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THE RACE: Allstate 400

Sprint Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, July 27, 2008 in Speedway, IN

  • Title Sponsor: Allstate

  • Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:17pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ESPN 2:00 pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, July 28 at 3:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, July 31 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, July 31 at ?:00pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

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  • Radio coverage at Indy: Race Day radio coverage will start on the IMS Radio Network at 1pm/et Sunday, July 27 with a one-hour pre-race show. Live race coverage starts at 2pm/et. The IMS Radio Network will cover qualifying at 10am/et Saturday, July 26, with a one-hour qualifying wrap-up show at 5pm/et that day. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard radio broadcast also will be available on Sirius Satellite Radio’s NASCAR channel and on the Web at A Spanish-language version of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard coverage also will be broadcast in Indianapolis on WEDJ-FM 107.1. In addition to coverage all across America, the IMS Radio Network’s broadcast of the race will be available around the globe. LeSea Broadcasting will provide coverage via short-wave radio.
    The on-air IMS Radio Network team the 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard: Bob Jenkins and Doug Rice, co-hosts; John Andretti, driver analyst; Donald Davidson, historian; Jerry Baker, Turn 1 reporter; Kevin Lee, Turn 2 reporter; Rob Albright, Turn 3 reporter; Chuck Carland, Turn 4 reporter; and Brett McMillan, Kevin Olson, Jake Query and Brad Gillie, pit reporters.(IMS PR)(7-26-2008)

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  • Practices:
    Friday, July 25, 2:00 - 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Friday, July 25, 3:30 - 4:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2;
    Saturday, July 26, 2:00 - 3:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 26, 3:30 - 4:30pm/et on TV-ESPN2

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  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, July 25, 1:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Saturday, July 26 at 10:10am/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at IMS Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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  • Johnson wins at Indy: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 2nd win at the track, 2nd of the season and 35th of his career. Johnson took the lead on a two-tire stop with 10 laps to go. The race was filled with tire-related problems on the track and many cautions for the teams to pit. #99-Edwards finished 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #19-Sadler, #24-Gordon, #26-McMurray, #9-Kahne, #31-Burton and #84-Allmendinger [first career top-10]. There were 11 cautions for 52 laps and 26 lead changes among 16 drivers.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Indy Race Results Awards Page.(7-27-2008)

  • Challenging Circumstances At Brickyard Balanced By Increase In Green-Flag Passing: With teams clearly responding to the challenges presented by tire wear during Sunday’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the race produced a solid increase in green-flag passing compared to last year. There may have been a record number of caution laps for the race, 52. But the green-flag passing numbers, gathered by NASCAR’s Loop Data, showed a total of 1,545 green-flag passes during Sunday’s event, up from 1,431 during last year’s Indy race – a difference of 114 passes. “I felt like there was a lot of good racing today … I think there was a lot of passing; I know I had to pass a lot of cars,” race winner Jimmie Johnson said. Johnson drove a brilliant race throughout, racking up dominant statistics across the board. Along with a race-high 71 laps led, Johnson boasted a near-perfect Driver Rating of 147.3 (a perfect rating is 150.0), an Average Running Position of 2.5 and 36 Fastest Laps Run. He was also one of only two drivers to run all 160 laps in the top 15 (second-place finisher Edwards was the other).(NASCAR PR)(7-27-2008) Comment here

