THE RACE: Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400
TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #20 of 36
Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Speedway, IN
Title Sponsor: Big Machine
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:50 pm/et
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: at 2:00pm/et on NBC
Television Race Coverage: NBC, 2:30pm/et
Saturday, July 22, 9:00 - 9:55 am/et, TV-CNBC
Saturday July 22, 11:00 - 11:55 pm/et, TV-CNBC
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, July 22 at 6:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, July 24 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Friday, July 21
4:30 - 8:00 PM NASCAR Hauler Parade - Main Street, Speedway, IN
4:30 - 8:00 PM MENCS FAN FEST
9:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 PM MENCS UNLOAD HAULERS (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Saturday, July 22
6:30 AM - 10:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 - 9:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
11:00 - 11:55 AM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
6:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING
Sunday, June 23
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM TRACK WALK
12:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:45 PM VINTAGE CAR LAP
1:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
July 2016: see the Indianapolis Race Info page
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile quad-oval
Banking: turns: 9 degrees, 12 minutes
Straights: Front/Back - 3300 feet, Short Chute (between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
Seats: 235,000 was 257,325 before 2013
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Jeff Gordon
Color Guard: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
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NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: See rules and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Coverage of Qualifying for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 6:15pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Entry List for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Yeley*, #15-Gase, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-BJ McLeod*, #55-Gaulding*, #66-Long*, #83-Sieg*
Drivers who drive for an Open Team* (no Charter) and need to race into the field: #7-Yeley*, #51-BJ McLeod*, #55-Gaulding*, #66-Long*, #83-Sieg*
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #66-Long*
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Cup: 5 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 8 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4744; Right-side -- D-4710
Left-side -- 87.68 in. (2,227 mm); Right-side -- 88.23 in. (2,241 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear - 18 psi
Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi
Storyline - New Year, New Rules, New Tire Set-up for The Brickyard: Indianapolis Motor Speedway always provides one of the biggest challenges to tires on the NASCAR circuit. The combination of high speeds, long straightaways, minimal banking and the diamond-grooved surface all wreak havoc with tires on these 3,400-lb stock cars with their lateral loads. Visiting Indianapolis in April has become a regular stop on the Goodyear testing schedule, and that held true for this year. Although the track hasn't change from last year's visit to The Brickyard, the car has. Staying on top of those changes and how they affect racing at Indianapolis remains a high priority for Goodyear.
"As NASCAR has moved to its lower downforce setup over the past several years, we have been adding some grip through the tires," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "We actually tested this 2017 tire set-up at our Indianapolis test leading into the 2016 Brickyard race, but the consensus from the veteran drivers we had there was that this left-side was a big step and that our existing Indy left-side was the better fit for last year's rules package. Since NASCAR reduced downforce again with the 2017 package, we brought that same left-side to this year's test and it proved to be a good fit. As everyone knows, Indy is tough on tires. This combination will rubber-in the race track and provide plenty of grip to help cars get ahold of the track."
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire codes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week . . . teams will run the same right-side tire code (D-4710) they ran at Indianapolis last season, but with a new left-side code (D-4744) . . . compared to what was run at this track last year, this left-side tire features a construction change, and a compound change to give the cars more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at IMS on April 25-26 . . . drivers participating in that test were Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and David Ragan . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will run inner liners in all four tire positions at Indianapolis . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Upcoming Tire Test: Goodyear will hold a tire test at Dover International Speedway next Tuesday (July 25). Teams scheduled to participate in that test are the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Matt Kenseth), #22 Penske Racing Ford (Joey Logano), #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford (Landon Cassill) and #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (Dale Earnhardt Jr.).
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