Indianapolis Motor Circuit
# 5: Brickyard Week Brings NASCAR and INDYCAR Tripleheader to Fans for the First Time
To note: The editorial staff at IMS.com looks back on the 10 biggest moments of 2021 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in this year-end series, with one installment appearing on the site per day in countdown mode from December 22 to 31.
For the first time with fans in the stands at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR, INDYCAR and USAC came together for a week of motorsport celebration that culminated in a renowned sports weekend.
A revamped Brickyard Weekend welcomed racing fans to the racing capital of the world for three days of road action from August 13-15, with three of the most popular racing series on the same track on the same weekend , an opportunity not available to fans anywhere else in the world.
Will Power won the NTT INDYCAR SERIES event early Saturday afternoon, while Austin Cindric sang “Back Home Again in Indiana” on his radio while taking the checkered flag for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday late in the afternoon. ‘afternoon.
Sunday’s main event featured the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time on the IMS road course, and AJ Allmendinger scored a huge victory for himself and Kaulig Racing.
The cross between the NTT INDYCAR SERIES paddock and the NASCAR garage, something that could not have been imagined even a decade ago, was in effect all weekend.
Austin Dillon and Felix Rosenqvist jumped into each other’s cars that weren’t driving. Joey Logano took part in his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race from the top of the Pagoda. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ryan Blaney watched from the pits during the opposing series race. Rinus VeeKay watched his first NASCAR Cup Series race in person from the infield. And racing fans from both disciplines got to experience each respective racing series from the stands for the first time.
A few days later, USAC traveled to The Dirt Track at IMS for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy drink National Midget Championship event. The event, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, drew a lively crowd for two nights of grassroots racing action as USAC champions and NASCAR and INDYCAR drivers took to the ground .
Eventual NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson closed a memorable month in his professional racing career by winning the BC39 with a thrilling late-race battle.
Brickyard Weekend in its current form took place in 2020, with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR Xfinity Series sharing the road course on Saturday and the NASCAR Cup Series competing on the Oval on Sunday. Unfortunately, due to security measures related to COVID-19, there were no fans in the stands.
But Brickyard Weekend in 2021 was a different story. It was a resounding success for riders and fans alike, and it laid the groundwork for an exciting future for Brickyard Weekend in 2022 and beyond.