NASCAR stars wrap up Indy test

Tuesday, June 23, 1992 – Nine NASCAR premier series teams wrapped up the second day of a two-day test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway held to gauge the feasibility of competing at the legendary 2.5-mile venue. It was part Goodyear tire test, part show as some 50,000 fans turned out for the two-day program.

The nine drivers participating in the test were Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Ernie Irvan, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Kyle Petty, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip.

Wallace was the first driver out of the garage once the track was open for testing; Earnhardt led the first lap.

NASCAR’s Bill France Jr. and Indy’s Tony George insisted there was no agreement in place to bring NASCAR to Indy. “Since (NASCAR) started in 1949 we’ve been able to live without (racing at Indy) and it’s not do or die,” France told reporters, “but yes we would like to come here and race.”

The second day concluded with a drafting “exhibition” that turned into a mini-race of nine laps or so, thrilling the thousands of fans who turned out for the spectacle.

NASCAR adds Indy to ’94 Cup schedule

Wed., April 14, 1993 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announce the legendary track will host a 400-mile race for NASCAR’s premier series Aug. 6, 1994. It will mark the first time any type of racing other than the annual Indianapolis 500 for open-wheel entries has been contested on the 2.5-mile speedway.

Nine NASCAR teams had tested at Indy the previous year (1993) as NASCAR and Indy officials considered the move.

The inaugural Brickyard 400 was scheduled for 400 miles to avoid overshadowing the 500 and to fit into a 3-hour time slot for broadcast purposes. It was scheduled as a Saturday event, leaving Sunday as a potential rain date should one be required.