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Brickyard 400: What race fans need to know before heading to IMS

Track opens at 8 a.m.
Posted at 6:43 PM, Sep 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-07 18:43:39-04

INDIANAPOLIS—The 26th running of NASCAR's Brickyard 400 is Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and while the crowds and traffic won't be anything like the Indy 500, there's still plenty for race fans to be aware of.

Here is the schedule leading up to the mid-afternoon race:

  • 8 a.m. Public gates and IMS Midway open.
  • 10:35 a.m. Qualifications for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
  • 11:30 a.m. Track Walk
  • 12:30 p.m. IMS Vintage Pace Car Lap
  • 12:48 p.m. Military Salute Parade Lap
  • 12:50 p.m. Driver "Brick Walk" begins
  • 1:30 p.m. Drivers Intros and Track Lap
  • 1:48 p.m. "God Bless America," sung by Callista Clark
  • 2:04 p.m. Presentation of colors and invocation
  • 2:05 p.m. National Anthem sung by Danielle Bradbery
  • 2:06 p.m. Flyover by Thunderbolt jets
  • 2:07 p.m. "Drivers to Your Cars."
  • 2:11 p.m. "Drivers, Start your Engines."
  • 2:23 p.m. Race begins

Tickets at various price levels remain available for the race. Kids 15 and under are admitted free with an adult general admission ticket holder.

Paid parking is available at lots surrounding the track and there is limited free public parking in Lot 7 (North 40) off West 30th Street.