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Indy race 20 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 3004 [7 wins]
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2751 -253 [1 win]
    3) #31-Jeff Burton 2733 -271 [1 win]
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2689 -315 [2 wins]
    5) #99-Carl Edwards 2684 -320 [3 wins][would be 2nd w/out 100pts penalty]
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 2539 -465
    7) #16-Greg Biffle 2460 -544
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin 2453 -551
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne 2441 -563
    10) #20-Tony Stewart 2399 -605 [+39]
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth 2366 -638 [+6]
    12) #07-Clint Bowyer 2362 -642 [1 win][2 pts ahead of 13th]
    CHASE contenders
    13) #29-Kevin Harvick 2360 -644 [2 pts out of 12th]
    14) #6-David Ragan 2306 -698 [-56]
    15) #83-Brian Vickers 2230 -774 [-132]
    16) #12-Ryan Newman 2218 -786 [-144]
    17) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 2146 -858 [-216]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Indy page.(7-27-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Jimmie Johnson won the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson won the race from the Coor's Light pole starting position. He is only the second driver to win at Indy from the pole. Kevin Harvick won at Indy in 2003 from the pole.
    * Johnson scored his 35th-career NSCS victory in 239 career races. He climbed from fifth to fourth in the points standings. This is his second series victory in 2008. He also won at Phoenix in April, 12 races ago. Johnson scored his second victory in seven races at Indy. He scored his third top-10 finish in seven races at Indy. Johnson led 71 of the 160 laps raced including the final 10 laps.
    * Chevrolet scored its fifth victory in 2008. Toyota has eight wins, Dodge has four while Ford has three.
    * The winner at Indy has gone on to win the Championship six times.
    * This marked the first time since 1998 that the reigning Champion won the Brickyard 400.
    * A Chevrolet has won the last six races at Indy, a streak that began in 2003.
    * Hendrick Motorsports has won six of the 15 races at Indy, the most of all teams.
    * 17 of the 20 races in 2008 have been won from a top-10 starting position. The only three races in 2008 that were not won from a top-10 starting position were at Richmond when Clint Bowyer won from the 31st starting position, at Infineon with Kyle Busch winning from 30th and New Hampshire where Kurt Busch started 26th.
    * Carl Edwards finished second, scoring his 14th top-10 finish in 20 races this season, the most by any driver. He dropped from fourth to fifth in the standings, five points behind fourth-place Johnson.
    * Denny Hamlin finished third, posting his best finish in three races at Indy. Hamlin climbed from 12th to 8th in the standings.
    * Elliott Sadler finished fourth, posting his best finish in 2008. It was his best finish since he finished fourth in the 2006 Daytona 500. It was his second top-five finish in 10 races at Indy.
    * Jeff Gordon finished fifth, posting his 12th top-10 finish in 15 races at Indy.
    * In all 15 series races at Indy, the pole winner has led the first lap.
    * A mere six points separate 11th-place Matt Kenseth, 12th-place Clint Bowyer and 13th-place Kevin Harvick with six races remaining in the Race to the Chase.
    * Tire issues were anticipated and became the issue of the race with competition cautions occurring as determined by NASCAR. The anticipation was noted on Saturday and Goodyear responded bringing in their Pocono tires as backups to be used in emergency. NASCAR scheduled the first three competition cautions at Laps 14, 30 and 48 and NASCAR adjusted with the on-track problems. It became clear that the tires were lasting only nine-12 laps. The first competition caution was displayed on lap 15 during the second caution of the day. The second came with the third caution for debris from the No. 42 of Juan Pablo Montoya when he blew a tire on the backstretch on Lap 28. The third was scheduled for Lap 48. However, Matt Kenseth blew a tire doing severe damage to the right-rear of his car on Lap 46. Kenseth ended a streak of eight top-10 finishes in the last nine races, finishing 38th. The fourth competition caution was scheduled for Lap 64 and everyone made it without incident. The fifth competition caution was scheduled for Lap 83 and all cars completed the 12 laps of green-flag racing without incident as tire supplies were dwindling. The sixth competition caution was displayed on Lap 83 and the seventh on Lap 99. On Lap 107, Brian Vickers blew an engine. The ninth competition caution was displayed on Lap 123 followed by the tenth on Lap 139. The 11th and final competition caution was displayed on Lap 151.
    * The longest green-flag run of just 12 laps came from lap 35 to lap 47. While actually 13, the final lap was not run at "speed."
    * Kenseth (38th) dropped from eighth to 11th, Kevin Harvick (37th) dropped from ninth to 13th, Brian Vickers (42nd) dropped from 14th to 15th and Kurt Busch (40th) remained 18th.
    * Jeff Burton hit a bird on the restart of Lap 106.
    * The race featured 26 lead changes among 16 drivers. Both are records for Indy.
    * The race had 11 cautions for 52 laps, also a record [laps] at Indy
    * The top 10 consisted of two Toyotas, three Chevrolets, three Fords and two Dodges.
    * The highest finishing rookie of the year contender was Patrick Carpentier, who finished 18th.(

  • Race Fast Facts - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Jimmie Johnson won the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, his 35th victory in 239 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races
    This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2008
    This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2008.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Patrick Carpentier (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 253 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-27-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs....Who got a lap back on each caution at Indianapolis: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no cars a lap down
    Caution 2: none, no cars a lap down that are on the track
    Caution 3: #77-Hornish Jr.
    Caution 4: #77-Hornish Jr.(2)
    Caution 5: #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    Caution 6: #70-Leffler
    Caution 7: #7-Gordon
    Caution 8: none, #83-Vickers was eligible, but caused the caution
    Caution 9: #29-Harvick (still 14 laps down)
    Caution 10: #29-Harvick (still 13 laps down)
    Caution 11: none awarded with 10 or less laps left in race

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #15 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 4
    2 #55 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 4
    3 #45 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 5
    4 #29 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 14
    5 #2 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 14
    6 #47 Commitment Line Violation TE 15
    7 #42 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 29
    8 #01 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 29
    9 #7 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 47
    10 #44 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 47
    11 #17 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 47
    12 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 48
    13 #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 97
    14 #43 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 97
    15 #44 Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road. TE 99
    16 #42 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 106
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-27-2008)

