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NASCAR Brickyard Race Name Chosen
July 1 - Yeah, sponsorship helps make the racing
world go around and this year's Brickyard is no
exception. It is unique however in that a fan's name is
This year's race is officially titled "Crown Royal
Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard
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Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Deeds is a U.S. Marine hero
from Erlanger, Ky.
Deeds will participate in a VIP race weekend
experience, riding in the pre-race pace car, delivering
the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in
Victory Lane and participating in the "kissing the
bricks" ceremony following the race.
"I've been a NASCAR fan for as long as I can
remember, so the reality of having my name on a track
with such rich history and meaning is beyond words,"
Deeds said. "I am so grateful to all of those who took
the time to hear my story and vote for me. I can't wait
to attend the race and dedicate that special weekend
to all fellow servicemen and women who put their
lives on the line every day."
Music Acts for Brickyard 400
July 1 - The headlining country music act this
year is Justin Moore who will perform
Saturday, July 27 shortly after the Nationwide
Series race finishes. Also performing is The
Cadillac Three. They, along with Dustin
Lynch, will also sing before the Brickyard
400 on Sunday.
Cassadee Pope will sing the national anthem
before the race. Pope won Season 3 of
NBC's hit show, "The Voice,"
Bands will begin playing at 9 a.m. on race day.
All performances are free with admission to
the track for each day.
Dash For Cash
July 1 - The Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide
Series race on Saturday, July 27 at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be the final
event in the Dash 4 Cash, a popular, returning
program that could award $1 million to a driver
and will award $100,000 to a fan. For more
IndyCar's Return to Pocono Successful
July 7 - It was hard to believe that IndyCar had not
raced at the Pocono Raceway since 1989. It is a big
smooth wide track that all the IndyCar drivers loved.
From 1971 to 1989, first USAC and then the CART
IndyCar World Series held a 500-mile race at Pocono
as part of the IndyCar 500-mile Triple Crown.
Following the 1989 race, however, the track was
criticized for its roughness and lack of modern safety
features and was removed from the IndyCar schedule.
James Hinchcliffe's car went crazy on the first lap,
sending him into the wall and ending his day.
Marco Andretti controlled the beginning of the race
that is in his home State. His speeds ranged from
209 mph to 223 mph throughout a lap around the huge
2.5 mile triangle track.
The track's three straights are different lengths and the
turns are all different. Turn 1 has 14 degrees of
banking (like the defunct Trenton Speedway). Turn 2
has 9 degrees of banking like Indy and Turn 3 has 6
degrees of banking like the Milwaukee Mile.
While pitting on lap 61, Takuma Sato came in too fast
and clipped Ryan Hunter-Reay who was also going to
pit. The drivers had been in 2nd and 3rd place, but
now their race was over as the cars were too heavily
damaged to be repaired.
Tony Kanaan began the race running in 2nd, but slow
and extra pit stops kept putting him a lap down. He
also had to pit for damage to his front wing when he
tried to pass Scott Dixon. After winning the Indy 500,
TK was eligible for the million dollar bonus if he could
win here and in Fontana. If he does win Fontana, he
will at least get a $250,000 bonus prize.
Honda came into the race fearing the greater
horsepower of the Chevrolets, but Honda's better fuel-
mileage ended up being the greater advantage and
Andretti finished down in lowly 10th place while the
Honda-powered cars of Ganassi swept the top 3.
Surprisingly, this was the Ganassi team's first IndyCar
victory of the season.
Dixon won, followed by Charlie Kimball and Dario
Franchitti. Josef Newgarden finished in 5th behind
This race was Honda's 200th IndyCar victory, Target's
100th, and Scott Dixon's 30th
IndyCar Toronto - Race #1
July 13 - IndyCar is racing this weekend on the tough
street course in Toronto Canada. They are having two
races there this weekend, one today and one
tomorrow. Another interesting thing they are doing is
having a standing start instead of a running start.
Everyone was looking forward to this unusual start,
however it did not happen. Josef Newgarden stalled
somewhere on the course during the warm-up lap.
After a few seconds where all the racers were sitting
on the grid with their engines beginning to overheat,
they were released to do another warm-up lap. Then it
was decided to just start the race with a running start
as usual. We will have to wait until tomorrow to see if
they can do a standing start.
Dario Franchitti won the pole position by a
thousandth of a second over Sebastien Bourdais.
