Preparations for the 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard commenced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday (July 25th) with Jimmie Johnson setting the pace in the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for the two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices. "The first...
Preparations for the 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard commenced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday (July 25th) with Jimmie Johnson setting the pace in the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for the two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices.
"The first victory to take place for the weekend will be qualifying. Whoever can qualify first, get that first pit stall, I was just watching last year's race on television, and saw quite a few accidents on pit road," said Johnson. "Guys were just trying to leave their pit box, another car was getting in. Fast cars that were going to be a contender in the event."
Johnson's lap of 180.047 mph bested Jeff Gordon (180.087 mph) and Ryan Newman (179.723 mph) for fastest of the day as 47 contenders took to the famous 2.5 mile oval.
"This race means something to me since it's in Indiana, but it means more to me that it's Indianapolis. It's Indy. It's the Brickyard. It's the home of the '500' and 100 years of automotive racing," Newman said. "So to me, that means the most. I think the track has been pretty consistent. Obviously, it's changed a little bit with the asphalt from the grinding, but in general, the way you drive and the way you race hasn't changed here, at least for me in the last eight years."
Kasey Kahne (179.076 mph) and Kevin Harvick (178.934 mph) rounded out the top five in practice.
Elliot Sadler's 179.190 mph lap in the early afternoon practice session was the fastest recorded in the 2PM to 3 PM session.
Qualifications begin at 10:00am EDT on Saturday for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, with final post-qualifying practices scheduled for 2:00pm and 3:00pm tomorrow.