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THE RACE: Brickyard 400

TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2010 season
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, July 25, 2010 in Speedway, IN

  • Title Sponsor: none

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
    On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, July 26 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, July 28 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

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  • Practices:
    Friday, July 23, 2:00 - 3:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2
    Friday, July 23, 3:30 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, July 24, 2:00 - 3:00pm/et, TV-?

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, July 24, 3:30-4:30 pm/et, TV-ESPN2


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 25, 1:00 pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, July 24 at 10:10 am/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • McMurray wins at Indianapolis: #1-Jamie McMurray won the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season and 5th of his career. He joins Jimmie Johnson and Dale Jarrett as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year. #29-Harvick finished second, followed by: #16-Biffle, #33-Bowyer, #14-Steart, #31-Burton, #99-Edwards, #18-Busch, #20-Logano, and #2-Busch. Polesitter #42-Montoya domainated much of the race, leading the most laps, but lost the lead during a late pitstop, then hit the wall with 15 to go and finished 32nd. There were 14 lead changes among 10 drivers and 6 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps. The attendence was reported at 140,000, down from 180,000 last year.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Indianapolis Race Results/Awards page.(7-25-2010)

  • Brickyard Facts and Notes:
    • Jamie McMurray won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, becoming the third driver to win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard in the same year. Dale Jarrett (1996) and Jimmie Johnson (2006) also did it. It was McMurray's fifth Cup win in 278 starts.
    • McMurray led two times for 16 laps, including the final 11.
    • Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is the first team to ever win the Indy 500, Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year. Ganassi is the first team owner to win the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400.
    • Teammates McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya led 102 of the 160 laps raced.
    • The top 10 included five Chevy, two Fords, two Toyotas and one Dodge. Chevy posted its 10th win in 2010 and 12th win at Indy.
    • Kevin Harvick (second) scored his fourth top-10 finish in the past five races at Indy. It marked Harvick's 300th consecutive start.
    • Greg Biffle (third) scored his third straight top-10 finish at Indy.
    • Clint Bowyer (fourth) tied his best Indy finish.
    • Tony Stewart (fifth) has scored top-10 finishes in six of the past seven Indy races.
    • Jeff Burton (sixth) extended a 17-race streak of running at the finish at Indy.
    • Kyle Busch finished eighth in his 200th consecutive start.
    • Mark Martin (11th) has finished 11th or better in the past six Indy races.
    • AJ Allmendinger finished 16th in his 100th career start.
    • Jeff Gordon (23rd) has gone 49 races since his last win, the longest stretch in his career without a win.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (27th) dropped from 13th to 14th in Cup points.
    • Bobby Labonte finished 31st in his 600th consecutive start.(ESPN.com)(7-26-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Indianapolis:
    Jamie McMurray won the Brickyard 400 (17th Running), his fifth victory in 278 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2010.
    Greg Biffle (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Kevin Conway (34th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 184 points over Jeff Gordon.
    Chip Ganassi became the first owner to win the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and the Indy 500 in the same year.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-25-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2920
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2736, -184
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2660, -260
    4) #48Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2659, -261
    5) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2658, -262
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2630 -290
    7) #31-Jeff Burton, 2615, -305
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2573, -347
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 2544, -376
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 2496, -424
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 2462, -458
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2446, -474
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #5-Mark Martin, 2384, -536, 62 points out of the chase
    14) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2353, -567, -93
    15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2299, -621, -147
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray [2 wins], 2295, -625, -151
    17) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2290, -630, -156
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 17
    22) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2121, -799, -325
    36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(7-25-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono [August 1]:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #71 team falls to 35th, but is 154 points ahead of #26.
    32) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1539, +203
    33) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1510, +174
    34) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1509, +173
    35) #71-Cassill/TRG, 1439, 154 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1336, 154 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1294, -196
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(7-25-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Indianapolis:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #20 Pre-Race to the rear, Engine Change
    #64 Pre-Race to the rear, Engine Change
    #83 1, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #19 1, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #64 1, Pitting before pit road is open , Tail End
    #77 1, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #77 1, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Held 1 lap
    #18 1, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
    #09 1, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #47 1, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #00 1, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #00 1, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
    #37 1, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #7 16, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #39 16, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #00 66, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #00 118, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #34 127, Car/Truck pitting out of the assigned pit box, Pass Thru
    #18 134, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #42 145, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #88 147, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, Tail End
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-25-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Indianapolis: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: #12-Keselowski, 19th
    Caution 3: #37-Kvapil, 24th
    Caution 4: #37-Kvapil (2), 24th
    Caution 5: #6-Ragan, 20th
    Caution 6: #39-Newman, 17th
    (7-25-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Indy (or seemed to)?
    40th: #87-Nemechek, 33 laps
    41st: #66-Blaney, 20 laps
    42nd: #55-McDowell, 19 laps run
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #55 this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(7-25-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Indy: The selections of pit stalls for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianaolis Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #42-Montoya chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 10, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #5-Mark Martin, who starts 3rd took the 17th pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #34-Conway, who starts 42nd.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-24-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianaolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 25, 2010.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:19pm/et
    Radio: IMS Radio Network and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, July 26 at 2:30am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, July 28 at 12:00pm/et