Franchitti and Will Power controlled first place
through the first half of the race. Scott Dixon and
Bourdais fought over first place through the rest of
Dixon had a comfortable 2.5 second lead when a
caution flag was thrown with 4 laps to go when Alex
Tagliani spun in the middle of the track. The race was
restarted and Dixon jumped out to a nice lead. As
Franchitti, in 3rd place, headed for turn three, Power
came diving in, out of control, to the inside, bouncing
off the side of Franchitti into the wall, then in front of
Franchitti. With too much speed, he couldn't make the
turn and headed straight into the tire wall.
Dixon won, followed by Bourdais, Franchitti and Marco
Andretti. Bourdais was so happy to finish in 2nd that
he did a victory burn-out.
While on the podium after the trophy presentation,
Franchitti was notified that he was being dropped back
to 13th place as Race Control had charged him with
blocking Power on the last lap! This was the worst call
I have seen in a LONG time. Very ridiculous. Even
Power did not blame Franchitti during the post-race
interview. I hope they come to their senses and
reverse this decision.
[Update: Franchitti's race team appealed the penalty
and IndyCar reversed its decision, reinstating
Franchitti with 3rd place.]
Dixon’s second consecutive victory of the season not
only vaulted him to third place in the championship
standings, he joined Franchitti, Bourdais and Paul
Tracy with 31 Indy car victories.
“Obviously, for me, it means a lot,” said Dixon, who
has 17 wins on ovals and 14 on road/street courses.
“To think we're all tied for seventh, but to think the next
group of people have last names of Unser, Andretti
and Foyt, that's pretty special to be even on the same
list of those guys."
Dixon, who turns 33 on July 22, made his first Indy car
start at Monterrey, Mexico, on March 11, 2001, and
picked up his maiden victory at Nazareth less than two
months later in a PacWest Racing car. He’s been with
Target Chip Ganassi Racing since ’03.
AJ Foyt Jr
Al Unser, Jr.
|All-Time IndyCar Victory Leaders
Oops! Unbeknownst to Bourdais, his 2nd place trophy
vase was not attached to the base. It shattered.
Ryan Briscoe Injured in IndyCar Accident
July 14 - On lap 65 of 85 of the first race in Toronto
yesterday, Justin Wilson caused a multi-car crash.
Ryan Briscoe, who has been driving this year in both
IndyCar and ALMS, was still holding onto his steering
wheel when Wilson hit him. The force apparently
broke Briscoe's wrist.
Carlos Munoz has been tapped by Panther Racing to
replace Briscoe at the second race at Toronto. This
will be the Indy Light driver Munoz's second IndyCar
race. He amazed everyone in May when he started
the Indy 500 from the front row and finished an
astonishing 2nd in the race.
Dixon Wins Three in a Row
July 14 - Scott Dixon won both IndyCar races in
Toronto which garnered him a $100k prize. Dixon said
he's concentrating on points as the points champion
wins a million dollar prize. DIxon led the whole race
from the pole and was a little faster than everyone
today. At one point he pulled out a 13-second
advantage over the second-place car, before a caution
bunched them up again.
The standing start worked successfully today, however
the NBC Sports Network totally screwed up.
Apparently they have never watched the beginning of
an F1 race. Instead of putting the camera down at the
first turn and staying with that camera throughout the
start, they put the camera at the rear of the pack at the
start, then switched cameras a half-second after the
start. They went to a split screen, for a few seconds,
then to another view. The result was that you couldn't
follow the start! Aggravating, but I'm sure they'll figure
it out eventually.
Ryan Hunter-Reay caused an accident on the last
few laps which took out Takuma Sato and Will
Power and made the race finish under a yellow
Sebastien Bourdais finished on the podium again,
behind Helio Castroneves. This time he did not
drop his trophy.
This is Dixon's 32nd win, moving him into 7th place on
the All-Time Winners list.
I was hoping to see some more amazing driving from Mike Conway
this weekend after his splendid performance at the double-header in
Detroit this year.
While he never contested for the win, he did do well.
In the first race, he started in 20th position and finished in 7th.
Today he started in 23rd and finished in 7th again.
|Mike Conway driving for Dale Coyne Racing
IndyCar Drivers Competing in Brickyard
July 18 - Indy 500 Winner Tony Kanaan will be
driving for Ganassi in the No. 02 NTT DATA BMW in
the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event on the
13-turn, 2.534-mile IMS Grand Prix road circuit. The
three-hour race starts at 5:30 p.m. (ET).
