First things first, we get to see two practice sessions Friday before locking down Saturday morning. So I’ll be looking to steal some qualifying points with my bench. Remember, those that go out early in the session for qualifying have a huge advantage here. So we may see some sandbagging, so teams get an early draw. This is going to be another track position race, as it’s very hard to pass at IMS.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5 mile track with nine degrees of banking in the turns and no banking in the straightaways. IMS is better known as the Brickyard, as the surface was originally all brick. Now just the start-finish line is brick. There’s really no other track like it on the NASCAR Circuit. You could argue Pocono has some similarities or New Hampshire, but it’s minimal. Teams usually bring out their latest and greatest cars for this event. The cream always rises to the top at the Brickyard so don’t be afraid to use studs. This track is an engine track and is also very tough on those engines.
Also if you look at stats beyond the last two year, throw out 2008. That was the year with all the tire issues. It was drive it like you stole it for ten laps at a time. I’m trying to forget that year, it was awful.