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THE RACE: Brickyard 400
Winston Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, August 3, 2003 in Speedway, IN
- TV: NBC - 2:30pm/et
- Time Zone: Indianapolis is in the Eastern Time Zone but DOES NOT turn back the clocks in the spring, so the times are one hour behind the Eastern Daylight Timezone as they use Eastern Standard. Confused? See this page: time zone information for indiana, ALL TIMES HERE are Eastern Daylight (et). NOT looking to expand on this
- Pre-Race Show: NBC - 2:00pm/et - hosted by Bill Weber
- Scheduled Race Re-Air: NOTE: Speed Channel has changed their lineup starting in August - so there will be a one-hour recap of the race on Wednesday, August 6th at 7:00pm/et and again on August. 7th; a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, August 7th
- Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests
- NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $8,175,873 (was $7,423,979 in 2002)
- Entry List Links: at ThatsRacin.com, Brickyard 400 site or Entry List for the race from NASCAR.com
- 2002 Race Winner: Bill Elliott, 125.033mph, started 2nd
- Race Record: Bobby Labonte, August 2000, 155.912mph
- Track/Race Length: 2.5 quad-oval, 160 laps, 400 miles
- Pit Road Speed: 55mph
- Practice: Friday, August 1st, 3:00 - 5:00pm/et; and Saturday, August 2nd, 3:00 - 3:45pm/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 2nd, 4:45 - 5:30pm/et on TV-Speed Channel live.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 1st, 2:00pm/et
- Qualifying Order: ThatsRacin.com and/or NASCAR.com
- First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Saturday, August 1st at 11:05am/et, TV-TNT live, and live via IMS Radio Network(link below), XM Satellite Radio (subscription required) and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid). No re-air date I have found for TV.
- Qualifying Results: on my Brickyard 400 Qualifying Page
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying (since the 2001 season)
- Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, August 2002, 182.960mph
- Last Year's Pole Sitter: Tony Stewart, 182.960mph, finished 12th.
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile quad-oval
Banking: turns: 9 degrees, 12 minutes
Straights: Front/Back - 3300 feet, Short Shute(between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
- Track Homepage: Brickyard 400 - IMS
- Last Year: see my 2002 August Indy Race Info page.
PREVIOUS BRICKYARD 400 WINNERS
YEAR CAR# DRIVER MANU AVE SPEED STARTING POS
1994 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 131.977 3rd
1995 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevy 155.206 13th
1996 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 139.508 24th
1997 10 Ricky Rudd Ford 130.814 7th
1998 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 126.772 3rd
1999 88 Dake Jarrett Ford 148.194 4th
2000 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac 155.912 3rd
2001 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 130.790 27th
2002 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 125.033 2nd
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires Required:
Winston Cup: Left - 1,200, Right - 1,200;
IROC: Left - 130, Right - 130
Tire Codes: Left - D-6344; Right - D-6346
Tire Circumference: Left - 87.3 in.; Right - 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front - 26 psi; Left Rear - 26 psi;
Right Front - 36 psi; Right Rear - 36 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 19 psi; Left Rear - 19 psi; Right
Front - 34 psi; Right Rear - 31 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 38-42 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This particular combination of left- and right-side tires has been run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2001 . . . Winston Cup teams have used this combination twice already this season at Pocono . . . in addition, Busch and Truck Series teams will run this combination at both Gateway and Pike's Peak in 2003 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Indianapolis . . . the air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development:. "We are very confident with this tire set-up at Indianapolis for many reasons.. We've run this combination at the Brickyard for the past two years, and teams are coming off a stretch where we've run these tires twice in the past month-and-a-half at Pocono.. The Brickyard went through a diamond grinding process before last year's race, which resulted in a smoother surface and more grip than before.. Having run this set-up on this surface in 2002 can
only help teams feel more comfortable in 2003."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $210,000 at Indianapolis for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(7-27-2003)
- 51 Races since...: Leader bonus has been won. It's been 51 races since the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader won a race and took home the NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus. #17-Matt Kenseth leads the series points and has the only shot at claiming the bonus at Indy. Should a driver win the bonus at Indy, it would bypass the largest payout in the history of the program. #18-Bobby Labonte collected the biggest paycheck, $190,000, with a win at Indianapolis in 2000. The $10,000 bonus is available following every NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. If the point leader does not win the race, the bonus rolls over to the next week. Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002, it was NOT won by #15-Waltrip at Daytona, it rolled over to Rockingham.(7-27-2003)
- MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $25,000 at Indy. The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is $10,000 to the Winston Cup driver who leads the race at midway. If the driver wins the race they receive a $5,000 bonus. If the MBNA Mid-Race Leader fails to win the race the $5,000 bonus rolls into the next week (Jeff Gordon last won the bonus, $25,000 + $10,000 at Martinsville on Apr 13, 2003). No word on if a driver gets the award if the halfway is under yellow at the time or if the award is given out if the leader is not participating in the program and if it would go to the next place car at the time. The 2003 MBNA Mid-Race Leader Winners:
Daytona: Michael Waltrip, $15,000* (plus $5,000 bonus)
Rockingham: Rusty Wallace, $10,000
Las Vegas: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
Atlanta: Bobby Labonte, $25,000* (plus $15,000 bous)
Darlington: Mark Martin, $10,000
Bristol: Jimmy Spencer, $10,000
Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
Talladega: Matt Kenseth, $10,000 (Jimmie Johnson led at halfway, assume the team does not participate in the program)
Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $35,000* (plus $25,000 bonus)
