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
Track Records & Stats
2017 Race Winner: #5-Kasey Kahne, 114.384mph, started 19th
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
2016 Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 187.301mph, finished 34th
Track Qualifying Record: Kevin Harvick, July 2014, 188.889mph (1st round qualifying)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 197 days, 7/25/2009
Youngest Pole Winner: Reed Sorenson, 21 years, 5 months, 24 days, 7/29/2007
Most Wins: 5 - Jeff Gordon; 4 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Poles: 3 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s: 12 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 17 - Jeff Gordon
Most Lead Changes: 26 - 7/27/2008
Fewest Lead Changes: 4 - 7/24/2016
Most Leaders: 16 - 7/27/2008
Fewest Leaders: 3 - 7/24/2016
Most Cautions: 14 - 7/23/2017
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 8/5/1995
Most Caution Laps: 55, 7/23/2017
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: 43 (whole field) - 7/28/2013
Fewest Running at the Finish: 27, 8/8/2004
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 124 [of 160], Jeff Gordon, 8/8/2004
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 149 [of 170], Kyle Busch, 7/24/2016
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 11, Dale Jarrett, 8/3/1996
Most Wins by Manufacturer: Chevy, 17; Ford, 3; Toyota, 2; Dodge, 1; Pontiac, 1
Races won from the pole: 4 of 24 events
Races won from in top 10: 15 of 24 events
Races won from outside top 10: 9 of 24 events
the FOUR or FIVE-time Auto Racing Winners at Indy:
Driver' Wins, Races, Laps Led, Years Won
Jeff Gordon, 5, 21, 528, 1994-1999-2001-2004-2014: NASCAR Sprint Cup
Michael Schumacher, 5, 7, 346, 2000-2003-2004-2005-2006: F-1
Jimmie Johnson, 4, 13, 302, 2006-2008-2009-2012: NASCAR Sprint Cup
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
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.
F1 and Supercup no longer run at Indy
Track News and Announcements
Dale Earnhardt Jr. t drive pace car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 25th Running of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[More](8-15-2018)
Indianapolis FGL Fest tickets on sale July 6: Global entertainers Florida Georgia Line are gearing up for their inaugural outdoor FGL Fest Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Announced earlier this year, FGL Fest is a multi-act music event produced by Live Nation and created to coincide with the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race Sept. 9 at IMS. FGL's inclusion in the Big Machine Vodka 400 title marks the first time a major recording artist or act has been added to the official name of a race over a multi-year period.[More](6-30-2018)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway to host USAC dirt track race on NASCAR weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway continues in its dogged effort to nurse the Brickyard 400 back to health. Its latest endeavor, track president Doug Boles confirmed Tuesday, is to host a USAC dirt track race to kick off the NASCAR race weekend (Sept. 6-9).[More](6-21-2018)
Florida Georgia Line to headline FGL Fest during NASCAR weekend at Indianapolis: Global superstars Florida Georgia Line will perform live Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the track's 25th annual NASCAR weekend, an expansion of an exciting, unique partnership between IMS and Big Machine Records that also will place the chart-topping duo into the race's name for years to come.[More](3-23-2018)
Big Machine Vodka becomes title partner of Brickyard 400 at IMS: A new era for NASCAR racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will feature even more excitement, as Big Machine Vodka was named the title partner of the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at IMS. The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 on the 2.5-mile oval at IMS. The 25th annual NASCAR weekend at the Racing Capital of the World is moving from the heat of late July to cooler temperatures of early September, and the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard also will serve as the thrilling finale to the Cup Series regular season, setting the field for the Playoffs.[More](2-5-2018)
Indianapolis ticket renewals now available: Race fans can renew their tickets now for the 2018 Big Machine Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250 - at 2017 prices - as the annual NASCAR race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway enters an exciting new era next year.[More](7-24-2017)
Kasey Kahne won the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2017, 1st win at Indianapolis, and 18th career win. It is his first win since Atlanta in August of 2014.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd then #31-Newman, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #4-Harvick, #19-Suarez, #32-DiBenedetto, #37-Buescher, and #47-Allmendinger.
The race ended under caution during the second attempt at overtime and with it getting darker at the track. There was a wreck on the backstretch, but the leader had already passed the overtime line when the caution came out.
Kahne got into postion for the win by pitting with 11 laps to go, only to have a caution with 10 laps remaining. When most other drivers pitted, he took the lead. Keselowski lead on the final restart, but Kahne passed him in turn one.
Pole sitter, #18-Busch dominated the first half of the race, winning both stage 1 and stage 2 and leading 87 laps. However with 50 laps to go, Truex got loose on a restart and slid up into Busch, sending them both into the wall. Busch finished 34th, while Truex finished 33rd.
