Brickyard 400 weekend schedule and notes

NASCAR, IROC to provide intense 2002 Brickyard 400 weekend. INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 19, 2002 -- The 2002 Brickyard 400 weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will provide a full schedule of entertainment thousands of NASCAR Winston Cup...

NASCAR, IROC to provide intense 2002 Brickyard 400 weekend.

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 19, 2002 -- The 2002 Brickyard 400 weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will provide a full schedule of entertainment thousands of NASCAR Winston Cup Series and True Value International Race of Champions fans that attend the annual event.

The legendary, 2.5-mile oval will play host to a brisk, exciting weekend. Action starts with NASCAR and IROC practice sessions on Friday, Aug. 2, followed by NASCAR qualifying, the 40-lap IROC at Indy race and more NASCAR practice on Saturday, Aug. 3, and the ninth running of the Brickyard 400 Winston Cup Series race at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Aug. 4.

The International Race of Champions (IROC) will kick off the weekend Aug. 2 with practice sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (EST), plus a final practice at 4:05 p.m.

Jeff Gordon -- the defending Brickyard 400 winner -- and the rest of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series stars will take to the track for a two-hour practice from 2-4 p.m.

NASCAR qualifying gets underway at 10:05 a.m. Aug. 3, followed by the IROC at Indy race at 1 p.m. Two NASCAR practice sessions follow at 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

The 2002 IROC at Indy lineup is arguably one of the most competitive in the series' 26-year history. The series' organizers annually invite 12 of the world's top drivers to compete against one another in equally prepared stock cars.

Although NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Kevin Harvick and Jack Sprague will be on "home turf" driving IROC's stock cars, the open-wheel racing contingent will be represented by the largest group of Indy Racing League drivers in IROC history. The IRL drivers include Indianapolis 500 winners Helio Castroneves, Buddy Lazier and Al Unser Jr., and former series champions Scott Sharp and Sam Hornish Jr.

Danny Lasoski, the defending World of Outlaws series champion, also will compete in IROC at Indy, making his debut at the Speedway.

Driver introductions for the ninth Brickyard 400 are scheduled for 1 p.m. (EST), followed by the start of the 160-lap race at 1:30 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on the NBC television network and the IMS Radio Network. Gates will open to the public at 7 a.m. on Race Day.

For Brickyard 400 weekend ticket information, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY.

All tickets for Friday and Saturday are general admission. Tickets for Friday are $10 per person, and $25 for Saturday. Fans can also purchase a $35 two-day combo ticket for Friday and Saturday that will allow fans to leave the Speedway grounds and return at will. The single-day tickets do not allow this privilege.

<pre> 2002 BRICKYARD 400 SCHEDULE (all times local, subject to change):

Friday, Aug. 2 9 a.m. Public gates open 10:30-11:30 a.m. True Value IROC Series practice 12:30-1:50 p.m. True Value IROC Series practice 2-4 p.m. NASCAR Winston Cup Series practice 4:05-5 p.m. True Value IROC Series final practice 6 p.m. Track closes

Saturday, Aug. 3 7 a.m. Public gates open 10:05 a.m. NASCAR qualifying (two laps, all positions) 1 p.m. IROC at Indy (40 laps, 100 miles) 2-2:45 p.m. NASCAR Winston Cup practice 3:45-4:30 p.m. NASCAR Winston Cup final practice 6 p.m. Track closes

Sunday, Aug. 4 7 a.m. Public gates open 1 p.m. NASCAR driver introductions 1:30 p.m. Ninth Brickyard 400 (160 laps/400 miles)

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Series IROC , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Sterling Marlin , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Jack Sprague , Danny Lasoski , Sam Hornish Jr.