Crunching The Numbers: Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Length: 2.5 Miles
    • Scheduled Laps: 160 (400 miles)
  • Configuration: Superspeedway Oval
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 9°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 3,300 feet
    • Banking: 0°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 3,300 feet
    • Banking: 0°
  • Short Chutes (between turns 1 & 2 and 3 & 4)
    • Length: 660 feet
    • Banking: 0°

Trends of the Race

Indy Track Stats

  • Overtime: 2 times (2004 and 2015)
  • Caution Finishes: 2 times (2004 and 2006)
  • Rain Shortened: 0 times

Trending of the past 5 races:

  • Margin of Victory 2.159 seconds
  • 2 cautions (average)
    • Lap 41 for the first caution
    • Lap 134 for the final caution
  • 27 drivers on the lead lap (average)

Trending of the past 10 races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.767 seconds
    • 1 caution finishes
  • 6 cautions (average)
    • Lap 24 for the first caution
    • Lap 139 for the final caution
  • 28 drivers on the lead lap (average)

Indy Metrics


Past Brickyard 400 Pole Sitters

Indy Pole Winners

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  • Pole winners have an average finish of 12
  • Average laps lead: 50.75 laps (16.86% of the scheduled 267 laps)

 

 

 

Past Brickyard 400 Race Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 8.5
    • Tony Stewart won in 2005 from starting P22, which is the furthest back a race winner has started
  • 25% of pole winners have gone on to win the race
    • Jeff Burton: 2006
    • Jimmie Johnson: 2008
    • Ryan Newman: 2013
  • 41.67% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 58.33% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 54.58 laps (34.11% of the scheduled 160 lap race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Jamie McMurray lead 16 laps (10% of the race) in 2010
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Jeff Gordon led 124 laps (77.5% of the race) in 2004
  • There have been 8 different race winners from 5 different teams since 2004
    • Jimmie Johnson leads the [active] field with 3 wins
    • Hendrick Motorsports leads the field with 5 wins

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Team & Manufacturer Stats

Indy Teams

Indy Manufacturers

When it comes to Indy, Hendrick Motorsports is the leader and Chevrolet is the dominate manufacturer. Last year, Kyle Busch’s victory gave Toyota their first victory at the historic track and they are looking to do it again. With all 4 members of the Joe Gibbs Racing team victorious this season, and well on their way to the Chase, you can bet they will be going for a repeat at Indy. Hendrick Motorsports would like this to finally be their turn around moment after weeks and weeks of poor finishes for the entire team. And the biggest news that is yet to come – will Dale Earnhardt Jr. be behind the wheel, or will recently retired Jeff Gordon put on his fire suit one more time for another chance to kiss the yard of bricks?

 

Brickyard 400 Predictions 

Indy Predictions - Updated

Jeff Gordon may have no starts in 2016, but he is the best driver when it comes to Indy. With 2 victories since 2004 and 5 overall, he is the best when it comes to racing at the Brickyard. But, will him being out of the car for half a season affect him? Or will we see the Gordon of old?

Indy Past Winners - Updated

Last year’s victory by Kyle Busch was the first for him and the first for Toyota. Kyle Busch has always run well at Indy and I know he would love to defend his win. Tony Stewart has had a rough few years but with this being his last attempt to climb the fence, we are all hoping for a great high note to go out on! Kevin Harvick has yet to hoist the trophy and kiss the bricks, but the numbers points towards that changing this weekend. While Kyle Larson has only had 2 starts, they have both resulted in top 10 finishes. Lastly, there is Jimmie Johnson; while not super high on the list, he does have several wins to his name and he would love to find his way back to victory lane (or at least a solid finish).

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

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