Brickyard 400- Live Blog

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Sunday 4:57 p.m.- Celebrating in Victory Lane. Congratulations to Jamie McMurray and Chip Ganassi for being the only owner to win the Daytona 500, Indy 500 and Brickyard 400! We will be uploading all the Race Day photos as they come in. Make sure you check them out on our Flickr photostream and thanks for following the Brickyard 400 Live Blog!

Jamie McMurray drinks CocaCola in Victory Lane

Jamie McMurray in Victory Lane drinks CocaCola

Sunday 4:18 p.m.-JAMIE McMURRAY WINS THE 2010 BRICKYARD 400!

Jamie McMurray burns out on the bricks- Smoke covers the crowd- They are going crazy!

Checkered Flag-Jamie McMurray

Jamie McMurray wins the 2010 Brickyard 400

Sunday 4:01 p.m.- YELLOW! Juan Pablo Montoya hits the wall in turn four, wrecking with Dale Earnhardt Jr. …Montoya is out of the race- This changes things! Harvick in the lead.

Sunday 3:36 p.m.- Green flag- Back to racing with 38 laps to go!

Sunday 3:27 p.m.- Caution due to debris on the track. Top Ten currently: Montoya, Biffle, McMurray, Bowyer, Harvick,  Kyle Busch, Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Burton, Edwards

Sunday 3:21 p.m.- About 112 laps into the race! Time is flying by and the sun is out- over at the Brickyard Beach Bash things are really heating up. Check out the Super Fan we found- He loves Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

Super IMS Fan

Super Fan at the Beach Bash

Sunday 3:17 p.m.- Hope you will stop by the Family Fun Zone while you are here. Check out all of the pictures on our Flickr account. Lots of fun vendors came out with free stuff for kids and their families to participate in:

"Art with a Heart" Tent

“Art with a Heart” Tent in the Family Fun Area

Sunday 2:41 p.m.- Biffle is leading the race under yellow. You can follow all of the updates on our Twitter account – HERE.

Sunday 2:09 p.m.- Juan Pablo Montoya has a fast car.

Sunday 1:43 p.m.- YELLOW! Robby Gordon and Max Papis make contact and Papis is now flaming, Gordon is missing right front tire.

Sunday 1:40 p.m.- Check out this LIVE Leaderboard provided by NASCAR: Live Leaderboard

Sunday 1:22 p.m.- Oh no! Lap one ends under a yellow flag: Reed Sorenson, Sam Hornish Jr. and David Reutimann crash!

Sunday 1:20 p.m.- Dallas Clark drops the green flag and the 2010 BRICKYARD 400 is underway! Stay tuned to the live blog- we will be updating throughout the entire race…all 160 laps!


Sunday 1:01 p.m.- AWESOME! National Anthem by Steven Curtis Chapman and a fly over! Incredible atmosphere at the track and only moments away from the race!

Sunday 12:46 p.m.- We were able to talk to Mike Ford the crew chief for Denny Hamlin’s #11 car. A really nice guy, hear what he had to say about the Brickyard 400:

“Personally, this is the largest day of the season for us. This is the pinnacle of what you look forward to, nothing compares. I’ve been fortunate to win here 3 times, been fortunate enough to win the Daytona 500, personally I like Indianapolis. Here it’s a total package, you have to have a good car, good downforce, good engines, good driver- good aggressive driver, good pit crew, it’s a short enough race you cant afford to make any mistakes. I think the record of the groups that have won here speaks to that.”

Sunday 12:33 p.m.- Driver introductions are taking place! Can hear all the fans cheering for their favorites…goosebump moment!

Sunday 12:26 p.m.- The drivers who have won a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are now posing for a photo on Victory Lane. (Juan Pablo Montoya, Jacques Villeneuve, Sam Hornish Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott)

Sunday 12:12 p.m.-Behind the Wheel- Scott Speed. We were fortunate enough to get to talk to Scott Speed, a former F1 driver and now the driver of the #82 Red Bull Toyota. See what he had to say about being back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway-

Scott Speed

Scott Speed #82

On being back in Indianapolis- “To be honest, it’s quite a different atmosphere being here with NASCAR.”

