The Brickyard 400 is Sunday, but the on track action is already underway on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan is back at the Brickyard, hoping to kiss the bricks again.
Grand Am racing made its debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year as part of the Super Weekend. On Thursday, the drivers were back on the track.
Tony Kanaan is also back. The Indy 500 champion is looking for his second win in Indianapolis this year.
Kanaan is driving a Daytona prototype car in the Brickyard Grand Prix on Friday, a three-hour endurance race that begins at 5:30 pm. He's driving for car owner Chip Ganassi.
"Chip always says I like to put champions in my car and you're a 500 so would you accept that? It's hard to say no. I think me and Chip, we have a history of me trying to drive for him for so many years and it never happened. We finally made it happen. It's for one race and a lot of people are trying to read into it but it's just for this weekend. That's just how it happened and it couldn't happen in a better place for me, I can tell you that," Kanaan said.
Thursday is practice and qualifying. On Friday, things get really interesting. That's when NASCAR will come to IMS for both Nationwide and Sprint Cup practice on the oval in the morning. In the afternoon, they will switch the track back to a road course for the Grand Am races. On Saturday, it's the Nationwide race for NASCAR and the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.
Coming up on Eyewitness Sports at 5:50 pm: Dave Calabro, who's hosting the Jeff Gordon annual charity bowling event this year, brings you an interview with Gordon.