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- Race: Sunday, July 26, 2009 in Speedway, IN
- Title Sponsor: Allstate
- Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:19pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-Air/TV Team
- Television Coverage: 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 27 at 3:30am/et on ESPN2
Monday, July 27 at 12:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
Wednesday, July 29 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
- Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
- Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
- TV Listings, Links and Info:
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Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team
- This Week - Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and Sirius Satellite
- The IMS Radio Network schedule:
Friday, July 24: 5 p.m. Event Preview
Saturday, July 25: 10 a.m. Qualifying Coverage (Live)
Saturday, July 25: 5 p.m. Qualifying Wrap-up Show
Sunday, July 26: 1 p.m. Pre-Race Show
Sunday, July 26: 2 p.m. Race Coverage (Live)
Friday, July 24, 2:00 - 3:00 pm/et, TV-ESPN2
Friday, July 24, 3:30 - 4:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, July 25, 2:00 - 3:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
- Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, July 25, 3:30 - 4:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 24, 1:00pm/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, July 25 at 10:10am/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
AND live via radio at IMS Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
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Johnson wins third Brickyard 400: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his third win at the Brickyard, his third win of 2009 and 43rd of his career. Johnson took the lead for the first time on lap 137 and led those final 24 laps to win. Johnson is the first driver to ever win the Brickyard 400 two years in a row. #42-Juan Pablo Montoya led 116 laps until getting caught speeding on pit road late in the race. #5-Mark Martin, the pole sitter, tried to get around Johnson on the final laps, but Johnson held him off, Martin finished 2nd, tying his best finish there when he was 2nd in 1998. #14-Stewart finished 3rd and increased his points lead to 192 over Johnson, who is now in 2nd. #16-Biffle finished 4th, followed by #83-Vickers, #29-Harvick, #9-Kahne, #00-Reutimann, #24-Gordon and #17-Kenseth. Montoya finished 11th. #88-Earnhardt Jr., who started 3rd, blew an engine on lap 127 and finished 37th. There were only three cautions for 14 caution laps and there were 9 lead changes among 7 drivers.
For race results, awards and more, see my Indianapolis Race Results Page.(7-26-2009) Comment here
UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings
[after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]:
1) #14-Tony Stewart, 3054 [2 wins], finished 3rd
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2862, -192 [3 wins], 1st
3) #24-Jeff Gordon 2847, -207 [1 win], 9th
4) #2-Kurt Busch 2608, -446 [1 win], 27th
5) #99-Carl Edwards, 2556, -498, 15th
6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2518, -536, 34th
7) #39-Ryan Newman, 2506, -548, 14th
8) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2482, -572 [1 win], 7th
9) #5-Mark Martin, 2471, -583 [4 wins], 2nd
10) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2461, -593, 11th
11) #16-Greg Biffle 2445, -609, 4th
12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2429, -625 [2 wins], 10th
Contenders for the top-12/chase:
13) #00-David Reutimann 2361, 68 points out of 12th, [1 win] 8th
14) #18-Kyle Busch, 2347, -82 [3 wins], 38th
15) #83-Brian Vickers, 2309, -120, 5th
16) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2278, -151, 18th
For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(7-26-2009)
Sprint Cup Series Notes/Stats:
* Jimmie Johnson won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson scored his third victory at Indy, second only to Jeff Gordon and his four wins. Johnson became the first driver to score back-to-back Indy victories. Johnson's third Indy win came in his eighth race there.
* Chevrolet scored its seventh straight victory at the Brickyard, extending a streak that began in 2003. It marked Chevy's 11th win in 16 races at Indy.
* Johnson scored his 43rd career victory in his 275th start. Johnson has scored top-10 finishes in the past five races, extending a streak that began at Infineon. He is one of five drivers to score multiple victories in 2009.
* This marked the 183rd Cup victory for Hendrick Motorsports and its seventh win at Indy.
* Johnson has led at least one lap in 16 of the 20 races in 2009. Johnson led once for the final 24 laps of the race.
* Juan Pablo Montoya led three times for 116 laps, the most of all drivers.
* Mark Martin (second) posted his second runner-up finish at Indy. His other came in 1998. He has finished 11th or better in his past five races at Indy.
* Tony Stewart (third) has scored top-10 finishes in the past eight races, extending a streak that began at Dover.
* Greg Biffle (fourth) scored his best Indy finish in seven races there.
* Brian Vickers (fifth) posted his third straight top-10 finish, extending a streak that began at Daytona.
* Kevin Harvick (sixth) scored his 200th career lead-lap finish. It was his first top-10 finish in 16 races.
* Jeff Gordon (ninth) scored his 350th career top-10 finish.
* Montoya (11th) has scored top-15 finishes in the past seven races, extending a streak that began at Pocono.
* Jeff Burton (25th) has finished 16th or worse in the past six races.
* Kyle Busch (38th) has scored just one top-10 finish in the past eight races. Busch dropped from 10th to 14th in points, ending a 17-race run of ranking among the top 12. Busch is 82 points behind 12th-place Matt Kenseth.
* Stewart and Elliott Sadler (40th) each have been running at the finish in the past 43 races, the longest current streak.(ESPN/Racing Resources)(7-27-2009)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
No changes as the spread between 35th and 36th is still at 187
34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1608, +320
35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1475, 187 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1288, 187 points out of 35th
37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1167, -308
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owners points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(7-26-2009) Comment here
Infraction Sheet - Indianapolis
Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
#20, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end engine change
#19, 1, Safety violation, pit
#7, 56, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
#18, 57, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#11, 58, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#55, 66, Safety violation, pit
#08, 92, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
#77, 107, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
#19, 116, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
#19, 118, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
#42, 125, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
#88, 127, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#47, 128, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#19, 129, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#08, 132, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
#55, 133, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Indianapolis: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none awarded, no driver down a lap
Caution 2: #96-Labonte, 23rd
Caution 3: #96-Labonte (2), 23rd
Pit Stall Selections - Indianapolis: The selections of pit stalls for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #5-Martin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], outside pole sitter #42-Montoya took pit stall 10, the next pit stall with an opening in front of it, #88-Earnhardt Jr., who starts 3rd took the 17th stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it. The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #08-Labonte, who starts 43rd/last.