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Happy Hour practice for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #56-Truex, Jr 175.627
    #31-Burton 175.531
    #33-Bowyer 175.456
    #99-Edwards 175.148
    #5-Martin 175.121
    slowest: #32-Villeneuve 169.578 & #34-Conway 167.355
    no speed: #55-McDowell, #87-Nemechek
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr scraped the wall coming off turn 3. There was little damage. #83-Sorenson hit the wall coming off turn 2 and wrinkled up some sheet metal.
    #48-Johnson had the fastest 10 lap average. See fastest speeds, average speeds, best 10 lap averages, laps run and more on my Indianapolis Practice Speeds Page (7-24-2010)

  • First Saturday practice for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #31-Burton 175.709
    #33-Bowyer 175.466
    #29-Harvick 175.182
    #9-Kahne 175.131
    #17-Kenseth 175.012
    slowest: #34-Conway 168.486 & #32-Villeneuve 168.023
    #11-Hamlin had the fastest 10 lap average. See fastest speeds, average speeds, best 10 lap averages, laps run and more on my Indianapolis Practice Speeds Page.(7-24-2010)

  • Montoya wins pole at Indy: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Pole for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway speed of 182.278mph for his 2nd pole of 2010 and 4th of his career. #48-Johnson will start 2nd followed by #5-Martin, #1-McMurray, #39-Newman, #33-Bowyer, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, and #31-Burton.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Elliott, #87-Nemechek, #13-Papis, #09-Labonte, #55-McDowell, #64-Bodine, #66-Blaney, and #32-Villeneuve.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (4): #38-Gilliland, #36-Mears, #26-Stremme, and #46-Yeley.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Indy Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(7-24-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Indianapolis:
    Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Brickyard 400 (17th Running) with a lap of 49.375 seconds, 182.278 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 129 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2010.
    This is his first pole in four races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2010 and his fifth in nine races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Mark Martin (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his ninth in 20 races this season.
    Kevin Conway (42nd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-24-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianaolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 10:10am/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2 10:00am/et
    Radio: IMS Radio Network
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Second Friday practice for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #42-Montoya 179.756
    #1-McMurray 179.526
    #5-Martin 179.340
    #33-Bowyer 179.172
    #48-Johnson 179.151
    slowest: #20-Logano 173.782 & #34-Conway 173.377
    #20-Logano lost an engine early in the session.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, best 10 lap averages, laps run and more on my Indianapolis Practice Speeds Page.(7-23-2010)

  • Indianapolis practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC2], 9th
    #13-Max Papis, 16th
    #64-Todd Bodine, 24th
    #38-David Gilliland, 33rd
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 35th
    #55-Michael McDowell, 37th
    #26-David Stremme, 39th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #32-Jacques Villeneuve, 42nd
    #36-Casey Mears, 43rd
    #66-Dave Blaney, 44th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 45th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • 1st Friday practice for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #42-Montoya 176.876
    #48-Johnson 176.737
    #13-Papis 176.298
    #7-Gordon 175.442
    #21-Elliott 174.686
    slowest: #32-Villeneueve 168.146 & #34-Conway 166.356.
    no speed: #46-Yeley
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, best 10 lap averages, laps run and more on my Indianapolis Practice Speeds Page.(7-23-2010)

