This time last year, we were looking forward to a dynamic, fast-paced Independence Day weekend. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway had just announced that the INDYCAR GMR Grand Prix and the Big Machine Vodka Brickyard 400 (this year, renamed the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer Brickyard 400) were to be run on the Fourth of July weekend, inciting visions of crowded seats around the famed oval. An exciting and iconic pair of races were up for residents and visitors alike to enjoy on the holiday weekend.

Those crowded seats will have to wait another year, as this year’s GMR Grand Prix and Big Machine 400 will run without spectators. The priority of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the health and safety of the thousands of fans who walk through their doors. However, that doesn’t mean you and your household will spend Independence Day weekend completely Brickyard-less!

Race fans are encouraged to show their passion for the NASCAR and INDYCAR tripleheader July 3-5 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by watching all three races live on NBC in their homes or neighborhoods, the cornerstone of the #BackyardBrickyard campaign leading into the historic race weekend.

Red Brickyard Car on Monument Circle

Tune into NBC on Sunday, July 5, at 3:30 pm for special live programming around the Big Machine 400, and witness the exhilarating race. Plus, while you watch, you can engage with #BackyardBrickyard in the following ways:

  • Brush up on your Big Machine 400 quick facts
  • Discover stories of past drivers and winners
  • Explore the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Digital Archive
  • Head to your favorite local restaurant to watch the races
  • Try your skills in the Cocktail Contest
  • Bike in the kid-friendly Speedway Bicycle Parade on July 4th
  • Tag your photos #BackyardBrickyard to join the party

Brickyard Cars going around ovalThis year might not be what we were expecting for this Independence Day weekend, but the forecast is sunny and the fun has begun! Make the most of the GMR Grand Prix and Big Machine 400 with Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s #BackyardBrickyard, and become a part of the race like never before. Head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's website to learn more.