See the pit selection chart on the Indianapolis Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-25-2009)
Race Coverage of the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 26, 2009.
TV: ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 2:19pm/et
Radio: IMS Radio Network and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
ESPN2, Monday, July 27 at 3:30am/et;
ESPN Classic, Monday, July 27 at 12:00pm/et;
SPEED, Wednesday, July 29 at 12:00pm/et
- Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
- NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)
- NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them.
Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here
NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
news, notes and links
- Indy Pit Stall Selections
Happy Hour practice for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the top five:
Slowest: #36-Skinner 170.026 and #08-Labonte 170.775
See practice speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Indy Practice Speeds page.(7-25-2009)
Martin makes history at the Brickyard: #5-Mark Martin’s lap of 49.436 seconds, 182.054mph for the Allstate 400 made Martin the oldest pole winner of a major event in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history. Martin’s age of 50 years, 197 days old eclipses the previous record set by Cliff Bergere, who was 49 years, 175 days old when he won the pole for the 1946 Indianapolis 500. The previous Allstate 400 at the Brickyard record was set by Jimmy Spencer, when he won the pole at age 44 years, 171 days in 2001. “I like making history; that’s cool,” Martin said. “Yesterday was a lot of fun for me. We struggled through race trim practice and then we went into Q (qualifying) trim and we made improvements. We made three qualifying runs, the last one was about 10 minutes left of practice, (and) we went to the top of the board. You should have seen the light in all my guys’ faces."(IMS)(7-26-2009) Comment here
Martin wins pole at Indy: #5-Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a lap of 182.054mph for his 4th pole of 2009 and 45th pole of his career. Qualifying was rain delayed four hours. #42-Montoya was 2nd, followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr. (feeling ill), #21-Elliott [best of the go-or-go-homers], #00-Reutimann, #83-Vickers, #14-Stewart, #9-Kahne, #43-Sorenson and #33-Bowyer.
The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #21-Elliott, #82-Speed, #87-Nemechek, #66-Blaney, #78-Smith, #71-Gilliland, #36-Skinner and #08-Terry Labonte, who used a past champion provisional to make the field
The five drivers who failed to qualify: #09-Marlin, #13-Papis and #75-Cope.
See qualifying results, pole progression, starting lineup on my Indianapolis Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(7-25-2009)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
#5-Mark Martin won the pole for the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard with a lap of 49.436 seconds, 182.054 mph. At 50 years, 197 days, he becomes the oldest pole winner of a major event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This is his 45th pole in 742 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Martin moves into a tie for 10th with Buck Baker on the all-time poles list.
This is his fourth pole and ninth top-10 start in 2009. The last time Martin won four poles in a season was 1996.
This is his first pole in 16 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2009 and his second in three races at Indianapolis. He also started second in his first race at Indianapolis in 2007. He finished second that race.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his first in 20 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-25-2009)
Rain Delay: a second rain shower has delayed the start of qualifying for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Track drying process is ongoing, the wind has picked up and the radar is clear as of 1:15pm/et. Qualifying is now scheduled to start around 2:00pm/et. If qualifying gets canceled, the field would be set by the rules book: top-35 in owners points, then past owners winner [#09], Past Series Champs [#08,#21], race attempts w/owners points as tie breaking [#'s 82,71,87,66,36]. Three would miss the race: #78 (10 race attempts), #13 (9) and #75 (4).(7-25-2009)
Dale Jr. not feeling well: The rain may be a good break for #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is being treated for flu-like symptoms. Earnhardt was an on IV at the infield medical center on Friday and team officials have put Brad Keslowski on standby as a backup driver. Keselowski is competing at nearby O'Reilly Raceway Park in Saturday night's Nationwide Series race. Crew chief Lance McGrew said Saturday morning that Earnhardt had a fever overnight, but Earnhardt feels the fever broke.(ESPN)(7-25-2009)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 10:10am/et.
TV: ESPN2 - 10:00am/et
Radio: IMS Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled
- Qualifying Order for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #77-Hornish Jr., the final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #98-Menard. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #36-Skinner with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #13-Papis. See the full qualifying order on the Indy Qualifying Page.(7-24-2009)
Friday's 1st practice for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the top five:
slowest: #75-Cope 167.202 and #34-Andretti 169.584
no speed listed: #08-Labonte
incident: #48-Johnson scraped the wall and did very minor damage to the #48.
See practice speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Indy Practice Speeds page.(7-24-2009)
Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Indianapolis:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#21-Bill Elliott [PC2], 3rd fastest
#36-Mike Skinner, 24th
#71-David Gilliland, 25th
#82-Scott Speed, 28th
#87-Joe Nemechek, 30th
#66-Dave Blaney, 34th
#78-Regan Smith, 36th
#08-Terry Labonte [PC1], no speed, but would get in via Past Champ prvisional
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#13-Max Papis, 40th
#09-Sterling Marlin, 43rd
#75-Derrike Cope, 45th
See practice speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Indy Practice Speeds page.(7-24-2009)
- The Entry List for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
#08-Terry Labonte (Past Champ 1996)(52/2)
#09-Sterling Marlin (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38 in owners pts/19 attempts)
#13-Max Papis (43/9)
#21-Bill Elliott (Past Champ 1988)(44/6)
#36-Mike Skinner (42/19)
#66-Dave Blaney (41/19)
#71-David Gilliland (37/19)
#75-Derrike Cope (54/4)
#78-Regan Smith (39/10)
#82-Scott Speed (36/19)
#87-Joe Nemechek (40/19)
#64-Mike Wallace (50/13)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 09,08,21,82,71,87,66,36
missing the race would be : #'s 78,13,75
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Indianapolis Entry List.(7-20/22-2009)
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Indy:
No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th is up to 190 points
34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1529, +311
35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1408, 190 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1218, 190 points out of 35th
37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1089, -319
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owners points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(7-11-2009)
- 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
#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)
- Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
- 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.