  • Indianapolis practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #13-Max Papis, 3rd fastest
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC2], 5th
    #64-Todd Bodine, 7th
    #26-David Stremme, 14th
    #36-Casey Mears, 21st
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 22nd
    #66-Dave Blaney, 30th
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 44th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #38-David Gilliland, 34th
    #55-Michael McDowell, 43rd
    #32-Jacques Villeneuve, 46th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, no speed
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • Qualifying Order for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianaolis Motor Speedway is posted. 47 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 #14-Stewart.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #78-Smith.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #36-Mears with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #64-Bodine.
    See the full qualifying order on the Indianapolis Qualifying Page.(7-24-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianaolis Motor Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
    #09-Bobby Labonte (2009 race winner as owner/2000 Champ)(39/19)
    #13-Max Papis (41/19)
    #21-Bill Elliott (1988 Champ)(45/6)
    #26-David Stremme (2009 race winners as owner)(36/19)
    #32-Jacques Villeneuve (48/6)
    #36-Casey Mears (38/19)
    #38-David Gilliland (37/19)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (40/19)
    #55-Michael McDowell (44/19)
    #64-Todd Bodine (46/9)
    #66-Dave Blaney (43/19)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/19)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,21,38,36,46,13,87
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 66,55,64,32
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Indianapolis Entry List.(7-19-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Indianapolis [July 25]:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #37 team increases its lead over 36th to 108 pts.
    32) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1484, +173
    33) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1443, +122
    34) #71-Cassill/TRG, 1439, +128
    35) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1419, 108 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1311, 108 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1263, -156
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(7-10-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Chicago, race 19 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2745
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2642, -103
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2557, -188
    4) #18-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2542, -203
    5) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2524, -221
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2488, -257
    7) #31-Jeff Burton, 2465, -280
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2446, -299
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 2389, -356
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 2345, -400
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 2292, -453
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2286, -459
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2271, -496, 15 points out of the chase
    14) #5-Mark Martin, 2249, -496, -37
    15) #00-David Reutimann [1 win], 2190, -555, -96
    16) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2187, -558, -99
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
    17) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2166, -579, -120
    21) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2044, -701, -242
    36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(7-10-2010)

  • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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)

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  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).

  • 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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Chase Notes & Stats after race #19: #99-Carl Edwards picked a good time for his first podium finish of 2010, finishing a strong second at Chicagoland. He catapulted from 12th to 10th, and picked up 35 precious points over 13th place, now 74 ahead. #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a brief stay in the Top 12, as his 23rd at Joliet dropped him back to 13th. The #88 was not competitive at Chicagoland and driver and team will need to find some momentum for the final push to Richmond. #00-David Reutimann's win at Joliet was a feel-good story, and the MWR driver also drove himself into Chase contention, gaining two spots and 74 points on 12th place. Reutimann now sits within a one-race margin of 12th. He was in Chase contention throughout 2009, and may be ready to make the final jump. #9-Kasey Kahne's sixth at Chicagoland gained him 34 points and another position on 12th. Kasey is just 120 points out in 17th, and has the second most points (721) over the last five races. For season-to-season comparison after 19 races, current standings and more, see my Chase Stats after Daytona page. And for Chase history, how the 'old system' would had played out and more, see my 2010 Chase Rules and News page.(7-20-2010)

  • 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, 16, 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

  • Four Current Race Tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Indianapolis: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998 and 7/2009
    Pocono: 0 for 46 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
    Homestead: 0 for 10 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
    Daytona: 0 for 50 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
    (plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win)(7-3-2010)

  • Run all the Brickyard races: four drivers have run all 16 Brickyard 400's since it first ran in 1994:
    #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins]
    #TBA-Bobby Labonte [1 win]
    #5-Mark Martin [best 2nd once]
    #31-Jeff Burton [best 5th once](7-26-2009)

