NASCAR Indianapolis 2013 schedule: Jimmie Johnson looking to become all-time leader at Brickyard 400

Jerry Markland

Jimmie Johnson's been the best racer on the Sprint Cup Series this year, and he's been the best racer in the Brickyard 400, NASCAR's big race at one of racing's biggest tracks.

NASCAR comes to one of racing's most celebrated tracks for the Super Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with Jimmie Johnson seeking both his fifth win of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season and his fifth win at the Brickyard.

Johnson's on top in the Sprint Cup standings and the most consistent racer in NASCAR events in Indy. He's won four of the last seven races there, including last year's event, and after winning less than three weeks ago at Daytona, he could become the all-time leader in NASCAR's race at the Brickyard. Jeff Gordon's taken the race four times as well, but he hasn't won since 2004 and is still seeking his first win of the year.

Qualifying results don't seem to have as big a role in who wins at Indy as elsewhere: only twice in 19 runnings of the Brickyard 400 has the pole winner taken the checkered flag, with eight winners coming from outside the top 10.

This week's race is named after Samuel Deeds as part of Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" initiative. Deeds, a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant who underwent more than 30 surgeries and procedures after being wounded by an IED in Iraq, recovered from his injuries and saved three swimmers caught in a rip tide in North Carolina.

Sharing the weekend with the Sprint Cup Series are the Nationwide Series, whose Indiana 250 is being held Saturday evening, and the Grand-Am series, which will hold its Brickyard Grand Prix on the infield road course at Indy.


Friday, July 26

8:30-10 a.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
10:30-11:25 a.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice, SPEED
11:35 a.m.-1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, SPEED
1:50 p.m.: Brickyard Sports Car Challenge Race
7:30 p.m.: Brickyard Grand Prix, Grand-Am Series, SPEED

Saturday, July, 27

9-11 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Happy Hour" final practice, ESPN2
12-2 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying, SPEED
2:10-3:45 p.m.: NASCAR Spring Cup Series Qualifying, ESPN
4:30 p.m.: Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, ESPN

Sunday, July 28

12 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pre-race, ESPN
1 p.m.: Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by, ESPN

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