- 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
Chase Stats: #5-Mark Martin's dramatic win at Chicagoland brought a lot of teams back to the "danger zone" in the 2009 Race to the Chase. #99-Carl Edwards' 14th dropped him 63 points closer to 13th, but he still has a relatively comfortable 153-pt margin for now. More adverse was #18-Kyle Busch's 33rd, which dropped him 120 points and left him only 13 points ahead of 13th. #17-Matt Kenseth's 23rd lost him 90 precious points, and the Kenseth's bid to join #48-Jimmie Johnson as the only two teams to make all six Chases is now looking shaky, with only 10 points separating 12th place Kenseth from 13th place #16-Greg Biffle. Biffle's 31st dropped him from 9th all the way out of the Top 12. #42-Juan Pablo Montoya's amazingly consistent run for The Chase continues. Montoya's 10th at Chicagoland gained him two more positions in the standings to 9th. Montoya has gained six spots while scoring 704 points over the last five races while #00-David Reutimann has scored 518 points and lost three positions over the same period. Reutimann is now 76 points out of the Top 12, and needs a good run at Indy to get in closer touch with the Chase field.
Sunday’s Allstate 400 at The Brickyard is the fourth event in the Race to the Chase, the 10-race stretch that ends with the cutoff for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – race No.26 of the season, Sept. 12 at Richmond International Raceway. Following that event, the top 12 drivers will compete for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title during the season’s final 10 races. More Chase stats on my Chase stats after Chicago page.(7-23-2009)
Eleven different drivers have won Cup races this year. Only 12 won in the entire 2008 season.
Eleven is a significant number this year. It's also the average number of leaders per race and the number of races with a margin of victory less than one second.
Sprint Cup point leader Tony Stewart is the only driver with an average finish in single digits so far. His average finish is 7.6.
Kyle Busch has an average starting position of 7.8. Unfortunately, his average finish, despite three wins, is 17.0.(NASCAR This Week)(7-20-2009)
- the 4 or 5-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, 15, 440, 1994-1999-2001-2004 NASCAR Sprint
Michael Schumacher, 5, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 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
- Five CURRENT Race Tracks Martin has never won race at: There are FIVE current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won at [a Sprint Cup race], plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win:
Pocono: 0 for 44 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
New Hampshire: 0 for 24 with three finishes of 2nd, last in 8/1998
Daytona: 0 for 48 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
Indianapolis: 0 for 15 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998
Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
Won at Chicago on 7-11-2009 after failing to win 8 times
- Run all the Brickyard races: four drivers have run all 15 Brickyard 400's since it first ran in 1994:
#24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins]
#96-Bobby Labonte [1 win]
#5-Mark Martin [best 2nd once]
#31-Jeff Burton [best 5th once]
2009 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 145.882mph, started 16th
Race Record: Bobby Labonte, August 2000, 155.912mph
Slowest Race Record: Jimmie Johnson, July 2008, 115.117mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, August 2001, started 27th
Oldest Race Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 27 days, 8/4/2002
Youngest Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 2 days, 8/6/1994
2009 Pole Sitter: #5-Mark Martin, 182.054mph, finished 2nd
Track Qualifying Record: Casey Mears, August 2004, 186.293mph
Oldest Pole Sitter: Mark Martin, 50 years, 197 days, 7/25/2009
Youngest Pole Sitter: Reed Sorenson, 21 years, 5 months, 24 days, 7/29/2007
Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Gordon
Most Poles: 3 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s: 9 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 13 - Jeff Gordon
Most Lead Changes: 26 - 7/27/2008
Fewest Lead Changes: 9 - 8/5/2000, 8/8/2004 & 7/26/2010
Most Leaders: 16 - 7/27/2008
Fewest Leaders: 5 - 8/5/2000
Most Cautions: 13 - 8/8/2004
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 8/5/1995
Most Caution Laps: 52, 7/27/2008
Few Caution Laps: 4, 5/8/1995
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 36, 7/27/2008
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 14, 8/5/2000
Most Running at the Finish: 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
DNFs (Most): 4: Terry Labonte (13 races) and Ricky Rudd (13)
DNFs (Least): 0: Jeff Burton (15 races)
Best Average Start: Ryan Newman (8) 4.875 Ryan Newman (8) 4.875
Best Average Finish: Jeff Gordon (15) 8.600 Jeff Gordon (15) 8.600
(Minimum five races)
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 11 - Chevy
- Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 16 races] 12.5%
- 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 16: 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 16 events (12.5%)
Races won from in top 10: 9 of 16 events (56.25%)
Races won from outside top 10: 7 of 16 events (43.75%)
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 (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)
2009: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 145.882, 16th (3)
- At Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
* Indianapolis Motor Speedway has existed since 1909, and is the original "Speedway," the first racing facility to incorporate the word into its name.
* With a permanent seating capacity for more than 250,000-plus people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000, it is the largest and highest-capacity sporting facility in history.
* There have been 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the first race was held there in 1994.
* Five drivers have competed in all 14 races at IMS: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
* Rick Mast won the first pole in 1994.
* Jeff Gordon won the 1994 inaugural race.
* There have been nine different pole winners.
* Jeff Gordon leads all pole winners with three.
* Nine drivers have won, led by Jeff Gordon with four.
* Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart (two apiece) are the other multiple winners.
* Hendrick Motorsports has won six races, more than any other organization.
* Eight races have been won from a top-five starting position.
* The furthest back a race winner has started at Indianapolis was 27th, by Jeff Gordon in 2001.
* Two drivers have won from the pole: Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jimmie Johnson in 2008.
* The only time in the modern era that three brothers led at least one lap in the same race occurred in the inaugural race at Indianapolis (1994): Geoffrey, Brett and Todd Bodine.
* Dale Jarrett (1996) and Jimmie Johnson (2006) are the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard in the same season.
* Jeff Gordon has an average finish of 8.6 in 15 Indianapolis races, the best of any driver with more than one race.
* The winner of the Indianapolis race has won the championship in the same year seven times in the 15 years the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has raced there:
2008: Jimmie Johnson
2006: Jimmie Johnson
2005: Tony Stewart
2001: Jeff Gordon
2000: Bobby Labonte
1999: Dale Jarrett
1998: Jeff Gordon
* There have been 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in Indiana.