  • 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 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the first race in 1994.
    · Four drivers have competed in all 16 races: 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 13 different pole winners.
    · Jeff Gordon leads all pole winners with three.
    · Nine drivers have won, led by Jeff Gordon with four victories.
    · Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart (two each) are the other multiple winners.
    · Hendrick Motorsports has won seven 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 of the past three races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    · Two drivers have won from the pole: Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jimmie Johnson in 2008.
    · 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.
    · Tony Stewart (8.5) and Jeff Gordon (8.6) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
    · Three of the last four Indianapolis races ending under green had a margin of victory under one second.
    · 14 of the 16 races have been won by a past, reigning or future NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. The only two that were not: Ricky Rudd in 1997 and current points leader Kevin Harvick in 2003.
    · 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
    There have been 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in Indiana.
    · 75 NASCAR national series drivers (all-time) have their home state recorded as Indiana.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #31-Jeff Burton Prilosec OTC none...yet
    #33-Clint Bowyer Wheaties Fuel #33 Team Schemes Page
    #39-Ryan Newman Haas Automation #39 Team Schemes Page
    #78-Regan Smith Farm American #78 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page

  • Wheaties Fuel on the #33 at Indy: Clint Bowyer and the #33 team will bring a specially painted black and orange Wheaties-FUEL themed Chevy to Indianapolis. Wheaties FUEL, the breakfast for champions, by champions, was developed in 2009 with the help of Peyton Manning, triathlete Hunter Kemper, Kevin Garnett, gold medal-winning decathlete Bryan Clay, Albert Pujos and sports nutritionist Dr. John Ivey.(RCR PR),see an image of the car on my #33 team paint scheme page.(7-22-2010)

  • Prilosec OTC returns to the #31: Prilosec OTC's major associate sponsorship of RCR's #1 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 racing machine for the Brickyard 400.(RCR)(7-22-2010)

  • Regan Smith to promote cause of protecting U.S. Food Supply: Regan Smith's Furniture Row Racing Chevy will pay tribute to the American farmer and rancher in Sunday's Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The paint scheme and program will promote the importance of U.S. agriculture, which employs directly and indirectly more than 22 million people in the American workforce. Known as the #78 Farm American Chevy, the multicolored car of green, yellow, blue and white will depict farm life on the hood along with the program theme on the rear quarter panel of 'Cultivating the Future'. The United Soybean Board (USB) is the only other sponsor to jump into a partnership with the Farm American car at this time. Furniture Row Racing is hoping other suppliers and industry organizations will help share in the support for this team. Until then, Furniture Row Companies will be underwriting a majority of the Farm American sponsorship at Indianapolis and also at two additional Sprint Cup races - Aug. 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway and Oct. 10 at Auto Club Speedway.(Furniture Row Racing), see an image of the car on my #78 team paint scheme page.(7-20-2010)

  • Kroger and #29 team up at Indy: Fans will have a chance to interact with and compete against the #29 Shell-Pennzoil crew as part of a grocery bagging challenge at the Kroger store in Speedway, IN. The team will race against fans to see who can bag groceries the fastest. Fans who fill their bags faster than the crew will win a $50 Shell gift card, and the runner-up receives a Kroger gift card in thanks for their participation. Additionally, driver Kevin Harvick, the current points leader, will feature the Kroger logo on the deck lid and rocker panel of the #29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet during the July 25 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(Edelman)(7-20-2010)

