THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Allstate 400

Nextel Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, August 7, 2005 in Indianapolis, IN

  • TV: NBC 2:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 2:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Green Flag: around 2:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Aug 10 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Aug 11 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Aug 13 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • War Wagon: no more war wagon, Bill Weber from the booth

  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV

  • Purse/Race Awards: $9,086,902 (was $8,771,458 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, August 5, 2:30 - 3:30pm/et and 4:30 - 5:30pm/et; Saturday, August 6, 3:10 - 3:55 pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 6, 4:45 - 5:30pm/et, TV-Speed Channel LIVE

    REVISED

  • Practices: Saturday, August 6, 9:00 - 10:00 am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 6, 10:30 - 11:30am/et, TV-?


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 5, 1:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, August 6 at CHANGED 4:10pm/et, TV-TNT via tape at 6:00pm/et, no TV re-air AND live via radio at IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Impound? cars WILL NOT be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules on my Impound Rules page.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).

  • CUP EVENT SCHEDULE

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 4TH
    6:00 AM 10:00 PM NNCS HAULERS PARK ON GROUNDS

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH
    7:00 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
    7:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    8:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    11:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    12:30 PM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS
    12:30 PM NNCS DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    1:30 PM 2:30 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    3:30 PM 4:30 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    6:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    REVISED - SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH
    7:00 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    8:00 AM 9:00 AM NNCS PRACTICE
    9:30 AM 10:30 AM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
    3:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
    6:30 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH
    7:00 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS & ACCESS TO HAULERS
    8:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    11:40 AM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEFS MEETING (F-1 GARAGE)
    1:10 PM NNCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
    1:40 PM NNCS RACE (160 LAPS, 400 MILES)
    2:30 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    NOTE: TIMES ARE LOCAL TIME, an hour behind ET
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,400; Right-side -- 1,400

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6868; Right-side -- D-6870

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 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 44-48 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Indianapolis . . . this is the only track at which Nextel Cup teams will run this combination in 2005 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at Indianapolis . . .the inflation in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "We tested at Indianapolis with Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman in late April of this year. We found that the new track surface is very fast with a lot of grip, so we have a tire combination unique to Indy. Compared to last year, this set-up features new compounds on both sides, as well as a new left-side construction. Recently, we also attended all three pre-race team test sessions to monitor performance of the new set-up, and it performed very well."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $90,000 at Indianapolis [only Johnson, Stewart and Stewart have a shot to do it there] for leading the points and winning the race.
    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.
    2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $90,000
    (7-18-2005)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Indy: $5,000

    Winners for 2005 so far:
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
    Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
    Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
    Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
    Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
    Michigan: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Pocono: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    (* won race and bonus)

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
    #29, #30 and #07 due to HSBC's(GM Card) relationship with RCR
    #48 due to Lowes Sponsorship ( Capital One does that credit card)
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart, 15
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kurt Busch, 8
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Kasey Kahne, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Kyle Busch, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Matt Kenseth, 2
    (7-25-2005)


WEATHER LINKS, RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS LINKS, TRACK/FAN INFO

Radio Coverage:
IMS Radio Network [no link found]
XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Indianapolis, IN Area:
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Hoosier Times
The Indianapolis Star/News
Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association
The Republic
Shelbyville News
Star Press

Weather Forecast Links for the race area:

Raceweather.net

by The Weather Channel
Accuweather
Accuweather - Current Radar
Intellicast - NASCAR weather
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

TV Coverage/Info/News Links:
Race Fan TV
TVRacer.com

IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Tony Stewart wins at the Brickyard!: #20-Tony Stewart won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading 44 of 160 laps, for his first ever win at his home track, setting off a prolonged celebration, doing a lap around, then a rever lap back to his turn 2 suite, got out of the car and climbed the wall to salute the people in his suite, then drove back to start-finish line, climbing the fence with his crew, who climbed the fence aa couple times. Stewart then laid down on the front stretch wall and gave interviews from there. It is Stewart's 4th win of 2005, the 24th of his career and Stewart takes over the points lead after #48-Jimmie Johnson crashed late finished 38th. So Stewart also wins the NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus of is $90,000 for being the leader and winning the race. Johnson was taken to a local hospital for observation and to get checked out. Finishing 2nd was #9-Kasey Kahne, followed by #25-Brian Vickers, # 19-Jeremy Mayfield and #17-Matt Kenseth. Pole sitter, #38-Elliott Sadler ran in the top-10 all day until he had a tire go down around lap 151, lost a lap and finished 32nd, which knocked him out of the Chase for the Nextel Cup. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, wrecked midrace and finished 43rd and is pretty much out of the Chase. Nice runs by Petty Enterprises with #45-Kyle Petty finishing 13th and #43-Jeff Green was 15th. And #0-Mike Bliss had another good runm finishing 11th after hanging around the top-10 the last half of the race.
    For race results and links, see Jayski's Brickyard 400 Race Results Page.(8-7-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Indy - 21 of 36 races
    the 10 drivers in the chase as things stand:
    1) #20-Tony Stewart, 2923
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2848, -75
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 2812, -111
    4 )-#2-Rusty Wallace, 2705, -218
    5) #97-Kurt Busch, 2646, -277
    6) #6-Mark Martin, 2636, -287
    7) #12-Ryan Newman, 2568, -355
    8) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 2554, -369
    9) #88-Dale Jarrett, 2493, -430
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 2487, -436
    The top 10 in drivers points, 11th and back are over 400 points back and out of the Chase.
    The top five fighting to get in:
    11) #42-Jamie McMurray, 2475, -448, -12 out of 10th
    12) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2463, -460, -24
    13) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2405, -518, -82
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2400, -523, -87
    For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Indy page.(8-7-2005)

  • Indianapolis Race Notes:
    • Tony Stewart won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scoring his 23rd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 233rd career start.
    • Stewart climbed from second to first in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, 75 ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson. The last time Stewart led the point standings was at Homestead in November 2002 [when he won the championship].
    • Stewart's last victory came at New Hampshire, two races ago. He scored his first victory in seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stewart has scored four victories in 2005, all in the last six races. He also won at Sears Point, Daytona and New Hampshire.
    • Stewart has scored seven straight top-10 finishes, extending a streak that began with a second-place finish at Michigan.
    • Stewart became the fourth different race winner in the last four races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the eighth different race winner in the 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races here.
    • Stewart moved into a tie with Ricky Rudd for 24th on the NASCAR All-time win list.
    • Stewart won the $90,000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus for winning the race and leading the point standings. It marked the third time in 2005 that the bonus has been won. Jimmie Johnson won it at Las Vegas ($30,000) and at Charlotte ($90,000).
    • This was Stewart's 14th career superspeedway victory in 181 career superspeedway races.
    • Stewart led the most laps for the seventh time in a race this season. He led 44 of the 160 laps raced.
    • Stewart has scored 13 top-10 finishes in 21 races this season, tied with Jimmie Johnson for the most of all drivers.
    • Stewart scored the second victory for car owner Joe Gibbs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bobby Labonte won for Gibbs here in 2000.
    • This was Gibb's 46th victory as a car owner and fourth in 21 races this season.
    • This is the 11th victory for Chevrolet in 2005. Ford has nine and Dodge has one.
    Notebook Items
    • Kasey Kahne (second) posted his second top-five finish in two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kahne has scored six top-10 finishes in 2005. Kahne remained 21st in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 711 points behind first-place Tony Stewart.
    • Brian Vickers (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It marked his sixth top-10 finish in 2005. Vickers remained 22nd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 716 points behind first-place Tony Stewart.
    • Jeremy Mayfield (fourth) posted his second top-10 finish in 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He scored his fifth top-10 finish in 21 races in 2005. Mayfield remained eighth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings now 369 behind first-place Tony Stewart.
    • Matt Kenseth (fifth) posted his third top-five finish in six races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kenseth climbed from 17th to 15th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 168 points behind 10th-place Carl Edwards.
    • Jeff Gordon (eighth) climbed from 15th to 14th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, now 523 points behind point leader Tony Stewart and 87 points behind 10th-place Carl Edwards
    • Jimmie Johnson (38th today) has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 54 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004.
    • Rusty Wallace (25th) extended a 34-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August. Wallace has scored 16 top-15 finishes in 21 races in 2005.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (43rd) finished last for just the third time in his career and the first time since February 2001. He dropped from 14th to 16th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 627 points behind first-place Tony Stewart and 191 points behind 10th-place Carl Edwards.
    • Six of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    • Eight drivers are within 400 points of current point leader Tony Stewart with five races remaining before The Chase begins in New Hampshire in September.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-7-2005)

