400 VS 500 POLE TIMES
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Comparison of
Pole Speeds
Brickyard 400 versus Indy 500
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
172.414
172.536
176.419
177.736
179.394
179.612
181.068
176.666
182.960
184.343
186.293
184.116
182.778
184.207
181.763
182.054
182.278
182.994
182.763
187.531
188.470
183.464
184.634
187.301
Rain out
Rick Mast
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
Ernie Irvan
Ernie Irvan
Jeff Gordon
Ricky Rudd
Jimmy Spencer
Tony Stewart
Kevin Harvick
Casey Mears
Elliott Sadler
Jeff Burton
Reed Sorenson
Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
Juan Montoya
David Ragan
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Newman
Kevin Harvick
Carl Edwards
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Al Unser, Jr.
Scott Brayton
Tony Stewart
Arie Luyendyk
Billy Boat
Arie Luyendyk
Greg Ray
Scott Sharp
Bruno Junqueira
Helio Castroneves
Buddy Rice
Tony Kanaan
Sam Hornish, Jr.
Helio Castroneves
Scott Dixon
Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves
Alex Tagliani
Ryan Briscoe
Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter
Scott Dixon
James Hinchcliffe
Scott Dixon
Ed Carpenter
Simon Pagenaud
228.011
231.604
233.100
218.263
223.503
225.179
223.471
226.037
231.342
231.725
222.024
227.566
228.985
225.817
226.366
224.864
227.970
227.472
226.484
228.762
231.067
226.760
230.760
232.164
229.618
229.992
YEAR
NASCAR
DRIVER
BRICKYARD 400
1-LAP
AVERAGE
SPEED
M.P.H.
INDY 500
4-LAP
AVERAGE
SPEED
M.P.H.
INDYCAR
DRIVER
55.597
59.068
56.681
40.527
44.109
45.567
42.403
49.371
48.382
47.382
35.731
43.450
46.207
41.610
44.603
42.810
45.692
44.478
43.721
41.231
42.597
43.296
46.126
44.863
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Difference
1994-2017  Average Speed Difference = 45.6 mph
The above two photos are to scale.
The first Brickyard
400 was in 1994.


The first Indy 500
was in 1911.