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  • To The Back [2]: #47-Ambrose [engine change]; #01-Smith [backup car]
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  • Practice Speeds Page
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  • Tires could be an issue at Indy UPDATE 2: Tire wear could be a serious issue in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday based on the problems some of the Sprint Cup teams were having in the two practice sessions Saturday afternoon. Right-side tires were wearing down to the cords for some teams after only five or six laps on the 2.5-mile quad-oval. All the teams will receive an extra set of tires for the race -- 10 instead of nine -- as needed. NASCAR officials plan to throw a competition yellow Sunday after about 15 laps. "The track is pretty abrasive and wears down tires pretty fast," Goodyear director of racing Greg Stucker told ESPN. "We've seen this new car is a little tougher on right-side [tires] because it transfers more weight." Another problem Saturday was the lack of rubber laid down on the track from the cars making laps. The dust and tiny rubber pieces from the tires were accumulating on the bumper of the cars rather than staying on the track. More rubber on the track adds grip and makes it easier for the cars to turn. A few teams went through four sets of tires in practice Saturday. Teams are given eight sets of tires for practice and qualifying.(
    UPDATE: Following are comments from NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton, regarding tires for Sunday’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard: "We've got enough tires for Sunday's race and there will be up to 10 sets per team. Not everybody is going to use all of their tires in the last practice session. There may be some teams that keep an extra set behind. There’s only one NASCAR series that's here this weekend, and you don't get a chance to put enough rubber on the track. If you make a tire that lasts during practices, when you get into the race then they have issues with handling. It's always a challenge here. It's a ‘one-off’ tire that Goodyear builds for this place. The track is very abrasive because we don't run on it very often. Goodyear's doing the best they can. It's a situation we do see probably every time that we come here.”(NASCAR)(7-27-2008)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR held a press conference Sunday morning, there will be a competition yellow Sunday after 10 laps [unless a caution comes out sonner], plus they will monitor the tires for other possible competition yellows AND they have Pocono tires on hand if the Indy tires become a problem, but the whole field would have to switch if the Pocono tires are mandated by NASCAR.(SPEED's Raceday)(7-27-2008)
    UPDATE 3: Goodyear trucked in extra shipment of tires Sunday morning for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard amid complaints about excessive wear during practice Friday and Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said the new shipment of tires, which were intended to be used at Pocono Raceway next week, could be used during the 160-lap, 400-mile race. If needed, the Pocono tires would be implemented unilaterally across the 43-car Sprint Cup Series field. Pemberton said there would be at least two NASCAR-mandated caution flags to check wear during the early stages of the race, with the first occurring on Lap 10.(USA Today)(7-27-2008) Comment here

  • Race Coverage of the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 27, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 2:00pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00pm/et
    Radio: IMS Radio Network and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio on the NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN Classic, Monday, July 28 at 2:30am/et
    SPEED, Thursday, July 31 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, July 31 at ?:00pm/et

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  • Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 176.298
    #24-Gordon 174.958
    #11-Hamlin 174.408
    #99-Edwards 174.118
    #12-Newman 174.068
    slowest: #00-McDowell 168.483 and #01-Smith 169.754
    no speed listed: #44-Reutimann
    incident: #7-Gordon's car caught fire, but Gordon says the car is ok and it was from the tire dust on the headers
    See the speeds on my Indy Practice Speeds page.(7-26-2008)

  • 3rd Practice for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #24-Gordon 174.496
    #16-Biffle 174.243
    #12-Newman 174.236
    #48-Johnson 173.910
    #11-Hamlin 173.789
    slowest: #01-Smith 167.948 and #78-Nemechek 170.142
    See the speeds on my Indy Practice Speeds page.(7-26-2008)

  • Johnson on pole at Indy: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coor's Light Pole for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.963mph for his 2nd pole of 2008 and 15th of his career. #8-Martin will start 2nd followed by #12-Newman, #9-Kahne, #24-Gordon, #19-Sadler, #2-Busch, #26-McMurray, #99-Edwards and #17-Kenseth. #88-Earnhardt Jr. will start 11th, points leader #18-Busch will start 19th and #31-Burton starts 32nd.
    The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #10-Carpentier, #70-Leffler, #47-Ambrose, #84-Allmendinger, #66-Riggs, #78-Nemechek, #96-Yeley and #45-Terry Labonte [using a past champions provisional]. Missing the race are #21-Elliott, #08-Sauter, #34-Raines and #50-Barrett.
    For the starting linup, qualifying results, order, pole progression, see my Indy Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(7-26-2008)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates where do they start at Indy:
    #00-Michael McDowell, 177.592, starts 30th
    #01-Regan Smith, 0.000, starts 42nd
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 179.476, starts 15th
    #77-Sam Hornish, 176.779, starts 38th

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #48-Johnson, 181.783, starts 1st
    Dodge: #12-Newman, 180.970, starts 3rd
    Ford: #26-McMurray, 180.321, starts 8th
    Toyota: #20-Stewart, 179.480, starts 14th

    •Michael McDowell, Sam Hornish Jr., Patrick Carpentier, A.J. Allmendinger, Marcos Ambrose and Regan Smith made their first Allstate 400 at the Brickyard fields. The field has now had six newcomers in each of the last four years.
    •Hornish and Carpentier become the 12th and 13th drivers to compete in both an Indianapolis 500 and an Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The others are John Andretti, Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon, Juan Montoya, J.J. Yeley, Jason Leffler, Scott Pruett, Geoff Brabham, Danny Sullivan, A.J. Foyt and Larry Foyt.
    •Jimmie Johnson's pole is his best career start at the Speedway. His previous best in six races was fifth in 2006.
    •Mark Martin's front-row start is his third in 14 races at the Speedway. He also started second in 1996 and 1999.
    •With Bill Elliott missing the show, the number of drivers who have made all 15 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard fields has dropped to four -- Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
    •Ryan Newman's third-place starting position is his eighth in a row in the top-eight - every event he's started. His best was second in 2003. He ties Bill Elliott for the record of most top-10 starts with eight.
    •Kasey Kahne's fourth starting position is his third from that spot in four years. He previously started fourth -- his best -- in 2005 and 2006.
    •Jeff Gordon's fifth-place starting position is his best here since winning the pole in 1999. He extends his leading total to six top-five starts in that category.
    •Elliott Sadler's sixth-place starting position is his third top-six starting position in five years. He was on the pole in 2005.
    •Kurt Busch's seventh-place starting position is his third top-seven starting position in a row here.
    •Carl Edwards' ninth-place start is his career-best here in four races. His previous best was 22nd in 2006.
    •Matt Kenseth's 10th-place starting position is his career-best in nine races here. His previous best was 17th in 2003.
    •The only pole winner to win the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard was Kevin Harvick in 2003.
    •Jimmie Johnson's pole speed is the slowest for a pole winner since Jimmy Spencer was on the pole at 179.666 in 2001. Johnson is the 12th different pole winner in 15 races here and the 11th consecutive different pole winner. It is his second pole of the season, the other coming in the Daytona 500.
    •It is Mark Martin's second front-row start of 2008, the other coming this month at Daytona.
    •Tony Stewart is starting 14th, the same starting position from which he won last year.
    •The field separation from pole to slowest qualifier of 1.956 seconds is the widest separation in the history of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The previous widest was 1.675 seconds in 2005.(IMS Site)(7-27-2008)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
    Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard with a lap of 49.515 seconds, 181.763 mph.
    This is his 15th pole in 239 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 15th top-10 start in 2008.
    This is his first pole in seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Mark Martin (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2008 and his seventh in 15 races at Indianapolis.
    Ryan Newman (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Indianapolis. It is his eighth in 15 races this season.
    Patrick Carpentier (15th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-26-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 10:10am/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 10:00am/et
    Radio: IMS Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #16-Biffle, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #38-Gilliland. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #08-Sauter, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #96-Yeley. See the full qualifying order on my Indy Qualifying Page.(7-25-2008)

