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Brickyard 400: Cool But Sunny Weather Was Common

UPDATED 8 PM EDT, July 28, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen


The 2013 NASCAR season is in the Racing Capital of the World this weekend for the Brickyard 400. The weather was spectacular for today`s race.

Sunshine was overhead as Ryan Newman sped to victory at the 20th running of the NASCAR stock car race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2012, Jimmie Johnson won at Indianapolis for the fourth time, tying him with Jeff Gordon as the winner of the most Brickyard 400 races in 20 years.

Here are a couple tidbits about the race:

  • The race is officially known as the Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com. Every year, Crown Royal names the race after a military personal or first-responder selected for heroism. This year`s winner, Samuel Deeds, was a first Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp who, while serving in Iraq, risked his own life to save other soldiers from an improvised explosive device.
  • Only four drivers have won the race more than once: Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson (4 times) and Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart (twice)
  • Through last year`s race, 15 drivers have competed at both the Brickyard 400 and the Indianapolis 500. Only Juan Pablo Montoya competed in both these races and Formula One`s United States Grand Prix held at the speedway between 2000 and 2007.
  • Indianapolis International Motor Speedway seating capacity is more than a quarter million, with another 150,000 additional fans possible in the large infield.
  • "The Brickyard" was originally constructed as a test facility for the Indianapolis` burgeoning automobile industry in 1909. About a year later, 3.2 million bricks were used to pave the 2.5-mile racetrack -- later re-paved with asphalt.

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    Story Image: Kyle Busch (54) leads the field into the first turn on the opening lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP/Doug McSchooler).

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