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2017 Anthem Annual February

Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images Indianapolis Motor INDIANAPOLIS 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 first stock-car race at the legendary facility, which hosts one of the most famous motorsports events in the world, the Indianapolis 500. Fittingly, Jeff Gordon — who moved to Indiana as a teenager — took the checkered flag in the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at the Brickyard. Since then, Gordon has won four more times at Indianapolis, capturing his record fifth win in 2014. Gordon’s longtime Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, has the second-most victories at the event with four. Other Brickyard winners include the late Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, Bill Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch. Indianapolis opened in 1909 as an automotive testing and competition facility at a time when the car industry was thriving in Indiana. The first few races caused the 2.5-mile track’s crushed MOTOR SPEEDWAY 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 fit inside the massive IMS oval, which covers 253 acres. The first event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a helium gasfilled balloon competition on Saturday, June 5, 1909, more than two months before the oval was completed. 60 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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