#78-Truex Jr. driver points lead increases to 48 points over #42-Larson.
There were 10 lead changes among 7 drivers and a record 14 cautions for 55 yellow flag laps.
Thee race was red flagged for 1 hour, 47 minutes on lap 13 because of rain and again on laps 190 and 163 for track cleanup after accidents.
The average speed of the race was: 114.384mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Official Race and Points Report (pdf)
Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 fans encouraged to plan ahead: Fans attending the 24th annual Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 and sixth annual Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 21-23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are encouraged to "Plan Your Visit" through an interactive web page that serves as a home base for those headed to the track during this exciting NASCAR race weekend.[More](7-20-2017)
Carly Pearce to sing National Anthem at Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400: Breakthrough singer-songwriter Carly Pearce will perform the national anthem before the start of the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fueled with passionate vocals and effortless drive, Kentucky native Pearce is on the rise as her Big Machine Records' debut single "Every Little Thing" ascends at Country radio. The feat solidifies her as the only solo female currently ranking into the Top 20 for airplay.[More](7-18-2017)
NASCAR Stars To Participate in New-Look Hauler Parade Friday, July 21 The annual IMS Hauler Parade is back and bigger than ever this year, featuring a special "NASCAR Fan Fest" that will bring the stars of the Monster Energy Cup NASCAR Series to Speedway's Main Street for an afternoon and evening of fun and engaging activities. The Hauler Parade moves from its previous Thursday schedule to take place from 4:30-8:00pm/et Friday, July 21 on Main Street in Speedway, located one-half mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Festivities start shortly after the conclusion of the opening day of the NASCAR XFINITY Series' Lilly Diabetes 250 on-track activity at IMS. All activities at the Hauler Parade are free and open to the public.
"Fan Fest," a new NASCAR initiative taking place at select tracks in 2017, brings fun opportunities to engage with drivers heading into race weekend. At the IMS Hauler Parade, driver participation will include a pit stop competition and Q & A sessions. Drivers who will be on hand for Friday's activities include past Brickyard 400 winners Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman, past Lilly Diabetes 250 winner Brad Keselowski, and Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Corey LaJoie. Selected drivers will participate in interactive fan activities including, but not limited to, the Hauler Parade, two pit stop contests and a question-and-answer session on the Hauler Parade stage.(IMS)[More info Read Here](7-18-2017)
Big Machine To Sponsor Brickyard 400 Starring Brantley Gilbert Music industry leader Big Machine Label Group is the new entitlement sponsor of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the crown jewels of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This year's race, scheduled for Sunday, July 23 at IMS, will be called the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 . The chart-topping country star, signed to BMLG's Valory Music Co. imprint, will attend the event and perform for fans during pre-race celebrations. More details about the multi-year agreement, including plans for the 2018 Big Machine Brickyard 400, will be announced at this year's race. 400 Fest, a new, two-night concert at IMS, is scheduled for Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22. The event features six global music superstars over two nights, with Major Lazer headlining July 21 and The Chainsmokers headlining July 22. Visit www.400fest.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for all 2017 IMS events, including the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 21-23, and for more information on all events.(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)[Read More Here](6-30-2017)
Jeff Gordon To Drive Camaro ZL1 Pace Car at Brickyard 400 NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon will drive the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 24th annual Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Gordon will return in the Pace Car to the historic, 2.5-mile oval at IMS, where he is the only driver to win the Brickyard 400 five times (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014). California native Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana, has served as a NASCAR analyst for FOX Sports since retiring full time from the Cup Series after the 2015 season. He competed in the 2016 Brickyard 400 for Hendrick Motorsports as part of a limited schedule while serving as a replacement for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gordon competed in the first 23 Brickyard 400 races, with five victories, three poles and 17 top-10 finishes. Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250, and for more information on the complete event schedule.(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)[Read More Here](6-29-2017)
400 Fest at Indy nightly lineups unveiled; Camping, Single-Night Tickets Available Now: The nightly lineups are set for 400 Fest, the new two-night concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during NASCAR's Brickyard 400 event, with global music superstar headliners Major Lazer on Friday, July 21 and The Chainsmokers on Saturday, July 22. Pretty Lights also was added to the Saturday lineup, as six acts will perform over two nights on the infield stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval. Gates open at 5 p.m. both nights, with performances starting at 7 p.m.[More](6-7-2017)
The Chainsmokers, Major Lazer to headline 400 Fest at the Brickyard: The Chainsmokers and Major Lazer will lead a superstar lineup of performers at the new 400 Fest, a two-night concert event during NASCAR's Brickyard 400 event Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Other 400 Fest artists include Mac Miller, Cheat Codes and DNCE, with an additional performer to be announced soon. Gates open at 5 p.m. both nights, with music starting at 7 p.m. The complete 400 Fest schedule, with specific performance lineups for each day, and additional details will be available soon at www.400Fest.com.[More](5-17-2017)
