Verizon 200 at the Brickyard

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Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
NASCAR Cup Series
VenueIndianapolis Motor Speedway
LocationSpeedway, Indiana, United States
Corporate sponsorVerizon
First race2021 (2021)
Distance199.998 mi (321.866 km)
Stage 1: 15
Stage 2: 20
Final stage: 47
Most wins (driver)A. J. Allmendinger, Tyler Reddick, Michael McDowell (1)
Most wins (team)Kaulig Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Front Row Motorsports (1)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (2)
Circuit information
Length2.439 mi (3.925 km)

The Verizon 200 at the Brickyard is an annual NASCAR Cup Series points race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The inaugural race was held in 2021,[2] replacing the Brickyard 400 which was run on a 2.5-mile oval from 1994 to 2020.[3] The race takes place on the combined road course and run a distance of 200-mile (321.869 km). The layout utilized is the newer, modified layout of the circuit previously used for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix, and currently used for the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix.[4]

The term "Brickyard" pays ode to the track's historical paving method of using bricks. The use of bricks followed the previous and problematic use of a sticky mixture of gravel, limestone, tar, and asphaltum oil. Following several deaths, including a driver, mechanic, and spectators, AAA threatened a boycott of the facility, so the owner agreed to use a brick surface.[5] In October 1961, all the bricks were paved over except a one-yard strip at the start/finish line.[6]

Race origins[edit]

Brickyard 400[edit]

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which opened in 1909, held its first NASCAR event on Saturday, August 6, 1994. Jeff Gordon, driving the No. 24, won the first event after leading 93 laps.[7] Gordon would go on to win four more Brickyard 400 titles, more than any other driver.[8]

Starting in 2001, the race was moved to Sunday, but remained on the first weekend of August.[9] Six years later, in 2007, coinciding with ESPN taking over NASCAR television rights, the race swapped dates with Pocono Raceway. The Brickyard 400 moved to the last weekend in July, and Pocono to the first weekend in August, which made the Brickyard race the first race in ESPN's coverage.[10]

After fan attendance fell from 200,000 to an estimated 35,000 in 2017,[11] NASCAR and IMS agreed to make the race the final race of the regular season by moving it to September beginning in 2018.[12] They once again attempted to stimulate attendance by moving the race to Fourth of July weekend.[11] Following the purchase of IMS in 2019, by Roger Penske, the track and NASCAR agreed to move the race back to August using a road course format beginning in 2021, featuring an IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader. As a result of the pandemic-affected 2020 season, where the IndyCar road course race that was originally scheduled for the Month of May was moved to the NASCAR weekend where the Xfinity Series race was moved to the road course, the Speedway agreed to move the second road course meeting, which had been at the 8 Hours Intercontinental GT Challenge race meeting as a result of pandemic changes, to the NASCAR weekend.[13]

Race details[edit]

A. J. Allmendinger celebrating 2021 win.

The first race on the road course took place on August 15, 2021. The race on the 14-turn course was won in overtime by road course ringer A. J. Allmendinger.[14] The race was one of six road courses on the schedule for the 2021 season, which was overhauled that same year.[15]

The race followed the IndyCar Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series, which were both raced on the road course track the day before.[16]


The Brickyard 400 once drew some of the largest crowds in NASCAR history, with more than 250,000 spectators.[17][18] Although popular, attendance began dwindling for several factors including a tire controversy at the 2008 race, poor sightlines compared to other NASCAR tracks, the overall lack of competition, and uncomfortably hot summer temperatures in July/August.[19] In addition, following the change from a track-organized television contract (1994–2000) to a centralized NASCAR television package, the local television blackout the Speedway imposed was lifted.[20] Attendance dropped to an estimated 35,000 in 2017.[11]

While NASCAR does not release attendance data, IMS reported that they had pre-sold 50,000–60,000 tickets with walk-up sales expected, for the inaugural event.[21]

Race recaps[edit]


Kyle Larson running the 2021 Verizon 200.