  • Rumblings - Indianapolis:
    Tony Stewart finally got to the fence he's been looking to climb all his racing life today as he passed Kasey Kahne with 11 laps to go and went on to win the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard for his first-ever win at his beloved Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Our unforgivable tire problems continued today. By my scorecard it was five left-fronts and two right fronts. Take your choice.....new Goodyear tire this season or that silly NASCAR impound rule. Either way, we didn't have these type of problems as widespread as they are this year in season's past.....and these guys have been playing with air pressure for years. A fix is needed, and quick! This was the 4th win of 2005 (and all in the last 6 races) for Stewart and the 23rd of his Cup career (he's tied for 24th on the all-time win list with Ricky Rudd). Win #46 for Joe Gibbs Racing was worth a paltry $554,661 from the over $9M in posted awards.
    Kasey Kahne (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Richmond in May.
    Brian Vickers (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Pocono in June.
    Jeremy Mayfield (4th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Lowe's in May.
    Casey Mears (6th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Texas in April.
    Sterling Marlin (9th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Texas in April.
    Kyle Petty (13th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Bristol in April.
    Jeff Green (15th) had his best finish since he was 15th at Pocono in June.
    Mike Skinner (29th) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Daytona in February of 2004! (only 5 races)
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 7 Top-10's in a row.
    Matt Kenseth has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Casey Mears (+34), followed by Carl Edwards (+26) and Tony Stewart (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ricky Rudd (-32), followed by Elliott Sadler (-31), Ryan Newman (-28 ), and Martin Truex Jr (-25). This is the first time this season that either Mears or Rudd have captured awards in the "Shaft".
    We've got a new points leader as Tony Stewart flies by Jimmie Johnson to lead by 75 markers. Only the Top-10 are still above the "Stayin' Alive" line, but Elliott Sadler has fallen out and Carl Edwards has taken his place.
    Mike Bliss (30th to 27th) made the best move forward today, while Scott Riggs (27th to 31st) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(8-7-2005)


    RACE RUNDOWN

  • The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard:
    the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 160 of 160 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #20-Stewart-c (22)(44 laps led)
    #9-Kahne-d (4)(39 laps led)
    #25-Vickers-c (5)(14 laps led)
    #19-Mayfield-d (2)
    #17-Kenseth-f (20)(8 laps led)
    #41-Mears-d (40)(10 laps led)
    #6-Martin-f (10)
    #24-Gordon-c (7)
    #40-Marlin-d (8)
    #5-Busch-c (16)

    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford

    Points leader: #48-Johnson out of the race, finished 38th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. is out of the race after a wreck, will finish 43rd...yikes

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after lap 160 of 160 at Indy
    #20-Stewart, 2923
    #48-Johnson, 2848, -75
    #16-Biffle, 2812, -111
    #2-Wallace, 2705, -218
    #97-Busch, 2646, -277
    #6-Martin, 2636, -287
    #12-Newman, 2568, -355
    #19-Mayfield, 2554, -369
    #88-Jarrett, 2493, -430
    #99-Edwards, 2487, -436
    NASCAR.com Live Points Standings

  • Cars on the lead lap: 31 (of 43 starters)

  • Cars on the track: 37 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (6):
    #1-Truex Jr. (accident-out)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (accident-out)
    #21-Rudd (accident-out)
    #18-Labonte (accident-out)
    #48-Johnson (accident-out)
    #44-Labonte (handling-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 leaders with 15 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (44, led most);
    #9-Kahne (39, led halfway);
    #38-Sadler (39);
    #25-Vickers (14);
    #41-Mears (10);
    #17-Kenseth (9);
    #44-Labonte (2);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #7-Gordon (1);
    #22-Wimmer (1);

  • Lap leaders: #38-Sadler - pole; #38-Sadler 1-22; #7-Gordon 23; #38-Sadler 24-39; #25-Vickers 40-50; #17-Kenseth 51-59; #41-Mears 60-69; #9-Kahne 70-92; #38-Sadler 93; #45-Petty 94; #44-Labonte 95-96; #25-Vickers 97-99; #20-Stewart 100-117; #22-Wimmer 118; #20-Stewart 119-133; #9-Kahne 134-149; #20-Stewart 150-160;

    Cautions: 10 for 43 laps

    Caution 10 - Laps 146 - 149: #48-Johnson lost a tire and smacked the turn 4 wall. He came to the pit and the car caught on fire, Johnson got out. Johnson was tranferred to a local hospital with a possible concussion and for observation.
    Caution 9 - Laps 124 - 127: #97-Busch got into #10-Riggs who got turned around and smacked the turn 2 wall.
    Caution 8 - Laps 117 - 120: #18-Labonte lost a tire and smacked the turn 3 wall, took the car right to the garage.
    Caution 7 - Laps 93 - 96: #11-Leffler lost a left front tire and milked the car to the pits, leaving debris on the track.
    Caution 6 - Laps 75 - 79: #48-Johnson lost a left rear tire and spun off turn 3. Then #21-Rudd ended up backed into the backstreatch wall off turn 3 on the backstretch.
    Caution 5 - Laps 64 - 68: Well that didn't take long, #8-Earnhardt Jr. shot accross the track on the front stretch after #23-Skinner got into Dale Jr. and into the inside wall, then back into traffic, others involved, #7-Gordon, #22-Wimmer and #1-Truex Jr. The #8 is heavily damaged, as is the #1 and #22, #7 has some damage to the nose.
    Caution 4 - Laps 59 - 62: #01-Nemechek lost a left front tire and tore up the fender.
    . Caution 3 - Laps 48 - 50: #41-Mears made contact with #97-Busch in the 3rd turn and spun and slid to the grass, and drove on, has a little damage to the left front fender.
    Caution 2 - Laps 39 - 45: #43-Jeff Green lost a left front tire. Needed to fix/remove the turn one rumble strip
    Caution 1 - Laps 24 - 26: #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. had a left front tire explode, which tore a lot of the fender off.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Indy Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 10: #07-Blaney, 30th
    Caution 9: #36-Said, 31st
    Caution 8: #36-Said, 31st
    Caution 7: #15-Waltrip, 16th
    Caution 6: #32-Hamilton, still 40 laps down, 39th
    Caution 5: #21-Rudd, 41st
    Caution 4: #77-Kvapil, 37th
    Caution 3: #43-Green, 15th
    Caution 2: #7-Gordon, 24th
    Caution 1: #04-Hamilton, 27th
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)

    ---- on lap 155, #11-Leffler cut down a tire and got to the pit lane.
    ---- on lap 152, #44-Labonte made an unscheduled pit stop.
    ---- on lap 151, #38-Sadler slowed with a tire going down, had to pit and lost a lap.
    ---- all of a sudden, #12-Newman is 2 laps down as of lap 140, not sure what happened.
    ---- oops, #24-Gordon drove into the left rear of #0-Bliss and almost lost it on the caution 8 restart. Gordon has some right front damage.
    ---- after getting his lap back, #36-Said stalled on pit road during the 8th caution, the crew pushed the car to start the car, but lost a lap again.
    ---- #16-Biffle, #49-Schrader and #24-Gordon were 3-wide on pit road and all made contact with Biffle suffering a toe-in problem and coming back in to pit during the 8th caution.
    ---- on lap 111, #9-Kahne thinks he has a rear tire going down.
    ---- as of lap 102, #16-Biffle is reporting a soft tire, uncure which one, still on the track.
    ---- on lap 102, #36-Said pitted with a possb;e engine problem, was smoking a bit. The crew changed tires and send Boris back out, losing a lap.
    ---- #48-Johnson left the pits during the 7th caution with the catch can, will have to pit again and will be penalized.
    ---- as of lap 86, NBC is reporting that #48-Johnson may has another tire rub.
    ---- #31-Burton is having clutch problems and has a hard time leaving his pit.
    ---- on lap 81, #15-Waltrip made an unscheduled pit stop for a left front flat tire and lost a lap, he the only car a lap down, so he could be the next 'Lucky Dog'.
    ---- during the 6th caution, #29-Harvick missed the commitment line, but pitted anyway and will start at the end of the longest line.
    ---- #48-Johnson pitted during the 6th caution when pit road was closed and goes to the end of the longest line.
    ---- as of lap 73, NBC is reporting that #48-Johnson may have a tire rub.
    ---- #23-Skinner, #7-Gordon, #22-Wimmer, #01-Nemechek and #04-Hamilton made pit stops during the 5th caution.
    ---- #21-Rudd made a pit stop during the 4th caution and the team changed the carb, but couldn't get out before the pace car went past and lost a lap.
    ---- IMS Radio is reporting rain a few miles away as of lap 60, 4:10pm/et but looking at the radar in weather.com for Speedway IN, looks ok, with a few stray showers in the area as of 4:25pm/et.
    ---- #32-Hamilton Jr. had to come back to the garage around lap 59, he told IMS Radio that he would get one more chance to get out and the team is gonna do it right and run some laps.
    ---- #32-Hamilton Jr. is back on the track on lap 54 after the team made repairs, 31 laps down.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr., #88-Jarrett, #41-Mears came into pit during the 3rd caution.
    ---- A rumble strip in turn number one started coming apart, the IMS crew is out fixing it during the 2nd caution. Actually removed the rumble strip that is causing the problem, they are bolted down.
    ---- #2-Wallace's motor was running hot, after a part off a windshield tearoff was blocking the grill, the team brought Wallace in a few times to run water thru the motor and cool it down.
    ---- all the leaders came into pit during the 2nd caution, 14 laps after the 1st one.
    ---- #19-Mayfield's radio is not working early in the race, crew cannot comunicate with him.
    ---- #43-Green caught speeding down pit road during the caution 1 stops, penalized to the back of the longest line.
    ---- #31-Burton's team had jack problems on his caution 1 stop and lost a bunch of spots.
    ---- #49-Schrader's team went under the hood, having a clutch problem, made a few stops during the 1st caution.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr.'s car was bouncing early but slowly stopped, new tires during the 1st caution hopes to fix that.
    ---- #77-Kvapil came in to pit on lap 21 for fires, gas and track bar adjustment.
    ---- #04-Hamilton made an early pit stop on lap 11 to change tires, he fell a lap down.
    ---- #20-Stewart was told by NASCAR Control to calm down as he was beating and banging his way up.
    ---- To the BACK [4]: #41-Mears [unapproved changes]; #2-Wallace [backup car]; #36-Said [unapproved changes]; #04-Hamilton [requested to be put to the rear];