California: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
Richmond: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
Charlotte: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
Dover: Ryan Newman, $30,000 (which includes the $20,000 bonus)*
Pocono: Elliott Sadler, $10,000
Michigan: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
Sonoma: Robby Gordon, $25,000 (which includes the $15,000 bonus)*
Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
Chicago: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
New Hampshire: Kevin Harvick, $10,000
Pocono: Tony Stewart, $10,000
(* won race and bonus)(7-27-2003)
Harvick wins the Brickyard 400 at Indy: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first ever won from the pole. It is the 2nd win for the team [the late great Dale Earnhardt won in 1995 with the same team, then #3]. It is Harvick's 4th career win and first of the season. Harvick blew the right rear fender off the car when his burn out popped and shreaded the tire. Finishing 2nd was #17-Matt Kenseth, who extends his points lead even more. Last years winner, #9-Bill Elliott came back and finished 5th. Nice finish by #7-Jimmy Spencer and Mongo. And rookie #42-Jamie McMurray lead 22 laps and finished 3rd. The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), along with lap leaders, out of the race, caution summaries and notes:
#29-Kevin Harvick (1st/pole)(33 laps led)
#17-Matt Kenseth (17th)(10 laps led)
#42-Jamie McMurray (22nd)(22 laps led)
#24-Jeff Gordon (19th)(3 laps led)
#9-Bill Elliott (3rd)(8 laps led)
#31-Robby Gordon (13th)(6 laps led)
#97-Kurt Busch (6th)(2 laps led)
#7-Jimmy Spencer (32nd)
#6-Martin (3 laps led)
Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)
Off track/out of race (5): #81-Andretti (out-accident); #38-Sadler (out-engine); #21-Rudd (out-accident); #25-Nemechek (out-accident); #01-Skinner (out-accident);
Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 17 lead changes): #29-Harvick (33 laps led); #9-Elliott (8); #20-Stewart (60 - most led); #12-Newman (11); #24-Gordon (3); #97-Busch (2); #17-Kenseth (10); #1-Green (1); #6-Martin (3); #01-Skinner (1); #31-Gordon (6); #42-McMurray (22);
Cautions: 5 for 25 laps
Caution 5 - Laps 146 - 150: Eight cars involved in a wreck on the back stretch right after the green flag. Looked like #5-Labonte got turned when #97-Busch tapped him, after #77-Blaney went high and got loose. Labonte then got hits by a few cars. Involved were #5-Labonte, #01-Skinner, #21-Rudd, #25-Nemechek, #40-Marlin, #10-Benson and #48-Johnson. The #21, #01, #40, #25 got a lot of damage.
Caution 4 - Laps 140 - 144: Debris from the #37 car in turn two.
Caution 3 - Laps 106 - 109: #38-Sadler lost a cylinder and put some oil on the track [guess it wasn't just over flow at the beginning].
Caution 2 - Laps 47 - 50: #74-Raines got into #81-Andretti, who spun and hit the wall with the left rear of the car, a gaggle of cars were just infront of them, three wide and Andretti checked up.
Caution 1 - Laps 38 - 44: On his pitstop #88-Jarrett spun out, hit his jackman, John Bryan [who is being attended to - he is awake and alert - legs hurt], alot of damage to the right front fender.
RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or IMS Radio)
On lap 152, #0-Leffler is smoking.
All leader came in around laps 130-138 range for their 'possible' last pit stops, a caution could change that. #42-McMurray's stop was a bit long and dropped him back to around 17th.
On lap 127, #12-Ryan Newman came in for gas/tires and can now go all the way, #15-Waltrip came in the next lap.
After the lap 80ish pitstop, #8-Earnhardt Jr. is reporting another vibration
Look out for #6-Mark Martin, he stretch his pit stop a few laps further then just about anyone.
#19-Mayfield is back on the track as of lap 83 after the crew changed a front srping and a gear.
#12-Newman ran out of gas but was able to make it in to pit on lap 83 range.
Green flag stops are occurring in the lap 80-85 range.
#37-Cope was off the track for a few laps, not sure why, no mention on TV or radio.
#8-Earnhardt Jr. came in to pit during the 2nd caution, as he had a loose lug nut and a vibration.
Many drivers piited while pit road was closed for the Jarrett spin and crew member injury, will have to go to the longest line [#24, #97 are two]
Green flag pitstops occurred around the lap 30-37 range.
#22-Burton came in on lap 23, didn't find out why(IMS).
A clean start and lap 1.
After the cars started engines, the #38 team ran over and looked under the car as a bunch of fluids came out.(IMS radio). NBC showed it, Benny thought it was fuel. Team reports they think it was just overfill of oil.
Race re-air: NOTE: Speed Channel has changed their lineup starting in August - so there will be a one-hour recap of the race on Wednesday, August 6th at 7:00pm/et and again on August. 7th; a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, August 7th
Race Results at Jayski's Brickyard 400 Race Results or at
TOP FIVE [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after Indy:
#17-Matt Kenseth, 3152
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2866, -286
#24-Jeff Gordon, 2834, -318
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 2656, -496
#15-Michael Waltrip, 2653, -499
For standings see Jayski's Drivers/ Owners Points (after Indy) or Thatsracin.com or NASCAR.com - unofficial standings.(8-3-2003)
Andretti to the back? during Fox Sports Nets NASCAR This Morning, #81-John Andretti was interviewed and said the engine was having oil pressure problems, the crew is now trying to correct the problem and not change an engine.(8-3-2003)
YEP to the back, the team changed engines, so to the back.(IMS Radio)(8-3-2003)
To the back: so far, just #14-Larry Foyt after wrecking on his 2nd qualifying lap and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the Brickyard 400, since he starts 42nd and drivers stay in the same column, he stays right where he is. Also #81-Andretti, plus #0-Jason Leffler also had to go to the rear [engine change?](8-3-2003)
Happy Hour Practice for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fastest were #31-Robby Gordon at 176.294mph, followed by #42-Jamie McMurray at 175.987 and #30-Steve Park at 175.960 (rest of the top 10 were: #'s 48, 12, 6, 99, 25, 9 and 8). Slowest were #14-Larry Foyt at 171.481 and #37-Derrike Cope at 171.559.
For speeds see Thatsracin.com.(8-2-2003)
First Saturday Practice for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The fastest was #20-Tony Stewart at 176.581mph followed by #42-Jamie McMurray at 176.184 and #9-Bill Elliott at 176.122 (the rest of the top 10 were #'s 6, 99, 81, 97, 17, 91 and 48). Slowest were #14-Larry Foyt at 168.240 and #30-Steve Park at 172.078. #37-Derrike Cope had no time/speed listed.