  • Wheaties Fuel Makes Introduction into Motorsports: Wheaties Fuel, Clint Bowyer and the #33 Richard Childress Racing team are hoping that new colors will help fuel them to a win in Indianapolis this summer. Today, the team announced that a black and orange Wheaties Fuel-themed #33 Chevrolet will be the primary colors for driver Clint Bowyer during the annual Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 25. This is the first time that Wheaties Fuel will be a primary sponsor in the Cup Series. “Wheaties FUEL was engineered to deliver long-lasting energy,” said David Clark, vice president for Wheaties. “It’s a perfect match to bring the Wheaties Fuel colors to Indianapolis this summer to help Bowyer and the #33 team compete in one of the most prestigious races of the season.” Wheaties Fuel, which was developed with the help of Peyton Manning, triathlete Hunter Kemper, Kevin Garnett, gold medal-winning decathlete Bryan Clay, Albert Pujols and sports nutritionist Dr. John Ivy, was designed to help meet the nutritional needs of today’s champion athletes. “RCR was honored to run a Wheaties paint scheme on the #3 car in 1997, and we’re equally honored to have Clint Bowyer run the Wheaties Fuel scheme on the #33 this year,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “It’s great to be connected with such an iconic brand, creating a new identity with a new generation.”
    “Indianapolis is one of the most historic venues in all of motorsports, where only the best of the best have earned victories,” said RCR driver Clint Bowyer. “Everyone in the garage wants to win this race. The #33 team, fueled by Wheaties Fuel, is prepared to give it their all so we can be the ones kissing the bricks after the checkered flag waves.” For more information on Wheaties and the Wheaties FUEL evolution visit www.Wheaties.com.(General Mills/RCR PR), see images of the scheme on my #33 Team Schemes page.(5-17-2010)

  • Wheaties scheme for Bowyer at Indy: #33-Clint Bowyer is scheduled to run a Wheaties Fuel paint scheme at Indy in the Brickyard 400 on July 25th. General Mills [also makes Cheerios] launched Wheaties Fuel earlier this year, considered the next evolution of Wheaties. See an image of the scheme on my #33 Team Schemes page.(4-13-2010)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    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: ?
    Command to start engines: Mary Hulman George
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Indianapolis Colts' Dallas Clark
    Invocation: Rev. Howard Brammer
    National Anthem: Steven Curtis Chapman
    Military Flyover: T-38 Talons, 80th Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, TX

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Websites:
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Brickyard 400
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
    Free Digital Brickyard 400 Guide
    Facebook - Inidanaplois Motor Speedway
    Twitter - IndyTalk
    Indy Speedway Visitor's Guide and Racing Information (unofficial)

  • July 2009: see my Indianapolis Race Info page


  • Roundtrip Race Day Shuttle Service To Be Offered For Brickyard 400 Fans: The Town of Speedway is facilitating roundtrip bus service for 2010 Brickyard 400 fans on Race Day, Sunday, July 25 at four convenient locations, including three in downtown Indianapolis and one at Indianapolis International Airport. Service in air-conditioned shuttles will be provided by the Free Enterprise System, Inc. Handicapped-accessible vehicles will be available on all routes. More info, prices, etc on the IMS site.(7-22-2010)

  • Avoid Construction, Arrive Early To Indy: NASCAR fans are encouraged to arrive early in the Indianapolis area during the Brickyard 400 on July 23-25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to a major Interstate highway construction project west of the racetrack. The southbound Interstate 465 exit to Crawfordsville Road (southbound Exit 16A) is closed for the remainder of 2010 as part of a major reconstruction of I-465 on Indianapolis’ west side. This traditionally has been a popular exit for fans heading to the Speedway from points north and northwest of IMS.
    For 2010 Brickyard 400 activities, fans traveling southbound on I-465 should use the 38th Street exit (Exit 17), located one mile north of Crawfordsville Road, and proceed east following signage toward the track.
    The Indiana State Police advises spectators to visit its website, www.in.gov/isp, to receive information on the most direct routes to take when arriving and leaving the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Road conditions and construction updates also can be found at the site.
    Fans also can avoid traffic and parking issues by using shuttle bus service provided by the Free Enterprise System, Inc. Air-conditioned shuttles will operate from three locations downtown and from Indianapolis International Airport. To purchase a shuttle ticket, or for additional information, log onto www.brickyard400parking.com. IMS officials offer two additional recommendations to fans: plan to leave early for the track, and do not use 16th Street westbound in an attempt to enter via Gate 2, as 16th Street quickly backs up due to the volume of cars attempting to park in the infield. A very limited number of infield parking spaces are available and accessible via Gate 10 on 30th Street – the same gate where fans can park for free in Lot 7. Ample parking also is available in IMS Lot 1B (the “Coke Lot”) at 25th Street and Georgetown Road. A map of IMS parking lots is available by clicking here. On Brickyard 400 Race Day, public gates open at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 1 p.m. For additional information, and a complete schedule of the events, visit www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(7-21-2010)

