How long does the Brickyard 400 race last?
It’s largely thanks to Louis Meyer back in the 1930s. Via Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Louis Meyer regularly drank buttermilk to refresh himself on a hot day and happened to drink some in Victory Lane as a matter of habit after winning the 1936 race.
Who first kissed the bricks?
How fast can Indy cars go?
2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
The race previously ran 160 laps on on the 2.5-mile oval track, but this year will run 82 laps on the 2.439-mile road course. Estimates have this finishing somewhere under three hours, so you can plan to be well done in time for an afternoon nap before dinner!
Similar to NASCAR’s Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 is typically held early in the IndyCar Series season. Currently, the Indy 500 is the sixth event of the 17-race IndyCar schedule.
Why is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway called “the Brickyard”? Because the original racing surface of the track didn’t work. The Speedway’s owners wanted to address this problem quickly, so they replaced the track with 3.2 million paving bricks. Thus, the track was nicknamed “the Brickyard.”
In its inaugural running, the Brickyard 400 became NASCAR’s most-attended event, drawing an estimated crowd of more than 250,000 spectators. The race also pays one of NASCAR’s highest purses….Brickyard 400.
Contested over 161 laps—extended from 160 laps due to an overtime finish, on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) speedway, it was the 16th race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.