IMS Seating To Be Smoke-Free Beginning in October 2017: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that its grandstands will be entirely smoke-free beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race. In addition, leading up to the Air Race, the track will provide limited smoke-free family grandstands at select Month of May events and at the Brickyard 400.[More](4-27-2017)
Brickyard 400 changes weekend schedule An exciting new schedule, race format and fan activities will deliver more NASCAR action and thrills than ever to the Brickyard 400 race weekend July 21-23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All on-track action for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will take place over a condensed two-day schedule, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. Practice and qualifying are set for Saturday, with the 24th annual Brickyard 400 at 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday. A full schedule of speed Saturday also will include qualifying and the race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series event, with the 250-mile race starting at 3:30 p.m. The event weekend will start Friday, July 21 on the 2.5-mile oval with two practice sessions for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. An engaging, new Friday Fan Fest featuring stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the popular Hauler Parade that afternoon and evening will complete the opening day of race weekend at IMS.(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)[More](3-17-2017)
Advance Auto Parts enters partnership with Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, has signed a strategic, multi-year partnership with the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). The agreement designates Advance Auto Parts as the official partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at events including the legendary Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, INDYCAR Grand Prix, Lights at the Brickyard, and more. [More](2-28-2017)
Hulman Terrace Club tickets on sale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Premium seating in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hulman Terrace Club is on-sale now for the 2017 racing season and beyond.[More](2-23-2017)
Indy 500 not considering early start time to facilitate 'The Double': IndyCar head Mark Miles said Hulman and Co., which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the open wheel series are not currently considering a return of the Indianapolis 500 to the traditional 11:00am start time to facilitate drivers competing "The Double," in conjunction with the NASCAR Coca-Cole 600. The topic flares sporadically, but found a fresh news cycle recently when Team Penske president Tim Cindric told Motorsport.com that he believed more drivers would attempt the historic feat with more time between the Indianapolis start and the early evening NASCAR start in Charlotte. Just four drivers have attempted it, most recently NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who finished sixth in the 500 for Andretti Autosport in 2014. The endeavor is currently still possible with proper logistical effort including private helicopter travel to speed arrival to Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We aren't revisiting whether the Indianapolis 500 is going to move into the morning," Miles told USA TODAY Sports. "We are always open to see what can be done to help make it easier for somebody who could do it now with a 12 o'clock start, to do as it's scheduled now, helicopters out, expediting, if they win, that sort of thing. But we're not thinking about revisiting the time for the 500."(Indianapolis Star)(12-11-2016)
Cindric: An earlier Indy 500 start would bring NASCAR drivers: Team Penske president Tim Cindric says that the Indy 500's noon start is a major negative for NASCAR drivers who wish to attempt the Indy 500/Coke 600 'double' on Memorial Day Weekend. Cindric believes one obvious way to regularly encourage more fans through the gate for the race, and to boost TV viewership, is to encourage drivers to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C.. He says the idea last attempted by Kurt Busch in 2014 could become more widespread were the Indy 500 to move from 12 noon back to its once-traditional 11a.m. start time. He commented: "The Indy 500's heritage was about getting the best drivers in the world racing there, whatever their specialized form of racing. So I'm in favor of anything that can add to the race's legacy, and someone doing the Indy 500/Coke 600 IndyCar/NASCAR double is an intriguing thing."(Motorsport)(12-6-2016)
Restrictor-plate engines in Indy XFINITY race? NASCAR is considering a major experiment to see if it can improve the racing entertainment at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where there has been precious few green-flag passes for the lead in recent years. The sanction is considering use of restrictor-plate engines in next year's second-tier Xfinity Series event at IMS, azcentral sports has learned. Plate engines, which restrict engine horsepower, are only mandated at the high-speed banked Daytona and Talladega superspeedways. If tried, and if deemed successful, plate engines could be used for the 2018 Brickyard 400 - still arguably Cup's second-most prestigious race after the Daytona 500.(Arizona Republic)(11-14-2016)
NASCAR would like to see better attendance, racing at IMS: NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that series officials would like to "see more fans in the stands" at Indianapolis Motor Speedway but stated that "we've got to put on the racing people want to see." Kyle Busch dominated Sunday's Brickyard 400, leading 149 of 170 laps. That came a day after he won the Xfinity race there, leading all 20 laps in his heat and 62 of the 63 laps in the main event. While attendance figures are not announced, The Indianapolis Star reported that Sunday's crowd "might not have topped 50,000" at a track that has more than 250,000 permanent seats. On the crowd, O'Donnell said: "Certainly we would like to see more fans in the stands. It's been a struggle over the last couple of years for sure. We put a little bit on that ourselves when we had the tire issue (in 2008 where tire issues prevented any green flag stretch longer than 13 laps).