  • 2nd Friday practice for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 180.047
    #24-Gordon 180.007
    #12-Newman 179.723
    #9-Kahne 179.076
    #29-Harvick 178.934
    slowest: #34-Raines 168.976 and #50-Barrett 172.549
    incidents: #47-Ambrose lost an engine and the team replaced it and Ambrose got out for a few laps
    See the speeds on my Indy Practice Speeds page.(7-25-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the final Friday session
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 7th fastest
    #70-Jason Leffler, 18th fastest
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 20th
    #66-Scott Riggs, 27th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 33rd
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 37th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC2], 39th
    #45-Terry Labonte [PC1], 43rd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #47-Marcos Ambrose, 44th
    #08-Johnny Sauter, 45th
    #50-Stanton Barrett, 46th
    #34-Tony Raines, 47th/last
    See the speeds on my Indy Practice Speeds page.(7-25-2008)

  • 1st Friday practice for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #19-Sadler 179.190
    #48-Johnson 178.842
    #24-Gordon 177.799
    #8-Martin 177.050
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 176.734
    slowest: #50-Barrett 166.331 and #34-Raines 167.523
    incidents: #77-Hornish spun in the short shoot between turn 1 and 2, no damage reported.
    See the speeds on my Indy Practice Speeds page.(7-25-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 1st Friday session
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #70-Jason Leffler, 7th fastest
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 13th
    #66-Scott Riggs, 16th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC2], 19th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 22nd
    #45-Terry Labonte [PC1], 25th
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 31st
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 37th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #47-Marcos Ambrose, 43rd
    #08-Johnny Sauter, 44th
    #34-Tony Raines, 46th
    #50-Stanton Barrett, 47th/last
    See the speeds on my Indy Practice Speeds page.(7-25-2008)

  • Entry List for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #08-Johnny Sauter (7/48)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (19/39)
    #21-Bill Elliott (19/43) [champ prov 2]
    #34-Tony Raines (17/45)
    #45-Terry Labonte (19/41)[champ prov 1]
    #47-Marcos Ambrose (0/NA)
    #50-Stanton Barrett (2/52)
    #66-Scott Riggs (19/36)
    #70-Jason Leffler (19/44)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (19/40)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (19/37)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (18/38)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 45,21,66,84,96,10,78,70
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 34,08,50,47
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Indy Entry List.(7-21-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Indy:
    no changes in the top 35, but the spread between 35th and 36th is down to 13 points
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    32) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing: 1545 +142
    33) #01-Smith/DEI: 1497, +94
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1422 +19
    35) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1416 13 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1403 13 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1294 -122
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing: 1256 -160
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(7-12-2008)

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] 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 7-13 days before the race)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


  • Run all the Brickyard races: four drivers will have run all 15 Brickyard 400's since it first ran in 1994:
    #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins]
    #43-Bobby Labonte [1 win]
    #8-Mark Martin [best 2nd once]
    #31-Jeff Burton [best 5th once]
    #21-Bill Elliott had run in the previous 14, but failed to qualify for the race.(7-27-2008)

  • 2007 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 117.379mph, started 14th

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

  • Slowest Race Record: Jimmie Johnson, July 2008, 115.117mph

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

  • 2007 Pole Sitter: #41-Reed Sorenson, 184.207, finished 5th

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

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 3 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 7 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 10 - Jeff Gordon

  • Oldest Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 27 days, 8/4/2002

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

  • Most Lead Changes: 26 - 7/27/2008

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

  • Most Leaders: 16 - 7/27/2008

  • Fewest Leaders: 5 - 8/5/2000

  • Most Cautions: 13 - 8/8/2004

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 8/5/1995

  • Most Caution Laps: 52, 7/27/2008

  • Few Caution Laps: 4, 5/8/1995

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 36, 7/27/2008

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 14, 8/5/2000

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 7/27/2008

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 27, 8/8/2004

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 124 [of 160], Jeff Gordon, 8/8/2004

