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July 23, 2012  |   By Paul Kelly

Super Weekend By The Numbers

A look at some interesting numbers surrounding the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard on July 26-29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The event includes four races in three days, including the Brickyard Grand Prix and Brickyard Sports Car Challenge for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Friday, July 27, the Indiana 250 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday, July 28 and the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, July 29.

0: The number of times that racing has taken place on the IMS oval and road course on the same weekend. Races will take place on both circuits for the first time during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard.

.183: The closest margin of victory, in seconds, in the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com. Ricky Rudd edged Bobby Labonte by that margin in 1997.

1: The car number of the pole winner of the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 1994 at IMS, Rick Mast.

2: The number of competition categories competing on track simultaneously during a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event, Daytona Prototype and GT.

2.534: The length, in miles, of the Grand Prix road circuit at IMS on which the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will race Friday, July 27.

3: The length of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race, in hours, on Friday, July 27 at the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard.

4: The number of series competing at the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

5: The number of GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype championships won by TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The team won titles in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

8: The number of times the winner of the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com has gone on to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in the same season. Drivers achieving this feat: Jeff Gordon (1998, 2001), Dale Jarrett (1999), Bobby Labonte (2000), Tony Stewart (2005), Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2008, 2009).

11: The fewest laps led by a winner of the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, by Dale Jarrett in 1996.

13: The number of turns in the Grand Prix road course at IMS that will host competition Friday, July 27 for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

15: The number of drivers who have competed in the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com and at least one other major event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fourteen drivers have raced in the Indianapolis 500 and Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com: John Andretti, Geoff Brabham, A.J. Foyt, Larry Foyt, Robby Gordon, Sam Hornish Jr., Jason Leffler, Juan Pablo Montoya, Max Papis, Scott Pruett, Tony Stewart, Danny Sullivan, Jacques Villeneuve and J.J. Yeley. Montoya and Villeneuve also have raced in the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis. Scott Speed has raced in the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com and the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

19: The age of Joey Logano when he became the youngest starter in the Crown Royal Presents “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard, in 2009.

23: The age of Jeff Gordon when he became the youngest winner of the Crown Royal Presents “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard, in 1994.

24: Jeff Gordon’s car number for each of his record four victories in the Crown Royal Presents “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard, in 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2004.

27: The lowest starting position of a winner of the Crown Royal Presents “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard, Jeff Gordon in 2001.

36: The width of the bricks, in inches, still exposed on the IMS oval at the famed “Yard of Bricks” start-finish line.

39: The width of the pit lane at IMS, in feet, from inside pit wall to outside pit wall.

40: The approximate number of concrete barriers that will be moved both Thursday night, July 26 and Friday night, July 27 as the IMS Facilities department transforms the oval to Grand Prix road course configuration July 26 and back to oval configuration July 27.

41: The most cars running at the finish of the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, in 2008. Forty-three cars started the race that year.

46: The age of Bill Elliott when he became the oldest winner of the Crown Royal Presents “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard, in 2002.

59: The age of A.J. Foyt when he became the oldest starter in the Crown Royal Presents “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard, in 1994.

100: The race distance, in laps, for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 28.

124: The most laps led by a winner of the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, by Jeff Gordon in 2004.

140: The combined number of cars expected to compete in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races Friday, July 27.

155.918: The average speed, in miles per hour, of the fastest Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, won by Bobby Labonte in 2000.

160: The race distance, in laps, for the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, July 29.

186.293: The record pole qualifying speed, in miles per hour, for the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, set by Casey Mears in 2004.

195: The top speed, in miles per hour, of a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype race car.

500: The horsepower of a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype race car.

650: The horsepower of a NASCAR Nationwide Series race car.

850: The horsepower of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car.

1909: The year the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened.

2,000: The approximate number of tires assembled into barriers that will be moved both Thursday night, July 26 and Friday night, July 27 as the IMS Facilities department transforms the oval to Grand Prix road course configuration July 26 and back to oval configuration July 27.

2,273: The length, in feet, of the pit road at IMS from the attenuator at the entrance to the end of the barriers at the exit.

15,000: The amount of Brickyard Burgers, in pounds, sold during the three racing events in 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

35,000: The amount of Coca-Cola products, in gallons, sold during the three racing events in 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

48,000: The amount of track fries, in pounds, sold during the three racing events in 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1,637,625: The largest winner’s purse, in dollars, in the history of the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, won by Jeff Gordon in 1998. The total included a $1 million Winston No Bull 5 bonus.

3,200,000: The approximate number of bricks used to pave the 2.5-mile IMS oval in fall 1909. Most of those bricks still exist under the asphalt paving of the oval today.

6,482,167: The record career earnings, in dollars, at the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com earned by Jeff Gordon.