For speeds see Thatsracin.com.(8-2-2003)
StockCarFans.com: Ramblings - The Brickyard: I tell ya....dem boyz like to wear poor ol' Tom Carnegie out. We heard
"it's a neeeew traaack recooooord" so much it sounded like a recording. All told, eleven drivers were faster than the old mark set by Tony Stewart last year. #29-Kevin Harvick crossed that yard of bricks in 48.822 (184.343), a new track record if you hadn't heard, and will lead 'em to the green tomorrow for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the Bud Pole. It's the second career top-spot for Harvick (his other pole was at Daytona in July of 2002). Harvick is the 13th different pole winner this season.
#22-Ward Burton (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Martinsville last October.
#25-Joe Nemechek (7th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 7th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
#57-Kevin Lepage (21st) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Atlanta in November of 2001 (only 6 races).
#0-Jason Leffler (26th) has his best starting spot since he started 7th at Homestead in October of 2001 (only 4 races).
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in a row. Bobby Labonte has 3 Top-10 starts in a row.
You know this is a big one if we have a car count of 52! We had 9 drivers hit the bricks and load up on the Trouble Train, and one of those
brings to a close a very long consecutive race streak.
Since Ken Schrader went full-time on the Winston Cup circuit in 1985, he's started every race we've had. That streak (579 consecutive races) came to an end today as he missed the field by a little over 3/100th's of a second.
The other DNQ's were: Brett Bodine, Billy Bigley, Jim Sauter, Christian Fittipaldi, David Reutimann, Ted Musgrave, Hermie Sadler, and Robert Pressley.
Provisionals were used by: Jeff Burton, Terry Labonte, Ricky Rudd (all of those were non-charged), Johnny Benson, Kyle Petty, Larry Foyt, and Derrike Cope. Foyt used his last provisional on the #14 car....if they continue to run that number that team won't be eligible for their
next provisional till we get back to Loudon in September.(StockCarFans.Com Wcup Newsletter)(8-3-2003)
Harvick wins the pole for the Brickyard 400 at Indy: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Budweiser Pole for the Brickyard 400 at Indy with a new track record of 184.343 [the old record from 2002 was 182.960mph, by Tony Stewart]. Eleven drivers qualified faster then the old track record. #49-Ken Schrader will miss his first Winston Cup race after 579 consecutive starts. #11-Brett Bodine failed to get the BRICK car in the race, shame, that would had been cool. Both Morgan-McClure teams missed the race, #4-Robert Pressley and #04-David Reutimann. The #07-Ted Musgrave and #79-Billy Bigley Jr's teams missed the race while making their 2003 Cup debut. #14-Larry Foyt used his last provisional for that car until the team attempts 24 races. For the results and some stats, who missed the race and who used provisionals, see my Jayski's Brickyard 400 Qualifying Page.(8-2-2003)
Friday Practice is over for the Brickyard 400. 52 drivers/teams ran the practice, #89-Morgan Shepherd withdrew [see story below].
The fastest was #81-John Andretti at 182.708mph, followed by #48-Jimmie Johnson at 182.645 and #25-Joe Nemechek at 181.389 [rest of the top 10: #'s 77,15,29,17,31,20,40; 7 of the top 10 are Chevy's]. Slowest were #45-Kyle Petty at 175.189 and #0-Jason Leffler at 175.285. #6-Mark Martin and #20-Tony Stewart ran the most laps with 21.
For all the speeds, see Thatsracin.com - 1st practice results page.(8-1-2003)
IF the speeds for qualifying mirror what each team ran on Friday during practice, drivers in trouble of making the race would be #4-Robert Pressley (41st owners points but out of provisionals), #04-Reutimann (62nd), #57-Lepage (60th), #71-Sauter (58th), #11-Bodine (44th), #14-Foyt (42nd - so much for switching car numbers), #37-Cope (43rd), #02-Sadler (46th), #43-Fittipaldi (36th but out). #0-Leffler would get the last provisional...if. #49-Schrader, out of provisionals ran 32nd fastest. Some teams very deep in owners points who ran well in practice, #81-Andretti was the fastest, #07-Musgrave was 16th fastest, #91-Atwood was 22nd, #79-Bigley Jr. was 29th [pretty impressive - team/drive debut)(8-2-2003)
Qualifying Order is up for Saturday morning's qualifying at Indy for the Brickyard 400. 52 cars/drivers are listed. First driver due out is #25-Joe Nemechek, last due out is #19-Jeremy Mayfield. See above for the links.(8-1-2003)
Lots of $$ Availble to Kenseth: #18-Bobby Labonte claimed the previous record-high NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus at the Brickyard 400 in 2000 when he was awarded $190,000 by winning the race while also leading the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings. Current NASCAR Top 10 leader Matt Kenseth, with a 232-point lead over Dale Earnhardt, Jr., has the only opportunity to take home the record bonus, which now stands at $210,000, following the Pennsylvania 500. The $10,000 bonus is available following every NASCAR Winston Cup race. If the point leader does not win the race, the bonus rolls over to the next week. The last driver to claim the bonus was #40-Sterling Marlin following his win at Darlingtonin March 2002, 51 races ago.(NASCAR PR)(7-30-2003)
More Consecutive starts stuff: #24-Jeff Gordon is set to make his 350th consecutive start this weekend at Indianapolis. That is the record for most consecutive starts from a driver's debut. #49-Ken Schrader 's streak of 579 consecutive starts could be in jeopardy this weekend. His team is out of provisionals, so he must qualify in the top 36 or he won't make the Brickyard 400.(Roanoke Times)(7-30-2003)
Entry List is up for the Brickyard 400. 52 drivers/teams are entered. 42 full time drivers/teams with David Reutimann in the #4 [although he and Pressley could swap], other drivers/teams are: #02-Hermie Sadler, #04-Robert Pressley; #07-Ted Musgrave, #11-Brett Bodine; #37-Derrike Cope; #71-Jim Sauter; #79-Bill Bigley Jr.; #81-Andretti, #89-Morgan Shepherd; and #91-Casey Atwood. See above for the links.
UPDATE up to 53 drivers/teams/cars, add #57 Team CLR with Kevin Lepage driving.(7-29-2003)
UPDATE 2: back to 52 as #89-Morgan Shepherd is now off the Entry List and the practice sheets.(8-1-2003)
Best 25 Over Last Six Races from NASCAR.com.
Jayski's - 2003 Winston Cup Race Results Page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski's Provisional Status page
- Fans at Indy: IMS Releases Fan Guide For Brickyard 400
- NBC Cams at Indy and more TV stuff: NBC’s coverage of the Brickyard 400 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gets underway this Sunday with the “Discover Card Countdown to Green” pre-race show at 2:00pm/et followed by green flag racing from the Brickyard 400. TNT telecasts NASCAR Busch Series Racing from Indy [IRP], Saturday night at 8:00pm/et. “Daytona brought NASCAR racing to the fans,” said Bill Weber, NBC pre-race host and lead pit reporter. “The Brickyard brought fans to NASCAR racing, simply by the name Indianapolis and the history associated with this track. Usually it’s about the race, but on this weekend, it’s about the place.”
“For a lot of people, Daytona is the biggest race, but you’d be surprised at the number of drivers who would tell you the Brickyard 400 is the biggest prize,” analyst Wally Dallenbach said. “To me and to a lot of other drivers who remember growing up here or in this track’s shadow, a win at the Brickyard is on the top of their list.”
NBC Sports will deploy 79 cameras including cameras unique to Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Squash-Cam, Wall-Cams and the “Eye-Full
Tower Cam.” An extra bank of 11 monitors will be added to the NBC Sports production truck to accommodate the additional cameras for the Brickyard 400.
“Squash-Cam” is a lipstick-size camera buried in the grass just inside Turn 1. The camera often shows a car moving over or extremely close to the camera lens to give the audience the feeling of being “squashed,” especially on starts and restarts.
“Wall-Cam” is a lipstick-size camera embedded inside the outside wall of Turn 2 and Turn 4. The cameras shoot cars in Turns 1 and 3 respectively and give the viewer the sense of speed of the cars when they drive past the cameras.
The “Eye-Full Tower-Cam” is a robotic camera atop the scoring pylon 92-feet in the air overlooking the infield and providing viewers a sense of the magnificent spectacle of Indianapolis Motor Speedway with its “Canyon of Fans” in the grandstands on either side of the
racetrack’s frontstretch.(NBC PR)(7-31-2003)
- Cooling at Indy: Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials will introduce two new fan amenities to help spectators beat the heat during the Brickyard 400 weekend, Aug. 1-3. Nearly 40 misting stations are being installed around the facility to help race fans cool off. Indianapolis’ bus transit service – IndyGo – is assisting by providing the Speedway with three air-conditioned buses to help cool race fans. The buses will be positioned near medical stations. So far this July in Indiana has been cooler than normal, but Speedway officials are preparing for possible warmer weather. The heat index in Indianapolis on race day of the 2002 Brickyard 400 soared past the 100-degree mark. “The Hulman-George family and Speedway officials are very aware of the experiences of their fans,” said Joie Chitwood, senior vice president of business affairs for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The heat last year was tough on everyone, and we’re taking steps to minimize the impact if we see temperatures similar to last year.”(IMS Site)(7-28-2003)
- Brickyard 400 Singers: Indianapolis Motor Speedway says the Montgomery Gentry singing group will peform the national anthem before the Aug. 3 running of the Brickyard 400.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(7-25-2003)
- Not NASCAR, but a NASCAR Track: The [F-1] United States Grand Prix will still be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2004 but it's going to run at a different time. Instead of its traditional fall date, American's lone Formula One show will be moving to early summer. ESPN.com has learned from sources close to the situation that June 20, 2004, will be the new date for Michael Schumacher and Co. at the world's most famous race track. Neither F1 czar Bernie Ecclestone or IMS president Tony George could be reached for comment and Ron Green, director of public relations for the Speedway, would neither confirm or deny ESPN.com's report. It's been rumored Ecclestone might move the USGP back to Long Beach, Calif., or possibly try Las Vegas again after his original five-year contract with Indianapolis expires after 2004. But he does have option years available with George and IMS.(ESPN)(7-8-2003)
- Dover, Indy and SMI? Rumor has it that Dover, Indianapolis and Speedway Motorsports Inc. have had talks to somehow combine forces with their current twelve Winston [Nextel] Cup dates and make a greater impact on NASCAR.(Insider Racing News)(6-23-2003)
- Indy Speedway historian loses personal treasures in fire: Between 30 and 40 photos of famous race car drivers were destroyed after fire damaged the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's historian. IIt could have been worse," Donald Davidson said Friday as he emerged from his basement after inspecting the damage with a firefighter. "I lost stuff I'd forgotten I had." The lost photos included one of Davidson standing next to drivers such as Arie Luyendyk and Emerson Fittipaldi, and another picture of Ray Harroun - the winner of the first Indy 500 in 1911. The fire appeared to have started in a basement dryer at Davidson's house Thursday night, and fire officials estimated there was $20,000 in structural damage. Davidson said his official files and memorabilia collected from more than three decades as a statistician and historian for the U.S. Auto Club and the speedway were safe.(ThatsRacin.com)(6-14-2003)
- Chitwood to Indy: Joie Chitwood III, vice president and general manager of Raceway Associates, LLC, has accepted a senior level management position with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His move to the historic speedway will be effective Tuesday, October 1, 2002. Chitwood began his residency in Joliet in May of 1999, where he oversaw the construction, grand opening and first two seasons of operations of Chicagoland Speedway. In addition to his responsibilities at Chicagoland Speedway he supervised the day-to-day operations of the Route 66 Raceway drag strip.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(8-16-2002)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Some Rookies Stuff: #42-Jamie McMurray has led more miles than any other Raybestos Rookie entering the Brickyard 400: eight times in three races for 97.25 miles (52 laps, I have 55 laps). The other rookies to lead this season: #16-Greg Biffle (twice in two races for 54.50 miles, 22 laps) and #41-Casey Mears (twice in two races for 22.50 miles, nine laps) [#14-Larry Foyt also led 5 laps [12.5 miles] at the June Pocono race].
Did You Know? A Raybestos Rookie has posted a top-10 finish in each of the past four Brickyard 400 races: Tony Stewart in 1999 (fourth), Scott Pruett in 2000 (10th), Kurt Busch in 2001 (fifth), and Ryan Newman (fourth) and Jimmie Johnson (ninth) in 2002. Johnny Benson is the only Raybestos® Rookie to lead the most laps in the nine previous Brickyard 400 races. In 1996, Benson led three times for 69 laps and finished eighth in the race.
