heroes. The past two years, Crown Royal focused the annual promotion solely on military service members to honor their heroic acts and service to their country. The expanded Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 program will recognize all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in our communities, from firefighters and police officers to local volunteers and military members. The grand prize will go to one special individual who will be provided with the reigns to their very own race and receive the naming rights to the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400. In addition to the grand prize, Crown Royal will honor various heroes throughout the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard and integrate special characteristics of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to enhance the overall race experience. From showcasing photographs and stories of heroes from across the country, to on-site stations where fans can send messages to service men and women stationed overseas, Crown Royal plans to give heroes the recognition they deserve. The Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard will also serve as yet another platform to advance the "Please Drink Responsibly" message and to share the stories of heroes around the country with Indianapolis locals, NASCAR fans and people everywhere. The Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 will be the marquee event of the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard [on Sunday July 29, 2012], which also will feature a NASCAR Nationwide Series event Saturday, July 28, two GRAND-AM road races Friday, July 27 and Nationwide practice Thursday, July 26.(PR)(7-28-2011)
IMS adds Nationwide race for 2012: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be the epicenter of American stock car racing and North American sports car racing July 26-29, 2012, as the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for four exciting races during the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard. It will be the first time in IMS history that races will take place on the 2.5-mile oval and 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course during the same weekend, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will make their IMS debuts. The 19th annual Brickyard 400 for the Sprint Cup Series will race on the oval Sunday, July 29, with the Nationwide Series also racing on the oval Saturday, July 28. GRAND-AM will conduct separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on the 13-turn IMS road course Friday, July 27.
"The Super Weekend at the Brickyard will offer non-stop excitement for every auto racing fan with the addition of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "There will be competitive, fender-rubbing action from many different types of machinery for four days, featuring established stars and rising talents, on both the IMS oval and road course. "This will be an unforgettable event and the start of a great new racing tradition at the Speedway." All four days of Super Weekend at the Brickyard will be packed with on-track action, providing great value for fans:
Thursday, July 26: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
Friday, July 27: GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge practice, qualifying and races
Saturday, July 28: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice, qualifying and race; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying
Sunday, July 29: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 race
Brickfest, a music festival featuring a headlining national act, also will return during the Super Weekend at the Brickyard after its debut during this year's Brickyard 400. Ticket orders for the 2012 Super Weekend at the Brickyard will be accepted starting Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Orders can be made at www.imstix.com and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday. Details on ticket pricing, race distances for the Nationwide Series and two GRAND-AM events and the complete event schedule will be released at a later date. The best way for fans to secure their reserved seat tickets for the historic inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard is to purchase reserved seats for the 2011 Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 31 and reorder those tickets during the two-week renewal period starting Aug. 1.(IMS)(7-6-2011)
Allstate terminates Brickyard sponsorship: Allstate and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are ending their five-year title sponsorship arrangement for naming rights to the NASCAR race at the track. It was run Sunday for the final time as the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Speedway spokesman Ron Green said it's unlikely a replacement will be sought and the race will return to its former name as the Brickyard 400. Allstate, in a statement, cited "stronger (results) in other properties" for not renewing its sponsorship.(Indianapolis Star)(7-27-2009)
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