  • Sadler wins pole at Indy: #38-Elliott Sadler won the Budweiser Pole for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.117mph for his 2nd pole of 2005 and 4th of his career. His other pole this season was at Bristol. Starting next to Sadler will be #19-Jeremy Mayfield, followed by #15-Michael Waltrip, #9-Kasey Kahne and #25-Brian Vickers. #7-Robby Gordon is the highest starting non-top 35 team, running a lap of 181.943 and will start 13th. #44-Terry Labonte had to use a past champions provisional to make the field. #91-Bill Elliott made it on speed and #04-Bobby Hamilton makes his first race of 2005.
    For qualifying results/starting lineup, see Jayski's Indy Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(8-6-2005)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do for qualifying in the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
    Eight in and nine out:
    #7-Robby Gordon, starts 13th
    #1-Martin Truex Jr., 17th
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 25th
    #36-Boris Said, 32nd
    #91-Bill Elliott, 33rd
    #23-Mike Skinner, 34th
    #04-Bobby Hamilton, 35th
    #44-Terry Labonte, 43rd, Champions Provisional
    failed to make the race:
    #37-Kevin Lepage, DNQ
    #92-Tony Raines, DNQ
    #4-Mike Wallace, DNQ
    #34-P.J. Jones, DNQ
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, DNQ
    #00-Kenny Wallace DNQ
    #50-Jimmy Spencer, DNQ
    #51-Stuart Kirby, DNQ
    #66-Mike Garvey, DNQ
    (8-6-2005)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #2-Wallace got loose off turn 1 on his 1st qualifying lap and hit the wall a couple times spun into the grass, failed to finish the lap.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson's car failed to make it thru tech inspection, was put on the 5 minute clock when his qualifying attempt came up, the team didn't make it, so Johnson didn't take a lap, and he will start at the back. Crew chief Chad Knuas said the rear end housing chain wasn't too NASCAR liking and the team didn't have enough time to change it.
    #50-Spencer spun off exiting turn 4 and slid onto pit road, didn't hit anything, he had a flat right rear tire. It wasn't clear if Spencer would get a chnace, NASCAR's Mike Helton said they could change tires and were on the 5 minute clock wehn #1-Truex took the green flag, so the crew got new tires on and Spencer will get another shot. He has ran in all 11 of the Brickyard 400's. Spencer went out for another shot and pulled the car back in after the fender was rubbing and spencer couldn't get up to speed, he will miss the race.
    #41-Mears smacked the wall three times after losing it off turn three, and took it to the garage.
    Four drivers have been excused from their place in line to schedule: #99-Edwards, #45-Petty, #4-Wallace, #77-Kvapil
    (8-6-2005)

  • Indy Qualifying Notes:
    • Elliot Sadler won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the AllState 400 at the Brickyard, lapping Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 48.882 seconds at 184.116 mph. Casey Mears holds the track-qualifying record of 48.311 seconds, 186.293 mph, set Aug. 7, 2004.
    • This is Sadler’s fourth career Bud Pole in 234 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. This is his second Bud Pole and 11th top-10 start this season.
    • This is Sadler’s second top-10 start in seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He started third and finished third here in 2004.
    • Sadler became the fourth repeat Bud Pole winner this season.
    • Jeremy Mayfield posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 49.166 seconds, 183.053 mph – and will join Sadler on the front row for the AllState 400 at the Brickyard. He has started from a top-10 starting position in just three of his 11 races at Indianapolis. Mayfield tied his season-best start set at Texas with his ninth top-10 start of 2005.
    • This is the third Bud Pole for Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has nine Bud Poles and Dodge has eight. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June.
    • Michael Waltrip (third) posted his fourth top-10 start in 12 races at Indianapolis. Waltrip posted his third top-10 start in 2005.
    • Kasey Kahne (fourth) scored his first top-10 start in two races at Indianapolis. Kahne posted his 10th top-10 start in 2005.
    • Brian Vickers (fifth) posted his second top-10 start in two races at Indianapolis.
    • Bobby Hamilton (35th) qualified for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races since Homestead in 2002.
    • There have been nine different Bud Pole winners in the 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Indianapolis.
    • The furthest back a race winner has started at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was 27th by Jeff Gordon in 2001.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-6-2005)

  • Ramblings: Indianapolis:
    Elliott Sadler was easily the fastest today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and he'll lead us to the green tomorrow in the Allstate 400. His time of 48.882 (184.116 mph) was almost 3/10th's of a second quicker than Jeremy Mayfield. Course, it would have been nice to see it live. For a race they spend so much time telling us is second in importance only to the Daytona 500 (and I'll agree with that since they gutted the Southern 500), it seems like they could have found 2 1/2 hours in their busy schedule. Instead they use Cup qualifying as a lead in to help the Busch ratings. Maybe they thought it would be boring.....after all, we had a couple crashes, a few spins, Mr. Excitement managed to spin in onto pit road and really not hit either wall much (and that seems impossible), and the points leader couldn't get through tech. Throw in all the go-home stories with the largest car count since February and seems like somebody out there in TV-land might have shown some interest, huh?
    Jeremy Mayfield (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Texas in April.
    Michael Waltrip (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Pocono in June.
    Sterling Marlin (8th) had his best qualifying run since he started 7th at Darlington in May.
    Ken Schrader (11th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 11th at Martinsville in April.
    STREAKIN....Brian Vickers has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.(Stock Car Fans)(8-6-2005)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 4:10pm/et.
    TV: TNT at 6:00pm/et [tape delay...again].
    Radio: IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none.

  • Cars on the Track! Saturday's practice for the Allstate 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the practcie started late as their was some rain in the area and the track got wet.....so there was only one longer sessions, the fastest were:
    #41-Mears 184.873
    #10-Riggs 184.147
    #9-Kahne 183.464
    #49-Schrader 183.445
    #25-Vickers 183.445
    slowest: #89-Shepherd 172.649 and #99-Edwards 177.711
    most laps run: #42-McMurray, #41-Mears, #6-Martin, 42 laps
    incidents: #77-Kvapil slapped the wall [no backup], #99-Edwards lost a tire and was damaged, will go to a backup car.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #04-Hamilton, 183.329 [17th fastest lap], 11 laps run
    #4-Wallace, 179.147 [35th], 16 laps
    #49-Schrader, 178.701 [4th], 33 laps
    For practice speeds, qualifying order and more, see my Jayski's Indy Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(8-6-2005)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Allstate 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway practice?
    Eight in and nine out:
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 15th fastest overall
    #04-Bobby Hamilton, 17th
    #23-Mike Skinner, 18th
    #91-Bill Elliott, CH, 19th
    #36-Boris Said. 25th
    #92-Tony Raines, 26th
    #44-Terry Labonte, CH, 40th - would use champ provisonal to make it
    would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 29th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 32nd
    #4-Mike Wallace, 35th
    #50-Jimmy Spencer, 36th
    #51-Stuart Kirby, 38th
    #66-Mike Garvey. 42nd
    #34-P.J. Jones. 46th
    #00-Kenny Wallace, 49th
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 52nd
    CH = has a past champ provisional to use if needed
    (8-6-2005)

  • Rain washes out Friday at Indy: Persistent rain has washed out the first day of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Saturday schedule has changed, with practice taking place at 9:00-10:00am/et and 10:30-11:30am/et. Qualifying starts at 4:10pm/et.(IMS Site)(8-5-2005)

  • Qualifying Order for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is up, 52 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #10-Scott Riggs is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #23-Mike Skinner. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Indy Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(8-5-2005)