"It's a challenging race track for us from a racing perspective. That's no secret. So, we've got to balance the ability to race at that speedway but also put on a good race and balance that with the attendance. That's an ongoing thing. We're in discussions with Doug Boles (track president) and Mark Miles (CEO of Hulman & Company), and I know from their perspective as well, they certainly want to see folks in the stands, as do we. It's an important market for us, but by the same token we've got to put on the racing that people want to see. It's a balance, but we've got to make sure when we go there it's the best of all worlds and this year was a challenge, and we want to see that turn and reverse."
O'Donnell said that more can be done with the racing at Indianapolis: "Maybe the cars were a little bit closer together from a 1-40 standpoint, but obviously the ability to pass was a challenge, especially at the front. We'll go back and look at what levers we can pull. We're still evaluating 2017 (rules package), continuing on the lower (aero) trend and working with Goodyear on the tire. It's just a real challenge in terms of the groove in the corners at Indy. It's something we've got to continue to look at and see if we can, if at all, open up the ability to draft more and increase those passing zones."(NBC Sports)(7-25-2016)
Tony George is again Chairman of the Board at IMS: The most intriguing story coming out of Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for people who follow racing was the public confirmation that Tony George was quietly named chairman of the board of the speedway, in addition to its parent company, Hulman & Co., some four months ago. Sure, there was Indy's 160-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race -- actually, make that 170, thanks to a series of overtime crashes -- which to the surprise of no one was dominated by Kyle Busch and the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. That made George's ascension to the chairman's seat of his family's companies the biggest story of the day, marking a comeback that rivals any we've ever seen on the executive side of the sport. The news broke in unorthodox fashion. George was voted into the chairman roles during Hulman & Co.'s annual meeting in March, but there was no public confirmation of the change until he was introduced as the IMS chairman over the Speedway's public address system when he stepped out to give the command to start engines for Sunday's race. Talk about a private company that really keeps things private. Now 56, George was named president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1989 when he was just 29 years old, kicking off a turbulent 20-year run. During his tenure, George brought NASCAR to Indianapolis with the first Brickyard 400 in 1994, and he also built a road course in the IMS infield that hosted the Formula One United States Grand Prix from 2000-07. But George is more famous (or infamous) for creating the Indy Racing League and using the Indianapolis 500 as a bargaining chip in the quest to take control of Indy car racing from CART. The 13-year civil war between the two Indy car series from 1996-2008 caused huge damage to the sport, which it still continues to recover from. After Indy car racing was unified as the IndyCar Series under Hulman &. Co leadership, George resigned as the league's CEO in 2009, and he relinquished his board roles in 2011. He was reinstated to the IMS and Hulman & Co. boards in 2013; with his 82-year-old mother Mari Hulman-George in failing health, his recent ascension to the chairman role doesn't come as a surprise. Just family business. Still, the fact that Hulman & Co. chose not to publicize the move indicates they understand the perception of putting George back in charge still carries some public relations baggage with longtime Indy car fans -- even though as the board chairman, he will have little or no influence on the company's day-to-day operations.(ESPN.com)(7-25-2016)
Kyle Busch wins at Indianapolis: #18-Kyle Busch won the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 2nd win at Indianapolis, and 38th career win. He started from the pole and led 149 of 170 laps. That is the most laps led in a race at Indianapolis.
The race required two NASCAR Overtime attempts to complete after a rash of late race cautions.
Busch is the first driver to capture the XFINITY and Sprint Cup poles and win both races in the same weekend.
#20-Kenseth finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #42-Larson, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #78-Truex, Jr., #3-Dillon, and #27-Menard.
#14-Stewart, running his final race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finished 11th.
Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 13th.
There were 4 lead changes among 3 drivers and 8 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 128.940 mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Air: None
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
IMS gives Stewart a piece of catchfence: Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles made a point of clarifying he wasn't giving Tony Stewart a going-away present prior to Friday afternoon's practice.