Racing at IMS- “Racing on the oval is unique for sure I think it means more to race on the actual Brickyard than to race on the F1 track per say.”

Sunday 11:14 a.m.-The Inside Scoop- Did You Know? On race day morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you can walk across the track from the outside of turn one to the infield? While this is true for the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, there is an added bonus for NASCAR fans.

Pushing out the Amp car

Dale Earnhardts Jr. is rolled to the grid

In preparation for pre-race activities, the crews push the cars down pit road and then onto the main straightaway. During this time, the end of pit road becomes the best place to stand and get an up-close and personal view of your favorite cars. The best part? No credential required. So, if you’ve ever wanted inside access, but have never had the chance to get a credential, this is the best spot to hang out race morning.

Pushing out the stock cars

Up close and personal with Kurt Busch

Sunday 10:41 a.m.- People are loving the SPEED Stage located in the infield walking towards Turn 4.



Sunday 10:35 a.m.- The Brickyard Beach Bash ready for partying! Stop by Turn 3 in the infield and let’s have some fun:

Brickyard Beach Bash

Brickyard Beach Bash is open!

Sunday 9:35 a.m.- We crashed an @NASCAR Tweet Up and met with tons of followers. The Tweet Up was located behind the Hall of Fame Museum.

Crashing an @NASCAR Tweet Up

@NASCAR Tweet Up

Sunday 8:54 a.m.- GOOD MORNING INFIELD! Anyone up for a game of ping pong? These guys were:

Ping Pong!

Turn 3- Ping Pong

Sunday 8:33 a.m.-Meet Ben Phillips 2010 FAN OF THE DAY-BRICKYARD 400! Decked out in Kyle Busch attire…he was a huge fan. Ben was also at the track super early, gotta love that.

Fan of the Day- Race Day Brickyard 400

Fan of the Day- Ben Phillips

Who is your favorite driver?

Kyle Busch…obviously.

What is your favorite Brickyard 400 memory?

Jeff Gordon winning it the first time.

What would you like to see at the Brickyard 400 next year?

Watching Kyle Busch win!

Sunday 8:03 a.m.- The sun has finally come up but earlier this morning it was cold, wet and dark. Good thing the rain has gone away, it’s race day! While they are drying off the track, take a look at some of these early bird photos: click here.

Early Morning Race Day Pagoda

Pagoda Early Morning

SUNDAY-RACE DAY 7:00 a.m.- BOOM! The cannon has been fired! GATES ARE OPEN FOR THE 2010 BRICKYARD 400!

Saturday 6:06 p.m.- Tons of NEW photos to look at on our Brickyard 400 Flickr set, check them all out here.

Reed Sorenson going fast

Cool photos like this one!

Saturday 6:00 p.m.- It’s fairly safe to say that a NASCAR fan could die happy with only three things; the Brickyard, beer, and babes in bikinis. Don’t call the coroner just yet, but this Sunday, July 25th, 2010, turn 3 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield will become a little piece of heaven on earth. Beginning at 10 a.m., any Brickyard 400 race day ticket holder can join the party at the Speedway’s first Brickyard Beach Bash.  Between the high temps and host Playboy Playmate AJ Alexander, this is sure to be one HOT summer day. Fortunately, party goers will be able to cool off in one of eight pools, or quench their thirst in a little beer pong competition. Those looking to add even more action to their race day can join in the volleyball competition, or get pumped for the race by dancing along to hits spun by DJ Metrognome.

Brickyard Beach Bash Poster

Brickyard Beach Bash Poster- It’s gonna be SWEET!

Let’s not get off “track” here though there is of course, a race to watch on Sunday. Turn three is an ideal location to catch all of the action both on and off the track.  If the revival of the Snake Pit during this past Indy 500 is any indication of just what kind of shindig the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can throw, there is sure to be plenty of both. So grab your bathing suit, lather up in sunscreen, and head out to turn three. This is one party that will be worth living for.