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Returns to ESPN from Indianapolis: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to ESPN with a live, flag-to-flag telecast of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 25. The telecast is presented by Golden Corral. The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show kicks off the day at noon ET with the race telecast starting at 1:00pmn/et and the race’s green flag is scheduled for 1:19 pm. The Indianapolis race is the first of 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup events to be produced by ESPN to close out the 2010 NASCAR season, including all 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Of the 17 races, 14 will air on ESPN and three on ABC. ESPN’s coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway includes a live telecast of NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Saturday, July 24, at 10:00am/et, and telecasts of two practice sessions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup cars on the famed 2.5-mile track, all on ESPN2. The first practice session airs Friday, July 23, at 2:00pm/et, while final practice airs Saturday at 3:30pm/et. All programming airs in high definition.
    Five former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions will be an integral part of ESPN’s coverage team at the Brickyard, including analyst Dale Jarrett, the 1999 driving champion, who will work with two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree and lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid in the booth. Two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
    NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will feature analysis by 1989 champion driver Rusty Wallace and three-time champion crew chief Ray Evernham, with host Allen Bestwick and analyst Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race. Following the race, additional reports, analysis and interviews from Indianapolis will air on ESPN’s flagship program SportsCenter as will be the case for all 14 races airing on ESPN.(7-21-2010)

  • Sprint Cup Hauler parade in Speedway IN: Brickyard 400 fans can get an up-close view of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “haulers” – the semi trucks carrying the stock cars competing July 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – at the second annual Hauler Parade and Festival on Thursday, July 22 on Speedway’s Main Street. The event takes place from 5-8:30 pm, with live music featuring local country music act KJ & TKJ’s kicking off activities at 5 pm at the corner of 15th and Main Streets – across the street from popular local restaurant Dawson’s on Main. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers – approximately 50 are expected – will arrive at 6 pm in parade fashion behind the 2010 Brickyard 400 Pace Car and park on Main Street from just south of 15th Street in two lines stretching to 10th Street. A media pit stop competition, featuring local on-air personalities, is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 pm. Dawson’s will have food and beverages available for purchase throughout the event, and parking will be available on Speedway town streets west of Main and also at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s gravel Main Gate Parking Lot, located on the south side of 16th Street east of the Speedway gas station. Fans can also watch the haulers parade north on Main Street and east on 16th Street at 8 p.m., as they depart the Hauler Parade and Festival single-file and enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grounds for the Brickyard 400.
    Tickets are on sale now for the Brickyard 400. Tickets can be purchased online at www.imstix.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. General admission tickets will be available for Brickyard 400 Race Day – at a value price of just $40 each – for the first time at this year’s event, Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS)(7-20-2010)

  • Brickyard 400 National Anthem songer announced: Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman to sing the national anthem before the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 25. Chapman’s most recent release on Sparrow Records, “Beauty Will Rise,” is likely the most important of his recording career of more than 20 years. Chapman’s unflinching honesty is evident on the record as he sings about the tragic passing of his 5-year-old daughter, Maria. The performance by Chapman bolsters an already impressive lineup of national and regional talent performing live during the Brickyard 400 weekend July 23-25. All concerts are free to ticket holders each day at the track. Another addition is IMS fan favorite Casey Jamerson, an Indianapolis native. Rising country music artist Jamerson will perform a pre-race concert at 11am/et Sunday, July 25 on the Plaza Stage in the Pagoda Plaza. The headline act of the music lineup Saturday, July 24 is Capitol Records Nashville singer-songwriter Luke Bryan. The Miller Lite Cars and Guitars concert starts at noon on the Plaza Stage. The musical lineup Friday, July 23 features two shows on the Plaza Stage, popular country duo Cooke & Belle at 11:30 a.m. and teen singer-songwriter sensations Anna Margaret and Josh Golden at 5 p.m
    Tickets are on sale now for the Brickyard 400. Tickets can be purchased online at www.imstix.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. General admission tickets will be available for Brickyard 400 Race Day – at a value price of just $40 each – for the first time at this year’s event, Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS)(7-19-2010)

