NASCAR Winston Cup Brickyard 400 -- Fact Sheet
22 July 1997
1997 NASCAR WINSTON CUP SERIES FACT SHEET WHAT: Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race #19 of 32 WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-Mile Semi-Banked Paved Speedway WHEN: Saturday, August 2, 1997 12:15 pm EDT DISTANCE: 160 Laps/400 Miles POSTED AWARDS: $4,490,311 (subject to increase) FIELD: 43 cars possible. Fastest 38 cars through time trials. Four provisional starting positions based on 1997 NWC owner points and one past champion provisional. SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. PROMOTER: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation TV: ABC (Live) Airtime: 1:00 pm (EDT) Announcers: Benny Parsons and Bob Jenkins Pit Reporters: Jack Arute, Dr. Jerry Punch, and Bill Weber RADIO: IMS (Live) Airtime: 12:00 pm (EDT) Announcers: Mike Joy and Ned Jarrett SCHEDULE: Wednesday, July 30 6:00 am : Team Haulers Enter 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 12:00 pm : Rookie Drivers' Meeting 12:30 pm : Qualifying Draw 1:00 - 5:00 pm : Practice Thursday, July 31 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 9:30 am - 12:00 pm : Practice 1:30 pm : Qualifying (Positions 1-25) 4:00 - 4:45 pm : Practice Friday, August 1 8:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 10:00 - 11:30 am : Practice 1:00 pm : Qualifying (Positions 26-38) Final practice following time trials for one hour time permitting. PARTICIPATING AWARDS SPONSORS: Winston, AE Clevite Engine Parts, Aeroquip, Auto Meter Products, Bowman Distribution, Busch Beer, Champion Spark Plugs, Competition Cams, Craftsman Tools, Crane Cams, DuPont Automotive Finishes, Edelbrock Manifolds, Fram Fuel Filters, Gatorade Sports Beverage, Goodyear Tires, Goody's Headache Powders, Holley Carburetors, Hurst Shifters, JE Pistons, Jesel Rocker Arms, Longacre Computerscales, MCI, Mac Tools, Mechanix Wear, Moog Chassis Parts, Motorcraft Batteries, Opryland, Plasti-Kote Spray Paint, RCA, Raybestos Brakes, Simpson Helmets, Spicer Drive Shafts, Stant Radiator Caps, STP Oil Treatment & Oil Filters, 3M Automotive Products, True Value Hardware, Unocal Gasoline, 76/NASCAR High Performance Motor Oil, Western Auto Stores, Wiseco Pistons, Wix Air Filters RECORDS: Qualifying: Jeff Gordon; Chevrolet; 176.419 mph; 51.015 seconds; 8/1/96 Race: Dale Earnhardt; Chevrolet: 155.206 mph; 2 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds; 8/5/95 THE RACE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5-mile paved oval with 9 degrees banking in all four corners. The lengths of the front and backstretches are 5/8-mile each. IMS has hosted the Brickyard 400 since 1994.