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 11, Dale Jarrett, 8/3/1996

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 10 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 15 races] 13.3%
  • 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 5: 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 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from the pole: 2 of 15 events (13.3%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 9 of 15 events (60.0%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 6 of 15 events (40.0%)
    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 (2)
    1999: #88-Dale Jarrett, Ford, 148.194, 4th (2)
    2000: #18-Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 155.912, 3rd
    2001: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 130.790, 27th (3)
    2002: #9-Bill Elliott, Dodge, 125.033, 2nd
    2003: #29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 134.554, 1st
    2004: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 115.037, 11th (4)
    2005: #20-Tony Stewart, Chevy, 118.782, 22nd
    2006: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 137.182, 5th
    2007: #20-Tony Stewart, Chevy, 117.379, 14th (2)
    2008: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 115.117, 1st (2)


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-Michael McDowell Champion Mortgage #00 Team Schemes Page
    #01-Regan Smith Principal Financial Group #01 Team Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Budweiser/LifeLock #9 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Sears Auto Center #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office/Kinko's #11 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Dish Network #16 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Red, White, and Blue Summer Fun M&M's #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft #21 Team Schemes Page
    #28 Travis Kvapil Hitachi #28 Team Schemes Page
    #31-Jeff Burton Prilocec OTC #31 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Big Red Slim Pack #42 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Totino's Pizza Rolls #43 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Terry Labonte Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #66-Scott Riggs State Water Heaters #66 Team Schemes Page
    #70-Jason Leffler Hunt Brothers Pizza #70 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Aflac #99 Team Schemes Page

  • Totino's scheme at Indy for Labonte: This weekend for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Bobby Labonte and the #43 Dodge team will sport the colors of Totino's Pizza Rolls. Labonte, the 2000 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard champion, will auction off his helmet from this weekend to benefit the Bobby Labonte Foundation. The auction will begin the week leading into the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. Go to to learn more about the Totino's Pizza Rolls helmet and other helmet auctions.(MCG Sports/Petty Racing), see an image of the car on my #43 Team Schemes page.(7-24-2008) Comment here

  • Sears Auto Center on the #10: Patrick Carpentier and the Sears Auto Center/Valvoline crew have enjoyed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors at both Daytona and Chicagoland. They’re looking to earn top rookie honors again at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.(Gillett Evernham Motorsports PR)(7-23-2008)

  • Big Red Slim Pack on the #42: The #42 Dodge will sport the Wrigley's Big Red Slim Pack paint scheme this weekend for the Brickyard 400 at IMS. Indy will be the fifth time this season Montoya's car will carry the bold red colors of Big Red.(Chip Ganassi Racing)(7-23-2008)

  • Prilosec OTC Scheme for Burton at Indy: Prilosec OTC's major associate sponsorship of RCR's #31 kicks into high gear this weekend in Indianpolis as Burton and the #31 team transform their bright orange #31 AT&T Chevy into a purple Prilosec OTC racing machine for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.(RCR PR) See images of the scheme on my #31 Team Schemes page.(7-23-2008)

  • LifeLock to Co-Sponsor Kahne at MIS and Indy: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that LifeLock, the nation's leading identity theft protection service, will co-sponsor the #9 Budweiser Dodge with driver Kasey Kahne when it races at Michigan Speedway this weekend [June 15th] and at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis on July 27. LifeLock also sponsors Gillett Evernham Motorsports driver #10-Patrick Carpentier in eight Sprint Cup races in the 2008 season. Team CEO Tom Reddin said the addition of two more races to the LifeLock schedule is another sign of the growing relationship between the two companies. LifeLock has held sponsorship deals in NASCAR, open wheel and sports car racing. Recently, it announced a three-year agreement to sponsor this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan Speedway. LifeLock has created a special new offer for race fans interested in signing up for LifeLock's services. When signing up, fans will receive LifeLock services for free for the first 60 days by using the new promotional code "GEM". To sign up for LifeLock, fans can call 1-877-LIFELOCK or sign up online at or

  • Red, White & Blue M&M's at Indy: #18-Kyle Busch is scheduled to run a special Red, White, and Blue Summer Fun M&M's car in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2008. See the image on my #18 Team Schemes page.(5-2-2008)

  • Principal Financial Group expands sponsorship of DEI: The Principal Financial Group, the nation's 401 and employee benefits leader, announced its expanded relationship with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI). The Principal has agreed to a multi-race primary sponsorship involving DEI's #8 Chevy, co-driven by Mark Martin and Aric Almirola and the #01 Chevy driven by Regan Smith during the 2008 Sprint Cup Series. The Principal will also serve as an associate sponsor on both cars for the entire Sprint Cup season. "Rookie-of-the-year" candidate #01-Regan Smith will drive the Principal Financial Group Chevrolet Feb. 17 at the Daytona 500 and again July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Mark Martin will represent The Principal in the #8 Chevrolet at California Speedway February 24 in what will be Martin's 700th career Cup Series start. This marks the third season for The Principal as Sprint Cup Series team sponsor, and the second year that Mark Martin and Regan Smith will race in the Principal Financial Group colors. The Principal first joined NASCAR in Aug. 2006 with MB2 Motorsports [Ginn Racing then DEI].. For more information, visit PR)(2-15-2008)