  • Entry List for the Allstate 400 at Indianpolis Motor Speedway is up, 52 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of owners points - 20 race attempts by team:
    #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (full-time team)
    #66-Mike Garvey (full-time team)
    #92-Tony Raines (full-time team)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 19 'team' attempts
    #00-Kenny Wallace (3 attempts)
    #04-Bobby Hamilton (no attempts)
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. (3 attempts)
    #23-Mike Skinner (6 attempts)
    #34-P.J. Jones (17 attempts)
    #36-Boris Said (6 attempts)
    #44-Terry Labone (6 attempts)(Champ provisional to use]
    #50-Jimmy Spencer (3 attempts)
    #51-Stuart Kirby (2 attempts)
    #89-Morgan Shepherd (11 attempts)
    #91-Bill Elliott (5 attempts)(Champ provisional to use]
    removed from the entry list/withdrew:
    #80-Carl Long (13 attempts)
    IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 44,91,4,32,37,7,66,92
    missing the race would be: #'s 34,89,36,23,1,50,00,51,04
    See rain rules below
    For the full list see my Jayski's Indy Entry List, 53 cars entered.(8-1/5-2005)

  • Weather -- IF qualifying is rained out, the field would be set as follows (per the rulebook):
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Previous Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already NOT in the field by step 1
    (Kurt Busch 2004 Cup Champ and Jeff Gordon winner of Indy last year are safely in top 35)
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    (none)
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    (none)
    #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
    (Terry Labonte, Bill Elliott)
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 13 days before the race)

  • Race Penalties Now Less Severe: Beginning with the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville, eight infractions that used to bring a stop-and-go penalty will now be addressed with a pass through the pits. They include a crew member jumping over the wall too soon, too many crewmen in the pit service area, using more than two air wrenches during a stop, and tossing the fuel or catch cans. Other violations now covered by a pass-through penalty are: crew members returning from the equipment side of the wall, illegal use of extension poles, failing to carry the front air wrench to the pit wall side, and noncompliant refueling. A stop-and-go requires a car to return to its pit box for 15 seconds, while the lesser penalty is merely going back through pit road at the required speed limit.(FoxSports/AP)(3-20-2005)

  • Impound Rules: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Impound Procedures In 2005
    For all the rules and the races [21 of 36], see my Impound Rules page.
  • some 2005 Changes in the Cup Series:

  • New Dodge Model: Charger takes over for the Intrepid
  • Spoilers reduced 1" to 4 1/2" at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona
  • Gear Ratio rule, teams will have 2 choices of what gear ratio to use at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona, supposedly the gear ratio's will be between 3.80 and 4.00
  • Hard Liquor sponsors now allowed
  • NASCAR is using a computer timing system to check for speeding on pit road
  • The top 35 teams in Owners Points will be guaranteed to make the race, the final teams by speed, then field set by speed, for the first FIVE races, 2004 owners points standings will be used for the top 35.
  • The Impound Rules will be used at over half the races.
  • Each car must have a full tank of fuel in the gas tank when the driver makes a qualifying lap, for ALL races.
  • Restrictor plate size changed from 29/32 [58/64] to 57/64"


  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2005 Nextel 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).

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
    ESPN.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • WHO'S HOT heading to Indy:
    • Tony Stewart has scored six top-10 finishes, including three victories, in the last six races.
    • Rusty Wallace has posted 16 top-15 finishes in 20 races in 2005, tied with Jimmie Johnson for the most among all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored 13 top-10 finishes in 2005, one more than second-place Tony Stewart.
    • Kurt Busch has scored three straight top-10 finishes, the first time since the first three races of the 2005 season.
    • Roush Racing drivers have won nine of the 20 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five while
    Joe Gibbs Racing has three victories. Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing, and Evernham Motorsports each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-25-2005)

    PREVIOUS BRICKYARD 400 WINNERS

    YEAR  CAR#  DRIVER           MANU     AVE SPEED STARTED
    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    Dale 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
    2003  29    Kevin Harvick    Chevy      134.554     1st
    2004  24    Jeff Gordon      Chevy      115.037    11th
    
  • Aug 2004 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 115.037mph, started 11th

  • Race Record: Bobby Labonte, August 2000, 155.912mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2004, 155.912mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Casey Mears, August 2004, 186.293mph

  • 2004 Pole Sitter: #41-Casey Mears, 186.293, finished 26th

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, August 2001, started 27th

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 3 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 7 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 9 - Rusty Wallace, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon

  • Oldest Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 27 days, 8/4/02

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 2 days, 8/6/1994

  • Most Lead Changes: 21 - 8/6/94

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 9 - 8/5/2000 and 8/8/2004

  • Most Leaders: 13 - Twice, most recently 8/3/96

  • Fewest Leaders: 5 - 8/5/00

  • Most Cautions: 13 - 8/8/2004

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 8/5/95

  • Most Caution Laps: 47, 8/8/2004

  • Few Caution Laps: 4, 5/8/95

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 30, 8/4/02

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 14, 8/5/00

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39 - Twice, most recently, 8/5/00

  • 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, 8/3/96

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 6 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1 [of 11 races] 9.1%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from the pole: 1 of 11 events (9.1%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 7 of 11 events (6.4%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 4 of 11 events (36.4%)
  • Gordon the fastest to 4: the 4-time winners at Indy:
    Driver' Wins, Races, Laps Led, Years Won 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
    Jeff Gordon, 4, 11, 433, 1994-1999-2001-2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup
    Michael Schumacher, 4, 2000, 2003-2005 F-1
    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.(IMS Site)(7-1-2005)

  • Indy News and Notes
    On the NASCAR Bubble: Jarrett Holds 10th, Others Closing In … With the beginning of the “Race to the Chase,” the spotlight is on 10th place, and the “bubble” created by drivers battling for that spot – plus, the separate quest to at least remain within 400 points of the points leader. Dale Jarrett retained the 10th-place spot coming out of the last series race at Pocono Raceway on July 24, albeit barely. Only 73 points separate positions 10-13. On the upside for Jarrett, he is only 19 points behind ninth-place Elliott Sadler (No. 38 M&M’s Ford) and 22 behind eighth-place Jeremy Mayfield (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge).

    Regarding the Race to the Chase, Did You Know? … The potential exists for all of the drivers in positions 11-15 to make substantial leaps in the points this week and help their chances of making the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Granted, those leaps will require some “help” in the form of an off-day by first place Jimmie Johnson. But after all, it happened last year when Johnson finished 36th at Indianapolis.

    Here are some possibilities to consider for those five bubble drivers, based on another 36th-place run by Johnson, which would be worth only 55 points (provided he gets no bonus points for leading laps):
    • 11th-place Jamie McMurray would have to finish at least 24th. A 24th-place finish would put McMurray exactly 400 behind Johnson.
    • 12th-place Carl Edwards would have to finish at least 23rd. That finish would also leave Edwards 400 behind Johnson.
    • 13th-place Kevin Harvick would need to finish at least fifth. Fifth place would put him 395 behind Johnson.
    • 14th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have to win and get five bonus points (for leading at least a lap) to draw within 397 of Johnson.
    • And 15th-place Jeff Gordon would have to win and lead the most laps – exactly what he did last year at Indy – to get within 400 of Johnson. He would be 396 back, to be exact.
    IRP Paved NASCAR’s Path to Brickyard … NASCAR and Indianapolis have a history that pre-dates races at the Brickyard. In 1982, the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series schedule included an event at .686-mile Indianapolis Raceway, a stellar short track that is merely a short drive to the West, from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Inclusion into the NASCAR Busch Series schedule was a long-term trial balloon for future NASCAR national series forays into what was previously open-wheel-only country.
    When the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debuted in 1995, IRP was likewise on the slate. For both series, the IRP events have become highlights and this year should be no exception. Friday night’s truck event – the Power Stroke Diesel 200 – will be followed by a Saturday night NASCAR Busch Series event, the Kroger 200. It’s a hot summer night, short-track doubleheader – and a perfect warm-up for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Expectedly, there will be some “crossover” by drivers this weekend. Four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup regulars will race in the Kroger 200 – Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Mike Wallace. Ken Schrader and Wallace also will race in the Power Stroke Diesel 200.

    Tight Battle for Manufacturers Championship … After 21 races in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, a nip-and-tuck battle is unfolding for the series’ Manufacturers Championship. Going into Indianapolis, Chevrolet leads with 146 points, followed by Ford with 139. Dodge is third with 95. Chevrolet’s lead comes on the strength of 10 wins. Ford’s closeness is based on nine wins. Chevy is led thus far by Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon, who have three victories apiece. Greg Biffle (No. 16 National Guard Ford) leads Ford drivers – and the series overall – with five victories. Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) has Dodge’s sole victory in 2005.

    On the Right Track: Excelling at Indy … Jeff Gordon is the all-time NASCAR winner at Indianapolis, with four victories. Gordon is one of 11 active drivers who have started all 11 NASCAR races at Indy. ... Kevin Harvick won at Indianapolis in 2003, giving Richard Childress Racing’s top team its second victory there. Dale Earnhardt drove the RCR No. 3 Chevy to victory in 1995. … Among active drivers, Dale Jarrett has the second-best Indy resume after Gordon. Jarrett has won two Brickyard events, and has five top-five runs. … “Semi-retired” – Or is it “semi-active?” – Bill Elliott (No. 91 Stanley Tools Dodge) returns to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series this week and history indicates he could be a major factor. The 2002 race winner – and 1988 series champion – has nine top-10 finishes at Indianapolis, tied with Gordon and Rusty Wallace for the all-time lead. … Bobby Labonte has one Brickyard victory and four top fives. … Rusty Wallace has five top fives and nine top 10s. … Mark Martin has four top fives and six top 10s. … Tony Stewart has only six Indy starts in NASCAR competition, but has compiled two top-five and three top-10 finishes. He also made five starts in the Indianapolis 500 from 1996-2001, with three top-10 finishes.