* 76 NASCAR national series drivers (all-time) have their home state recorded as Indiana.(NASCAR PR)(7-20-2009)
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
New sponsor for Gilliland at Indy: TRG Motorsports' welcomes Racehost.com onboard the #71 Chevy of David Gilliland this weekend for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Race Host, founded in 1996, was the first racing website design company to work exclusively in the racing, motorsport and automotive industry. "We're excited about our new team partner Racehost.com and are looking forward to working together long into the future," Buckler continued. Gilliland qualified the #71 Racehost.com/TRG Motorsports Chevy in 37th for the race.(TRG), see images of the car on my #71 Team Schemes page.(7-26-2009)
New Look for Robby's #7 at Indy: #7-Robby Gordon returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the 16th running of the Brickyard 400. Johns Manville, a leading manufacturer of premium quality building insulation, returns as the primary sponsor of the #7 Toyota Camry.(RGM), see images of the scheme on my #7 Team Schemes page.(7-26-2009)
Montoya to drive “Retro” Target Paint Scheme at the Brickyard: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Target announced that the #42 Target Chevy of Juan Pablo Montoya will feature a “Retro” Target paint scheme for the Brickyard 400 this weekend as a tribute to Montoya’s 2000 Indianapolis 500 win in 2000. His 2009 Brickyard 400 Cup car and firesuit will feature the famed gold lightning bolts similar to those on his IndyCar and firesuit when he last raced for Target on the famed oval back in 2000.
· The Bolt Returns to Indy: Montoya returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the same Target colors for the first time since he won the Indianapolis 500 for Target and Chip Ganassi in 2000. Chip Ganassi Racing and Target have a solid history at the famed oval. As an owner Ganassi has won at the track three times (Emerson Fittipaldi – 1989, Montoya – 2000 and Scott Dixon - 2008) and Target has been the sponsor for two of those (2000 and 2008).
· Target Celebrates 20th Season with Ganassi: The team’s partnership with Target continues to rank as one of the longest continuous relationships in motorsports. Chip Ganassi created his own one-car IndyCar team in 1990 and that same year established a partnership with Target. Today, Target remains the only full-time sponsor in both the NSCS and the IndyCar Series. With Montoya and his IndyCar Series teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, Team Target now sports three drivers that have all won open-wheel championships and the Indianapolis 500.
· A familiar place: Juan Pablo Montoya made history in 2007 by becoming the first driver to have competed in all three major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: He has participated in the Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar), the United States Grand Prix (Formula One) and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (NASCAR). Montoya has six starts in the Grand Prix, with two starts at the Brickyard 400 and one in the Indianapolis 500. Should Montoya win, he would become the first driver in history to win both the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.
Juan Pablo Montoya: “There are a number of things that I am pleased with so far this year and driving for Target again is one of them. I am also really excited about driving the Target car with the paint scheme that I used back in 2000 when I drove for Target here in the Indy 500. To wear the firesuit and drive the car will bring back a lot of great memories for me.”(EGR), see images of the scheme on my #42 Team Schemes page.(7-24-2009)
- Snickers colors returns for Busch: Kyle Busch’s #18 Toyota will sport a special “Bar Hunger” Snickers paint scheme in the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard. Busch will also make a stop at Gleaner’s Food Bank in Indianapolis to help raise awareness for Feeding America. The Snickers brand is teaming up with Feeding America to “Bar Hunger” – a campaign to help the one in eight Americans struggling with hunger. As part of “Bar Hunger,” Snickers will donate the equivalent of at least 3 million meals to Feeding America in 2009. The brand will educate and inspire Americans to help through special branding and educational verbiage on its
Snickers packaging, dedicated national advertising, its Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/snickers, as well as a series
of events throughout the year. Snickers brand also introduced a new language this spring called “Snacklish,” which uses its iconic logo and brand essence to communicate the right thing, in the right time and place, to the right people. The Snacklish language will continue to reach the American public through a unique advertising campaign called “Snickers Speak.” Busch and his team are hoping that the Snickers colors adorning the #18 Toyota this weekend bring as much good luck as it did in its first start in 2009, and in 2008 as well. Busch drove his #18 Snickers Toyota to victory at Atlanta in March 2008. In the most recent start for Snickers, Busch brought home a win at Bristol Motor Speedway this past March.(Snickers Racing/JGR) See the Snickers scheme on my #18 Team Scheme page.(7-23-2009)
Truex debuts Guitar Hero scheme at Indy: The #1 best-selling video game, Guitar Hero, returns to the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as primary sponsor of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' #1 Chevy driven by Martin Truex Jr. This time the popular video game franchise introduces their latest hit, Guitar Hero Smash Hits. The video game returns as a primary sponsor with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for the fourth time this season after sponsoring Aric Almirola and the #8 Team for several races including the 2009 Daytona 500. This marks the first race for Guitar Hero as primary sponsor of the #1 Chevy team. Guitar Hero will once again be the featured paint scheme for Truex and team with paint schemes at the upcoming Atlanta and Charlotte events.(Earnhardt Ganassi)(7-22-2009)
Montoya to run retro Target Scheme at Brickyard: #41-Juan Pablo Montoya will make his return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Target colors for the first time since he won the Indy 500 for Target in 2000. To commemorate their reunion at IMS, Montoya will run the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in a "retro" paint scheme and uniform that echoes back to the same scheme used in 2000 when he won the Indy 500.(Earnhardt Ganassi)(7-22-2009)
Prilosec back on the #31: Prilosec OTC's major associate sponsorship of RCR's #31 Chevy kicks into high gear this weekend in Indianapolis as Burton and the #31 team transform their yellow and black #31 Caterpillar Chevy into a purple Prilosec OTC - Walmart racing machine for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.(RCR), see an image of the car on the #31 Cup Schemes page.(7-22-2009)