What he gave him was something that focused not on Stewart's final Brickyard 400 but rather the first Brickyard he won back in 2005, when he climbed the iconic catch fencing that was removed during the renovations made in preparations for this year's Indianapolis 500. Stewart got a piece of the old fence to keep forever. As IMS had done for Helio Castroneves, who started the fencing-climbing trend when he made the climb after winning his first 500 win in 2001, Boles said he gifted Stewart the portion of old fencing he climbed for "doing something unique" in being one of the few drivers to make the climb. "If you do it on the new one, I'll take that fence down and give you some of that, too," Boles joked as he presented Stewart with the piece of fencing, encased in a large black display case with several pictures of Stewart's climb.(Indianapolis Star)(7-23-2016)
Lagging ticket sales pinching IMS profit UPDATE: An article for IBJ in 2003 about the Brickyard 400 ... was "Drafting off NASCAR." The story detailed the financial prowess of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Brickyard 400, which debuted in 1994, and how then-Speedway boss Tony George used the money from the NASCAR race to prop up the Indy Racing League-now the IndyCar Series. The story noted that the NASCAR race brought in about $35 million in annual revenue in those days and $25 million or more in profit-yes, profit-for the Speedway. Back then, motorsports business experts said the race brought in more than $20 million in ticket revenue alone and that over the first decade of the race, it netted the Speedway about $300 million in profit. The Brickyard, according to IMS officials, is still profitable and is still a solid use of a fixed asset. But it's not as profitable as it used to be. Not even close.
And now the Speedway is hoping to use momentum from its IndyCar crown jewel-the Indianapolis 500-to somehow bolster the flagging Brickyard 400. The 100th running of the Indy 500 this May drew a huge crowd, and Speedway officials have been trying to convince spectators who saw that race at the Speedway that they should return to the track this weekend.
Attendance at the Brickyard 400 has plummeted from more than about 270,000 during its halcyon days to 75,000 in recent years. Not even the final NASCAR race here for Hoosier native Tony Stewart has drummed up much excitement this year. And 90-plus degree temperatures forecasted for the race this Sunday aren't going to help walk-up ticket sales. Semi-retired fan favorite Jeff Gordon will replace injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Sunday, the series announced this morning, so we'll see if that moves the needle.
In the meantime, business research firm WalletHub estimates ticket sales for this year's race will be $8.5 million. That might be optimistic. Either way, it's about one-third what it was at the Brickyard's high point. While the Speedway does get money from a variety of sources-TV, sponsorship, parking and concessions-sports business experts estimate two-thirds of the Speedway's Brickyard 400 revenue comes from ticket sales. Costs for the race were estimated at $5 million to $10 million a decade ago-and you can assume they've been hit by inflation like everyone else. So you can see the IMS' revenue and expenses are getting perilously close on this event. If the weather scares away another 20 percent of so of the crowd, it could be trouble.
Speedway President Doug Boles told IBJ earlier this month that, despite the attendance declines, the Brickyard still "draws more people than most NFL stadiums." He said it's the third-biggest annual sporting event in the state, behind the Indianapolis 500 and Carb Day. NASCAR does not release attendance figures, but Boles said the Brickyard 400 ranks between fourth and eighth out of NASCAR's 36 races each year.(Indianapolis Business Journal)(7-21-2016)
UPDATE: Jeff Gordon's return for a post-retirement run in the Brickyard 400 has been a commercial boon for Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Track president Doug Boles told USA TODAY Sports Thursday that ticket requests for the Sprint Cup race began to spike within 90 minutes of Hendrick Motorsports' announcement on Wednesday that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would miss his second-consecutive race and Gordon, an Indiana native, four-time series champion and five-time Brickyard-winner who retired last season, would take over the car. Boles said ticket sales generally ramp up in the days preceding the event but said a Gordon bump was tangible, with ticket sales up 35% on Wednesday this year compared to Wednesday before race in 2015. "A substantial difference," he said, "especially when you compare it to last year. And last year being Jeff's last year, it was a pretty good year for a lot of racetracks, including the Speedway and to have our sales more than last year the same days out tells you there is still a lot of demand for Jeff Gordon." Boles said the fact that Gordon was involved in an early wreck and failed to finish last season likely helped created a desire to see his last-last run at Indianapolis. With dire sales figures anecdotally surrounding the race, Boles conceded that this event will be down in attendance overall from last year, when Gordon's retirement was the focus of the track's marketing campaign. Attendance figures this season, he said, should be similar to 2014 levels.(USA Today)(7-22-2016)
