When it comes to fast cars and high-speed chases, the excitement doesn’t end with the Indy 500. Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Big Machine 400 at the Brickyard is an annual, 400-mile NASCAR Cup Series race. The event was, until recently, held in July, but has since moved from its mid-summer slot to the pleasantly mild month of September.
Brickyard 400 has garnered many cherished traditions since its inaugural race in 1994. If you’re looking to attend the next big race, here are a few fun facts about the event, the festivities, and the storied history of “Kissing the Bricks.”
Unlike the long-standing Indy 500 tradition of chugging a bottle of milk at Victory Lane, Brickyard Winners celebrate their feat with a post-race brick kiss. The tradition began in 1996 when, upon winning the race, NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett and his crew chief Todd Parrott marched out to the start-finish line, knelt and kissed the ground.
Fancy a brick kiss? Check out this tour offered by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Stay Near the Speedway
Located near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is directly connected to the city’s skywalk system, providing guests with walkable access to Indy’s top restaurants, bars, parks, museums, and entertainment venues.
Stop by our brand-new onsite restaurant, Conner’s Kitchen + Bar for a drink and bite to eat before heading out.