The Auto Channel
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
Official Website of the New Car Buyer

NASCAR Winston Cup Brickyard 400 -- Fact Sheet

22 July 1997


WHAT: Brickyard 400
      NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race #19 of 32

WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
       2.5-Mile Semi-Banked Paved Speedway

WHEN: Saturday, August 2, 1997
      12:15 pm EDT

DISTANCE: 160 Laps/400 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $4,490,311 (subject to increase)

FIELD: 43 cars possible. Fastest 38 cars through time trials. Four 
provisional starting positions based on 1997 NWC owner points and one past
champion provisional.

SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.

PROMOTER: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation

TV: ABC (Live)
    Airtime: 1:00 pm (EDT)
    Announcers: Benny Parsons and Bob Jenkins
    Pit Reporters: Jack Arute, Dr. Jerry Punch, and Bill Weber

       Airtime: 12:00 pm (EDT)
       Announcers: Mike Joy and Ned Jarrett

          Wednesday, July 30
             6:00 am : Team Haulers Enter
             7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens
            12:00 pm : Rookie Drivers' Meeting
            12:30 pm : Qualifying Draw
      1:00 - 5:00 pm : Practice

          Thursday, July 31
             7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens
  9:30 am - 12:00 pm : Practice
             1:30 pm : Qualifying (Positions 1-25)
      4:00 - 4:45 pm : Practice

          Friday, August 1

             8:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens
    10:00 - 11:30 am : Practice
             1:00 pm : Qualifying (Positions 26-38)
                       Final practice following time trials for one hour
                        time permitting.

PARTICIPATING AWARDS SPONSORS: Winston, AE Clevite Engine Parts, Aeroquip,
Auto Meter Products, Bowman Distribution, Busch Beer, Champion Spark Plugs,
Competition Cams, Craftsman Tools, Crane Cams, DuPont Automotive Finishes,
Edelbrock Manifolds, Fram Fuel Filters, Gatorade Sports Beverage, Goodyear
Tires, Goody's Headache Powders, Holley Carburetors, Hurst Shifters, JE
Pistons, Jesel Rocker Arms, Longacre Computerscales, MCI, Mac Tools, Mechanix
Wear, Moog Chassis Parts, Motorcraft Batteries, Opryland, Plasti-Kote Spray
Paint, RCA, Raybestos Brakes, Simpson Helmets, Spicer Drive Shafts, Stant
Radiator Caps, STP Oil Treatment & Oil Filters, 3M Automotive Products, True
Value Hardware, Unocal Gasoline, 76/NASCAR High Performance Motor Oil, Western
Auto Stores, Wiseco Pistons, Wix Air Filters
 RECORDS: Qualifying: Jeff Gordon; Chevrolet; 176.419 mph; 51.015 seconds;
          Race: Dale Earnhardt; Chevrolet: 155.206 mph;
                2 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds; 8/5/95
THE RACE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5-mile paved oval with 9 degrees
banking in all four corners. The lengths of the front and backstretches are
5/8-mile each. IMS has hosted the Brickyard 400 since 1994.