This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes on the historic and famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one of its marquee races, the Brickyard 400, on Sunday. This year’s Brickyard 400 marks the 20th anniversary of NASCAR in Indianapolis.
The Nationwide Series will also be in action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, running the Lilly Diabetes 250 on Saturday. The Nationwide Series race is the third of four races in the 2014 Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash program, so four drivers — Brian Scott, Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne and Ty Dillon — will be competing for an extra $100,000 bonus, in addition to their share of the race purse.
Here’s the weekend schedule (courtesy of NASCAR.com):
All times ET
8:30-10 a.m. — Nationwide Series practice (FOX Sports 1)
10:30-11:25 a.m. — Nationwide Series final practice (FOX Sports 1)
11:35 a.m.-1 p.m. — Sprint Cup practice (FOX Sports 1)
9-10:50 a.m. — Sprint Cup final practice (ESPN2)
12:10 p.m. — Nationwide Series qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
2:10 p.m. — Sprint Cup Series qualifying (ESPN)
4:30 p.m. — Nationwide Series race (ESPN)
1 p.m. — Sprint Cup Series race (ESPN)
WEATHER (courtesy of weather.com)
Chances of rain seem to be common-place this racing season, and according to weather.com, the upcoming race weekend at Indianapolis Motor speedway is not different. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain in the form of isolated thunderstorms on Saturday — Nationwide race day and qualifying day for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. On Sunday, the scheduled day for the Brickyard 400, there’s a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms.
On the bright side, or at least party cloudy side, there’s no rain in the forecast for practice sessions on Friday.
As for temperatures, Friday and Sunday are expected to be somewhat cool for late July, with highes only expected to climb into the lower 80s. Lows on those two days are expected to be in the low to mid-60s. On Saturday, though, the termperature is expected to climb to 90 degrees, with an overnight low of 69 degrees expected.