The Brickyard Beach Bash welcomes anyone with a ticket, general admission or reserved!  Race Day General Admission tickets are just $40.  Visit IMSTIX.COM to get your tickets now!

(Post by Blogger Leslie Bailey)

Saturday 5:32 p.m.- Behind the Wheel: Bill Elliott We strolled through Gasoline Alley at the end of the day and happened to spot Bill Elliot. He was kind enough to chat with us, and talked to us about his initial impressions of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway –

Bill Elliott

Bill Elliott – another Brickyard

“Well you know you always hear a lot about indy, its the biggest thing going because its got so much history here, and for them to come and run stock cars here, I thought was a pretty big deal at the time.”

It was pretty cool to hear that from Bill Elliot, especially a former winner at the Brickyard.

Saturday 4:55 p.m.- The Brickyard Beach Bash is coming along nicely! Pools are being filled and decorations are being hung. The water will be perfect for cooling off during the heat of the day tomorrow, make sure you stop by and soak it all in.

Brickyard Beach Bash Set Up Day 3

Just add water!

Saturday 4:35 p.m.- Happy Hour is over! Top Five finishers:

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Jeff Burton
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Carl Edwards
  5. Mark Martin

Saturday 3:09 p.m.- Practice 3 is over- Top Five:

  1. Jeff Burton
  2. Clint Bowyer
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Kasey Kahne
  5. Matt Kenseth

Saturday 2:16 p.m.- Afternoon practice has started. Look who we found in the infield!

The Mystery Mobile

Sweet Van in the infield! “The Mystery Machine”

Saturday 1:37 p.m.- We found “Fan of the Day” he was participating in the Wheaties Fuel Challenge, that we mentioned in yesterday’s post. (For more information click here) Meet Jordan Johnson:

Fan of the Day

Fan of the Day- Jordan Johnson

When was your first experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

Jordan’s  first Brickyard 400 was 4 years ago though when Jimmie Johnson won. However, he has been coming to the track since he was 7-years old for the Indy500.

Who is your favorite driver and why?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. -because he is a laid back and knows how to drive.

What is your favorite Brickyard 400 memory?

Being chosen to participate in the Wheaties Fuel Challenge!

What would you like to see at the Brickyard 400 next year?

Jordan wanted to see a packed house for the race next year.

Saturday 12:10 p.m.- We hope you will come join us for the Luke Bryan concert happening on the Plaza Stage now! Get your country on!

Saturday 12:09 p.m.- It’s official POLE SITTER: Juan Pablo Montoya!

Top 5 drivers after Quals:

  1. Juan Pablo Montoya
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Mark Martin
  4. Jamie McMurray
  5. Ryan Newman

Saturday 10:12 a.m.- Behind the Wheel: Juan Pablo Montoya Qualifications are underway, watch the live grid: here. Before they started we got a chance to talk to Juan Pablo Montoya, the fastest in both practices yesterday. Here are some of the highlights-

Montoya talking Indy

Juan Pablo Montoya with the Media

On being back in Indianapolis: “It is always cool, I always try to go to the Museum [Hall of Fame] they have a lot of exciting cars… it’s just fun!”

Favorite restaurant in Indy: “There is a Japanese place downtown they serve teppanyaki  it’s really fun and now they have opened Fogo de Cho which is always pretty exciting to go to.”

Interacting with fans: “Some people like you some people hate you. It’s always exciting to see both sides. I don’t really think about anything else, just driving the car.”

Saturday 8:20 a.m.- Hope you are getting your morning munch on- We love breakfast here, especially when we discover the Garlic Garage (they provide good cookin’ to 14 different teams). Check out other morning pictures here on our Flickr photostream.

Wakey Wakey

Corn Dog or Breakfast Burrito? Anything you want at the Garlic Garage

Saturday 7:45 a.m.- I just got goosebumps watching this video! Is it race day yet?!

Saturday 6:51 a.m.- GOOD MORNING! Welcome to Brickyard 400 Qualifying Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!  Gates open in 10 minutes, qualifications start at 10:10 a.m. And guess who is playing on the Plaza Stage at noon? Luke Bryan! you better get down to the track, it’s going to be a great day!

