|Indianapolis Motor Speedway
BRICKYARD 400 WINNERS
|Year Winner Avg MPH # of Cautions
10 for 43 Laps
13 for 47 Laps
5 for 25 Laps
8 for 36 Laps
7 for 28 Laps
Joe Gibbs Racing
Richard Childress Racing
Ray Evernham Motorsports
Rundown: Gordon turned 30 years old the day before the race, but he wasn't
feeling old. After having started 27th, he got himself into position by taking two tires
on a pit stop during a caution. On a Lap 136 restart, he was in second place before
easily slipping past Sterling Marlin for the lead. Gordon had clear sailing the rest of
the way in his third Brickyard win.
Quote: "It's been such a flash. It's gone by so fast," Gordon said of the last decade.
"I have done some things that I could never have imagined. I just hope the next 10
years are as good as the last 10."
Hoosiers, harumph: Tony Stewart of Columbus brushed a wall on the way to a
17th-place finish. Ryan Newman, then a rookie from South Bend and Purdue, led
the race but had wall contact on the way to 31st.
Rundown: Bill Elliott, who had won the previous week, led more than half the
laps and took over for good by passing Rusty Wallace on a restart with 12
laps to go. Dale Jarrett challenged until a poor pit stop cost him precious
seconds in a 10th-place finish. Tony Stewart was in the mix but faded to 12th
Quote: "It seems like it's been a lifetime getting here and I don't know how to
describe it," Elliott said. "You just look back, all the hard work, I'm just proud
of where I'm at today. I'm proud of the accomplishment."
Fighting mad: Stewart, still fuming over his finish, didn't appreciate a
photographer trailing him through Gasoline Alley and took a swing at him.
Sign of things to come: Jimmie Johnson started 37th and finished ninth in
his first Brickyard start.
Rundown: For the first time, a pole winner also won the race. Harvick
passed Jamie McMurray for the lead on Lap 145, shortly before a crash
brought out the final caution of the race. On the restart with 10 laps to go,
Harvick sped away as teammate Robby Gordon — who drew the wrath of
Harvick and others earlier in the season at Sonoma, Calif., for passing
under caution – made it difficult for other cars to keep up. Gordon eventually
faded from third to sixth.
Quote: "I know I was mad at (Gordon) after Sonoma, but he did all he could
today to hold those guys back and give us a cushion. This win is as much his
as it is ours," Harvick said.
The feeling wasn't universal: "He's a damn menace to society,"
McMurray said of Gordon. "That guy, he just races so hard."
Rundown: Gordon led 124 laps in a race that ended under caution, one of
13 yellow flags to interrupt the racing. A piece of debris struck Gordon's car
late in the race, but it didn't deter him. Gordon entered some pretty rare air
with his fourth victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Only A.J. Foyt, Al
Unser and Rick Mears have done that in the Indianapolis 500.
Quote: "It was starting to really get to me, and I didn't realize how much that
it meant to me," said Gordon, who added he didn't feel his accomplishment
matched those of the IndyCar stars. "I'm blown away with four. I can't believe
A.J. Chimes in, as only he can: "That's like comparing chicken shit with
chicken salad; they're different cars," Foyt said. "That'd be like a four-time
winner at Pocono saying he was as good as a four-time winner at Indy just
because he drove an Indy car at both places."
Rundown: Stewart qualified precisely in the middle of the pack, 22nd, and he
was content to let others lead until Lap 100. Kasey Kahne led on a restart with
10 laps to go, but Stewart got inside of him in Turn 2 and sped off to the first
victory by a Hoosier-born driver at the Speedway since Wilbur Shaw won the
1940 Indianapolis 500.
Quote: "It's definitely the greatest day of my life." - Tony Stewart
Quite a surge: The victory came as part of a seven-week stretch that included
four wins and a climb from 10th to second in the Cup standings.