INDIANAPOLIS — What drivers have to say about Saturday's Brickyard 400, the first NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
I lived about 15 or 20 miles from here out in Hendricks County. I went to Tri-West High School and graduated from there. To make history here in NASCAR is more than a dream come true. This is one of the greatest things I've ever done in my life. To see all these fans when you come driving down that front straightaway is just the greatest thrill ever.
--JEFF GORDON, 1993 NASCAR rookie of the year.
We're not any threat to the Indy 500 at all. We're going to come and put on our show, and there's definitely room for us to come and do our deal and for them to do theirs. The Indy 500 will be alive and well forever, I'm sure of that. We're just going to get a chance to come up and showcase what we do, which is quite a bit different than what they do.
As a matter of fact . . . it's not even the same track. When you go very slowly and have time to look around, it looks the same, but when you're out there running, you're so busy driving and getting into the next corner, it looks very different. The car is so different, you drive it so different, it's definitely the car that makes you feel that way.