  • Luke Bryan to perform at Indy: Capitol Records Nashville singer-songwriter Luke Bryan will perform Saturday, July 24 on Qualifying Day for the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Miller Lite Cars and Guitars concert starts at noon (ET) on the Plaza Stage in the Pagoda Plaza. It’s free to all ticket holders that day at IMS. Tickets are on sale now for the Brickyard 400. Tickets can be purchased online at www.imstix.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. General admission tickets will be available for Brickyard 400 Race Day – at a value price of just $40 each – for the first time at this year’s event, Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS)(7-15-2010)

  • Free Digital Brickyard 400 Guide Available: Fans can enhance their experience at the Brickyard 400 on July 23-25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by reading the event’s digital 2010 Guest Guide available now at the IMS website. View the Guide at indianapolismotorspeedway.com. The Guide is free.
    The 16-page guide, available exclusively online, includes information about the event, including the schedule, directions, parking and transportation, a facility map, storylines, merchandise and concession locations and much more. The interactive guide also is enhanced by embedded video and photos, creating a rich multimedia experience for fans. Fans also can select from one of five colorful covers featuring three-time event winner Jimmie Johnson, two-time winner and Indiana native Tony Stewart and more.
    Tickets are on sale now for the Brickyard 400. Tickets can be purchased online at www.imstix.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. General admission tickets will be available for Brickyard 400 Race Day – at a value price of just $40 each – for the first time at this year’s event, Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS)(7-14-2010)

  • Artist Erwin Dazelle paints the cover for the Brickyard 400 Program: Internationally acclaimed French artist Erwin Dazelle was named by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the 2010 Brickyard 400 Official Program Artist. Dazelle’s program cover for the 2010 Brickyard 400, set for July 23-25, depicts Jimmie Johnson’s #48 and Jeff Gordon’s #24 Chevrolets, two of the most decorated Brickyard 400 drivers and two of the most recognized NASCAR Sprint Cup race cars of the decade, as well as an iconic image of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway featuring the Yard of Bricks and the Pagoda. Dazelle, 35, from Bayonne, France, is one of the top artists in the southwest of France and the Basque country. Dazelle will attend the 2010 Brickyard 400 and will be on hand to meet the fans at the track throughout the weekend. To learn more about Dazelle, visit www.dazelleusa.com.(IMS)(7-10-2010)

  • Earlier Indy 500 start time likely: An earlier starting time for the Indianapolis 500 to accommodate drivers wishing to compete in it and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day is likely to happen, Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus said this week. "We're inclined to change our starting time," Belskus said. "We do want to try to make it happen." Belskus said ABC, which owns television rights to the 500, has been consulted and hasn't indicated it would oppose a switch to 11 a.m. from the current 1 p.m. The idea gained momentum in May when Bruton Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., proposed putting up a $20 million bonus for any driver who could win both races on the same day. Smith and Indy Racing League CEO Randy Bernard were asked about the status of their negotiations last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "We've had some dialogue on some big ideas," Bernard said as Smith nodded his assent. Neither would elaborate.(Indianapolis Star)(7-3-2010)

