Sunday declared Jeff Gordon Day in Indy for the Brickyard 400

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So far, the weather has bee fantastic for Brickyard 400 fans, lining up Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to get autographs from their favorite NASCAR drivers.

Drivers were in the middle of Sprint Cup practice around noon Friday. Those were the drivers who will race in the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

Earlier in the day Friday, Jeff Gordon was honored by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. This year marks 20 years since Gordon's inaugural win at the Brickyard 400.

Ballard marked Sunday as Jeff Gordon day in Indianapolis, as No. 24 attempts to win the race for the 5th time.

Gordon was also given a piece — the No. 24 — off the old scoring pylon that was taken down a few weeks ago.

He said he's looking forward to a good race Sunday.

"To race here in Indiana as a kid and to come here to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and compete, like I said was just a dream as a kid," Gordon said. "From California, and to get this opportunity. It's hard for me to believe it's been 20 years since we've been coming here with NASCAR. We won that inaugural race and my life changed forever."

Jimmy Johnson said IMS track is a challenging one.

"I just think this track is so challenging, that the best teams have a chance to battle out with the best drivers," said Johnson, a four-time Brickyard champion. "Nowadays, the teams that are the best at pit-calling and strategy. And, also knowing that strategy before you get to the racetrack and know that you might end light on fuel, and two tires or no tires, and how to work that balance."

Ryan Newman won last year's race.

"I didn't expect to win the pole," Newman said. "I didn't expect to win the race. I don't know that you can expect to win anything. You have to kind of put yourself in position. But, it was definitely a sweet and bittersweet victory for us last year."

Newman won a year ago, and found out that same weekend that he had lost his ride with Tony Stewart.