Brickyard 400 Preview: Brickyard Fireworks

Brickyard 400 Preview: Brickyard Fireworks

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

In the wake of the historic Pocono doubleheader weekend, we come to the yard of bricks this week.  This Sunday the NASCAR Cup Series comes back to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at the Brickyard.  The Brickyard will play host to this prestigious stock car racing event on motor racing's most identifiable and iconic track.  This will be the first season NASCAR has competed on the famed race track in Indianapolis on July 4 weekend.  The last couple seasons NASCAR's top division has raced at Indy to end the regular season schedule as the cutoff race going into the Chase for the Cup.  However, as a part of the 2020 scheduling shakeup, Indianapolis was moved to July 4 weekend.  Now we race one of NASCAR's most prestigious events on our nation's birthday weekend.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a rectangular oval with very flat banking all the way around.  The straights are completely flat, and the four corners have banking that varies from 9 to 12 degrees.  The track is very temperature sensitive, so constant adjustments to the race car are a must in order to keep up with the changing handling conditions throughout the event.  Over the last few seasons Goodyear has been able to develop a great tire for stock cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so we expect solid racing and for tire wear not to be an issue this Sunday afternoon.  The long green flag runs that are commonplace at Indy

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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