    From the Archives: NASCAR-Indy Connection Started Long Ago … The Brickyard 400 was first run in 1994 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track whose history dates back to 1909. At that time the NASCAR classic became the only event other than the Indianapolis 500 to be held at IMS. But the connection between the state of Indiana, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR goes back much further than 1994. NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. was a fine mechanic and a very good race car driver, finishing fifth in the first stock car race on Daytona Beach in 1936. The event was sanctioned by the American Automobile Association, the same sanctioning body which staged the Indy 500. France developed many friendships with AAA competitors and officials through the Daytona race and these connections led to France working with several race teams which competed in the Indianapolis 500 during the late 1930s through 1946. One team he worked with was owned Joel Thorne who was the young heir to a family fortune. Thorne spent much of that fortune on race cars designed and built by Art Sparks, one of the era’s premier car builders and a friend of France’s. The official panoramic speedway photo, taken before the 1939 Indy 500, features all of the race’s competitors with Thorne and France, both nearly 6 foot 5 inches in height, standing side by side in the center of the photo. France was also a member of Sparks’ 1946 Indianapolis 500 winning team with driver George Robson. France turned to race promotion full time in 1946 and went on to establish NASCAR in December 1947.

    The first NASCAR race held in Indiana for the division that would eventually the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series took place at Funk’s Speedway in Winchester, Ind. on Oct. 15, 1950. Named for Frank Funk, the man who carved the track out of a corn field in 1916 with a horse-drawn plow, the track featured a covered wooden grandstand holding 5,000 and a high-banked, pot-holed dirt surface which measured a half-mile in length. It is a stark contrast to today’s 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with its super-smooth racing surface, seating for over 200,000 and infield championship golf course. Indiana’s first NASCAR race was for 100 miles or 200 laps. The starting field consisted of 13 cars with the short field due to a major NASCAR race being run the same day at Martinsville, Va. Dick Linder from Pittsburgh, Pa. put Don Rogala’s Olds 88 on the pole for Funk’s event. Linder led the first three laps before being taken out on Lap 4 with mechanical problems. Ohio’s Bucky Sager took over the front spot on Lap 4 and held it to Lap 149, relinquishing the lead to Lloyd Moore. Moore led the last 51 laps for his only NASCAR win, collecting $1,000 for his efforts. Moore, a school bus mechanic from Frewsburg, N.Y., raced on the weekends for New York car dealer Julian Buesink. Moore still lives in Frewsburg and at age 93 is the oldest surviving NASCAR driver. Another NASCAR event was held at Playland Park in South Bend, Ind. in 1952, with NASCAR returning to Indiana in 1994.

    The inaugural Brickyard 400, held on Aug. 6, 1994, marked the first time since 1909, the year the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built, that a stock car competed there. That first NASCAR event was also the first time in speedway history that two races were held there in a single year. That race – won by Jeff Gordon – was historic not only for the obvious reasons.

    • It marked the final NASCAR race for legend A.J. Foyt.
    • It also marked the only NASCAR start for open-wheel star Danny Sullivan and sports car ace Geoff Brabham.
    • West Coast stock car champion Mike Chase also made the field.
    • Rick Mast, driving a Richard Jackson Ford Thunderbird, was the surprise pole winner setting a speed of 172.414 mph, while Dale Earnhardt held the outside front-row spot.

    Fast Facts
    The Race: Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (Race No. 21 of the 36-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season.)
    The Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    The Date/Time: Sunday, Aug. 7, 2:40 p.m. (ET).
    TV: NBC, 2:30 p.m. (ET).
    Radio: IMS Radio Network/XM Satellite.
    Posted Awards: $9,180,902.
    Race Length: 400 miles, 160 laps.
    Track Layout: 2.5-mile oval.
    2004 Winner: Jeff Gordon.
    2004 Polesitter: Casey Mears.(NASCAR PR)(8-3-2005)

  • Indianapolis Nuggets
    Defending NEXTEL Cup Champion at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Kurt Busch has competed in four races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, scoring three top-10 finishes.
    Point Leader at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Jimmie Johnson has competed in three races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway posting just one top-10 finish. His 36th place finish there one year ago was his worst finish at the famed superspeedway.
    Starting Up Front at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is Important
    Seven of the 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been won from seventh or better
    Winners Galore
    • There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the last seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    • There have been six different race winners in the last eight races at Indy, since 1997. Jeff Gordon won three races during the period (2004, 2001 and 1998).
    Latest Dominators at Indy
    • Jeff Gordon has scored four top-10 finishes in his last four races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, two were victories.
    • Rusty Wallace has scored seven straight top-15 finishes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Manufacturer Domination at Indy
    A Chevrolet has won six of the 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ford, the next closest manufacturer has three wins there.
    “Last-Timers” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    • Mark Martin has scored six top-10 finishes in his 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway but has never won there. He has finished second once at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1998.
    • Rusty Wallace has nine top-10 finishes in his 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wallace has finished second three times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, most recently in 2002.
    And the Beat Goes On
    Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, Jeff Burton and Michael Waltrip have all been running at the finish in all 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Owner Domination at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Rick Hendrick is the all-time winning owner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting four victories, all by Jeff Gordon.
    Starting and Finishing Up Front at Indy
    Bill Elliott has a 9.9 starting average and a 7.8 finishing average in 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Elliott is the only driver with a starting and finishing averages of 10th or better.

    Top 10 Lap Leaders at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Driver, Starts, Laps Led
    1.Gordon, Jeff, 11, 433, 4 wins
    2. Jarrett, Dale, 11, 186, 2 wins
    3. Elliott, Bill, 11, 157, 1 win
    4. Wallace, Rusty, 11, 148
    5. Irvan, Ernie, 5 2, 114
    6. Stewart, Tony, 6, 106
    7. Benson, Johnny, 8, 72
    8. Harvick, Kevin, 4, 51, 1 win
    9. Martin, Mark, 11, 43
    10. Marlin, Sterling, 11, 42

    Would you Believe?
    Jeff Gordon has finished sixth or better in nine of the 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Indy May Spell Trouble for Some of the Top 10
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored only one top-10 finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    • Greg Biffle has scored only one top-10 finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    • Ryan Newman has scored only one top-10 finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    • Jeremy Mayfield has scored only one top-10 finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    • Elliott Sadler has scored only one top-10 finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Indy Roller-Coaster
    • 1997 Brickyard 400 winner Ricky Rudd has finished 21st, 39th, 18th, 38th and 28th in his last five races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    Season Nuggets
    Winning Tougher than Ever in 2005
    After 20 races in 2005, there are seven drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005: Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Jeremy Mayfield, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek.
    Manufacturer Dominance
    Chevrolet has won 10 of the 20 races in 2005. Ford has won nine races and Dodge has one victory.
    Streaks
    Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 33 consecutive races - since Bristol last fall, the longest current streak.
    Get Those Bonus Points
    Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 14 of the 20 races in 2005. Biffle has led 1,012 laps this season second behind Tony Stewart who has led 1,063, the most of all drivers. No other drivers have led more than 500 laps.
    Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
    Jimmie Johnson is the only driver that has ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after every race in 2005. He has ranked among the top-10 drivers since Atlanta in March 2004, 53 straight races, the longest current streak.
    2005 Success
    • Greg Biffle ranked 23rd in the point standings after 20 races one year ago. This year he is third.
    • Rusty Wallace ranked 20th in the point standings after 20 races one year ago. This year he is fourth.
    • Mark Martin ranked 13th in the point standings after 20 races one year ago. This year he is seventh.
    • Dale Jarrett ranked 14th in the point standings after 20 races one year ago. This year he is 10th.
    • Jamie McMurray ranked 15th in the point standings after 20 races one year ago. This year he is 11th.
    2005 Struggles
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., ranked third in the point standings after 20 races one year ago. This year he is 14th.
    • Jeff Gordon ranked second in the point standings after 20 races one year ago. This year he is 15th.
    • Matt Kenseth ranked fourth in the point standings after 20 races one year ago. This year he is 17th
    • Bobby Labonte ranked ninth in the point standings after 20 races one year ago. This year he is 23rd.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has led only 16 laps in 2005. One year ago he had led 586.
    • Dale Jarrett has led only two laps in 2005.
    • Jamie McMurray has led only one lap in 2005.
    (NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-4-2005)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile quad-oval
    Track/Race Length: 160 laps, 400 miles
    Banking: turns: 9 degrees, 12 minutes
    Straights: Front/Back - 3300 feet, Short Shute(between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
    Attendence: ~350,000

