July 23, 2017
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
First race: 1994
Distance: 400 miles (643.737 km)
The race covers 400 miles, 160 laps on the famous 2.5-mile oval. It attracts among the largest crowds of any Sprint Cup Series event.
The Brickyard 400 is one of the most prestigious races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for stock cars. Motor vehicles have been raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1909, but it wasn’t until 1994 that NASCAR hosted its first event at the famous race track. It has taken place annually since 1994 and was the first race for vehicles other than open-wheel cars on the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
The Brickyard 400 has a relatively short history, but is long on excitement, and always a popular favorite with fans at Indianapolis, second only to the Daytona 500 in terms of ticket sales and attendance.
The Indianapolis Motor speedway track itself is rectangle in shape. One time around the track equals two and a half miles. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was not build to work with stock car racing as the turn bank is only at nine degrees and the four corners open up to long straightaway’s for extra speed. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway track is also flat which makes this a racers biggest challenge.
If you would have asked some of the early pioneers of NASCAR whether they would ever see stock car racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, they probably would have looked at you like you were crazy. For nearly a century the only race ever held at the famous track was the Indianapolis 500, but that all changed in 1994 when NASCAR inaugurated the wildly popular Brickyard 400.
2016 The Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard Winner: Kyle Busch
2015 Crown Royal Presents, The Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard Winner: Kyle Busch
2014 Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com Winner: Jeff Gordon
2013 Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com Winner
Indiana native Ryan Newman is the winner. Newman took advantage f Johnson's glitch on pit road during an exchange of green-flag stops late in the race, Newman (the pole-sitter) found himself with a three-second lead when pit stops cycled through the field on Lap 149 of 160.
2012 Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered By BigMachineRecords.com Winner
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
2011 Brickyard 400 Winner
Paul Menard wins 2011 Brickyard 400. Menard hsld off Jeff Gordon in the closing laps to claim the first Sprint Cup win of his career. Menard most difficult challenge came from four-time Brickyard 400 winner Gordon, who pitted late and moved his way through the field, coming just short of capturing his fifth Brickyard victory.
2010 Brickyard 400 Winner
Jamie McMurray, 34, won the 2010 Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 25, making him one of only three drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season. Finishing second was Kevin Harvick, third was Greg Biffle, fourth was Clint Bowyer, and fifth was Tony Stewart.
Allstate Brickyard 400 Winners
In 2008 Jimmie Johnson survived an exploding tire but went on to tear down the track to claim victory. In 2009, Johnson claimed victory again — to become the only driver in Brickyard history with back-to-back wins at the Brickyard 400.