- Primary Sponsorship for Prilosec OTC on Two RCR Cars in 2009: Prilosec OTC, the No. 1 doctor and pharmacist recommended over-the-counter acid reducer, will be the primary sponsor of two of Richard Childress Racing teams for three races during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Prilosec OTC will be the primary sponsor of the #31 Prilosec OTC-Walmart Chevy driven by Jeff Burton at Richmond International Raceway in May and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Primary sponsorship will then be featured on the #33 Prilosec OTC-Walmart Chevy driven by Clint Bowyer at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., in October. Prilosec OTC has been an associate sponsor of RCR’s #31 team since 2006. “Over the last four seasons, we’ve engaged millions of race fans, educating them on how Prilosec OTC can treat their frequent heartburn and get them back to enjoying NASCAR to the fullest,” said Robert Cleveland, Prilosec OTC Brand Manager. “Our partnerships with RCR and NASCAR play an important role in showcasing Prilosec OTC’s product benefits and its ability to treat frequent heartburn all day and all night with one pill a day.” Throughout the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Prilosec OTC has been featured on the rear quarter panel of the #31 Caterpillar Chevy as well as the uniforms and firesuits of Burton and the entire #31 team. In addition to the RCR team partnership, Prilosec OTC will sponsor the “Prilosec OTC BBQ Shootout Series” throughout the 2009 Sprint Cup Series race season. The mobile tour will travel to six NASCAR cities during the spring and summer months showcasing the country’s best BBQ Pit Masters [Texas a few weeks ago, Richmond in May, Charlotte in May, Indy in July, Bristol in August and Atlanta in Sept.](RCR PR), see an image of the #31 car on my #31 Team Schemes page.(4-30-2009) Comment here
- Snickers scheme returns for Kyle Busch: Kyle Busch and the Snickers team are hoping that the Snickers colors adorning the #18 Toyota for the first time in 2009 bring as much good luck as they did in 2008. Busch drove his #18 Snickers Toyota to victory at Atlanta in March 2008, beginning an incredible string of eight wins in the season’s first 22 races. The Food City 500 will be the first of two Snickers paint schemes for the #18 Toyota in 2009, with the second race coming in July’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While the Food City 500 will mark its first start of 2009, chassis #193 shined brightly for the #18 team in 2008. Busch never started farther back than 11th or finished worse than 13th with this car last season. And in its inaugural start, Busch drove it to victory in at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March 2008. Snickers Brand recently introduced a new language, called “Snacklish,” that uses its iconic logo and brand essence to communicate the right thing, in the right time and place, to the right people. Beginning this month, the Snacklish language will attempt to reach the American public through a unique advertising campaign called “Snickers Speak.” Ads currently running feature visual dramatizations of euphemisms, including legendary music icon Master P inviting viewers to “Get Some Bling With Master P-Nut,” and basketball legend Patrick Ewing explaining how to ”Get Dunked on by Patrick Chewing.”(JGR/True Speed Communications PR), see an image of the car on the #18 Team Schemes page.(3-20-2009)
- 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
Max Attendence: ~350,000
Grandstand seating capacity: 257,325
First NASCAR race (Brickyard 400): 1994
Track Opened: 1909
- Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Indiana Pacers 2009 1st-round draft pick Tyler Hansbrough
Command to start engines: Mary Hulman George
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Tyler Hansbrough
Invocation: Rev. Howard Brammer
National Anthem: Casey Jamerson
Military Flyover: 4 F-38 Talons, Randolph AFB, San Antionio, TX
- For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
- Track Websites:
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- July 2008: see my Indianapolis Race Info page
Indy Transporter Parade: A parade of approximately 40 colorful NASCAR Sprint Cup Series transporters will drive through greater Indianapolis on Thursday evening, July 23, the day before the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard opens at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The parade will start at 6:00pm in Greenwood and travel on Interstate 65 North to Interstate 70 West. The transporters will exit at Holt Road and drive to 10th Street before stopping on Main Street in Speedway, where they will be on display for the public until 8:30pm. Info about tickets for the Allstate 400 at indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(7-23-2009)
- Humpy Wheeler to Indy? Former Lowe's Motor Speedway president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler was at the Indianapolis 500 and plans to be back at the famed Brickyard for Sunday's Sprint Cup race. Could he be positioning himself to become a permanent fixture there? "Could be," Wheeler said on Monday night. There is an opening now. Joie Chitwood, the president and chief operating officer at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, announced on Monday he is resigning to become vice president of business operations for International Speedway Corp. in Daytona Beach, Fla. "We were talking," Wheeler said. "Things have kind of slowed down a little bit. The latest move about Chitwood leaving added to the drama. We'll see what happens." Asked directly if he were interested in a position at IMS, Wheeler said, "We'll see."(ESPN Insider)(7-22-2009)
- Chitwood leaves Indy and joins ISC: Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and Chief Operating Officer Joie Chitwood announced July 20 he was stepping down from his position after this week’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and returning to his home state of Florida. His last day with IMS will be Thursday, Aug. 6. IMS President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Belskus will assume the daily responsibilities of managing the Speedway. It has not been determined if Chitwood will be replaced. Chitwood is becoming the vice president of business operations for the International Speedway Corporation, with headquarters in Daytona Beach, FL.(IMS)(7-21-2009)
- 2009 IMS tickets available: Established in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence. Beginning in 2009, the Speedway celebrates its Centennial Era, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the facility in 2009 and the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2011. Tickets for the two remaining events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP - can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.(IMS)(7-21-2009)
- Roundtrip Shuttles Available for the Brickyard: The Town of Speedway is facilitating roundtrip bus service for Allstate 400 at the Brickyard fans Sunday, July 26 at three convenient locations, including two in downtown Indianapolis and one at Indianapolis International Airport. Service will be provided by Transportation Management Services (TMS) and the Free Enterprise System, Inc. Both companies will serve fans with air-conditioned shuttles and handicapped-accessible vehicles on all routes. For shuttle schedulesand more info, go to indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(7-20-2009)
- Indy Digital Guest Guide available: Fans can enhance their experience at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 24-26 at IMS by reading the event's digital Guest Guide available at the Traveler Info. tab at allstate400atthebrickyard.com and the Next Event tab at indianapolismotorspeedway.com. The 16-page guide, available exclusively online, includes information about the event, including the schedule, directions, parking and transportation, a facility map, merchandise locations and more. The interactive guide also is enhanced by embedded video and photos, creating a rich multimedia experience for fans.(IMS)(7-18-2009)
- Grand Marshal named for Indy: Indiana Pacers 2009 first-round draft pick Tyler Hansbrough will serve as grand marshal for the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26. Hansbrough, a 6-foot 9-inch forward selected with the 13th overall pick in the NBA draft, also will wave the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' mid-summer classic at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Info about tickets for the Allstate 400 at indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(7-17-2009)