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: actor Dennis Haysbert [24 and the Allstate commercials]
    Command to start engines: Mary Hulman George
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: actor Dennis Haysbert
    National Anthem: Diamond Rio
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Track Homepage: www.brickyard400.com

  • 2004 Indy Race Info Page

  • National Anthem: Country music superstars Diamond Rio will sing the national anthem before the start of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday afternoon. (IMS)(8-6-2005)

  • Brickyard 400 Program: The Official Program for the 12th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, filled with 176 pages of entertaining, colorful and informative content about the prestigious annual NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will be available starting Friday, July 29. Fans can purchase the full-color, glossy program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, at the two Brickyard Authentics stores in Indianapolis, online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling (800) 955-INDY. The embossed, foil-stamped cover of the program features a painting by famed 3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino, the Official Artist of the event. Fazzino’s artwork graced the cover of the 2004 Indianapolis 500 Official Program. The Official Program also includes complete event schedules, a track map, feature stories, driver biographies with color pictures and lists of various awards. Among the feature stories are pieces on four-time event winner Jeff Gordon, the 10th anniversary of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard victory by the late Dale Earnhardt, retiring veteran Rusty Wallace on the eve of his final start at Indianapolis, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Ken Schrader, NBC analyst and former NASCAR champion Benny Parsons, the America Supports You program for the U.S. Armed Forces, the Soap Box Derby, the 24 Hours of Indianapolis and much more. There’s plenty of fun in the Official Program for younger fans, too, including a Garfield “Fun-For-All” activity insert with puzzles and games.(IMS)(7-27-2005)

  • Actor named Grand Marshal of Brickyard 400: Allstate has named its television spokesperson and actor Dennis Haysbert to be the grand marshal of this year’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Haysbert will participate in pre-race activities, including a ceremonial parade lap, and will wave the green flag to signal the start of the 12th running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Staying with family tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George will deliver the famous command, “Gentlemen, start your engines.” Haysbert is perhaps best known as President David Palmer from the critically acclaimed, award-winning FOX television drama “24.” In 2003, his performance in the show earned Haysbert Golden Globe Award, NAACP Image Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Haysbert made his feature film debut in 1989, portraying baseball player Pedro Cerrano in the sports comedy hit “Major League” and has starred in other films, including “Heat” (1995) and “Waiting to Exhale” (1995). Haysbert next will star in his own series, “The Unit,” for CBS. Haysbert also is a spokesperson for Allstate Insurance Company and has appeared in commercials for the insurance company since 2003. Haysbert’s voice is featured in two new NASCAR television ads scheduled to break the week of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. “As a huge NASCAR fan, I am excited about Allstate’s sponsorship of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard,” Haysbert said. “And I’m equally excited and honored to be selected as the grand marshal of one of NASCAR’s premier races.”
    Tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the 12th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS PR)(7-26-2005)

  • Voice of Indy - Tom Carnegie OK: Tom Carnegie, longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address announcer, was released from the hospital and plans to call the race on Sunday. Carnegie, 85, was hospitalized for tests Wednesday after feeling ill at the track. "Everything is fine," he said Friday. "They believe it was dehydration. The doctors did a lot of tests, and there is no problem with my heart." Carnegie, a retired sports anchor at Indianapolis television station WRTV, has been the PA voice of the Indianapolis 500 since 1946. Last year, he was inducted into the Indiana Associated Press Broadcast Association Hall of Fame.(ESPN.com/AP)(5-28-2005)

  • Sponsor for the Brickyard 400? UPDATE Allstate 400: The Brickyard 400 could be getting a new name, or at least a longer one. Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are expected to announce a title sponsor for the Aug. 7 race at a 1:00pm news conference today. A title sponsor would be the first in the 12 years NASCAR has been coming to Indianapolis. But it would not be the first for the Speedway, which had SAP on board as title sponsor of the U.S. Grand Prix until last year. Most Nextel Cup events either have title sponsors or are searching for them. The Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 have been the most notable holdouts [also Pocono has not had a title sponsor for many years now].(Indianapolis Star)(4-28-2005)
    UPDATE: Allstate, the largest publicly held personal lines insurance company in America, announced two multi-year sponsorship agreements with racing icons on April 28. Allstate has signed a multi-year race entitlement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the title sponsor for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard – becoming the first company to title sponsor the annual NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at the world-famous speedway. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard airs Sunday, Aug. 7 at 2:30pm/et on NBC. The creation of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is just one part of the company’s foray into motorsports. Allstate also announced a multi-year deal with NASCAR, making the company the official insurance sponsor of NASCAR, which includes the auto, home and life insurance categories as well as an official sponsor for the categories of mutual funds and retirement products. Allstate becomes the first-ever insurance company to officially partner with NASCAR. Allstate plans to complement its NASCAR partnership and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard race with a number of local programming efforts, dedicated advertising and marketing initiatives. Allstate 400 tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the 12th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(4-28-2005)

  • New Generation SAFER installed at Indy: Installation of the second generation of the revolutionary energy-absorbing SAFER Barrier is nearing completion at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Speedway crews have replaced the original Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) Barrier on the outside retaining wall of the Speedway oval’s four turns with a “Version 2” of the barrier. The total length of the SAFER Barrier on the outside retaining wall is 5,056 feet.
    The Version 2 SAFER Barrier features these four major improvements:
    ●The barrier sections, which were straight in Version 1, are slightly rolled, or curved, to provide a smoother impact surface.
    ●A universal Styrofoam shape was created that is compatible with IndyCar Series cars and stock cars.
    ●Improved attachment points anchor the barrier to the existing concrete retaining walls.
    ●An increase of five steel tubes welded together form the barrier’s exterior instead of four used in the Version 1 barrier.
    The Speedway also permanently lengthened the SAFER Barrier by 200 feet from the entrance of Turn 1 – also Turn 13 of the road course – northward into the main straightaway to add protection for drivers competing in the United States Grand Prix Formula One race. Inside retaining walls exiting Turns 2 and 4 each received 616 feet of the Version 1 SAFER Barrier that was removed from the outside walls. With the additional 1,232 feet on the inside walls, the total amount of concrete retaining wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway covered by the SAFER Barrier is 6,288 feet, or 1.19 miles. The most visible improvement is the addition of a fifth tube to the exterior of the barrier, adding strength to the area where the gearbox of a backward-sliding IndyCar Series strikes the barrier. The SAFER Barrier first was installed on the four outside retaining walls of the Speedway’s historic 2.5-mile oval in May 2002 after nearly four years of development by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Racing League and University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility. NASCAR joined in the development of the project in September 2000.
    IMS tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for either the Indianapolis 500, United States Grand Prix or Brickyard 400, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area,(317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(3-16-2005)

  • Bricks are back at the Brickyard, new SAFER: One of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s most visible pieces of history returned to its rightful place March 9 as crews began reinstalling the famous “Yard of Bricks” at the start/finish line. The Speedway’s “Yard of Bricks” serves as a tribute to the 2.5-mile oval’s most famous surface – 3.2 million paving bricks that were laid down in autumn 1909, just months after the track opened with a tar and crushed stone surface. Most of the bricks, except the middle portion of the main straightaway, were paved over with asphalt by 1939. In 1961, the main straightaway was finally paved with asphalt, and the “Yard of Bricks” tribute was established. Installing the new “Yard of Bricks,” which consists of more than 570 of the 1909-vintage bricks that were most recently in storage, signals the ceremonial end to a massive repaving project that saw 19,000 tons of asphalt laid to repave the Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval, pit lane and warm-up lanes. Crews began the project by milling 2.5 inches of the old surface in August 2004 and completed the paving process in early November. The previous bricks were carefully removed beginning Aug. 9 – one day after Jeff Gordon became a four-time Brickyard 400 winner. Crews then cut them into small pieces, and the Speedway made them available for sale to the public as a collectible item. Crews paved over the location of the “Yard of Bricks” during the repaving process last fall. Recently, they cut and removed an asphalt strip and began the process of installing the bricks. Forbes said this paving method was used to ensure the smoothest surface possible. Track crews have a few ancillary projects remaining to get the track into race-ready condition: striping the track, cutting in timing-and-scoring lines, and completing the installation of a new SAFER Barrier.
    Brick collectibles remain available in limited quantities and can be obtained at the Brickyard Authentics Online Store at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, at the Speedway gift shops located in the Hall of Fame Museum or the Brickyard Authentics retail stores at Indianapolis International Airport and Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis.
    IMS tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for either the Indianapolis 500, United States Grand Prix or Brickyard 400, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to .(IMS PR)(3-10-2005)