Newman was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in last year's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. He was also the top qualifying rookie, taking the fifth starting position time trials. Jimmie Johnson finished ninth after a disappointing 37th place qualifying run. Neither driver led a lap in the race.
The most recent Raybestos Rookies to lead a lap in the Brickyard 400 were Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick in 2000. Harvick led once for
18 laps while Busch led once for one lap.
With Biffle's win in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, a Raybestos Rookie has now won at least one race in each of the last five seasons dating back to Tony Stewart's win at Richmond in September, 1999. Other freshman drivers to win: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Richmond, 2000), Matt Kenseth (Charlotte, 2000), Kevin Harvick (Atlanta, 2001), Ryan Newman (New Hampshire 2002), and Jimmie Johnson (California and both 2002 Dover races). The record for most wins by a Raybestos Rookie is three, shared by Johnson (2002) and Stewart (1999).
A Raybestos Rookie has posted multiple victories five times in NASCAR Winston Cup history: Davey Allison (two wins in 1987), Tony
Stewart (three wins in 1999), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two wins in 2000), Kevin Harvick (two wins in 2001), and Jimmie Johnson (two wins in
2002). A Raybestos Rookie has won at least one pole position in each of the past seven consecutive seasons, dating back to 1996. The record for most poles in a rookie season is held by Ryan Newman, who won six in 2002.(Camp and Assoc PR). For standings and rules, see my Rookie of the Year page and Rookie Race by Race pages.(8-1-2003)
- #74 to be the Aaron's Dream Machine at Indy: Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership announced today a new partnership with BACE Motorsports and NASCAR Winston Cup driver Tony Raines.. This weekend the Atlanta-based corporation will transform the #74 BACE Chevrolet into the Aaron™s Dream Machine for The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Outside of being one of the most prestigious races on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule, the Brickyard 400 is special to me as an Indiana native" said Raines. "It's a great honor to drive the Aaron's Dream Machine for BACE Motorsports this weekend at the Brickyard. Aaron's has been a great sponsor and supporter of NASCAR and for them to take notice of our organization and join our team for such an important race is a compliment to what we've accomplished this season at BACE." In the first 19 starts of his debut campaign, Raines has already claimed Winston Cup Rookie honors three times, via his 16th-place finishes at Talladega Superspeedway and Pocono and a 14th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway. In just seven Busch Series starts this season, Raines has driven to the front of the field in each event, finishing 2nd in the first Bristol event, posting a 3rd- place effort in Richmond, and grabbing another top-10 at Chicagoland. "Aaron's has been watching Tony and the 74 car all season," said Ken Butler, President, Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership. "Despite the fact that BACE Motorsports has been funded internally in 2003, they're having an impressive season. Indianapolis has such a rich motorsports heritage, and to have the Dream Machine competing at the Brickyard will bring even more excitement to Aaron's consumers who have followed our racing program. We look forward to having a great run for all of Tony's fans in his home state of Indiana."
"As a NASCAR Team Owner, and as President and CEO of Staff America, when a company with Aaron's history and understanding of the sport makes such a prominent investment in our team, it carries with it a badge of honor that we are proud to wear," said Bill Baumgardner, Owner of BACE Motorsports. "We have dedicated the 2003 season to building the foundation for a successful Winston Cup program at BACE and we are starting to see rewards from the hard work and commitment of those involved." For more information on Aaron's visit www.shopaarons.com.(BACE Motorsports PR)(7-31-2003)
- Lepage and Team CLR team up for Indy: After successful testing in Indianapolis for the 10th running of the Brickyard 400, Kevin Lepage will be driving the #57 Ford Taurus for Team CLR Racing. Lepage last raced in the Brickyard 400 in 2000. Lepage said, "This is probably the best test I’ve had here with data. My team’s very knowledgeable as far as what this race car wants with this track." Team
CLR's last race in Winston Cup was with Brett Bodine as driver in the Spring Darlington race in 2003. Even though Team CLR has not had a car on the track the team has kept very busy building cars, testing and pitting for other teams/drivers, including Kevin Lepage, Lance Hooper, Hermie Saddler, AJ Henriksen and others. Team CLR Racing is still looking for sponsorship for the Brickyard and beyond. The team has been able to sign as an associate sponsor for the 10th running of the Brickyard 400, LS Mold, Inc. of Beech Grove, IN. LS
Mold is an EDM shop dedicated to exceeding industry standards for clients like Ford, MTM, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens. More info about sponsorship opportunities, see the Team CLR Site. The Brickyard 400 will be the Winston Cup debut for the "Over The Wall" crew as OTW Racing has formed a unique relationship in supporting the crew that goes over the wall for Team CLR Racing. OTW Racing will be on the crews helmets in all races that the team supports in Winston Cup, Busch, Craftsmen Truck and ARCA series races.(PR) - been told that the #57 CLR Ford is the car Lepage tested at Indy recently from his own shop.(7-29-2003)
- Pressley to drive the #4 UPDATE: the Robert Pressley Site is reporting that Robert Pressley will drive the #4 Kodak Pontiac at the Brickyard 400, the quote: "I am really glad to have the opportunity to go to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the No. 4 car,” said Robert Pressley. “I want to thank Morgan-McClure Racing for the chance to compete in one of the biggest Winston Cup races of the season, the Brickyard 400. I hope that I can come in and do what I can to help this team overcome a few problems and get the car in the field. I am excited to be able to help out Morgan-McClure.” Supposedly David Reutimann will be in the #04 Kodak Pontiac for Morgan-McClure(7-28-2003)
UPDATE: Morgan-McClure Motorsports announced two entries for the Brickyard 400 this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Veteran driver Robert Pressley will drive the #4 Kodak Pontiac, while David Reutimann will be behind the wheel of the #04 Kodak Grand Prix. "We are pleased to have two entries at the historic Brickyard this week. I feel confident with our driver choices. The team enjoyed working with David last week in the ARCA Series and looks forward to getting him in his first Winston Cup event. He drove a smart race and communicated well with the crew. Robert has been a favorite driver of mine for a long time. He is a good racer and we hope to have a great finish this weekend," team owner Larry McClure said. While preparing for a busy weekend in Indy, the team also tested its road course cars at Watkins Glen on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Johnny Miller returned to test the #04 Pontiac after turning in a respectable effort for the team earlier this season at Sonoma. Testing the #4 Kodak Grand Prix was another road racing specialist, P.J. Jones.(Morgan-McClure PR)(7-29-2003)
- Skinner in the #01 car, Wallace out? UPDATE done deal: hearing that Mike Wallace has been released from the #01 US Army Pontiac and replacing him will be Mike Skinner (I hear for the next three races, except for Watkins Glen where Boris Said will run)(7-28-2003)
UPDATE: Mike Skinner has been named to drive the #01 U.S. Army Pontiac for MB2 Motorsports beginning with this weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Skinner will take over driving duties from Mike Wallace who has substituted for the injured Jerry Nadeau since The Winston Open (May 17) at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Road racing specialist Boris Said, who drove the #01 U.S. Army Pontiac to a sixth place finish at Infineon Raceway, will take the wheel again at Watkins Glen International for the Aug. 10 road race. "Mike (Skinner) has agreed to drive for us at least through Darlington," said Jay Frye, CEO/General Manager of MB2 Motorsports. "The team seems to have lost a little momentum since Sonoma, but hopefully Mike will help get us back on the right track. His record of success speaks for itself."
