The reminders that Jeff Gordon won here 20 years ago plaster Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
There’s a massive banner that drapes the grandstand containing Gordon’s image with the years of his four Brickyard 400 victories listed. Stroll past the merchandise tent and there’s a blast from 1994: Gordon, dressed in his red, yellow and green “Rainbow Warrior” firesuit for a 20th anniversary T-shirt photo, arms raised high in celebration.
Gordon will be feted with his own day today in Indianapolis and he was presented with the No. 24 from the recently removed track scoring pylon.
Gordon enters today’s Sprint Cup race with the points lead, one win this season, and a firm belief the No. 24 is a contender for that elusive fifth Indy win.
“I feel like this is the best chance that we’ve had at winning this race legitimately with the speed of the car as we’ve had in a very, very long time,” he said.
Harvick earns pole
Kevin Harvick once again dominated a NASCAR qualifying session, setting a new Indianapolis Motor Speedway track record to win the pole for the Brickyard 400.
Harvick turned a lap at 188.470 mph to claim his Sprint Cup Series-best fourth pole of the season. He bested points leader Jeff Gordon for the top spot.
A first for Dillon
Ty Dillon pulled away from Kyle Busch down the stretch Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to win for the first time in the Nationwide Series.
Dillon passed Busch off the final restart with 25 laps and held on for his first victory in 31 career starts in NASCAR’s second-tier series.
Rosberg takes pole
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg claimed the pole position for today’s Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton will start at the back of the race grid as an engine fire prevented him from setting a qualifying time.
Rosberg’s time of 1 minute, 22.715 seconds at the Hungaroring was 0.486 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.