  • ISC and IMS's George set to make announcement? There is a long-standing rumor that there will soon be a joint announcement involving the International Speedway Corporation and Tony George. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation (IMSC) and ISC are already partners in The Motorsports Alliance, which ensures that their activities in circuit ownership do not conflict with one another. NASCAR uses Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one of its biggest events of the year and the IMSC-owned Indy Racing League regularly race on ISC circuits across the United States. Thus is in the interest of the ISC that the IRL remains healthy. The problem is that no-one is quite sure what is going to be announced although logically ISC must see open-wheeler racing as a good way to develop in the future now that NASCAR is reaching saturation point and international expansion is being considered. It may be that the parties consider that to be too big a step and want to increase their hold on the racing scene across the United States. ISC has already made a foray into sports car racing with the GrandAm championship, which it established in 1999 to bring stability to professional endurance road racing in America. This has been a big success and there has been speculation that ISC may now try to do the same thing with IRL, in league with George. It should be remembered that GrandAm was one of the companies that showed interest when CART's assets were up for sale at the start of 2004. Whatever the case, something is brewing that could have an effect on the popularity of open-wheeler racing in the United States - which would be a good thing for F1 which remains the exotic but respected cousin of Champ Car and IRL and the place where ambitious young drivers in both series want to end up.(Grandprix.com)(1-31-2005)

  • Indy Sponsor Extends Deal: Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. today announced an extension of its category-exclusive sponsorship of Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Brickyard 400 Nextel Cup race and the Indianapolis 500 through 2009. Financial terms were not announced.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(2-2-2005)

  • Talking Tom Carnegie Bobblehead on sale: The voice of legendary public address announcer Tom Carnegie has provided a soundtrack for fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the last 59 years. Now motorsports fans can bring Carnegie and some of his famous sayings from the Speedway to their homes. A talking bobblehead doll of Carnegie is now available for purchase for $29.95. Fans can buy the 8.5-inch-tall resin doll via the World Wide Web at the Online Store of the official Indianapolis Motor Speedway Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or at the IMS Gift Shops in the Speedway’s Hall of Fame Museum or at the Brickyard Authentics Stores located at Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis and the Indianapolis International Airport, respectively. The bobblehead also includes audio recordings of three of Carnegie’s most famous sayings over the years from his commentary during the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and United States Grand Prix, each saying selected by Carnegie:
    ●“And it’s a new track record!”
    ●“And heeee’s on it!”
    ●“Oh, no, he’s slowing down on the backstretch!”
    Carnegie, 85, has been the PA voice of every race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the 1946 Indianapolis 500, the first race at the facility after it reopened at the end of World War II. Since then, his rich, baritone voice and friendly personality have helped him become one of the most beloved and respected figures in Speedway history. “I’m excited about it, and the quality of the item is really good,” Carnegie said. “It’s a good salute to my 60th race this year.”(IMS PR)(1-5-2005)

  • Gordon Brickyard Collectible Available: Jeff Gordon’s historic fourth Brickyard 400 victory in August 2004 – one of the most memorable moments in the 95-year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – is captured in a unique collectible from Mounted Memories now available for purchase. The framed collector’s piece measures 15 inches wide by 17 inches tall. It includes an 8-inch by 10-inch photo of Gordon raising his arms in triumph at the Yard of Bricks start-finish line after becoming just the fourth driver to win a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway four times, joining Indianapolis 500 legends A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. Also included in the collectible is a piece of asphalt measuring approximately 1 ½ inches by 2 ½ inches from the start-finish line area of the Speedway’s famed 2.5-mile oval, and a 1/64th scale die-cast model of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet that Gordon drove to victory in this year’s race. Only 400 individually numbered of these Gordon-Brickyard 400 collectibles ever will be made, with a certificate of authenticity from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Mounted Memories.
    Fans can buy this collectible via the World Wide Web at the Online Store of the official Indianapolis Motor Speedway Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or at the IMS Gift Shops in the Speedway’s Hall of Fame Museum or at the Brickyard Authentics Stores located at Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis and the Indianapolis International Airport, respectively. The Gordon-Brickyard 400 item is part of a series of collectibles including pieces of asphalt and brick from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which became available due to the first complete repaving of the Speedway’s racing surface since 1995.
    2005 tickets: The 12th Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005. To purchase tickets, camping or parking, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS PR)(12-14-2004)

  • IMS's George Honored: Tony George, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer, received the inaugural Pioneering and Innovation Award at the Autosport Awards Dec. 5 in London for his leadership in the development of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) Barrier. George received the award at the annual gala at the Grosvenor House on behalf of the creators of the SAFER Barrier from Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the leader of the Bahrain International Grand Prix circuit.
    The SAFER Barrier, under development by the Indy Racing League and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility since 1998, absorbs energy during impacts with retaining walls and is one of the more important safety breakthroughs in motorsports. NASCAR joined in the development of the system in September 2000.
    "It's been a big step forward in speedway racing," George said. "It's something that was very important to me. The prospect of coming up with a soft wall has been something we have been working on for the better part of a decade. After several years of hard work, we called upon the expert advice of the people at the University of Nebraska. They have done a great job helping us in the development of this system. Everyone in the IRL and NASCAR worked very hard for this achievement."
    This is the fourth major award that has been presented to honor George and the SAFER Barrier development team. The SAFER Barrier also received the Louis Schwitzer Award, SEMA Motorsports Engineering Award and GM Racing Pioneer Award in 2002.
    The SAFER Barrier was installed in all four turns of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a pioneer in safety for drivers, cars and tracks -- in time for the 86th Indianapolis 500 in 2002. It since has been installed at more than a dozen other tracks, and the latest iteration will be installed at the Speedway in the spring.
    "Tony George s vision and commitment of resources really made this project happen," said Dr. Dean Sicking, director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility. Each 20-foot module of the SAFER Barrier consists of four rectangular steel tubes, welded together, to form a unified element. The modules are connected with four internal steel splices. Bundles of 2-inch-thick sheets of extruded, closed-cell polystyrene are placed between the concrete wall and the steel tubing modules every 10 feet.
    "I think Tony s contribution has been tremendous," said four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears. "Taking the initiative to get the SAFER Barrier started has been a heck of a contribution to safety, not just for Indy cars but also for stock cars. To take the initiative, do the leg work, set up the test facilities, find the people and to continue to develop it and make it better as we go, that s a milestone in racing."(IMS PR)(12-7-2004)

  • Brickyard 400 Tickets Sales Underway: Tickets are on sale to the general public for the 2005 Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the ticket renewal and upgrade process for 2004 customers is complete. All fans – newcomers to the event and previous attendees – can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office. The 12th Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7 for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.(IMS PR)(12-1-2004)

  • Asphalt from Indy anyone? Pieces of asphalt from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track went on sale Friday exclusively in the Brickyard Authentics Online Store at www.Indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(10-2-2004)

  • No More Indy 500-Coca Cola 600 doubles? The Indianapolis 500, which in 2005 will be held for the 89th time, will begin at 12:00noon/ct [1:00pm/et] on May 29 after starting at 11:00am/ct [12:00noon/et] the past 41 years. Track officials said the switch is seen as a way to improve television ratings that have sagged in recent years. Other changes include a new four-day qualifying formet with bumping each day, less practice time and moving Carburetion Day to the Friday before the race.(Indianapolis Star/IMS Site), with the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway starting around 5:30pm/et the smae day, it may be near impossible for a driver [such as Robby Gordon or Tony Stewart] do the Indy 500/Coke 600 double, running both races in the same day.(9-15-2004)

  • Indy may get newer SAFER: Indianapolis Motor Speedway will get the latest version of the SAFER barrier before next season if the budget request of track president Tony George is approved. Top Speedway officials approve budget items in the fall. "What we have is fine, but I'd like to have the newest thing," George said this week. The Speedway developed the energy-absorbing barrier along with the Indy Racing League and NASCAR through the University of Nebraska's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility in Lincoln, Neb. The first concrete-covering system was installed at IMS before the 2002 Indianapolis 500. Since then, 19 tracks have purchased the SAFER system, which combines steel tubes and foam pads to cushion the impact of race cars. The new design, in place at most tracks, has a single tapered foam piece, five steel tubes instead of four and connecting straps rather than cables. "It's just an evolution of the system based on the things we've learned since that first barrier went up at Indy," said Ron Faller of Nebraska's facility. The opportunity to change systems is available to the Speedway now because the track is being repaved for the first time since 1995. The SAFER barrier has been removed and won't be reinstalled until next spring. George did not say how much the change costs. The SAFER barrier system is manufactured by the Elrod Corp. of Mooresville, Ind. Even if the Speedway does not add the new SAFER design in 2005, George said additional areas of the track's walls will be covered. Included will be the spot where Formula One driver Ralf Schumacher hit during the U.S. Grand Prix in June. Schumacher missed the current barrier in the oval's first turn by about 50 feet. Also to be addressed are inside wall positions at the exit of the second and fourth turns, George said. "Even if we don't get the new system for (2005), the current system can be tweaked," he said.(Indianapolis Star)(9-3-2004)

