Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track Info, History and Past Winners Ahead of 2022 Verizon 200

Isaiah De Los Santos
Indianapolis Motor Speedway track info, history & past winners ahead of NASCAR's Verizon 200 at the Brickyard this weekend.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway track info, history & past winners ahead of NASCAR's Verizon 200 at the Brickyard this weekend. / AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will once again play host to NASCAR festivities this weekend as the Verizon 200 prepares to get underway. Racing at this special venue provides even more motivation as the top drivers look to secure their playoff spots down the stretch of the season.

Here's everything you need to know about Indianapolis Motor Speedway before NASCAR's Verzion 200 in 2022.

Where Is Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is located in Speedway, Indiana. For fans not familiar with the area, that's about 15 minutes from downtown Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track Info: Lap Length, Capacity, History

Indianapolis Motor Speedway broke ground all the way back in 1909 and opened that same year. Following some paving improvements, including add the course's infamous bricks, it hosted the Indy 500 as part of the IndyCar Series in 1911.

NASCAR action began at the track in 1994, when the Brickyard 400 made its debut. The Brickyard 400 was a Cup Series mainstay up until 2021, when the race was officially changed to the Verizon 200.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway's NASCAR configuration is known for its rectangular oval shape that features 14 turns with a brick and asphalt surface. The track length is 2.439 miles, making the entire 82-lap race 200 miles.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a full seated capacity of 257,325, making it the highest-capacity sporting event venue in the world.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Past Winners

Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Cup Series race at Indianapolis in August 1994. A.J. Allmendinger most recently took home the checkered flag in 2021.

  • 1994: Jeff Gordon
  • 1995: Dale Earnhardt
  • 1996: Dale Jarrett
  • 1997: Ricky Rudd
  • 1998: Jeff Gordon
  • 1999: Dale Jarrett
  • 2000: Bobby Labonte
  • 2001: Jeff Gordon
  • 2002: Bill Elliott
  • 2003: Kevin Harvick
  • 2004: Jeff Gordon
  • 2005: Tony Stewart
  • 2006: Jimmie Johnson
  • 2007: Tony Stewart
  • 2008: Jimmie Johnson
  • 2009: Jimmie Johnson
  • 2010: Jamie McMurray
  • 2011: Paul Menard
  • 2012: Jimmie Johnson
  • 2013: Ryan Newman
  • 2014: Jeff Gordon
  • 2015: Kyle Busch
  • 2016: Kyle Busch
  • 2017: Kasey Kahne
  • 2018: Brad Keselowski
  • 2019: Kevin Harvick
  • 2020: Kevin Harvick (*last race as the Brickyard 400)
  • 2021: A.J. Allmendinger (*first race as the Verizon 200)

Most Wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR

Jeff Gordon owns the all-time NASCAR career high with five wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He's trailed by Jimmie Johnson (4) and Kevin Harvick (3).

Gordon's wins at IMS came in 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2014.

Why is it Called "the Brickyard"?

Indianapolis Motor Speedway first opened with a rudimentary surface that featured a combination of taroid (tar and oil), gravel and stone. A series of accidents forced IMS to repave the course, with bricks being a key part of the new-look track. Though they've mostly been covered by asphalt now, a 3-foot strip of the infamous bricks remain visible at Indianapolis.

Why Do They Kiss the Bricks at Indy?

Given the importance of the bricks at Indy, it's no surprise a tradition has evolved around them. The kissing of the bricks was started by NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett in 1996, when he and crew chief Todd Parrott kneeled down following their win to plant a smooch on the strip of bricks that's visible. Winning drivers since then have followed in their footsteps.

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