Behind the Barriers: The Brickyard

John Andretti is back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. After taking a 13 year hiatus from running in the 500, Andretti competed with Panther Racing in the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in May. He was credited with 30th place...

John Andretti is back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. After taking a 13 year hiatus from running in the 500, Andretti competed with Panther Racing in the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in May. He was credited with 30th place after being involved in an accident after completing 95 laps. Andretti will be part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network for the Allstate Brickyard 400 this weekend. Andretti recently completed a four race stretch in the No. 45 Dodge for Petty Enterprises.

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Kyle Petty will be making his 800th start in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series when he takes the green flag in Sunday's Allstate Brickyard 400. Only six drivers have reached the milestone of 800 starts, including Kyle's father Richard Petty, who sits atop the list with 1,185 starts.

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After racing in the Atlantic Series, A.J. Allmendinger bounced between rides in the Champ Car Series before landing a Toyota Camry ride in NEXTEL Cup. Reflecting on changing teams and series, Allmendinger said, "I could be racing on jet skis next week, you never know."

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David Reutimann is taking Homer Simpson along for a ride this weekend. To mark the release of 'The Simpsons Movie,' Reutimann's Burger King Toyota Camry will sport a new paint scheme featuring a Simpson's theme. By visiting www.simpsonizeme.com fans can morph a digital photo into a Simpsons version of themselves.

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IndyCar Series driver Vitor Meira was an interested spectator at IMS on Saturday. Penske Racing president Tim Cindric was in Billy Wease's pits during Thursday's USAC Silver Crown race at ORP.

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The broadcast team from ESPN met with members of the press on Friday to discuss NASCAR's return to the network. ESPN commentator Jerry Punch said race day will be like Christmas morning for him, with presents, not only for the staff at ESPN but the TV viewers too. All at ESPN were excited about the debut of 'Draft Track,' a special effects package developed by ESPN and SportVision that will provide an effect that shows airflow created by NASCAR race cars. It was stressed that this will not be animated. The effect will be live, shown over on real time on-track coverage. Using computational fluid dynamics information and wind tunnel data, SportVision developed a comprehensive model of the airflow as it affects cars in relation to each other. The system uses positioning data derived from SportVision's patented RACEf/x system and the Draft Track computers calculate and determine the profile of t he airflow many times per second on cars traveling at more than 200 mph.

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Longtime public relations man, and nice guy Keith Green is leaving International Speedway Corporation. Keith started with ISC, taking the PR helm at Nazareth Speedway before moving south to accept the same responsibilities at Richmond International Raceway. Keith has accepted the position of Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Synergy Events, a sports marketing company in Ocean, NJ.

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On Thursday Stephanie Mockler of Westfield, Ind. was presented with the Kara Hendrick Award at the Lyn St. James's Women in the Winners Circle gala at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Kyle Petty , Lyn St. James , Richard Petty , A.J. Allmendinger , David Reutimann , Billy Wease , Stephanie Mockler , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske