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NASCAR vs. INDYCAR: What's the Difference?

NASCAR VS. INDYCAR

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?



NASCAR IS A CONTACT SPORT; CARS CAN HANDLE BUMPING & IMPACTS WITH OTHER CARS



THE 'S' IN NASCAR STANDS FOR STOCK, AS IN A STANDARD CONVENTIONAL CAR



CARS PREDOMINATELY RACE ON OVAL TRACKS



WEIGHT: 3200 LBS



BODY: HEAVY ROLLED METAL WITH BUMPERS AND DOORS



ENGINE: NOT TURBOCHARGED



INDYCAR IS NOT A CONTACT SPORT; CARS CAN WRECK FROM LITTLE IMPACT



CARS ARE OPEN WHEEL = NO ROOF



CARS RACE ON STREET COURSES AND OVAL TRACKS



WEIGHT: 1565 LBS



BODY: LIGHT-WEIGHT CARBON FIBER WITH NO BUMPERS OR DOORS



ENGINE: TURBOCHARGED



NASCAR INDYCAR



SIGNATURE EVENT



DAYTONA 500 INDIANAPOLIS 500

EST. 1959 EST. 1911



RACE DATA



43 RACERS 33 RACERS

10 RACERS = 10 RACERS =



THE DAYTONA 500 IS SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS THE "SUPER BOWL" OF STOCK CAR RACING OR "THE GREAT AMERICAN RACE"



THE INDIANAPOLIS TRADITION OF "KISSING THE BRICKS" AFTER A VICTORY WAS STARTED BY DALE JARRETT



WINNER'S CIRCLE



DAYTONA TROPHY

HARLEY J. EARL



Each winner is represented by an engraved plaque.



Harley J. Earl was the second commissioner of NASCAR. His FireBird concept car sits atop the trophy.



Winners are now given a replica of the trophy, which weights 54 lbs.



$19M



TOTAL $19M PURSE IN 2012



MOST WINS 7

RICHARD PETTY



INDIANAPOLIS TROPHY

BORG-WARNER



Each winner is represented by a sculpture on the trophy.



Every face on the cup is an Indy 500 winner except for late Speedway owner Tony Hulman, whose likeness is depicted in gold.



The original trophy cost $10,000 to create and is insured today in excess of $1.3 million.



$13M



TOTAL $13.2M PURSE IN 2012



MOST WINS 4

A.J. FOYT

AL UNSER &

RICK MEARS



BORN TO PERFORM



1977

THE 1ST WOMAN TO COMPETE IN BOTH RACES

JANET GUTHRIE



2008

THE 1ST WOMAN TO WIN AN INDYCAR RACE

DANICA PATRICK



-ONLY-

MARIO ANDRETTI & A.J. FOYT

HAVE WON BOTH

THE DAYTONA 500 & THE INDY 500



FINISH LINE



BILL ELLIOT

NASCAR SPEED RECORD 212.809

1987



ARIE LUYENDYK

INDYCAR SPEED RECORD 237.498

1996



$28M

2011

DALE EARNHARDT JR.

Highest earning NASCAR driver despite a long winless streak that ended at 143 races.



$12M

2011

DANICA PATRICK

Highest earning INDYCAR driver making her the 3rd highest paid female athlete.



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NASCAR vs. INDYCAR: What's the Difference?

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