"I'm very excited that the team chose me to help them out," said Skinner. "My goal, first and foremost, is to help Jerry's recovery. We want him back in the U.S. Army Pontiac. Speaking from experience, though, getting back in the car before you are 100 percent isn't the best thing to do for anyone. Hopefully, I can help take a little pressure off of Jerry so he can recover at his own pace. I want to get his team back on its feet, and maybe even give them a win -- that would be an added bonus for all of us."(MB2 Motorsports PR)(7-29-2003)
- Netzero Stuff UPDATE Leffler in at Indy: hearing that Jason Leffler will drive the #0 Netzeo Pontiac at Indy in the Brickyard 400 and that Netzero may not be back as a sponsor in 2004 for the team.
UPDATE: Jason Leffler will join Ultra Motorsports truck teammate Ted Musgrave [#07 Dodge] in the Winston Cup Brickyard 400 next weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But while Musgrave will drive a second Sirius Dodge for owner Jimmy Smith, Leffler will pilot the #0 Pontiac for Haas CNC Racing. Leffler's hoped-for 33rd career start reunites the 27-year-old with crew chief Tony Furr, with whom he worked for two races at the end of last season.(NASCAR.com and a full release at Speed Channel)(7-26-2003)
- Morgan-McClure Plans for next three races UPDATE:
Pocono: the team has filed two entries for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway [#04 and #4 Kodak Pontiacs] but since David Reutimann didn't make the Cup race at New Hampshire [qualifying rained out and no attempts] and didn't get to test as planned at Pocono Raceway last week, team owner Larry McClure said, "I think we might enter David in the ARCA race at Pocono," McClure said. "I don't think it would be fair to put him in a Cup car there, when he's never seen the place and would be making his first Winston Cup start. We may ask Brett Bodine to qualify our Winston Cup car and race it."
Indianapolis: After that, McClure expects to run Reutimann in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the driver was impressive in a test session last week. "At Indy we're going to run two cars, David and somebody else," McClure said. "Right now we hope it will be Robert Pressley."
Watkins Glen: Then, McClure said he would again use Tennessean Johnny Miller, who ran for the team at Infineon Raceway, at Watkins Glen International.(more notes at NASCAR.com)(7-21-2003)
UPDATE Bodine in for Pocono: Morgan-McClure Motorsports will use Winston Cup veteran Brett Bodine as driver of its #4 Kodak Pontiac this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The 44-year old Chemung, N.Y.-native has one win which came at North Wilkesboro in 1990, 16 top-fives, 61 top-10s and five poles to his credit. In addition to the Winston Cup event, Morgan-McClure will also enter the ARCA race at Pocono with the #4 Kodak ARCA car and Busch Series driver David Reutimann. Reutimann, whose Winston Cup debut got rained out last Friday at New Hampshire, will gain valuable seat time at the 2.5-mile track. "The team is happy to have Brett Bodine drive the Kodak Pontiac at Pocono. Brett and I have known each other for a long time. He is one of the hardest working drivers and owners in the Winston Cup garage," said team owner, Larry McClure. "We are looking forward to going to Pocono with David in the ARCA car as well. We hope to build on last week’s momentum." Bodine is looking forward to his first race since he was injured in a practice session last month at Michigan. "I am looking forward to racing with Larry, Chris and all of the Morgan-McClure crew at Pocono. It will be my first race back since the accident. The doctors did a great job on the shoulder surgery and rehabilitation has been good," Bodine said. "It was way ahead of schedule and the doctor cleared me to race. I tested at Indy last week and the shoulder felt great, as a matter of fact the right shoulder feels stronger than the left."(ThatsRacin.com)(7-22-2003)
- DEI and Andretti firm up Indy plans: John Andretti, who accepted a two-race deal this week to drive Haas CNC Racing's #0 Pontiacs for the next two races, has also agreed to drive a Dale Earnhardt Inc. entry in the Aug. 3 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti tested a DEI car at Indy last week with good results. The Indy race replaces one originally scheduled for Chicagoland, in which Busch driver Jason Keller failed to qualify. "We are really confident he can qualify in the top 10 or 15 and run competitively all day," said Ty Norris, DEI's executive vice president for motorsports. "John wanted to be sure we were committed because he thinks he can go up there and be a factor in that race with that car. That gave us a lot of confidence."(ThatsRacin.com)(7-18-2003)
- Andretti to test for DEI and may run the Brickyard 400: John Andretti, released last month by Petty Enterprises, is scheduled to be at the Speedway on Monday testing a Dale Earnhardt Inc. car. DEI executive vice president Ty Norris said if the test goes well, Andretti will be given a chance to qualify it for the Aug. 3 race. "We talked to John on Saturday morning. He's excited about the opportunity and we're excited to give it to him," Norris said. "You'll have the Andrettis and Earnhardts working together at Indy. That's kind of neat." Andretti will be driving the #81 Chevrolet that Jason Keller failed to qualify this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Chicago-based sponsor Kraft Foods, after missing the race in its backyard, decided Indy was the next-best option.(Indianapolis Star)(7-14-2003)