Before the race and qualifying started, NASCAR removed a curb off Turn 6 following complications during the previous day's NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The curb was designed to prevent cars from using the last part of asphalt before the grass.[22] Qualifying was held on the morning of the race and won by William Byron. His pace was 100.044 mph during his one-lap run.[23]

The start time for the race was 1:00 p.m. and aired on NBC.

Local-driver Chase Briscoe battled Byron early and led much of the first stage before taking his first pit stop in a three-stop strategy before the Lap 15 stage break. He finished ninth in the stage, behind stage one winner Tyler Reddick. Chase Elliott, hoping to be the first father-son duo to win the NASCAR classic at Indianapolis, led most of the second stage before making his pit stop at the end of the stage. Reddick again won stage two.[24]

Kyle Larson led 17 laps before pitting and once again resumed the lead ten laps later and led 11 additional laps. With eight laps to go, Denny Hamlin took the lead and was there when on Lap 73 a caution was issued due to debris from the curb on Turn 6, which forced NASCAR to attempt to repair it. During the restart on Lap 77, Martin Truex Jr. wrecked after running over the Turn 6 curb and shrapnel from it was kicked off the racing surface. A caution flag was not thrown, due to NASCAR determining there was no immediate issue. The following lap, Byron ran over the broken curb, which caused a nine-car collision in the chicane. A 19:14 red flag led to the removal of the curb and an additional extended caution period when another car was leaking oil.

Due to the length of the caution, the 82-lap race would end in overtime. On the Lap 89 restart, another multiple-car pileup occurred in the same Turn 6 chicane, without a curb and a 4:08 red flag was forced. On the Lap 94 restart, Hamlin ran Briscoe beyond track limits, which led to Briscoe being assessed a stop and go penalty in the Turn 10 penalty area. As the cars reached Turn 10, Briscoe, still incensed by Hamlin's tactics, spun Hamlin. The penalty was turned into a pass-through but with no time left, NASCAR ceased scoring Briscoe. A. J. Allmendinger, in a part-time Kaulig Racing team set to be a full-time team in 2022, scored the upset win after 95 laps. Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson filled out the podium.[25]

The curbing issues would affect the next major professional meeting at the Speedway, the 8 Hours Intercontinental GT Challenge race in October. The race was moved to the SCCA Runoffs layout (2.59 miles) instead of the 2.43 mile layout.


Tyler Reddick earned the pole for the race after a two-round qualifying session. Reddick went on to lead the first 12 laps before pitting before the first stage break. Chase Briscoe took the lead and won the first stage. Following the stage break, Ryan Blaney opted to stay out on the track and went on to lead the next 16 laps before pitting and Christopher Bell took over the race lead and went on to win the second stage.

The first natural caution of the race came on lap 62 when Kyle Larson's brakes failed going into turn one and he smashed into Ty Dillon. Reddick cycled back to the front and lead the field back to green and lead until debris on the frontstrech caused another caution on lap 78. Reddick once again got the lead and out-dueled Chase Elliott before Elliott was spun. The caution came back out on lap 81 due to Austin Dillon getting stuck in the gravel, which forced overtime.

Reddick and A. J. Allmendinger were on the front row to start the final restart. Reddick was able to get the lead before turn one where several cars were spun. To try to avoid the cars in turn one, Ross Chastain, running fourth, took an access road around the turn and was able to come out in second. Chastain and Reddick raced for the lead over the next two laps, and Reddick ultimately won his second race of the season. NASCAR ruled that since Chastain missed turn one, that he would be assessed a 30-second penalty. Austin Dillon was also given the same penalty which gave them a 27th and 30th place finish respectively.[26]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Sponsor Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
Report Ref
Laps Miles (km)
Road Course, 2.439 miles (3.925 km)
2021 August 15 16 A. J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Hyperice Chevrolet 95* 231.705 (372.875) 3:20:59 69.171 Report [27]
2022 July 31 8 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing 3CHI Chevrolet 86* 209.754 (337.55) 2:40:18 75.511 Report [28]
2023 August 13 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Horizon Hobby Ford 82 199.998 (321.866) 2:09:59 92.319 Report [29]
The winner of the Verizon 200 is presented with the PPG Trophy in victory lane.
Driver trophies for the Brickyard 400 and now Verizon 200.


Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
2 Chevrolet 2021, 2022
1 Ford 2023

Pole position winners[edit]

Year Driver Car Make Entrant Speed
2021 William Byron Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 100.044 mph
2022 Tyler Reddick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 99.378 mph
2023 Daniel Suárez Chevrolet Trackhouse Racing 99.814 mph


NASCAR Cup Series records[edit]

(Through 2022)

Most wins 1 A. J. Allmendinger, Tyler Reddick, Michael McDowell
Most poles 1 William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Daniel Suárez
Most laps led 54 Michael McDowell (2021–2023)
Most laps led in single race 54 Michael McDowell (2023)

Brickyard 400, Verizon 200, & Indianapolis 500[edit]

Only two drivers have competed in the Brickyard 400, Verizon 200, and Indianapolis 500.

Television and radio[edit]


Under the terms of a new $2.7 billion television deal from 2015 to 2024, the race is part of the NASCAR on NBC package.

Year Network Host Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s) Pit reporter(s) Other reporter(s) Ratings Viewers
2021 NBC Steve Letarte
Kyle Petty
Dale Jarrett
Rick Allen Steve Letarte
Mike Bagley (turn 1)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (turn 7)
Jeff Burton (turn 12)
Marty Snider
Dave Burns
Kelli Stavast
Rutledge Wood 1.8[30] 2.875 Million
2022 Marty Snider
Dale Jarrett
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Jeff Burton
Steve Letarte
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Marty Snider
Dave Burns
Parker Kligerman
2.05[31] 3.402 Million
2023 Marty Snider
Dale Jarrett
James Hinchcliffe
Marty Snider
Dave Burns
Kim Coon


All races have been broadcast on radio through the IMS Radio Network. Since 2004, Performance Racing Network has co-produced the race. Doug Rice, who is the chief announcer for PRN, currently anchors the broadcast, with PRN staff joining with IMS during the race broadcast.

See also[edit]


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  13. ^ Weaver, Matt (2021-08-09). "NASCAR Drivers Already Miss Indianapolis Oval". Autoweek. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  14. ^ "Allmendinger scores Cup victory in wild finish at Indianapolis Road Course". Official Site Of NASCAR. 2021-08-15. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  15. ^ "NASCAR's 2021 schedule boasts six road courses with COTA making its debut". Official Site Of NASCAR. 2020-09-30. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  16. ^ Ryan, Nate (2020-09-30). "IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021 on IMS road course - NBC Sports". MotorSportsTalk | NBC Sports. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  17. ^ Remondini, David J. (July 31, 1994). "Brickyard tickets are summer's hottest (Part 1)". The Indianapolis Star. p. 21. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via access
  18. ^ Remondini, David J. (July 31, 1994). "Brickyard tickets are summer's hottest (Part 2)". The Indianapolis Star. p. 22. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via access
  19. ^ Pitts, William (2021-01-19). "NASCAR at Indianapolis Lost Its Novelty With A Disastrous Race In 2008". Sportscasting | Pure Sports. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  20. ^ Miller, Geoffrey. "NFL-Style Local TV Blackout Would Help NASCAR's Empty Seat Problem at Indy". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
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  22. ^ Long, Dustin (2021-08-14). "NASCAR removes curb in Turn 6 for Cup race - NBC Sports". NASCAR Talk | NBC Sports. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
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  24. ^ NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications (15 August 2021). "Race Results for the 28th Annual Verizon 200 at the Brickyard - Sunday, August 15, 2021" (PDF). Retrieved 29 March 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  28. ^ "2022 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard". Racing-Reference. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  29. ^ "2023 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 13, 2023.
  30. ^ "Indianapolis TV ratings". Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. 2021-08-17. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  31. ^ "Indianapolis TV Ratings". Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. 2022-08-02. Retrieved 2022-08-02.

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