- Ticket special for military at Indy: Members of the United States military can take advantage of a special promotion for Race Day tickets for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26. The package includes one Race Day ticket in the North Vista or Northeast Vista Backstretch, two Indianapolis Motor Speedway souvenirs and a coupon good for 10 percent off the purchase of IMS merchandise, all for $70. That's a savings of $25 off the retail value of $95. All orders for this package must be received by Friday, July 24. To order, call the IMS Group Sales Office at (866) 221-8775 or visit brickyard.com, type MIL09BY into the Package Promotion Code box and then select the grandstand of your choice. Tickets are limited and subject to availability.(IMS)(7-17-2009)
- Music Lineup Named for Allstate 400 at the Brickyard: Virgin Records recording artists Saving Abel will headline a diverse lineup of musical acts scheduled to play during Allstate 400 at the Brickyard weekend July 24-26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Popular rock band Saving Abel will play from 11:00am to 12:00pm on Sunday, July 26 on the Coke Zero Stage, concluding 30 minutes before 2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard pre-race ceremonies begin. The Coke Zero Stage is located in the IMS Pagoda Plaza, located directly behind the landmark Pagoda control tower. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Practice Day lineup Friday, July 24 features Indianapolis-based musical acts Healing Sixes from 11:30am - 12:30pm and Corey Cox from 4:30-5:30pm, both on the Coke Zero Stage. The Speedway’s public gates open at 8:00am Friday with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice scheduled for 2:00-3:00pm and 3:30-4:30pm. The Coke Zero Stage music lineup Saturday, July 25 includes country music artist Casey Jamerson from 11:45am -12:30pm, The Elms from 1:00-2:00p.m., Megan Linville from 3:00-3:45pm and Steve Trent and Small Town from 4:30-5:30pm. Public gates open at 7:00am Saturday. Tickets for the two remaining events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP – can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.(IMS)(7-17-2009)
- IMS giving away tickets through social media sites: Fans of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will want to stay logged on to the IMS pages on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace as IMS will soon give away pairs of Allstate 400 at the Brickyard tickets via these social networking Web sites. The giveaways will take place at multiple, random locations in and around Indianapolis. Some sets of tickets feature the autographs of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and more. For each ticket giveaway, IMS staff will use one of the three Web sites to alert fans of the location of the giveaway and other necessary information to claim the tickets. The first person to locate the IMS staff member at the location will win two tickets to the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26.(IMS PR)(7-4-2009)
- Executive Management Changes At Indy: The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that a new management team comprised of veteran IMS executives W. Curtis Brighton and Jeffrey G. Belskus will head the Hulman-George companies effective July 1. Brighton, currently executive vice president and chief legal counsel, will become president and CEO of Hulman & Company. Belskus, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer for the companies, will become president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. They will replace Tony George, who will no longer serve as president and chief executive officer of the Hulman-George companies but will remain a board member of the Hulman-George companies. "Our board had asked Tony to structure our executive staff to create efficiencies in our business structure and to concentrate his leadership efforts in the Indy Racing League," said Mari Hulman George, IMS chairman of the board. "He has decided that with the recent unification of open-wheel racing and the experienced management team IMS has cultivated over the years, now would be the time for him to concentrate on his team ownership of Vision Racing with his family and other personal business interests he and his family share." Joie Chitwood is president and chief operating officer (COO) of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC. Terry Angstadt is president of the commercial division of the Indy Racing League. Brian Barnhart is president of the competition division of the Indy Racing League. Charlie Morgan is president and COO of IMS Productions. Gary Morris is president and COO of Clabber Girl.(IMS PR)(6-30-2009)
- IMS to make announcement?: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's board of directors is meeting again Tuesday and expected to make an announcement concerning Tony George's position. It was reported on SPEEDtv.com last month that George had been voted out of power as CEO of IMS by his three sisters, which control six of the board of director votes and had removed his wife. Laura, from her IMS position earlier in May. TG maintained he was still CEO but an IMS release admitted the board wanted George to devise a a management plan that would allow him to focus on the business which requires the greatest attention. He is also CEO of the Indy Racing League, which he founded in 1996. It's speculated that George could be replacing his mother, Mari Hulman-George, as IMS chairman of the board and that longtime NASCAR promoter Humpy Wheeler could be brought in as acting IMS president.(SPEEDtv)(6-29-2009)
- Humpy in talks to Indy to help promote: Humpy Wheeler, who helped make Lowe's Motor Speedway a power in NASCAR, said he could be in line to help Indy-car racing improve its business. Wheeler confirmed talks with Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. officials about having his company, The Wheeler Company, offer promotional and marketing support to the IndyCar Series.
Advertisement "Right now it's all in its infancy," he said. "We haven't made any deals yet; we're just in the talking stage." IMS Corp. officials have not confirmed talks with Wheeler or his son, Trip, who runs the family business. Wheeler, who in the 1960s worked with Firestone's Indy-car program, said there is a need to "objectively look" at the series.(Indy Star)(6-26-2009)
- Wheeler to take over Indy? Will legendary NASCAR promoter Humpy Wheeler be asked to take over the reins of legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway? That's part of the speculation swirling around the 100-year-old track the past few days, following Sunday's Indy 500, which showed yet another significant TV ratings drop. Wheeler, at Indy over the weekend instead of at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway, which he ran for more than 30 years for Bruton Smith, has been noncommittal about the Indy affair. Tony George, the 49-year-old who has been running the privately owned Indianapolis track for his family, has been equally noncommittal about what lies ahead, except to deny that he has been ousted as Indy boss. George says he's still the CEO. But there is pressure on George, from family members, to pump up the Indy Racing League, which has struggled to make a go of it. So NASCAR's France family isn't the only American racing giant operation under the gun in these turbulent economic times. George and his family, which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League, is suddenly in the news for an internal squabble over how that family's racing operations are going.