Testing at Indy July 12-13: Preparations for NASCAR's Brickyard 400 will begin in earnest next week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with at least a dozen car-and-driver Sprint Cup Series combinations scheduled to test Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am-5pm/et. The test follows this weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway. Next week, the series will be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway before arriving for the 23rd Brickyard 400. Drivers scheduled to test: #4-Harvick, #6-Bayne, #15-Bowyer, #20-Kenseth, #21-Blaney, #22-Logano, #27-Menard, #34-Buescher, #42-Larson, #44-Scott, #48-Johnson and #78-Truex, Jr.(Indianapolis Star)
AND Fans are encouraged to take advantage of this free opportunity to see some of the biggest stars in racing up close and personal. Testing on the 2.5-mile oval is taking place in advance of the Crown Royal presents the Wounded Warrior Coalition 400 at the Brickyard. The public may watch the test for free from the south terrace grandstands and Turn 2 viewing mounds, and the newly refurbished B Penthouse grandstands will also be open for viewing. Fans in attendance should also be on the lookout for special surprises from the IMS Field Marketing Team.(IMS)(7-7-2016)
Brickyard 400 NASCAR Race to be Named in Honor of Veteran's Charity: In just a few short weeks, racing fans from across the country will flock to Indianapolis for one of NASCAR's biggest events of the summer. And despite being named the winner of the annual Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" program, which renames the Brickyard 400 after a deserving hero, retired U.S. Navy Seal Jason Redman's name won't be displayed around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway - for good reason. Redman instead asked that the race bear the name of the charity he and his wife, Erica, founded. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will officially be referred to as the "Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard." During a special surprise event in Suffolk, Virginia, Redman was announced the winner of the annual program while completing his 100th skydiving jump. Redman witnessed the reveal of the official race logo, painted in the landing area at Skydive Suffolk, from midair as he approached the ground. After the logo unveiling, Redman was greeted by Erica, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles and Crown Royal Associate Brand Manager Dany Penn. Redman was then escorted to a nearby hangar for a party where he was able to celebrate the announcement with his closest friends, colleagues and family. Redman, of Chesapeake, Virginia, enlisted in the Navy following high school and served 10 years as an enlisted SEAL before enrolling at Old Dominion University. After graduation, Redman was commissioned as a Naval SEAL Officer. Throughout his career he served five deployments including two combat deployments.
This will mark the 10th time Crown Royal has renamed a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and the first time a race will be named after a charity, through the whisky brand's "Your Hero's Name Here" program. After receiving hundreds of entries during the nomination period, five heroes were chosen as finalists and adult fans had the opportunity to cast their votes for the person they felt was most deserving of the honor.
In addition to Redman, program finalists included: Piper Hill, retired Army Captain and founder of Healing4Heroes from Atlanta, Georgia; Michael Gallardo, retired Army Sergeant from San Antonio, Texas; Chris Mintz, former Army Infantryman and community leader from Roseburg, Oregon, and Leigh Ann Hester, Army National Guard Sergeant First Class and Police Officer from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
As the "Your Hero's Name Here" winner, Redman will receive the ultimate VIP race weekend experience, including garage tours, driver introductions and Pace Car rides. He'll cap off Race Day by delivering the trophy bearing his charity's name to the winner in Victory Lane.(IMS)(7-7-2016)
Indy building Dirt Track as a 'present' for Stewart: #14-Tony Stewart, who is retiring from NASCAR at season's end, will receive a going-away gift from Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week that will encourage him to return. IMS is giving Stewart a dirt track inside Turn 3. The plan, IMS president Doug Boles said Tuesday, is to install a 3/16th-mile oval for Stewart's media appearance July 5. Several teams that own dirt midgets have been invited for what amounts to an exhibition. It stands to reason Stewart will take anyone's offer to take a spin around the new oval, and he might even be the first to do so. Stewart was told of the plan last weekend, Boles said. Assuming things come together as expected, IMS will modify the track so it's large enough to host sprint cars, too. "Tony doesn't want gifts, per se, but we thought this was a great way to marry his love for dirt-track racing with his love for racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Boles. Boles said IMS won't get in the business of hosting frequent dirt-track events, but it could have an assortment of "special" events, such as a spot in Indiana Sprint Week or a sprint/midget event during Brickyard 400 weekend.(Indianapolis Star)(6-29-2016)