If Kanaan wins, he will be the first driver to win two
major events at IMS.
AJ Allmendinger will drive the No. 6 Michael Shank
Racing Ford-Riley in the grand prix.
California native Allmendinger made four consecutive
starts in the Brickyard 400 from 2008 to 2011 and
plans to try to qualify for it this year.
He also made his first Indianapolis 500 start in May
during a limited IZOD IndyCar Series schedule this
season for Team Penske. He also has competed in
the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year, won the
NASCAR Nationwide Series race in June at Road
America and raced in the Rolex 24 At Daytona
GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race in
February for Michael Shank Racing.
Other IndyCar drivers competing in the grand prix are
Max Papis, Christian Fittipaldi, Scott Pruett and
Only three drivers have raced in at least three of the
marquee auto racing events at IMS since the track
opened in 1909. Juan Pablo Montoya has competed
in the Indianapolis 500, United States Grand Prix,
Brickyard 400 and Brickyard Grand Prix. Jacques
Villeneuve has raced in the Indianapolis 500, United
States Grand Prix and Brickyard 400, while Scott
Pruett has competed in the Indianapolis 500,
Brickyard 400 and Brickyard Grand Prix.
July 23 - Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced
driver in Formula One history, will compete in the
Brickyard Grand Prix on Friday in a GRAND-AM
Daytona Prototype fielded by Doran Racing.
Brazilian Barrichello made 322 career starts in
Formula One from 1993-2011, including a stint from
2000-05 for iconic Ferrari. He won 11 Grands Prix
during his career.
The popular Barrichello moved to the IZOD IndyCar
Series for a season in 2012 with KV Racing
Technology, earning Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie
of the Year honors after finishing 11th. He is
competing this season in the Stock Car Brasil touring
car series in his homeland.
IMS Entry to be Easier
July 23 - Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing,
security was increased at IMS for the 2013 Indy 500.
Many fans found they had to stand in line outside the
speedway for up to 1.5 hours to gain entry.
To address this new problem, IMS has produced a
new gate entry plan that will allow fans attending
events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to enter
the facility with greater ease and efficiency.
The new plan includes an increase in entry gates from
11 to 18 by converting exit-only gates to entrance
gates in strategic locations. In addition, 16th Street will
feature a new entrance gate that will allow fans to enter
the facility with greater ease.
The total number of entrance lanes for fans increases
from 70 to more than 160.
IMS will experiment with new entry procedures at Gate
9, at the intersection of 25th Street and Georgetown
Road that will be similar to line queuing used at
amusement parks. Most gates along Georgetown
Road will use "funnel" entering, which will help address
cooler and backpack checks before reaching the
Additional elements that will expedite fan entry into
IMS include the hiring of more staff with crowd-flow
experience, better signage directing fans to gates and
express lanes (for fans without bags or coolers), "air
traffic control" on the roof of the Paddock Penthouse to
help direct pedestrian traffic to less crowded gates via
real-time audio communication to fans and the
separation of will call, general admission and reserved
seat purchasing locations on the north end of the
facility. Improvements in print-at-home ticket scanning
at IMS also will assist in smoother traffic flow at all
IMS will enforce a new one cooler-per-person rule, and
the size of each cooler can be no larger than 18 inches
by 14 inches by 14 inches. Coolers may be hard- or
soft-sided. Fans will be allowed to bring one cooler and
one standard backpack or book bag per person.
July 28 - Ryan Newman joined his team owner, Tony
Stewart, as the only Indiana natives to win a NASCAR
Sprint Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
holding off Jimmie Johnson to win the Brickyard 400.
Newman, from South Bend, Ind., beat four-time
Brickyard winner Johnson to the finish by 2.657
seconds in the No. 39 Quicken Loans/The Smurfs
Chevrolet. Newman became just the third driver to win
from the pole in the race's 20-year history, joining
Kevin Harvick (2003) and Johnson (2008).
Kasey Kahne finished third in the No. 5 Great Clips
Chevrolet, while two-time Brickyard winner Stewart
was fourth in the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
Chevrolet. Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five in
the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota.
Newman led four times for 45 laps and took the lead
for good on Lap 149 of the 160-lap race when leader
Brad Keselowski made his final pit stop.
But the groundwork for Newman's victory was created
on his final pit stop on Lap 134. His Stewart-Haas
Racing pit crew completed service in just 11 seconds,
while Johnson's final stop on Lap 133 took 18 seconds
due to a slow right-rear tire change on the No. 48
Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet.