  • Indy to start repaving and 2005 Tix: Indianapolis Motor Speedway will begin work today on repaving its 2.5-mile oval. The resurfacing will be the first for the racing surface since 1995 and the first for the current pit road and warm-up lanes since they were built in 1993-94.(ThatsRacin.com)
    AND The Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office will accept ticket renewals and new ticket orders beginning Monday, Aug. 9. The 12th running of the Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005. Tickets can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.(8-9-2004)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Indianapolis Motor Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Kirby back in action at Indy in the Marathon's "American Spirit": Stuart Kirby is ready to take the #51 Marathon Chevy to the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard knowing it will be one of his toughest challenges yet. After a very solid practice in Indy two weeks ago, the Marathon Chevy is poised to qualify at the Brickyard. "I think it will take a 49.50 (seconds) or better to make the race this weekend," Kirby said confidently. "Because of the new rules and the quantity and quality of entrants, however, it will be one of the toughest qualifying runs of the year." Competitive Edge Motorsports (CEM) and Stuart Kirby will attempt to make it three in a row for this young team. "The more time we spend together, the better we get. All the guys in the shop are doing an outstanding job with the preparation of these cars and getting the Marathon Chevrolet ready to compete," said team owner, Joe Auer. CEM is also sporting a different paint scheme for the Brickyard. Marathon's "American Spirit" motor oil will be on the #51 Chevy with the American Flag on the sides.(Competitive Edge Motorsports)(8-3-2005)
    IMAGE see images of thre car on my #51 Team Schemes page.(8-4-2005)

  • Triple Duty for Edwards: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Office Depot [AAA this week] Ford, will have a busy week leading up to Sunday’s Brickyard 400. After competing in a Ken Schrader exhibition race during the middle of the week in Pevely, Mo., Edwards will race in the USAC Silver Crown, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races in Indianapolis.(Ford Racing)(8-3-2005)

  • See the 2005 Team Chart and the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #01-Joe Nemechek US Army - Purple Heart none....yet
    #5-Kyle Busch Delphi #5 Schemes Page
    #6-Mark Martin Retro - Folgers Red #6 Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Reverse Pit Cap #9 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Rallys #10 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth USG Sheetrock #17 Schemes Page
    #25-Brian Vickers Garnier Fructis Shampoo #25 Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick RCR Brickyard Wins #29 Schemes Page
    #44-Terry Labonte DiTech.com none...yet
    #49-Ken Schrader Red Baron Pizza #49 Schemes Page
    #51-Stuart Kirby Marathon Oil - USA Flag #51 Schemes Page
    #66-Mike Garvey EAS #66 Schemes Page
    #91-Bill Elliott Stanley Tools #91 Schemes Page
    #97-Kurt Busch Crown Royal #97 Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards AAA #99 Schemes Page


  • Purple Heart on the #01 at Indy: Sunday is Purple Heart Day, and to honor recipients of the Purple Heart, Joe Nemechek's #01 U.S. Army Chevrolet will feature an image of a Purple Heart on the side of the car.(Lakeland Ledger)(8-4-2005)

  • EAS to Sponsor #66 at Indy IMAGE: Peak Performance Motorsports announced a one-race primary sponsorship package by EAS, the world's leading manufacturer of cutting-edge sports nutrition products and widely known for fueling top athletes in all sports. The company will join PPM for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard next weekend. EAS will also be on board as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2005 season. EAS was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in October of 2004 and has since continued its success as being "the brand that the pros use." Currently, EAS is the only brand with products certified for use by NFL players under the NFL/NFLPA certification program. EAS products are used by all 32 National Football League teams and more than 1,200 players.(PSE-3/Peak Performace Motorsports)(7-29-2005)
    IMAGE: see an image of the car on my #66 Team Schemes page.(8-4-2005)

  • The Red Baron returns at Indy: Ken Schrader will be driving the #49 Dodge emblazoned with the Red Baron frozen pizza colors this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season. "Last time we took the Red Baron Dodge out we were pretty fast at Charlotte. Maybe it's something about the black and red paint scheme that makes it look faster, I don't know. I do know this a brand new racecar we're bringing to Indy. The only laps it has turned all year were testing there a few weeks ago. It felt good then and it should feel good this weekend. We're hoping to go out there and have a lot of fun at Indy and bring home a 'major-like' finish; and I believe we can do that," said Schrader.(Williams Company), image of the scheme on my #49 Team Scheme page.(8-2-2005)

  • Martin to run retro schemes in 2005 UPDATE 2: #6-Mark Martin, running his final Cup season in 2005, will run some retro schemes in 2005, the 'Folgers red' at Michigan in June, the 'Strohs blue' at Las Vegas and 'Valvoline colors' at the 2nd California race, all with Viagra as the sponsor, and also a Kraft scheme at the 2005 Budweiser Shootout, see the schemes on my #6 Team Paint Schemes page.(12-25-2004)
    UPDATE: The retro schemes will run as planned. They are slated to run at Texas, The Nextel All-Star, Indy and Homestead.(3-30-2005)
    UPDATE 2: As a part of the Mark Martin’s ‘Salute to You’ program in 2005, his No. 6 Viagra* (sildenafil citrate) Ford will feature four retro-paint schemes during the course of the celebration season. The program will highlight Martin’s first Cup paint scheme that ran on his car during his first Winston Cup race in 1981. It will also highlight his first paint scheme in a Roush car, the Retro ’89 scheme ran in 1888 and 1989 and was the paint scheme on Martin’s car during his first Winston Cup win at Rockingham in 1989. The retro-90 scheme ran in ’90 and ’91 and saw a fierce battle between Martin and the late Dale Earnhardt for the 1990 Cup Championship. The Retro ’93 car represents one of the strongest eras in Martin’s career, a time when he won 13 races and 11 poles in a four-year span.
    Each of the four cars will still be sponsored by Viagra*, but will feature the four different schemes.
    RETRO ’81 PAINT SCHEME – WILL RUN AT HOMESTEAD (11/20/05)
    RETRO ’89 [old Strohs blue]– WILL RUN AT TEXAS (4/17/05)
    RETRO ’90 [old Folgers red] – WILL RUN AT THE BRICKYARD 500 (8/7/05)
    RETRO ’93 [old Valvoline colors]- WILL RUN AT THE NEXTEL ALL-STAR CHALLENGE (5/21/05)
    images on my #6 Team Schemes page.(3-30-2005)

  • #9 to Outfit Special 'Reverse' Paint Scheme of Kahne's Signature Dodge Pit Cap: While Kasey Kahne turned out a season for the record books in 2004, NASCAR fans turned out in record numbers donning Kahne's signature Dodge pit cap at racetracks across the country. As a thank-you for the sea of red Dodge pit caps seen in the grandstands each weekend, Kahne's #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger will sport a 'reverse' paint scheme of the fan-favorite hat style. The special paint scheme, which will debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2005 Brickyard 400, represents a unique twist on the style of Kahne's well-known red hat. For the first time, Kahne's #9 Dodge Charger will feature a predominantly white design with two red racing stripes across the entire length of the car top - a 'reverse' color design based upon the popular hat and the replica race car scheme that Kahne debuted in the 2004 Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.(Clear!Blue), see an image of the scheme on my #9 Team Schemes page.(3-29-2005)

  • Kahne Scheme: #9-Kasey Kahne will make a return in his popular "Pit Cap" paint scheme at Indianapolis in August. This season the car will feature a reverse paint scheme that will take after the car he debuted at Darlington in 2004.(RacingOne)(2-21-2005)

  • GM Goodwrench Kicks off 20th Anniversary Celebration: GM Goodwrench, a division of General Motors Service and Parts Operations (GMSPO), has announced plans for their 20th anniversary celebration of NASCAR sponsorship with Richard Childress Racing in 2005.
    4) A fourth and final paint scheme, unveiled today at Daytona International Speedway along with the Silver Select Chevrolet, will run at Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway in August. Both Harvick and Dale Earnhardt enjoyed emotional Brickyard 400 victories with the RCR organization, so the hood of this #29 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will be decked with trophies commemorating those dates and achievements.
    GM Goodwrench first officially shared room on the #3 Wrangler Chevrolet with Earnhardt as an associate sponsor at RCR in May of 1985. Two-and-a-half years later they took over the primary sponsorship role on the #3 and remained on the hood until Earnhardt's passing in February of 2001. The next race at North Carolina Speedway, Harvick was given the honors to take over the coveted GM Goodwrench ride with a brand new #29 on the side and it's been that way ever since.
    As a sponsor, GM Goodwrench has enjoyed unparalleled success during its relationship with RCR, accumulating six NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship, 68 race wins, the biggest Daytona 500 victory in the modern era, and two stunning Brickyard 400 wins.
    Famed NASCAR illustrator Sam Bass is the creator of all four of the unique paint schemes that will help GM Goodwrench celebrate their 20-year partnership with RCR. "It's an honor to be able to create these unique paint schemes for such a big occasion," said Bass, who also created GM Goodwrench's 20th anniversary logo. "All of these paint schemes were pretty easy to come up with, especially with the significance of what was going on during those times. I really appreciate GM Goodwrench and RCR allowing me to be a part of so much in their partnership, and I hope this helps to show their dedication to one another."(Champion Sports Group PR)(2-16-2005)

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