- Arnold Motorsports to Debut at Indy; Occupies Melling Shop: Arnold Motorsports will field the #79 Dodge in seven races as the 2003 season winds down, with hopes of embarking on the full NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule in 2004. Billy Bigley Jr., the former Hooters Cup and NASCAR All Pro late-model champion and Craftsman Truck Series leadfoot, will occupy the driver's seat. Having completed two days of test laps this past week at the USA International Speedway in Lakeland — and with two days of tweaking ahead Monday and Tuesday at the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Arnold Motorsports' initial foray into the most competitive stock car arena of all will be a qualifying attempt for the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis on Aug. 3. After Arnold got the green light from NASCAR this past fall to move forward, he officially registered the team and began the process of finding a location where the operation could fit in. Arnold negotiated on a number of race-team warehouses and workshops in the Charlotte, N.C. area, ultimately reaching an agreement with Mark Melling, son of Harry Melling, to occupy a 21,500 square foot, turn-key operation. The Melling team that had transformed Dawsonville, Georgia's Bill Elliott into a marquee name in the sport, ceased operation due to lack of sponsorship after the 2002 NASCAR season. Now leasing the modest shop with an option to buy, Arnold took possession on Feb. 1 and went right work, inventorying the goods and ordering in additional supplies that were needed. Doug Howe is now the crew chief of the #79 Dodge that at least initially, will have Arnold Development Companies plastered on the hood and rear-quarter panels as the team sponsor. Arnold now has 14 employees on his race-operation payroll — still bare bones compared to the established, highly financed, multi-car teams that compete week in and week out. Arnold says he thinks he already as established a good rapport with the powers that be in the Dodge Motorsports headquarters. Two cars built by the established Bill Davis Racing operation and driven by Ward Burton have been purchased. Two others are being built from scratch. A fifth car, which also was built over a two-month span in the Arnold Motorsports shop, was demolished after only three laps of practice recently at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Because of its connection with Dodge and record of race reliability, Arrington Manufacturers of Martinsville, Va., has been chosen as the engine supplier by Arnold. He will lease the engines under what is called the "Arrington A" program. The involvement of NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison — the patriarch of the famed "Alabama Gang" has been on board about six weeks — came about largely because of Bigley's long career in the All Pro late-model ranks. The team's seven race schedule [6 Cup, 1 ARCA]: Aug. 3: Brickyard 400; Aug. 23: Bristol; Sept. 6: Richmond: Sept. 21: Dover; Sept. 27: ARCA race at Talladega; Oct. 19: Martinsville; and Nov. 16: Homestead.(Naples Daily News)(7-13-2003)
- Musgrave to run Vegas: CTS driver, Ted Musgrave is scheduled to drive the #07 Kenwood/Sirius Dodge for Ultra Motorsports at Las Vegas and a few other races including the Brickyard 400.(2-17-2003)
- See the 2003 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
||10th Anniversary Running
||Brickyard 400 - Aug
||Car #'s 0-23 page
||Smirnoff Ice Triple Black
||Brickyard 400 - Aug
Darlington - Aug
Richmond - Sept
Atlanta - Oct
|Car #'s 0-23 page
||Pedigree Dog Food
||Brickyard 400 - Aug
Kansas - Oct
Phoenix - Nov
|Cars #'s 24-99 page
||Garfield the cat
||Brickyard 400 - Aug
||Cars #'s 24-99 page
- Kyle gets claws: Although the crewmembers at Petty Enterprises work hard to turn the team's Dodges into tigers on the track, their newest race car has proved to be a real pussycat - thanks to motorsports designer Sam Bass. It was Bass who took the image of Garfield, the world's most famous cartoon cat, and wrapped him around the wind tunnel-tested curves of Kyle Petty's #45 Dodge Intrepid. Garfield, who celebrates a milestone 25th birthday this year, has loaned his mischievous, Cheshire-like grin to the front of Petty's car, while the chunky feline's trademark orange-and-black tail curls to the back, anticipating his next opportunity for lasagna. Garfield's appearance on the Intrepid's hood wearing Richard Petty's cowboy hat, shades and Petty Enterprises crew jacket makes it clear he imagines himself to be the new King of stock car racing. The special paint scheme's appearance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's August 3 Brickyard 400 is part of a celebration to honor Marion, Ind., native Jim Davis' cartoon creation during the week of the race. "I like it," commented Davis about the Bass design. "It's fun, bright, colorful and captures Garfield's wit. We should be able to see this car from outer space!"
