In the wake of Brad Keselowski's big weekend at Darlington, we come to the yard of bricks this week. This Sunday the Monster Energy Cup Series comes back to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard. The Brickyard will host this prestigious stock car racing event on motor racing's most identifiable and iconic track. NASCAR shook up the schedule for this one. For years, NASCAR has ended its regular season at Richmond, under the lights. Starting in 2018, the top division will now duel it out on the huge rectangular oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be the race that settles the playoff field of drivers for the Chase for the Cup. This is the significance that Indianapolis has been needing to propel it from just a prestigious race, and into a more meaningful event.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a rectangular oval with very flat banking all the way around. The straights are completely flat, and the four corners have banking that varies from 9 to 12 degrees. The track is very temperature sensitive, so constant adjustments to the race car are a must in order to keep up with the changing handling conditions throughout the event. Over the last few seasons Goodyear has been able to develop a great tire for stock cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so we expect solid racing and for tire wear not to be an issue this Sunday afternoon. The long green flag runs that