Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5 miles, Intermediate / Superspeedway, Rectangular) in Speedway, Indiana
Since 1994, once raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the otherwise almost exclusively belongs to IndyCars. The track itself is a little unusual NASCAR ratios, because with 2.5 miles Indy is by definition a really Superspeedway. However, the Banking 9 ° 12 'not steep enough to reach speeds of over 150mph in the corners. While you drive on the two long straights with more than 200mph, but omitted the NASCAR in Indianapolis on the usual "restrictor plates". 160 rounds is therefore the distance on the 400-mile race. In 1996, the tradition, the winner of the race after the legendary "yard of bricks" kisses. Dale Jarrett could even make a "ceremonial" from NASCAR to IndyCar with this action.
But other issues are worth mentioning: 1998 Jeff Gordon repeated the first driver to his victory, he even added two more in 2001 and 2004. 2004 also was the very first Cup race at all, which saw a "green-white-checker finish." In this extra round Jeff Gordon went to the leader Mark Martin (blowouts) and Dale Earnhardt Jr (engine damage) over, curiously, both came into problems. In 2007, Juan Pablo Montoya, the first driver who had participated in all three major races in Indy, namely before the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula 1 GP of the USA. 2008 was a chaotic race tires as in the story where the rubber had rubbed off within ten rounds down to the carcass and therefore numerous "competition cautions" had to be proclaimed. Goodyear managed 2009 Remedy because there were only seven tire tests carried out to ensure that like is not repeated. In the said year, then almost succeeded Montoya's first victory in NASCAR oval, but a speeding in the pit lane made all my dreams come to naught.
Although NASCAR does not publish the number of spectators, but go all observers believe that the first held in 1994 as many fans as never before visited a Cup race. To date, Indy runner is in the audience. The premiere also brought up at the time the highest prize money for winning, because Jeff Gordon got U.S. $ 613,000 with more than twice as much premium as the Daytona winner of the year, Sterling Marlin. Meanwhile, Indy and Texas, however, share the second place behind the highlight of the season, in which there is at U.S. $ 1.5 million now to win more than three times as much again. However, more than $ 500,000 to ensure that the winner receives as much attention as the Daytona 500 winner. Jeff Gordon could sharply boost its reputation after the victory in 1994.