Brickyard 400: Cool But Sunny Weather Was Common
UPDATED 8 PM EDT, July 28, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
- 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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