George himself denies reports that his family has asked him to step down as boss of the deal, but the mass confusion over what really has been happening this week behind closed door in Indianapolis has everyone wondering just what's up.(mikemulhern.net)(5-31-2009)
- Indy to devise management plan: At a regular meeting of the board of directors of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday, May 26, board members asked Tony George, chief executive officer of the IMS companies, to devise a plan for management of Hulman & Company, the Indy Racing League, Clabber Girl and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that would allow him to focus on the business which requires the greatest attention. This plan is to be presented to the board at a meeting later this year.
IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George said: “There was a general discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing all of our companies and where most of our energies need to be spent. All of our properties are doing well, given the challenges of the current economy. The Indy Racing League represents our greatest growth opportunity and therefore deserves the most attention at this point.”
Tony George said: “Contrary to published reports, I continue to serve as CEO of IMS. Our board of directors met yesterday, and we did discuss how to best confront challenges and exploit opportunities facing our businesses. This is nothing new and is something that we continually do as a board. But no changes in leadership or responsibility have been made. We don’t normally comment on board deliberations concerning our family business. However, the widespread, inaccurate reports and rumors caused my mother and me to conclude that it was necessary to set the record straight. If changes are made in the management of the company that are newsworthy, we will announce them when they are made.”(IMS)(5-29-2009)
- Tony George Ousted From IMS: DENIED: The controversial, ground-breaking, tumultuous 20-year reign of Tony George at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over. SPEEDtv.com has learned George was voted out of power in a Tuesday night board meeting in Indianapolis. A source close to the situation confirmed that the 49-year-old grandson of Tony Hulman would no longer be CEO of the Speedway after a vote of the IMS board of directors which includes mother Mari, sisters Josie, Nancy and Kathy, attorney Jack Snyder and George. Calls to Snyder and Fred Nation, IMS vice president of communications, were not returned and George did not respond to an email. George, who started the Indy Racing League in 1996, will continue as CEO of the IndyCar series and is expected to take more of a hands-on role after Tuesday's developments at the Speedway. It had been rumored for several years that his sisters were concerned with the amount of money George had spent on keeping the IRL afloat and changing the look of the Speedway. He helped orchestrate the unification of open wheel racing with Champ Car's Kevin Kalkhoven in 2008 but since then has mostly concentrated on trying to improve Vision Racing for stepson Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
It's assumed Jeff Belskus, the IMS chief financial officer, and Curt Brighton, general counsel for the Speedway, will run the show until a replacement is hired. One name making the rounds has been Humpy Wheeler, the longtime promoter at Charlotte who was at last Sunday's Indy 500 for the first time since 1970. The heirs to Tony's throne are Kyle and Jarrod Krisiloff (sons of Josie), Jesika Gunter (daughter of Nancy), Olivia Conforti (daughter of Kathy), Tony Jr. and Lauren (son and daughter of Tony and Laura George). None are on the board as yet but Jarrod Krisiloff currently works in IMS Productions and has spent the past four years learning the ropes of other departments while brother Kyle pursued a driving career in Atlantics and NASCAR before retiring to go to work for the Speedway late last year.(SPEEDtv - oops they removed the link when the story proved to be false)(5-27-2009)
UPDATE: Tony George denied a report today that he has been ousted from his key role at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, saying he still holds all leadership positions associated with the family-owned business. "I am still CEO and still president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, Hulman and Company, and CEO of the Indy Racing League," George said. According to the report -- which came from an online media company, and was picked up by two local news outlets -- a decision to dismiss George came at Tuesday night's board of directors meeting. George, however, described the meeting as "typical," as did his mother, Mari Hulman George, who is chairman of the board. Hulman George also said there was no call to oust her son, who has held leadership positions at IMS since 1990.(Indianapolis Star)(5-27-2009)
- Special Deals on Indianapolis Tickets: Turn 3 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is historically the “sweet spot” of action during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, as some of the race’s most decisive passes and incidents have taken place there. Now, selected backstretch reserved seats will be available at a special value price for the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26, offering NASCAR fans great action at a great price. These seats are at the end of the back straightaway entering Turn 3 of the historic 2.5-mile IMS oval. Seats in Sections 41 through 50 of the Northeast Vista Backstretch, including the Northeast Vista Backstretch Platform (wheelchair-accessible seating), will sell for $45 each, a $30 savings. Tickets for the three events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the 93rd Indianapolis 500, 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and second Red Bull Indianapolis GP – can be ordered online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time.(IMS PR)(2-24-2009)
- Brickyard Crossing Inn at Indy closes: Brickyard Crossing Inn will close immediately and be razed in a few months, said Joie Chitwood, president and chief operating officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. The motel was built in 1963 on the eastern edge of the IMS grounds. It has 96 rooms. “To bring the motel up to the standards and quality of what guests expect at the Speedway would require significant capital expenditures,” Chitwood said. “After reviewing the alternatives, we have decided to discontinue its operation.” Plans are being made for the demolition of the motel buildings. Use of the space after the removal of the motel has not been determined, Chitwood said. “IMS has been looking at alternatives to the future of the motel property for several years, including constructing a new hotel,” Chitwood said. “We continue to evaluate how a new hotel operation on Speedway property might fit in with the planned redevelopment of the Town of Speedway. To date, we have reviewed proposals from several groups and have met with some of these firms. We’re farther along than we’ve ever been in the process to build a new hotel at IMS.” The closure of the motel will not affect the main building of Brickyard Crossing, which is home to a public restaurant, the Flag Room pub, conference space and the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course Golf Shop. All will continue operation. Closure of the motel involves the termination of 15 permanent employees.(IMS PR)(12-16-2008)
- Tony George recieves award: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chief Executive Officer Tony George was named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 Business Leader of the Year for his continued efforts to elevate the state’s most famous sporting facility to new heights and for his impact on the community. George received the honor Nov. 6 at the Chamber’s 19th Annual Awards Dinner before more than 1,200 business, civic and political leaders at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. “I’m honored to receive this award, which is especially meaningful since it comes from fellow Indiana business leaders,” George said. “Maintaining family management and stewardship of the Speedway is very important to me, and I’m grateful to be surrounded by talented people who work hard every day to help us grow our business.” George and his family-owned Hulman & Company also runs the Terre Haute, Ind.-based Clabber Girl baking powder enterprise. Tickets for the three events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the 93rd Indianapolis 500, 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and second Red Bull Indianapolis GP – can be ordered online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time.(IMS PR)(11-12-2008)
- 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 – 1,800; Right-side – 1,800
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4178; Right-side -- D-4252
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 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 32-35 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: Goodyear returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a new tire set-up developed after a comprehensive, 11-month testing effort . . . since last summer's Brickyard 400, Goodyear has conducted seven tire tests at the Speedway -- three last fall, two this spring prior to the Indianapolis 500 and two in June after the Indianapolis 500 . . . in all, Goodyear worked with 30 different drivers and teams over those seven tests and logged more than 14,000 miles on the Speedway . . . the left-side tire code (D-4178) that NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will be running this weekend is also run at Pocono . . . teams will be running a new right-side tire code (D-4252) . . . this right-side features a new tread compound that utilizes a different formulation strategy to address the high wear characteristics of the Speedway and help "rubber in" the track while maintaining performance and heat dissipation . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at IMS . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than the outer tire.
