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NASCAR RACE #20 PREVIEW: Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, today at 1:00 p.m.


The NASCAR Sprint Cup moves into the midwest city of Indianapolis for the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard.

Race time is 1:00 p.m. on ESPN.

The 400-mile race consists of 160 laps on the 2.5-mile oval and a crowd of 250,000-plus is expected.

The famous brickyard is best known to everyone as the home of the Indianapolis 500 which occurs every May around Memorial Day.

Aerial view of IMS (photo by Rich Dikeman via wikipedia commons)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was built in 1909, is now an asphalt track with flat straightaways.

IMS has the claim as the world’s largest spectator sporting venue with permanent seating reaching 250,000 or more.

The track was paved in 1909 with 3.2 million bricks. A “yard of bricks” is at the starting-finish line.


Paul Menard earned his first Sprint Cup win, holding off crowd-favorite, Jeff Gordon by 0.7 seconds. His crew chief’s pit strategy helped Menard lead 11 of the final 16 laps.

Jamie McMurray, the last driver to surrender the lead, finished fourth in the race. Kasey Kahne started the race second and led a high of 48 laps but finished a disappointing 18th.

Menard’s dad, John, has been a car owner for many drivers in the Indy 500.

The top 10 starting lineup with their qualifying speed for this year’s race includes:

2011 Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for

1. #11 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 182.762.

2. #99 Carl Edwards, Ford, 181.984

3. #16 Greg Biffle, Ford, 181.532

4. #48 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.357

5. #24 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 180.952

6. #17 Matt Kenseth, Ford 180.654

7. #51 Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 180.487

8. #78 Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 180.473

9. #56 Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 180.433

10. #21 Trevor Bayne, Ford, 180.390

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway adding 3 more races in 2012


Danica Patrick's IRL car ( photo)

The NASCAR Nationwide Series and Grand-Am Road Racing will be holding events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the same weekend as the Brickyard 400 next year, adding a new series and three races to the IMS schedule.

The Nationwide Series will debut at the Speedway on July 28, and the Brickyard 400 will be July 29. It will be the first time in history that the famous racetrack will have road and oval races during the same weekend.

The Grand-Am Series which features such drivers as Scott Pruett and Memo Gidley, will debut at the Speedway with road events for both of its Rolex and Continental sports car series on July 27.


Info courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Villeneuve, 1995 Indy 500 winner making Brickyard 400 debut


INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve has qualified for hist first Brickyard 400 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

He will start last, 43rd.

Jaqques Villeneuve (NASCAR)

1995 CART champion and 1997 Formula One World Champion Villeneuve will drive the number 32 Dollar General Toyota for Braun Racing at the Brickyard.

He joins Juan Pablo Montoya as the only drivers to compete in the three major auto racing events at IMS, the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the United States Grand Prix.

Villeneuve won the 1995 Indianapolis 500 in his second start at IMS. He also made five starts in the USGP Formula One race, 2000-2003 and 2006, with his best finish in 2000 of placing fourth.

Montoya is on the pole for Allstate 400 at the Brickyard


INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — Juan Pablo Montoya is in a very comfortable and familiar spot at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading the pack.

In 2009, Montoya had a late speeding penalty that possibly denied him a win at the fabled Brickyard.

Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR)

His number 42 Chevrolet was the fastest of 13 cars at the tire test in April at IMS, and Montoya dominated Friday’s practice sessions. He turned a lap at 182.278 mph Saturday morning to garner the top spot at the Brickyard 400.

Jimmie Johnson, the four-time NASCAR defending series champion, qualified second at 182.142.  Mark Martin is third followed by Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer round out the top 6, all Chevrolets.