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2016 Anthem Annual Feb Web PDF

Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2016 NASCAR SCHEDULE JULY 23 Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race JULY 24 Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a track rich with tradition and history, and a big piece of it was made on August 6, 1994. The Brickyard 400 was the fi rst stock car race at the legendary facility, which hosts one of the most famous motorsports events in the world, the Indianapolis 500. Fittingly, Indiana native Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag in the inaugural NASCAR event at the Brickyard. Since then, Gordon has won four more times at Indianapolis, capturing his record fifth win in 2014. Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, has the second-most victories at the event with four. Other Brickyard winners include Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, Bill Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman. Indianapolis opened in 1909 as an automotive testing and competition facility at a time when the car industry was thriving in Indiana. The fi rst few races caused the 2.5-mile track’s crushed stone and tar surface to break up. It was resurfaced with 3.2 million bricks soon thereafter, thus earning its nickname, the Brickyard. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats. If the seat boards from the grandstands at IMS were laid end to end, they would stretch 99.5 miles. Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Colosseum, the Wimbledon complex and Vatican City all can fi t inside the massive IMS oval, which covers 253 acres. The fi rst event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a helium gas-fi lled balloon competition on Saturday, June 5, 1909, more than two months before the oval was completed. 42 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


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