- Carter / Simo plans to run rest of season; UPDATE: Furr joins as crew chief for Labonte: Carter / Simo Racing announced that Terry Labonte is teaming up with Boris Said for the remaining NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Starting at Indianapolis and continuing through the remainder of the 2009 season, fans can expect to see Terry Labonte driving the #08 Camry or Boris Said behind the wheel of the #08 Ford. The team has immediate openings for sponsors the remainder of the season, all inquires can be made their website.(Simo Racing PR)(7-11-2009)
UPDATE: John Carter announced Tony Furr is now crew chief for the Terry Labonte #08 Camry. "This will be a winning combination along with Boris Said and crew chief Frankie Stoddard in the #08 Ford.", said Carter.(Carter / Simo PR), Earlier in the year, Furr was serving as crew chief for #41-Jeremy Mayfield and had recently been consulting with the #64 Gunselman Motorsports team.(7-14-2009) Comment here
- Furniture Row Racing Announces Revised Cup Schedule: #78-Furniture Row Racing announced today a revision of its 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. The Colorado-based team has added one race to its original 12-race Cup schedule and has revised three of its upcoming race locations. The April 5th race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is the recent addition, bringing the current team's schedule to 13 events. The team is dropping the two road races -- at Sonoma, Calif (June 21) and Watkins Glen (Aug. 9) plus the May 31st race at Dover. Those three races are being replaced with Darlington (May 9), Pocono (June 7) and Indianapolis (July 26). The #78 Furniture Row team with driver Regan Smith entered two of the first four Cup races with Smith finishing 21st in the Daytona 500 and 20th in Las Vegas. The team's next race will be at Texas. "We all sat down and re-evaluated our schedule to see what suits our racing program the best," said Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing's general manager. "Since we're a sponsor-owned team we have the flexibility to move in and move out of race markets. We will most likely make additional changes as the season progresses. We're happy about adding the race in Texas and hope that we will continue to make more additions, but that is dependent on the economic climate and attaining additional sponsorship. We're looking for a partner and feel that we have plenty to offer a company from a marketing standpoint with Furniture Row's more than 330 store locations in 31 states." To prepare for the Texas race next month, the #78 team has scheduled a two-day test session on Wednesday and Thursday of this week at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, CO.(DMF/Furniture Row Racing PR)(3-16-2009) Comment here
- Papis and Geico to run 18 Cup races, will run at Texas too: Widely regarded as one of the most versatile racecar drivers in the world, "Mad" Max Papis will add to his already impressive resume as he slides behind the wheel of the #13 Geico Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The former Formula 1 driver and 2004 Rolex Grand Am Series Champion will lead the way for Geico as they make their maiden voyage into the Sprint Cup Series after spending eight years in NASCAR's number two series [Nationwide].
While Geico has sponsored a few NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races over the years, this will be their first Cup-focused race program. Geico Racing launched with a single race sponsorship at Richmond International Raceway on May 2, 2001. Through the years and a myriad of sponsorships among NASCAR's top three series, Geico Racing has evolved into a fulltime racing and marketing program that is experiencing great success and commanding national attention.
Recognized for a vast marketing strategy that fully encompasses their entire race program, Geico has signed a four-year sponsorship agreement with Germain Racing that will find the Gecko adorning the hood of the #13 Germain Racing Sprint Cup Series entry for 18 races per season beginning in 2009. Max Papis was born in Como, Italy, and now resides in Mooresville, NC. He has made over 100 open wheel race starts, including two prior Indianapolis 500 starts, while also serving as a test driver for NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports. Papis has also competed in NASCAR's number two Series, where he recorded a third place finish on August 4, 2007 in Montreal. In order to gain valuable experience, the Geico Racing team will debut their Sprint Cup Series program at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2008, in the Dickies 500. They will subsequently participate in the Sprint Cup Series season finale on November 16, 2008, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford 400.(Max Papis site)
AND The new #13 Germain Racing Sprint Cup team will be part of an alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing, new driver Max Papis said in announcing his Cup deal Monday afternoon. Papis has signed a four-year deal with Germain Racing for 18 Cup races annually with sponsorship from Geico. The collaboration with MWR makes sense in two ways: Germain already was running Toyotas in the Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series and Papis drove for MWR Executive Vice President Cal Wells when Wells was an owner in the CART open-wheel series. Papis said that Randy Goss will serve as his crew chief for the two races this year with Germain general manager Mike Hillman Sr. also being heavily involved. Papis’ 2009 tentative schedule: Las Vegas, Texas, Talladega, Darlington, Dover, Michigan, Sonoma, Daytona, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, Bristol, Atlanta, Richmond, Kansas, California, Charlotte, Phoenix, and Homestead.(SceneDaily), With Geico sponsoring half the season, Germain is looking to fill out the rest of the 2009 Cup schedule for Papis.(SceneDaily), see images of the scheme on my #13 Team Schemes page.(10-28-2008)
- See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.