Kid Rock in concert during Brickyard weekend: Multi-platinum award-winning rock 'n' roll icon Kid Rock will be in concert on July 23 during the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His high-octane Saturday night performance will take place in the IMS infield following the XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 race. The Michigan native played at IMS in 2007 on Miller Lite Carb Day during the Indianapolis 500, and is now returning for one of the crown jewel weekends on the NASCAR calendar. Acclaimed country rockers Parmalee will be the opening act for this can't miss event. General admission tickets for Saturday's race and the Kid Rock Concert at The Brickyard are $30 through July 8. After July 9, the price increases to $40. Current ticketholders to any IMS event can purchase a GA Saturday ticket and front-stage pit access for $85 through a pre-sale which runs until June 15. Kid Rock, whose musical styles range from hip-hop and rock to heavy metal and country, has sold more than 26 million albums around the world.(IMS)(6-9-2016)
IMS announces spectacular holiday event: 'Lights at the Brickyard' coming in 2016: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will bring new levels of cheer to this holiday season with a spectacular "Lights at the Brickyard" seasonal event. Attendees will experience more than 40 scenes filled with 400 light displays along a 1.7-mile driving experience, which includes crossing the famous "Yard of Bricks" at IMS. In addition to the Lights at the Brickyard driving experience, other out-of-car holiday festivities and attractions will be offered for families to complete their adventure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dates are subject to change, but the event is tentatively scheduled to run from Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Exhibits will include festive holiday celebrations as well as racing-themed installations throughout the iconic venue. IMS has partnered with Winterland Inc., an international leader in holiday light installations and events to deliver the thrilling experience. Early-bird tickets will start at just $20 per car and will be available at a later date on www.IMS.com, or by calling the IMS ticket office. A $40 early-bird pass will provide expedited passage into the event. Prices will eventually increase to $30 and $60 for each.(IMS)(5-26-2016)
Roger Penske to drive Indy 500 pace car: The winningest person in Indianapolis 500 history will be the celebrity pace car driver for next month's Indianapolis 500. Roger Penske never drove to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In fact, he never drove an Indy car there at all, deferring his chance to take a rookie test in 1964. Another hotshot eventually got that opportunity. Perhaps you've heard of Mario Andretti. But Penske went on to grow his automotive business into a global leader, and excel on the track he won races at a staggering rate. His record collection of Indianapolis 500 trophies stands at 16 - and likely counting. He has four drivers set for a chance at victory lane again this year, but this time he will literally and figuratively lead them there. This will be his first chance to drive the pace car, and it comes in the 50th anniversary of Penske Racing's formation. Penske won his first 500 with Mark Donohue in 1972 and last year's race with Juan Pablo Montoya. In between were some of the greatest drivers IndyCar has ever known: Rick Mears, Bobby Unser, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr., Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr. In all, 11 drivers have a spot on the Borg-Warner Trophy thanks to Penske and his staff. No other team owner has won the 500 more than five times. Penske will drive a Chevrolet, whose officials recommended him for the honor. Chevrolet will provide the pace car for a record 27th time and 14th in succession.(Indianapolis Star)(4-15-2016)
Brickyard 400 Tickets on sale: Tickets are now on sale for a sure-to-be legendary and historic season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans who have not already pre-ordered tickets can visit the IMS ticket office or IMS.com to purchase their seats for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and an action-packed slate of Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR and vintage racing at IMS. In July, the stars of stock car racing will arrive for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 23 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard on July 24. Columbus native and two-time Brickyard 400 winner Tony Stewart will compete for his last chance to kiss the world-famous Yard of Bricks. More info at indianapolismotorspeedway.com (IMS)(12-16-2015)
Kyle Busch wins at Indianapolis: #18-Kyle Busch won the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 1st win at Indianapolis, and 33rd career win. It his 3rd win in a row and 4th win in the last five races. It is also Toyota's first win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and breaks a 12 race winning streak for Chevy.
The race ended under a green-white-checkered finish after a late caution when #6-Bayne spun.
#22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #78-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #15-Bowyer, #20-Kenseth, #41-Busch, #42-Larson, and #2-Keselowski
Harvick's driver points lead is unchanged, he's 69 points ahead of #22-Logano.
Pole sitter #19-Edwards ran near the front most of the day, but go loose on a late restart and fell back into traffic. He finished 13th.
#24-Gordon, making his final Brickyard start, spun out and hit the wall. He had to go to the garage for repairs and finished 42nd.
Busch is now 32nd in the points standings and just 23 points out of 30th. He must be in the top 30 in points to be eligible for the Chase. He now needs around a 24th place average finish to make the top 30 in the 6 remaining races before the Chase begins.
