Your Hero's Name Here 400
Date: July 27, 2014
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Location: Speedway, Indiana
The "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 is a Nascar Sprint Series event, that will be raced on July 27th, 2014 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The competitors will have to do a distance of 400 mi (643.73 km) in 160 laps.
The first race was run in 1994, it was known as Allstate Brickyard from 2005-2009 until Allstate Insurance pulled out the sponsorship. For 2013's event, Crown Royal became the new sponsor after signing a multi-year contract to be the title sponsor. Since it started it has become the most-attended NASCAR event, attracting over 250,000 fan a year; after Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 is the second highest paying race in dollars in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
This year's heroe is John Wayne Walding, 32, of Little Elm, Texas. Served in the United States Army for 12 years with seven of those years being in the 3rd Special Forces Group, completing tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Despite losing his lower right leg while serving overseas, Walding was the first amputee to graduate Special Forces Sniper School. This decorated veteran was nominated by his brother because of his continued efforts to provide guidance and inspiration to fellow service men and women. A big NASCAR fan, Walding has never had the opportunity to go to a race and looks forward to attending the John Wayne Walding 400 in July.
Brickyard referes to the original course which was done in bricks in 1909, today still one-yard strip of brick remains exposed at the start/finish line.
The first track was built in 1909 and it was a 2.5 miles rectangular shape course, the very first event was a hotair ballon race. In August of 1909 there were a 3 day racing, the crushed stone and tar were so dangerous that the course was repaved with over 3 million bricks.
It formely hosted 3 separate race weekend, because of the poor attendance the management had to make other plans in 1911 and only doing only one large event. The first 500-Mile International Sweepstakes was held on May 30, 1911. In that year Ray Harroun, the winner of the 500-mile race took almost seven hours to complete it. While in 1990, Arie Luyendyk won the event in a two hours and 41 minutes record. Several NASCAR teams were invited to a one-day test session at the speedway by track president Tony George in 1993, and the inaugural Brickyard 400 was held one year later.
2014 Brickyard 400 Schedule
Thursday, July 24
8 am - Gates Open - IMS
Friday, July 25
8 am - Gates Open - IMS
Saturday, July 26
7 am - Gates Open - IMS
Sunday, July 27
6 am - Gates Open
2014 Brickyard 400 Results