Pagoda silhouette

Early Morning- Pagoda Silhouette

Friday 6:44 p.m.- The Wheaties Fuel Challenge is in hour 11 of its 33 hours time span. Participants are competing in an endurance contest where they must keep one hand on the car at all times or they will be disqualified. The contest will conclude Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with the winner returning to the Speedway on Sunday for a VIP experience, $500 in cash and $500 in Kroger gift cards.

Wheaties Fuel Challenge

Wheaties Fuel Challenge

Friday 5:47 p.m.- Over in the camping lots, we found Guy Quinn and Clay Vea grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. They’ve been at every Brickyard 400 and travel down from near Chicago. We didn’t get a chance to eat, but it doesn’t mean we won’t go back. The dog in background was having a good time.

Grilling and Camping

Grilling and Camping

Friday 4:31 p.m.-Practice two just ended. Top five are:

  1. Juan Pablo Montoya
  2. Jamie McMurray
  3. Mark Martin
  4. Clint Bowyer
  5. Jimmie Johnson
Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya

Just because practice is over doesn’t mean there isn’t anything going on! There will be live music by Josh Golden & Anna Margaret on the Plaza Stage at 5:00 p.m. See you there!

Friday 3:47 p.m.- Set up day #2 for the Brickyard Beach Bash– lots of cool stuff coming in including MasterCraft boats, volleyball nets, lifeguard stand and more sand! Word has it DJ Metrognome will be spinning from one of the boats! Guess you will have to stop to make sure.

Brickyard Beach Bash set up day 2

Brickyard Beach Bash Set Up Day #2

Friday 3:43 p.m.- Practice two is underway! Still hot out here, make sure you are hydrating.

Friday 3:15 p.m.- We found “Fan of the Day” Maggie Johnson, escaping the afternoon heat by the Hall of Fame Museum. Maggie has been to every Brickyard 400 except for one do to an auto accident on the way to the race! She rocks!

Fan of the Day

Fan of the Day- Maggie Thomas

When was your first experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

Maggie came to IMS for the first time when she was 5 years old for the Indy 500. She has been coming to the track as long as she can remember.

Who is your favorite driver and why?

Jeff Gordon, cause he is the best!!

What is your favorite Brickyard 400 memory?

Jeff Gordon’s second win, because everyone said he couldn’t do it again, but he proved them wrong!

What would you like to see at the Brickyard 400 next year?

Maggie wanted to see more inside vendors who are connected to the sport and more stuff to do during Practice and Qualification days.

Friday 3:13 p.m.- Practice is over top 5 finishers:

  1. Juan Pablo Montoya
  2. Jimmie Johnson
  3. Max Papis
  4. Robert Gordon
  5. Bill Elliot

Friday 1:32 p.m.- Practice starts in half an hour! Get down to the track! ..Now? …Please?

Friday 11:47 a.m.- Behind the Wheel: Jacques Villeneuve Just caught with former Indy 500 & Formula One Champion Jacques Villeneuve who’s very happy to be back at Indy. He’s been here for IndyCar, F1 and now with Braun Racing at the Brickyard. We spent a few minutes chatting with him, here are some highlights –

Jacques Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve back at Indy

He said this it’s crazy challenging preparing the car for this track.

“I have to remind myself I’m not in an IndyCar.”

On being back at Indy: “You know you’re in the center of racing.”

On enjoying the race fans from IndyCar, F1 and NASCAR – “They’re petrol heads.”

On the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a race track: “It’s one of the main tracks on the planet. The whole thing is big, it’s special.”

Friday 11:14 a.m.- We want to meet you and so does @IndyTalk (our twitter handle)! Please join our street team at noon downtown on Monument Circle for a Tweet Up! If you are lucky you might even get an IMS goodie to take home or to the track on Sunday!

Tweet Up downtown

Chevy Camaro at the Tweet Up!

Friday 11:02 a.m.- Got to see Jimmie Johnson give Pace Car rides in the Chevy Corvette this morning. Very cool experience for fans to partake in. Pictures to come!