There were 16 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 36 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 131.656mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-26-2015)
Indianapolis officials planning to renovate track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Officials are planning to renovate the historic track in time for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next May. That doesn't leave a lot of time, given that there are races scheduled at the Brickyard in July and August and the construction won't begin until after those are run. "It's intensive," Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles said. "There's some things that we can do in the beginning stage to get ready, but basically all of this work has to be done from the end of this racing season this year before May of 2016. It's a lot of work to do." The next phase of this roughly $90 million project will improve gateway entrances, grandstand seating, and the overall fan experience. It's all part of a broader plan to modernize the facilities. Upgrades started last offseason with the installation of large, high-definition video boards and a new LED scoring pylon on the main straightaway - all part of the track's historic image that officials are trying to preserve. Now the plan is to replace the upper-deck bench seating in the front straight with seats with backs and add better wireless internet capabilities. An estimated five elevators will be added, too, for better handicapped accessibility to the sections overlooking the area between the start-finish line and the first turn of the 2.5-mile oval. Miles also said there are plans to change some suites near the fourth turn to give them a more club-level feel. The track's entrance gateways will receive a makeover, too, including the gate between the first turn and the street outside the ticket office. Both entrances will have large, colored pylons and a structural look that gives the entrance a historic feel.(Associated Press)(IMS)(5-18-2015)
IMS considering hotel in turn 2: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway wants to build a 125-room hotel with apartments and a restaurant along Turn 2 of the track. Local developer Browning Investments Inc., on behalf of the IMS, put out requests for proposals, which were due March 20. How much interest the RFP generated from developers, or what timing might be for construction, is unclear. IMS President Doug Boles declined to discuss specifics. "We're in exploratory mode," he told Property Lines. "We'll sort that out in the next coming weeks, or months." But judging from the RFP, it seems IMS is operating on a pretty aggressive timetable. "The IMS would like construction to commence as soon as feasible," the RFP states. IMS wants to have new or renovated Turn 2 VIP suites completed in time for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next year, with completion of the hotel to follow by May 2017, according to the RFP. The hotel also could include an unspecified number of apartments and leverage other entertainment opportunities at the track such as a golf-pro shop and clubhouse to complement the Brickyard Crossing golf course, the RFP said. It must offer at least 10,000 square feet of meeting space. A new hotel would bring overnight lodging back to the track. IMS in 2009 tore down the aging Indianapolis Speedway Hotel that was located along Turn 2.(Indianapolis Business Journal)(3-27-2015)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will delay apron project: Seldom has an eight-foot-wide stretch of asphalt been so anticipated and yet so delayed. But as preparations build for next month's NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, track officials have decided another year must pass without the apron, the proposed racing room below the white boundary line in each corner. The reason: NASCAR officials want time to study the effects of changes made to the track. The Brickyard 400 is July 27. IMS had planned to begin apron installation June 9, the day after its vintage car weekend, but NASCAR thought that was too late. "They asked if we could postpone (the project) so they could test it," IMS president Doug Boles said Tuesday. "We said, 'That makes sense; we understand that.' " Boles said the heavy Indiana winter delayed several IMS projects, including the installation the asphalt sections totaling more than a mile in length. With spring-like weather late to arrive, IMS officials didn't want to risk the added surface not being ready for Indianapolis 500 activities in May.(Indianapolis Star)(6-25-2014)
Indiana Motorsports Commission approves modifications to IMS: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced plans on Tuesday for track modifications and upgrades to enhance fan experience that include additions of track aprons in the turns for NASCAR events, new video screens, improved catch fencing, a new scoring pylon and improved restroom facilities. The list of proposed improvements carries a price tag of about $140 million, according to Jeff Belskus, Hulman & Company president and chief administrative officer. The project does not include lights for the facility -- a $20 million project in itself -- because it was determined that lights did not bring a strong enough return on investment. The project also includes the recently completed repaving and renovations to the road course that will be used for an IndyCar race scheduled for May 10, 2014. The plans were approved by the Indiana Motorsports Commission. The plans also outlined the need for increased concession choices, more on-site entertainment, improved access and improved traffic flow and parking. Wireless access throughout the facility was also addressed as a priority to enhance the fan experienced. The apron only will be used for NASCAR racing and will cost less than $1 million.(Autoweek)(12-11-2013)
Lights at Indy?: Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials have confirmed the installation of lights is very much on the radar as part of an improvement program planned for the next several years at the historic speedway. Once the system is installed, it's expected the Brickyard 400 will shift to prime time as early as the 2015 season. The idea has sparked a great deal of conversation throughout the garage area if a Brickyard 400 under the lights might be the cure for an event that although is still considered a crown jewel by many in the sport has suffered a tremendous drop in attendance since its 1994 debut. An estimated 80,000 fans showed up for last years race, a far cry from the 260,000 that jammed the track as recently as 2006. "It is one of the projects we have identified as a potential,'' Doug Boles, new Indianapolis Motor Speedway president said earlier this year. "That is a good indicator. As we go through this process and better define what makes sense, we will know. But it's important enough for consideration that [lights are] on that list.'' Some believe lighting up IMS and possibly moving the Brickyard 400 to the lead spot of the Chase might be the cure at least in the short term.(Motor Racing Network)(7-27-2013)