  • Aflac to sponsor Edwards in 2008 UPDATE: Aflac is close to announcing a 2008 NASCAR limited sponsorship deal with Roush Fenway Racing. Aflac will sponsor a #99 Ford driven by Carl Edwards. An Aflac executive would not confirm the deal with Edwards on Tuesday, but the company did not deny it either when asked about Edwards. "We are still working through the details," said Al Johnson, a second vice president responsible for sponsorships. "We like Carl and what he has done this year -- and what we expect him to do next year. We're very excited." The final terms of the deal could be announced in the next two weeks. The deal with Edwards is expected to be for eight races and could possibly include an associate sponsorship that would put the Aflac duck logo somewhere on the car for the entire season, said a source familiar with the deal. Edwards' primary sponsor is Office Depot. The eight races that Aflac will be the primary sponsor with the corporate logo on the hood have not been determined. Terms of the deal are not available. It is believed Aflac spent between $2 million and $3 million for the 2007 deal. Aflac broke into NASCAR racing this summer with an eight-race deal with Roush Fenway. That deal included four Sprint Cup races in California, New Hampshire, Chicago and Kansas City and four Busch Series races. #16-Greg Biffle drove the Aflac car on the Sprint Cup circuit, winning the race in Kansas City. Roush Fenway drivers Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray split the Busch races. Biffle, Edwards' Roush Fenway teammate, will be sponsored by 3M next year. In July, Aflac announced a deal with NASCAR to serve as the sport's exclusive supplemental insurance sponsor and provider through the 2010 season. It is not known what Aflac paid for that designation.(Ledger-Enquirer)(10-24-2007)
    UPDATE: Aflac Incorporated and Office Depot announced a new business relationship within the sport of NASCAR that will help both companies reach new customers, engage the loyal NASCAR fan base and leverage opportunities to grow their businesses. Building on its successful entry into NASCAR in 2007, Aflac will serve as the primary sponsor of Carl Edwards and the #99 Ford Fusion for eight races. In addition, Aflac will be onboard the Office Depot #99 Ford Fusion as an associate sponsor for all other races during the 2008 Sprint Cup season. At the core of the affiliation are Edwards and the #99 Ford Fusion from Roush Fenway Racing.
    Aflac will be Edwards’ primary sponsor for the following 2008 Sprint Cup Series races:
    Atlanta [March]
    Texas [April]
    Phoenix [April]
    Pocono [June]
    Daytona [July]
    Indy [July]
    California [Aug] and
    Charlotte [Oct]
    . More information can be found at Racing PR)(11-2-2007)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile quad-oval
    Track/Race Length: 160 laps, 400 miles
    Banking: turns: 9 degrees, 12 minutes; straights: 0 degrees
    Frontstretch: 3,330 feet
    Backstretch: 3300 feet
    Short Shute(between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
    Attendence: ~350,000
    Grandstand seating capacity: 257,325
    First NASCAR race (Brickyard 400): 1994
    Track Opened: 1909

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Actor [Scrubs] John C. McGinley
    Command to start engines: Mari Hulman George
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: John C. McGinley
    Invocation: Rev. Howard Brammer, Traders Point Christian Church, Indianapolis
    National Anthem: former NYPD Daniel Rodriguez, "America's Beloved Tenor"
    Military Flyover: 4 F-15E Fighting Eagles, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepages:

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my 2007 Indianapolis Race Info page

  • Retiring GM Exec to Lead Brickyard 400 Field to the Green: John Middlebrook, who retired July 1 as GM vice president of global sales, service and marketing operations, will share with the world his passion for Corvette, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR as he leads the field to green in the 2008 Corvette Z06 pace car for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 27, 2008. “It is great honor for me to have the opportunity to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Middlebrook. “There is a tremendous Chevrolet heritage at the Speedway dating back to the involvement of Louis Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500 in the early-1900s. To play a small role in continuing that tradition behind the wheel of the 505-hp Corvette pace car for NASCAR’s 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is a memory I will embrace.” 2008 marks the 15th time that Chevrolet has paced the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and the fourth consecutive time Corvette has led the pack. Chevrolet’s pacing tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway also extends to the Indianapolis 500 where Chevrolet has paced that esteemed race 19 times with Corvette leading the field 10 times.(GM Racing PR)(7-25-2008)

  • Rodriguez to Sing National Anthem at Indy: Daniel Rodriguez, "America's Beloved Tenor," will sing the national anthem before the 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rodriguez is a former member of the New York City Police Department who captivated the United States with his stirring a cappella versions of "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001. A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, Rodriguez will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" for the second time at an IMS event. He performed before the 87th Indianapolis 500 in May 2003.(IMS PR)(7-18-2008)

  • Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Gate, Grandstand Information: Information on the gates and grandstands open to the public for practice and qualifying days and Race Day during the 15th annual Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, July 25-27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All seats are general admission July 25-26. There is reserved seating and general admission on Race Day, July 27, with general admission available only for IMS General Admission Season Ticket holders.
    Gates Open to Public
    July 25 (Practice, gates open at 8 a.m.) 1/1B/1C, 2, 3, 4/4A, 6, 7/7.5, 9/9A, 10/10A/10B
    July 26 (Qualifying, gates open at 7 a.m.) 1/1B/1C, 2, 3, 4/4A, 6, 7/7.5, 9/9A, 10/10A/10B
    July 27 (Race Day, gates open at 7 a.m.) All gates open
    July 25 (Practice) Pit Road Terrace*, Tower Terrace*, South Terrace, Short Chute Disabled, Back Stretch Viewing Mounds, Family Viewing Mounds, Second Turn Viewing Mounds, Third Turn Viewing Mounds, Paddock*, Paddock Penthouse*, E Stand**, E Penthouse, North Vista West Disabled, Northwest Vista
    July 26 (Qualifying) Pit Road Terrace*, Tower Terrace*, South Terrace, Short Chute Disabled, Back Stretch Viewing Mounds, Family Viewing Mounds, Second Turn Viewing Mounds, Third Turn Viewing Mounds, Paddock*, Paddock Penthouse*, A Stand**, A Penthouse, B Stand**, B Penthouse, E Stand**, E Penthouse, Southwest Vista*, Southeast Vista*, North Vista West Disabled, Northwest Vista, J Stand*
    July 27 (Race Day) All stands open
    * -- By section as needed
    ** -- Upper sections(IMS PR)(7-18-2008)

