Brickyard 400 By the Numbers

It’s always a fun weekend with NASCAR goes to Indy for the Brickyard 400.

Wallethub is here to help you get ready for this big race. Details of their report are here.

A few highlights are below.

  • 3.2M – Bricks were used to pave the track in 1909, given the danger of previous crushed stone / tar paving.
  • $1,650 – Cost of a table for 6 at the Brickyard Club on race day (includes premium buffet & open bar).
  • $2M – Amount Crown Royal pays to be the Brickyard 400’s title sponsor.
  • $259,600 – Cost of a race-ready NASCAR vehicle (43% less than raising a Kentucky Derby horse).
  • $150K – Amount that most NASCAR drivers pay for life insurance each year.

There have been no fatalities during the Brickyard’s 20-year history – compared to 15 during the Indy 500 race – risk is an ever-present companion when you’re traveling at speeds in excess of 180 mph. This is exemplified by the fact that the average driver spends roughly $150,000 on life insurance each year. It seems the event’s $9.4 million purse is enough to warrant the danger for these dare-devils of the track.

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The 2016 Brickyard 400
The 2016 Brickyard 400
The 2016 Brickyard 400
The 2016 Brickyard 400


Rick Limpert

Rick Limpert is an award winning Atlanta-based freelance writer, columnist, host of The Tech of Sports Podcast and best-selling author. He has covered sports, technology and events all over the world. His works have been featured on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News,, and in Sports Illustrated.

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