The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has officially opened the gates for this year’s Super Weekend at the Brickyard. It is labeled as four races in three days, but it’s so much more than that. There are four days of on-track activity, which are essentially nonstop. On Friday, all four series will be racing at some point on the speedway, in one direction or another. Saturday is exclusively NASCAR, which features practice, qualifying, and the Nationwide race.
All of the action began today, with the Continental Tire SportsCar and TUDOR United SportsCars hitting the new road course. They had the track all to themselves on Thursday for practice and qualifying, and they will race tomorrow. The first race (Continental) is at 2:30, and the second (TUDOR) begins at 5:45. Weather will not be a factor for them.
The Nationwide Series will take to the oval on Friday for practice. They will qualify at noon on Saturday, and the 100-lap race begins at 4:30. The Sprint Cup Series will also practice on Friday, and will qualify on Saturday at 2 PM. They take center stage for the main event on Sunday, the 21st running of the Brickyard 400, which begins at 1 PM on ESPN.
There are 46 cars entered in this year’s Brickyard 400, which includes both Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte. They are the only two drivers entered this year that have participated in every Brickyard 400 since the inaugural race in 1994, which was won by Gordon. Ryan Newman won the race last year after starting from Pole position.