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INDIANAPOLIS — It's NASCAR race day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and we've got some essential information you need to get ready for today's Brickyard 400.

START TIME: Mari Hulman George — chairman of Indianapolis Motor Speedway — will give her traditional command for the drivers to start their engines at 1:07 p.m. Eastern Sunday, followed by the green flag at 1:19 p.m. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, turn on your TV at 1:19 p.m.

RACE DISTANCE: The Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Powered by BigMachineRecords.com is 160 laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a total of 400 miles. The race was known as the Brickyard 400 in years past.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Country music singer Drake White will sing the national anthem today.

ANALYSIS: Brickyard has become reliable championship predictor

TV/RADIO SCHEDULE: ESPN will broadcast today's race and has a pre-race show beginning at noon ET. The IMS Radio Network will call the race on the radio.

WEATHER: Scattered thunder storms are expected to develop across central Indiana late Sunday morning into early afternoon, which could affect the start of the race. Weather Channel is predicting temperatures in the low to mid 80s with a 30-percent chance of rain in the afternoon.

LAST TIME: Ryan Newman scored an unexpected victory last season, winning by nearly three seconds over Jimmie Johnson.

STARTING LINEUP: Kevin Harvick won his series-high fourth pole of the season, ahead of Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. Harvick won from the pole at Indianapolis in 2003.

Here's the starting lineup for today's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Brickyard:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Jeff Gordon
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Ryan Newman
  5. Brian Vickers
  6. Tony Stewart
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Juan Pablo Montoya
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Kasey Kahne
  11. Jimmie Johnson
  12. Kyle Busch
  13. Matt Kenseth
  14. Danica Patrick
  15. Kyle Larson
  16. Clint Bowyer
  17. Austin Dillon
  18. Carl Edwards
  19. Greg Biffle
  20. Trevor Bayne
  21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  22. Marcos Ambrose
  23. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  24. Jamie McMurray
  25. Martin Truex Jr.
  26. Casey Mears
  27. Denny Hamlin
  28. Michael McDowell
  29. Paul Menard
  30. Josh Wise
  31. Justin Allgaier
  32. Ryan Truex
  33. Michael Annett
  34. David Gilliland
  35. Alex Bowman
  36. AJ Allmendinger
  37. Landon Cassill
  38. David Ragan
  39. Cole Whitt
  40. Travis Kvapil
  41. Aric Almirola
  42. Reed Sorenson
  43. Bobby Labonte

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