Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5 miles, Intermediate / Super Speedway, Rectangular) in Speedway, Indiana
Since 1994, once raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the year, the otherwise almost exclusively belongs to IndyCars. The track itself is for NASCAR ratios a little unusual, because with 2.5 miles Indy by definition is actually a Superspeedway. However, the banking of 9 ° 12 'is not steep enough to achieve speeds of over 150mph in the curves. While driving 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. 1996 began the tradition, after the winner of the race, 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 tire as Chaos race in history where the rubber had rubbed off within ten laps down to the carcass and therefore numerous "competition cautions" had to be proclaimed. Goodyear managed 2009 this problem, because there were just seven tire tests carried out so that the like is not repeated. In the said year, then almost succeeded Montoya's first oval victory in NASCAR, but a speeding in the pit lane made all dreams 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 viewing audience. The premiere also brought up at the time the highest prize money for a win, because Jeff Gordon got with U.S. $ 613,000, 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 with 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 a similar attention as the Daytona 500 winner. Jeff Gordon could sharply boost its reputation after the victory in 1994.
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