It’s that time of year again when the Indianapolis Motor Speedway lights up for the Brickyard 400. In its 26th year at IMS, the Brickyard’s Drive2SaveLIves BC39 event honors the late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson, as well as increasing awareness of the Indiana Donor Network.
Not just another stop on the NASCAR schedule, the Brickyard 400 is the weekend when drivers chase one of the series' biggest titles and the chance to take part in an IMS tradition, "kiss the bricks." Starting in 1996 with Dale Jarrett, legends who followed include Dale Earnhart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart.
The one and only Brickyard 400 I’ve attended was the first, in 1993.I don’t remember a lot of racing, however, I do remember the hustle and bustle of the event’s first try at getting it right in its first year at Indy. Rather than watching cars race, we did a lot of waiting for the rain to stop and drying of the track. Not exactly the racing we’d hoped to see. But as anyone knows whose been to IMS, it’s a thrill just to stand on the hallowed ground.
If you’re into racing, or want to be, come on down to Indianapolis’ Brickyard 400. Gates are open beginning tomorrow Thursday, Sept 5 at 3:00 pm. The lineup for tomorrow looks like this:
Thursday Sept 5:
5:00 pm: Hot laps (8 groups)
6:00 pm Qualifying race (8)
7:00 pm: Opening ceremony
7:45 pm: Main Races (5)
9:30 pm: Drive2SaveLives BC39 featured race
Friday Sept 6: 11:00 AM: Gates Open-drivers will be practicing
Don’t miss the Hauler Parade on Main St. in Speedway. Fun for all, including games, music, activities and appearances by NASCAR drivers
2:05-2;55 pm: NASCAR Xfinity Series Practice 1
4:05-4:55 pm: NASCAP Xfinity Series Practice 2
4:30: Hauler Parade
5:30-6:00: Kids autograph session
5:45-6:20 pm: Parade Staging (Allison Transmission Lot)
Haulers arrive on Main St.
6:00-7:00 pm: Racer Relays
7:00-7:30 pm: Driver Q&A
8:00 pm: Parade concludes
Saturday Sept 7:
Indiana 250: NASCAR practice: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
9:00 am: NASCAR Xfinity Series Autograph session, wristband distribution
10:00: NASCAR Cp Series, kids only autograph session. Wristbands required.
10:30 am: NASCAR Xfinity auto session, East Chalet
11:05-11:55 am: Cup Series Practice 112:05-12:45 pm: NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifications
12:30: NASCAR Cup Series Youth only Autograph Session
1:30-2:00 pm: Cup Series Practice 2
Sunday Sept 8:
Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
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Tickets starting at $35
8:00 am-6:00 pm: Gates Open
10:35-11:20 am: Cup Series Qualification
2:00 pm: Big Machine Vodka 400 Florida Georgia Line
Go to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com for more information, including tickets
Mon - Fri, 9a.m. - 5p.m. ET
4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Beginning next year 2020, the Brickyard 400 will be held in July. Stay tuned!!
Children under 15 receive free general admission to any 2019 event when accompanied by an adult General Admissions ticket holder.
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