Sights & Sounds: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The world famous pagoda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is abuzz with action before Sunday's Brickyard 400. 

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9:30 a.m. ET — It’s race day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway! One of the biggest races of the year, each driver in the field is hoping to end the day kneeling on the frontstretch poised to kiss the famous bricks at the start-finish line. 

It wouldn’t be a NASCAR weekend without a little weather, and that’s the case once again today. Don’t fret, though, the mighty Air Titan is on site and already working hard to get the track ready. 

However, a little bit of rain and fog won’t stop drivers from fulfilling their hospitality visits as their teams prepare their cars for the day’s big race. 

Brian Vickers is making his 300th-career Sprint Cup Series start, and the team hopes pitting next to the bricks is a good omen for the day. 

Speaking of the pits, Front Row Motorsports is impressed with Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s tradition of painting the driver name, number and sponsor on the pit wall. 

9:40 a.m. ET — Sunday’s race name is one of the most unique of the season: The Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard. The race’s namesake, John Wayne Walding, has been making quite the impression in the NASCAR garage today.