  • Brickyard Names Grand Marshal: Actor John C. McGinley, best known for his role as the sarcastic Dr. Perry Cox on the long-running network comedy Scrubs, has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 27. This year will mark the historic 15th running of the race, one of the highest-profile events in all of motorsports, and will kick off a block of 17 consecutive Sprint Cup Series telecasts on ESPN and ABC. As a guest of Allstate, McGinley will be on-site at the famed Brickyard to headline pre-race activities, including the ceremonial waving of the green flag, signaling the start of the race to the 43 drivers and one of the largest crowds in worldwide motorsports. As a continued family tradition of the speedway, IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George will deliver the legendary command given before every motorsports event at the track, "Gentlemen, start your engines." (Allstate PR)(7-17-2008)

  • Goo Goo Dolls to headline concert at Indy: The Goo Goo Dolls will perform a Miller Lite Rock ‘N Racing concert Saturday, July 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, capping a day full of action and excitement during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The Goo Goo Dolls will take the stage in the infield of the IMS oval for an afternoon performance. The band’s performance is free with $15 gate admission for the day, part of the Miller Lite Rock ‘N Racing concert series. This will be the second consecutive Rock ‘N Racing concert at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Miller Lite also presents the wildly popular Miller Lite Carb Day Concert during the Indianapolis 500, with Stone Temple Pilots as this year’s headline act Friday, May 23. The Goo Goo Dolls’ concert is the finale of a full day of exciting action at IMS. Sprint Cup qualifying and practice also take place that day on the historic 2.5-mile oval, with complete schedule details coming soon. The 15th annual Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for Sunday, July 27.(IMS)(5-20-2008)

  • Genernal Admission season tix offered by Indy: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering a General Admission Season Ticket for all three of its world-class events in 2008, the 92nd Indianapolis 500, 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP. The season ticket provides gate admission for a combined nine days over the three events, including all three race days, for just $150:
    Indianapolis 500: Friday, May 23 (Miller Lite Carb Day, Firestone Freedom 100); Saturday, May 24 (Drivers’ Meeting), Sunday, May 25 (Race Day)
    •Allstate 400 at the Brickyard: Friday, July 25 (Chevy Day at the Brickyard, Practice); Saturday, July 26 (Qualifying, Practice), Sunday, July 27 (Race Day)
    •Red Bull Indianapolis GP: Friday, Sept. 12 (Practice), Saturday, Sept. 13 (Qualifying, Practice), Sunday, Sept. 14 (Race Day)
    An IMS Season Ticket provides the only way for fans to obtain general admission Race Day access to the popular Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the annual stop of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on the historic 2.5-mile oval. All other Race Day tickets are reserved for this event. Fans have three easy methods to buy IMS General Admission Season Tickets: Online at at any time; on the phone by calling (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700; or visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office.(IMS)(5-14-2008)

  • Box Lunches at Indy available: The Food & Beverage Department of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is accepting orders for the Brickyard Box Lunch, a satisfying meal to enjoy on Race Day at the track. Fans may place orders for the Indianapolis 500, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP and pick up their lunch on Race Day at IMS. Brickyard Box Lunches come with a freshly made sandwich or chef salad, and a delicious fried chicken breast, chips, fresh apple, baked beans, cookie, condiments and a choice of two beverages that will keep fans satisfied until the end of the race. There are four box lunch options available: Ham and cheese sandwich; Turkey and cheese sandwich; Italian sub sandwich; or Speedway special chef salad with ranch dressing. The cost of a Brickyard Box Lunch is $14.95 each. A reusable souvenir cooler with a program pocket and choice of six beverages is available for $21.95. The collectible cooler does not include a box lunch or souvenir program. An Official Souvenir Program also may be ordered through the Brickyard Box Lunch Program for an additional $10. Box lunches, coolers and souvenir programs can be ordered securely online at or by calling the IMS Food & Beverage Department at (317) 492-6422 to request an order form. Mail orders must include full payment with a cashier’s check, money order (U.S. funds only) or a credit card number. Personal checks will not be accepted. Box lunch ordering deadlines for 2008: Indianapolis 500, May 18; Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, July 20; Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Sept. 7.(IMS PR)(2-3-2008)

  • Indy Loses some seats: Construction noise at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has drowned out the fact that the Indianapolis 500 will have fewer seats to offer in the future. The remake of the facility’s road circuit for next year’s motorcycle race will eliminate a bleacher section known as the First Turn Terrace, which has 5,136 seats. That loss will reduce the total number of seats available for the oval-track configuration to 252,189, based on The Star’s findings in 2004. Track president Joie Chitwood called it “insignificant” during a tour of the construction site.(Indianapolis Star)(8-3-2007)

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


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,575; Right-side -- 1,575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4170; Right-side -- D-4172

