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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Starting Lineup for NASCAR Cup Series' Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Tyler Reddick earns the pole for Richard Childress Racing at Indy, seeking his second straight win on a road course

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the 14-turn, 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the 22nd race of the year. Just five regular-season races remain in the 2022 season as the race to the postseason heats up.

There are two playoff spots remaining for a new winner hoping to conquer this unique layout contained within the IMS 2.5-mile oval. The course is highlighted by two long straightaways, one between turns 6 and 7 and one coming off turn 14 that runs right through the start/finish line. On either end of them are a handful of tight corners and hard braking zones that can prove challenging for even the sport’s best road racers.

“The restarts were really intense,” Kyle Larson explained based on his experience in last year’s event. “Turn one is a really wide and deep braking zone, so you can get four or five-wide before it narrows down in the corner. You have to find the confidence to brake deep so you don’t get bombed and that is difficult. It’s nice that it doesn’t have any elevation. It’s a fast-paced, ‘flowy’ type of road course.”

One thing you won’t see from IMS in 2022 are the “turtle” like curbs designed to slow the cars down at various parts of the track. Instead, they caused a number of mechanical issues, tearing up the underbodies while causing a handful of on-track incidents.

“I think it was pretty obvious,” said Kevin Harvick, “That we didn’t need curbs that were 90 degrees to the racing direction on the racetrack that did nothing but tear up cars. In the end, we even tore down the basic ones. I think they’ve got all that rectified this season and, hopefully, we won’t have any of that happen. I think permanent, concrete, smoother curbs – all of that is better.”