  • Bruton offers a driver $20 million if wins both Indy 500 & Coke 600: On Thursday night’s edition of NASCAR Race Hub, reporter Wendy Venturini scored an exclusive sit-down interview with Speedway Motorsports Inc., chairman Bruton Smith. As part of the interview, Smith talks of ongoing discussions with his counterparts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway about the possibility of linking the famed Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 … with the possibility that a driver who wins both on the same day earning a $20 million bonus.
    Bruton Smith: "We do … we do … we want to surprise the fans. Every time they come, we want them to say, ‘Wow, I didn’t know about that.’ I’m working on something now that I thought would be great, for say, next year. And that is we’ll maybe do something that would cause drivers to get more interested in running (the Indianapolis 500) and then coming here and … driving 1,100 miles of racing. It would take a Superman-type driver to (win both events)."
    NASCAR Race Hub: I thought the reason some of the drivers backed away from doing (both events) was … I don’t know … a conflict of the (start) times?
    Bruton Smith: "I’ve talked to Indianapolis and they would start their race at 11 o’clock … we’d have a jet waiting for the drivers. They’d land right here. We’d helicopter them (to the track) and they’d have ample time before they had to get in their car to win the 600. So, we have five or six drivers that could accomplish (winning both events on the same day)."(SPEED)(5-14-2010)

  • Tony George resigned from posts at Indy: The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company and affiliated companies, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has received the resignation of Anton H. “Tony” George from the board of directors effective immediately, according to Mari Hulman George, chairman. “As members of his family, we are sorry to see Tony leave,” said Mrs. George. “We are grateful for his service to our company as a board member and of course for formerly serving as CEO and president of our companies. I speak for our whole family in wishing him well. All of us had hoped that Tony would continue to serve on the board, and we made that clear to him. We are disappointed with his decision to step down despite our wishes.” His resignation removes George from any remaining role in Hulman & Company, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Racing League, IMS Productions and other affiliated companies. His term as CEO of the family companies ended June 30, 2009. He continues to be involved in racing through his ownership of Vision Racing, a competitor in the IZOD IndyCar Series of the Indy Racing League. The board vacancy will be addressed at a later date. In addition to Mari Hulman George, board members include Nancy George, Josie George, Kathi George-Conforti and Jack Snyder. Mari Hulman George said she is very pleased with the direction of the company and the progress that has been made during the last six months. “Our company is healthy and is weathering the economic recession well,” she said. “Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Curt Brighton, president and CEO of Hulman & Company, are both doing excellent jobs in guiding our companies through this difficult time. Many hard decisions have been made, and now our companies are well positioned for the future.”(IMS)(1-20-2010)

  • Indy staff plants trees: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided the manpower and NASCAR the material to add a little more green to Indianapolis’ Gustafson Park on Oct. 13. A total of 36 IMS employees volunteered their time to plant 40 trees in the 30-acre Indy Parks facility, located at the intersection of 30th Street and Moller Road – located a mile northwest of Turn 4 of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Gustafson plays a key role for the nearby Eagledale neighborhood and Northwest High School, serving as a gathering place with its shaded picnic area, community swimming pool, football fields and baseball diamonds. The tree planting at Gustafson Park is part of NASCAR’s Green Flag Tree Planting Program. For every green flag waved during the 2009 Brickyard 400, NASCAR pledged to donate 10 trees to the local community. There were a total of four green flags during the race, won by three-time Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson. The program was launched during the 2009 season, at select NASCAR venues, with plans to expand it in 2010. The tree-planting event also comes one day before the kickoff of 2010 Brickyard 400 ticket sales, as tickets officially go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the ticket office in the IMS Administration Building at the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road, by phone at (800) 822-INDY or online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(IMS)(10-14-2009)

  • Allstate terminates Brickyard sponsorship: Allstate and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are ending their five-year title sponsorship arrangement for naming rights to the NASCAR race at the track. It was run Sunday for the final time as the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Speedway spokesman Ron Green said it's unlikely a replacement will be sought and the race will return to its former name as the Brickyard 400. Allstate, in a statement, cited "stronger (results) in other properties" for not renewing its sponsorship.(Indianapolis Star)(7-27-2009)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,600; Right-side -- 1,600

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4330; Right-side -- D-4336

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.5 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

    Notes: This is the first time NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will be running either of these two Goodyear tire codes . . . this was the control tire set-up that Sprint Cup teams ran at a 14-car tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in April . . . compared to the tire combination Goodyear brought to IMS last season, there is a slight gauge change to the right-side tire to help control heat build-up . . . the compounds, construction and mold shape remain unchanged from the 2009 Brickyard tire set-up . . . 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 that of the outer tire.


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