    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 -- 16 psi; Left Rear -- 16 psi;
    Right Front -- 37 psi; Right Rear -- 33 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-34 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this tire set-up to Indianapolis Motor Speedway . . . this combination of left- and right-side codes was selected after a tire test with Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brian Vickers at the Speedway on April 22-23 . . . the chief tire issue expected this weekend is expected early in practice as teams put down a layer of rubber on the abrasive racing surface . . . as typically seen on the grooved racing surface at Indianapolis, tire wear is expected to be high during the early practice sessions . . . in anticipation of this extreme tire wear situation, teams will have two extra sets of tires for practice and qualifying this weekend (up to eight sets) . . . IMS is the only track at which Sprint Cup teams will run this particular tire set-up this season . . . as on all NASCAR's ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Indianapolis . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


  • Two Soldiers in the #8 pit at Indy: Two decorated soldiers from the Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion -- Sgt. 1st Class John Adams and Sgt. 1st Class Robert Groff - will be guests of Mark Martin and the #8 U.S. Army team for Sunday's running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Adams earned the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions in Iraq on Oct. 13, 2004, when he captured an Iraqi insurgent as he was completing an improvised explosive device along the roadside of a major supply route. Adams' actions prevented the device from being detonated, saving countless lives and avoiding a disruption along a road that supplied American troops with fuel and provisions.
    Groff earned the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions in Iraq on April 9, 2004, when his fuel convoy was attacked by insurgents. Groff repeatedly braved the crossfire and exploding IEDs to lead wounded civilian drivers and other soldiers to the safety of his Humvee until 11 people filled the vehicle. He stayed with the vehicle and its occupants and defended it for more than 20 minutes until help arrived to transfer them to safety. As part of the program, each soldier will have an action figure and a page on the America's Army Web site (, which will feature his biography, photos and a video that recounts his story of heroism. The action figure, which is roughly 4 inches long, also comes with a trading card with an abbreviated version of their story.(IMS Site)(7-27-2008)

  • Ambrose to debut #47 team at Indy: Little Debbie, Marcos Ambrose and JTG/Daugherty Racing hope to get a jump-start on their future during this week’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard when the new team makes its Sprint Cup Series debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team, which plans a full-time schedule next year, will make four selected appearances this year, kicking off with one of the biggest races of the stock car season. JTG Racing currently fields a pair of Nationwide Series cars with Ambrose and Kelly Bires as drivers. The team’s expansion into the Sprint Cup Series this year includes the use of the #47 Ford Fusion. “We’ve planned for this for years,” said team co-owner Tad Geschickter. “It’s every racer’s dream to compete at the highest level. This is our first step and we’re proud to take it with Little Debbie and Marcos. We have done a lot of testing leading up to this first race, and will use this weekend as our first benchmark versus the competition.  We will leave this weekend with a clearer view on the things we need to work on as we prepare to run full time next season.”(JTG Racing PR)(7-25-2008) Comment here

  • BAM Racing could return at Indy: #49 BAM Racing is targeting July 27’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard as a possible return date. “Beth Ann [Morgenthau, the team’s owner] loves Indianapolis, and if we can make that race, we’re definitely going to try to do that,” said BAM Racing spokesperson Rhett Vandiver. BAM last competed in a points race at Martinsville on March 30 with Ken Schrader behind the wheel. The team’s planned two-race sabbatical to facilitate a switch from Dodge to Toyota turned into a long-term hiatus when primary sponsorship fell through. While searching for a primary sponsor, the company has still been offering its Diamond Sponsorship Program, which allows companies with smaller marketing budgets to get signage on the car, along with other activation materials. When the program launched last year it was being offered at an introductory rate of just less than $5,000. While Vandiver said he didn’t know how many Diamond Sponsors were now onboard, he added that when the team does return to the track it will have a lot of new decals to make for the car. A large portion of BAM’s workforce has been laid off, but the general feeling around NASCAR circles is that team members are ready to come back at a moment’s notice. That includes the 53-year-old Schrader. “My understanding is he’s ready to go when we are,” Vandiver said.(Long Island Press), looks like a company, Hapman may be a sponsor, see images of the car recently at the shop at and scroll down or see a couple on my #49 Team Schemes page.(7-3-2008) Comment here

  • Sauter to run the #08 at Chicago & Indy: EM Motorsports owner John Carter announced Johnny Sauter will pilot the #08 Dodge Charger in both the LifeLock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway and the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sauter has competed at Chicago on seven occasions (two Cup and five Nationwide) and won the 2002 Tropicana Twister 200 Nationwide Series event while driving for Richard Childress Racing. The Necedah, Wisconsin native competed for the first time at Indianapolis in 2007, driving for #70 Haas Racing in the Allstate 400. FUBAR is a proprietary beverage scientifically formulated for superior performance, endurance and outstanding recovery. Each 12oz bottle or 50 gram bar of FUBAR delivers essential nutrients to the body for up to 6 hours, maximizing overall performance, endurance and allowing for faster recovery. Each FUBAR contains all the natural fuels the body needs with healthy carbs, beneficial fats and pure unprocessed sugars. Based in Toccoa, GA, EM Motorsports presently has three race-ready COTs for Sprint Cup Series competition and the team's shop was completely overhauled during the month of June. EM Motorsports is led by owner John Carter, Crew Chief Charles Swing, Marketing VP Doug Barron and NASCAR Consultant James Hylton.(EM Motorsports PR)(7-1-2008) Comment here

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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