That helped Newman erase a 1.675-second gap to
Johnson on Lap 131 and paved his route to kissing the
famous Yard of Bricks after the race.
"There's definitely disappointment there," Johnson said
of his final pit stop. "But that's racing - it happens. I've
given away a few out there this year, too. Ryan was
fast all day long. I can't take anything away from him.
He was plenty fast."
So was Johnson. He led four times for a race-high 73
laps in a race slowed just three times by caution
periods, but he couldn't make history by becoming the
first driver to win this race five times.
Chevrolet drivers swept the top four positions in the
race. Chevy has won 11 consecutive Sprint Cup
Series races at IMS.
Note: It was announced a week ago that Kevin
Harvick is bringing his Budweiser sponsorship to
Stewart Haas Racing next year, bouncing Ryan
IMS Road Course Results
July 26, 2013 - Ryan Dalziel teamed with Alex Popow
to win the second annual Brickyard Grand Prix
GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race. Dalziel and
Popow drove to the victory, giving Starworks
Motorsport its second consecutive Brickyard Grand
Prix triumph in the three-hour race.
Indianapolis 500 veteran Scott Pruett and teammate
Memo Rojas finished second and clinched the North
American Endurance Championship in the Daytona
Prototype class, earning a $100,000 bonus.
Rubens Barrichello placed fifth. 2013 Indianapolis
500 winner Tony Kanaan finished ninth and
Sebastien Bourdais drove a Corvette to an 11th-
In the Brickyard Sports Car Challenge for the
Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the team of
Bryan Sellers and Mark Boden teamed up for a
victory in the No. 46 Trim-Tex/BCKSTGR/Fall-Line
Motorsports BMW M3 in a race that ended under
Terry Borcheller and Mike LaMarra teamed to win
the ST class in the No. 23 Automotive Chemicals
BMW Group/Excelda Manufacturing BMW 128i.
July 27, 2013 - Kyle Busch captured his first victory at
the Racing Capital of the World by winning the second
annual Indiana 250.
Busch dominated the race by leading 92 of 100 laps in
winning his record 59th NASCAR Nationwide Series
race in 259 starts. This was Busch's fifth victory from
the pole this season, breaking a single-season record
for wins from the pole.
As dominant as Busch was throughout the day, he
faced a strong challenge late in the race from Brian
Scott who passed Busch in Turn 2 on a Lap 95
restart. Busch fell to third place during Lap 96 when
he was passed by Joey Logano.
Busch passed Logano for second place on Lap 97
before overtaking Scott on the back straightaway for
the lead on Lap 98. Busch extended his lead in the
final two laps in taking the checkered flag and the win
by 2.142 seconds over Scott, with Logano finishing
Brian Vickers drove to a fourth-place finish in
winning the Indianapolis Dash 4 Cash and a check for
2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr.
placed 34th, out of the race after completing 64 laps
due to overheating. It was Hornish's worst finish of the
season and only the second time he wasn't running at
the finish. Hornish dropped from the Nationwide
Series points lead to fourth after today's race.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, Ryan
Newman won his first Indianapolis Sprint Cup pole
and the 50th of his career in turning a lap of 187.531
mph to take the top spot for the Brickyard 400 on
This will be Newman's seventh top-five start in 13
career Brickyard races, an event record. He
previously shared the record with Jeff Gordon.
"It's a good day for Stewart-Haas Racing," Newman
said. "I'll admit I was emotional. For me, it's special
because it's the Brickyard, and I've never won a pole
here. I've won so many poles, but it has been so long
since I've won a pole. I felt we had a shot at it; I didn't
know what we would end up with."
Four-time and defending Brickyard winner Jimmie
Johnson will start alongside Newman in the front row
after posting a fast lap of 187.438. The Brickyard 400
pole-sitter in 2008, Johnson will make his third career
front-row start at Indianapolis on Sunday.
Nine drivers were faster today in qualifying than the
previous NASCAR track record of 186.293 set by
Casey Mears in 2004, and 35 drivers were faster
today in qualifying than last year's pole speed of
182.763 by Denny Hamlin.
Jeff Burton, Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark
Martin each extended their streak of starting in every
Brickyard 400. All four drivers will make their 20th
consecutive start in this event Sunday.
|Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race.
|Ryan Newman won the pole position
for the 20th Brickyard 400
|Ryan Newman does a victory burn-out