Friday 9:44 a.m.– We are headed over the the Plaza Stage to watch “GI Joe vs. Pro”! GI Joe vs. Pro is a XBOX gaming competition involving  military members and NASCAR drivers.  The event is from 10-11am. Should be a lot of fun to watch, so stop on by.

GI Joes v. Pros

Jeff Gordon plays Guitar Hero

Friday 8:40 a.m.- Quick update. Some of us might have just had some biscuits and gravy from the Clabber Girl trailer. YUM.

Friday 8:00 a.m.- Good Morning ! Beautiful day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is Chevy Day at the track! Stay tuned for the skinny on today’s concerts, Tweet Up, Fan of the Day and more. If you have the day off..then get off your computer and get down here! It’s going to be fun!

Thursday 7:26 p.m.- Heat advisory! The Hauler Parade was HOT! The fans still came out despite the afternoon heat though to view the haulers, eat, listen to music and watch the Pit Stop Challenge. The Pit Stop Challenge included teams of local bloggers, local media and fans. Check out all the action on our Brickyard 400 Flickr set: here

Channel 8 vs. Fans

Pit Stop Challenge Channel 8 vs. Fan Team

Thursday 6:01 p.m.- We found our first offiical “Fan of the Day” at the Hauler Parade and Festival. He was decked out in Tony Stewart gear complete with a #14 cooler. Meet Keith Steeber returning to the Speedway for his 8th Brickyard 400!

"Fan of the Day" at the Hauler Parade and Festival

Fan of the Day-Keith Steeber

When was your first experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

The year Bill Elliot won in 2002. Awesome!

Who is your favorite driver and why?

Tony Stewart, because he raced the Indy500 and the Brickyard in the same year and donated winnnings to charity.

What is your favorite Brickyard 400 memory?

Being here (Hauler Parade and Festival) for the first time!

What would you like to see at the Brickyard 400 next year?

No tire issues; no rain on Sunday!

Thursday 4:30 p.m.- We are gearing up for the Hauler Parade and Festival tonight. What’s that? Only the beginning of “The Most Fun You Will Ever Have a at Race Track” weekend! Lots of cool things going on tonight at the festival…

The event takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ADMISSIONS IS FREE to the public with live music featuring local country music act KJ & TKJ’s!  Meet us at the corner of 15th and Main Streets – across the street from popular local restaurant Dawson’s on Main. More than 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will arrive at 6 p.m. in parade fashion and park on Main Street from just south of 15th Street in two lines stretching to 10th Street.

There will also be a local media and local blogger Pit Stop Challenge taking place at 6:30p.m. that you aren’t going to want to miss. I hear that they may be making a fan team to compete as well! So come on down and be part of all the action!

Thursday 3:53 p.m.- It’s going to be hot on Sunday but no worries a little oasis will be waiting just for you! When you buy a general admissions ticket you have instant access to the Brickyard Beach Bash and you better believe there will be sand and water! There will be music by DJ Metrognome, POOLS, Beer Pong, Volleyball and so much more! Make sure you wear a bathing suit, you are going to the beach after all! Part one of the Beach Bash set up is currently underway. Sand is being laid down in turn 3 of the infield as I type. Check it out:

Laying down sand for the Brickyard Beach Bash

Spreading the sand love for the Brickyard Beach Bash

Also, saw the SPEED stage setting up today. They will be doing live coverage from the infield all weekend. Looks pretty cool! What do you think?

SPEED Stage set up

SPEED Stage set up

Thursday 11:04 a.m.- Welcome to the live blog for the Brickyard 400! This is the only place you will get extensive coverage on everything happening at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. There is a lot to be excited about: Hauler Parade and Party, pit stop challenge between local media and bloggers, driver interviews, a Family Fun Zone,  Luke Bryan Concert, Brickyard Beach Bash, so much more and of course THE RACE! We will also be selecting a Fan of the Day to appear on the homepage of the website. Could it be you? We are selecting one fan starting today through Sunday, so come out to the track in your best race gear and spirit and make our day!

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