Watch the Indianapolis Verizon 200: Race Preview

Watch the Indianapolis Verizon 200: Race Preview

Brickyard Weekend is back, and this season’s Cup Series racers are looking for the chance to claim a Verizon 200 victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

Throughout NASCAR history, Brickyard Weekend at Indy Motor Speedway has been a weekend to remember, and this year is no different. This post will give you details on how to watch the Verizon 200, as well as what to expect from the race.


  • Date: August 13, 2023
  • Time: 2:30 pm ET
  • Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Where to watch: NBC (channel 12 on DIRECTV)


The Verizon 200 marks the 24th race of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season, with only two more remaining before playoffs begin. Which means drivers who haven’t secured a playoff spot yet will have even more pressure to make it to Victory Lane.

And a win at the Brickyard isn’t just any win; it’s a win at one of the oldest and most well-known tracks in all of motorsports.


From 1994 up until 2020, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted the Brickyard 400, a race loved by drivers and fans alike. The Brickyard 400 was raced on a 2.5-mile oval track for a total of 400 miles.

In 2021, however, NASCAR and IMS decided to change the race, switching to a combined road course that we expect to see in the upcoming race. Along with this change, the track also turned Brickyard Weekend into a motorsport event for everyone. Throughout the weekend, fans can watch the NASCAR Cup Series race, along with Xfinity Series and IndyCar races.

This weekend is one of the best in the NASCAR season, so make sure not to miss it!


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the best in the business and hosts the Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar) and the Verizon 200 (NASCAR). A few interesting facts about the first track to be called a “speedway” include:

  • The track is the third-oldest automobile track in the world.
  • IMS is called the Brickyard because it used to be paved entirely with bricks. In 1961, the bricks were paved over, apart from the 3-foot strip marking the start/finish line.
  • Indy Motor Speedway has the highest fan capacity of any sports venue in the world.
  • After opening in 1909, the track hosted the National Aviation Meet, where Wilbur and Orville Wright – along with record-setter Walter Brookins – tested some of the first planes.

As for the layout, this track is one of the more unique ones for the NASCAR Cup Series. The 14-turn, 2.439-mile combined road-course takes drivers for the ride of their life, making it one of the most exciting 85 laps of the NASCAR season.


August 13, 2023, will only be the third chance in NASCAR Cup Series history to claim the Verizon 200 victory. In the inaugural race, it was AJ Allmendinger who passed the checkered flag first, after leading only 2 of the 95 laps. Behind him was No. 12 Ryan Blaney, followed by No. 5 Kyle Larson.

Allmendinger drove well and is especially skilled in road-courses, but wasn’t a shoo-in, by any means. In fact, the 2021 race was only his fourth start in the Cup Series that season. The 2021 race at the Brickyard was the first of its kind, which you could definitely tell by the race performance.

The race was a disappointment for Denny Hamlin, who was leading the race until the final two laps. After being hit by Chase Briscoe on Turn 10, Hamlin was unable to get his place back, and ended up finishing 23rd.

The 2022 race had a whole new set of top contenders, with Tyler Reddick winning the top prize. The 2022 Verizon 200 was another event full of twists and turns (literally and figuratively) and ended in an overtime fight for the finish.

Reddick was up against Ross Chastain for the title after a restart on Lap 85 put him in fifth place. Chastain took the access road to get ahead of Reddick, and while it was a creative strategy, it ended up hurting him in the end. NASCAR assessed and gave a 30-second penalty to Chastain, causing him to finish 27th.

Behind Reddick came Austin Cindric followed by Harrison Burton. Neither of them led any laps throughout the race, but it was their steady drive that pushed them to the top 3.


Entry # and Name Entry # and Name
1 No. 1 Ross Chastain 21 No. 23 Bubba Wallace
2 No. 2 Austin Cindric 22 No. 24 William Byron
3 No. 3 Austin Dillon 23 No. 31 Justin Haley
4 No. 4 Kevin Harvick 24 No. 33 TBA
5 No. 5 Kyle Larson 25 No. 34 Michael McDowell
6 No. 6 Brad Keselowski 26 No. 38 Todd Gilliland
7 No. 7 Corey Lajoie 27 No. 41 Ryan Preece
8 No. 8 Kyle Busch 28 No. 42 TBA
9 No. 9 Chase Elliott 29 No. 43 Erik Jones
10 No. 10 Aric Almirola 30 No. 45 Tyler Reddick
11 No. 11 Denny Hamlin 31 No. 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
12 No. 12 Ryan Blaney 32 No. 48 Alex Bowman
13 No. 14 Chase Briscoe 33 No. 51 Andy Lally
14 No. 15 Jenson Button 34 No. 54 Ty Gibbs
15 No. 16 AJ Allmendinger 35 No. 67 Kamui Kobayashi
16 No. 17 Chris Buscher 36 No. 77 Ty Dillon
17 No. 19 Martin Truex Jr. 37 No. 78 Josh Bilicki
18 No. 20 Christopher Bell 38 No. 91 Shane Van Gisbergen
19 No. 21 Harrison Burton 39 No. 99 Daniel Suárez
20 No. 22 Joey Logano

One name we’re excited to see is Shane van Gisbergen, who is racing with Trackhouse again for Project 91.

After winning the inaugural Grant Park 220 race in Chicago earlier this summer, Gisbergen has been a hot topic for the motorsport community. That’s partly because he’s the first driver since Johnny Rutherford (1963) to win their NASCAR Cup Series debut race.


The Verizon 200 at the Brickyard is coming up on August 13, at 2:30 pm ET. For fans at home, you can catch the race live on NBC (Ch. 12 on DIRECTV).


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