For Immediate Release BRICKYARD 400 SCHEDULE SET FOR 1997 RACE INDIANAPOLIS, June 23, 1997 -- The fourth Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup stock car race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has been sold ...
For Immediate Release BRICKYARD 400 SCHEDULE SET FOR 1997 RACE
INDIANAPOLIS, June 23, 1997 -- The fourth Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup stock car race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has been sold out since last August, will be run on Saturday, August 2, beginning at 12:15 p.m. local time (CDT), and will be telecast live by ABC Sports. The IMS Radio Network will also carry the race live on several hundred stations.
Practice for the richest and largest purse in Winston Cup racing begins on Wednesday, July 30, from 1-5 p.m. Thursday is Busch Pole qualifying (one lap) for starting spots 1-25 at 1:30 p.m. after a two-hour morning practice from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Friday practice is from 10 - 11:30 a.m. with second-round qualifying for positions 26-38 (positions 39-42 are provisional) at 1:30 p.m., followed by NASCAR's one-hour final practice.
Inaugural Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon sat on the Busch Pole in 1995 and again in 1996, shattering his own track record last year with a speed of 176.419 miles per hour. Dale Earnhardt, the holder of seven Winston Cup championships, won the second Brickyard 400 in 1995. The 1996 Brickyard race was won by Dale Jarrett, who passed Ernie Irvan on Lap 154 in Turn 2. Jarrett held on to lead the final laps of the race and won the third Brickyard 400 under yellow after Robert Pressley hit the wall in Turn 4 on Lap 159. Jarrett, in the Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford, took home the winner's share of $564,035 from the total Brickyard purse of $4,695,547.20
The Brickyard 400 is presented by Chevrolet, Miller Lite, Monsoon and Pennzoil. All reserved seats for the 1997 race are sold out, and general admission tickets are not available on race day. General admission tickets are available on practice ($5 per person over 5 years of age) and qualifying days ($10 per person over 5 years). A $25 three-day (Wednesday-Friday) practice and qualifying pass allows daily in-and-out privileges and is available through the IMS ticket office. For information on Brickyard 400 practice and qualifying tickets, weekend parking and camping information, or the three-day pre-race pass, call IMS Ticket Operations at 317/484-6700.
1997 BRICKYARD 400 -- SCHEDULE OF EVENTS INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY NASCAR WINSTON CUP SERIES
Wednesday, July 30 Opening Winston Cup Practice Session Practice 1 - 5 p.m. Public Gates Open 9 a.m. $5 Admission IMS Hall of Fame Museum Open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. $2 *Credential Gates Open 5 a.m.
Thursday, July 31 Busch Pole Qualifying and Practice Practice 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $10 Admission Busch Pole Qualifying 1:30 p.m. (Positions 1-25, 1 lap) Practice after qualifying from 4 - 4:45 p.m. Public Gates Open 7 a.m. $10 Admission IMS Hall of Fame Museum Open 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. $2 *Credential Gates Open 5 a.m.
Friday, August 1 Practice & 2nd Round Qualifying Practice 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 Admission Qualifying 1:30 p.m. (Positions 26-38, 1 lap) Final Practice after qualifying for 1 hour Public Gates Open 7 a.m. IMS Hall of Fame Museum Open 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. $2 *Credential Gates Open 5 a.m.
Saturday, August 2 The Fourth Running of the Brickyard 400 12:15 p.m. (400 miles, 160 laps on 2.5 mile oval) Public Gates Open 6 a.m. Reserved Seating Sold Out - No General Admission Race Day TV: ABC Sports Live (noon) RADIO: IMS Radio Network Live IMS Hall of Fame Museum Open 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. $2 *Credential Gates Open Midnight
Schedule Subject to Change All Times Local (same as Central Daylight)