"It's hard work to draw for a living," Bass said about his and Davis' occupations. "To create a comic strip character that is still being enjoyed a quarter-century later by readers of all ages, all around the world is an incredible accomplishment. I have been a fan of Jim's work and creativity for a long time. It was so much fun for me to work on this project." Bass has announced the release of a fine art poster commemorating Garfield's 25th birthday that features the Petty car design. It will be available through the Sam Bass Gallery for $20 per poster. For more information about the Kyle Petty/Garfield car design, log on to www.sambass.com or phone 704/455-6915, see image of the scheme on my 2003 Cup Paint Schemes, #'s24-99.(7-30/8-2-2003)
- New Scheme for Biffle: #16-Greg Biffle will be running a revised version of the primary Grainger paint scheme this weekend at Indianapolis. The front end of the race car has been changed to red from black and the car will run this way for the remainder of the season.(Roush Racing PR)(7-30-2003)
- Special Paint for Kyle UPDATE: #45-Kyle Petty will run a Garfield scheme in the Brickyard 400.(4-13-2003)
UPDATE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway says the #45 Dodge that Kyle Petty will drive for Petty Enterprises in the Aug. 3 Brickyard 400 will sport a special paint scheme promoting the 25th birthday of the cartoon cat Garfield. An ice cream social and autograph session for fans is scheduled for Aug. 2 at the track with both Kyle and Richard Petty scheduled to be on hand from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter), see an image of the scheme on my 2003 Cup Schemes page #24-99.(7-25-2003)
- Elliott Scheme at the Brickyard: 2002 Brickyard 400 winner, #9-Bill Elliott will run a special 10th Running of the Brickyard scheme at Indianapolis in August. See my Paint Schemes Gallery - Car #'s 0-23 for the image.(4-25-2003)
- Kenseth and Smirnoff Ice? UPDATE: hearing #17-Matt Kenseth will race either 8 Cup or 8 BGN races with Smirnoff Ice as the sponsor, the BGN thing makes sense, since he is running 15 races with Bayer/Alka Seltzer, not sure about the Cup part of the rumor.(1-25-2003)
UPDATE: hearing this is for 8 Cup races, with at least one Richmond race to be part of it.(1-27-2003)
UPDATE 2: Smirnoff Ice Triple Black will sponsor Roush Racing driver Matt Kenseth's #17 Ford in a limited program of 2003 Cup races, beginning with The Winston all-star race in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The program includes at least co-primary sponsorship of Kenseth's Ford Taurus, whose five wins in 2002 led the series, for eight races and secondary status for the balance of the season. The partnership includes driver appearances, the use of show cars and image rights, a large hospitality program and an extensive social responsibility agenda. A Smirnoff spokesperson said an advertising program was in the works featuring Kenseth, who said that was one of the "coolest" aspects of the program. Kenseth will drive the Smirnoff Ice car at The Winston, Pepsi 400 at Daytona, Brickyard 400, Southern 500, Richmond (Sept), Talladega (Sept) and Atlanta (Oct). The race at Texas on March 30 is a co-primary event with Dewalt Tools.(NASCAR.com, see an image of the car there - do NOT email it to me)(2-8-2003)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
SOME NOTES and NEWS
- Three Contenders for IROC Championship: In recent True Value IROC seasons, the scenario going into the finale at the Brickyard has been a wide spread battle, usually consisting of half the 12-driver field or more. But the sixth consecutive, True Value IROC at Indy championship crowning event Saturday, August 2, will be a contest of three, consisting of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Kurt Busch, NASCAR Craftsman Truck champion, Mike Bliss, and Busch's Winston Cup teammate Mark Martin. Winning races, collecting bonus points for leading laps and decent showings, when not winning, separates Busch, Bliss and Martin from the remainder of the field, but not by much. If Busch finished last and NASCAR Winston Cup driver, Ryan Newman, fourth in points, won and collected five-bonus points for leading most laps, he would lose the championship by the tiebreaker, which awards the championship according to average finishes over all four-races. Martin is a four-time True Value IROC Champion and has won every IROC race he has competed in at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway starting with the inaugural event in 1998 and continuing with consecutive wins in 1999 and 2000 - each win came from the back of the pack. Martin's unabashed goal is to capture a, record-breaking, fifth title; he currently shares the record of four-titles with the late Dale Earnhardt. Adding to that, a repeat of his 1998 combination race win and championship would give him a 12th IROC race win and would break his shared record of 11 all-time wins, which he holds with Earnhardt and Al Unser Jr. Busch and Bliss are at the opposite end of their IROC careers. Both are bottle-rocket rookies with IROC wins under their belts. Busch won race two on April 5 at Talladega Superspeedway and Bliss won race three on July 12 at Chicagoland; both also maximized their victories by collecting five-bonus points. But, the two have a formidable situation sitting just ahead of them - literally. The line up for the race is by reverse order of the point standings, which will start Mark Martin 10th, one row ahead of Bliss and Busch starting 11th and 12th, respectively. The reigning True Value IROC champion, Kevin Harvick, sixth in points, is out of contention for a repeat championship. The 40-lap, 100-mile True Value IROC finale will get underway at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 2:00pm/et and be broadcast on ESPN, Sunday, August 3 at 1:00pm/et.(IROC PR). See my IROC page for past news and stuff.(8-1-2003)
- NASCAR to require Cup, Busch, Truck teams to add fuel cell area fire extinuisher: NASCAR officials announced today that all vehicles in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will require an additional fire-extinguishing cylinder solely dedicated to the fuel cell area, effective Aug. 13 but recommended immediately. An automatic, thermally activated discharge nozzle recommended by the manufacturer for this application must activate the cylinder, which is required to be made of DOT-approved metal. The automatic system may have a manual and/or pneumatic override from the driver-activated system. The cylinder must be mounted in the driver's compartment and will attach to a steel bracket welded to the frame and/or roll cage of the vehicle. When discharged, the extinguisher releases Halon in the area of the fire. Halon, a proven and extremely effective fire suppressant, is a liquefied compressed gas that stops the spread of fire by chemically disrupting combustion. A minimum of 10 pounds of fire extinguishing agent is required in the cylinder for the fuel cell area. In addition to the fire extinguisher cylinder being added for the fuel cell area, NASCAR has enhanced its requirements and specifications for the current on-board driver protection system as well as the fuel cell vent area. The cockpit extinguisher, a manually controlled push or pull knob that activates a fully charged fire-extinguishing pressurized cylinder, now must contain a minimum of five pounds of extinguishing agent. Should the cylinder also be used for fire extinguishing in the engine compartment, it must contain a minimum of 10 pounds of extinguishing agent. The cylinder also must be securely mounted to the frame and/or roll cage, and hose clamps, worm drive clamps and cable ties are not permitted. In addition, all discharge lines and fittings for the cylinders must be steel or steel-reinforced hose although the nozzles may remain aluminum. A maximum length for the neck of the fuel cell check valve vent hose has been set at three inches. By limiting length, it will make the component more impact resistant. The neck connects the fuel cell to the fuel cell vent hose and is located inside the trunk area of the vehicle. To accommodate the maximum neck length standard, fuel cell vent hoses will increase in length from 60 inches to a maximum of 66 inches.(NASCAR PR)(7-30-2003)
- New Gas Can Rule: Beginning with the July 13 race at Chicagoland Speedway, NASCAR will prohibit teams from throwing or tossing gas cans or gas catch cans over the pit wall during a pit stop. The change was announced in Sunday's prerace drivers' meeting.
If a violation happens under caution, the driver will have to restart at the end of the longest line. If it occurs under green-flag conditions, the driver must return to pit road to serve a 15-second penalty. The change is being made to reduce the liklihood of gas spills during pit stops.(ThatsRacin.com)(6-22-2003)
STATS and STUFF