Indy 500 qualifying to be 3 rounds over 2 days
Indianapolis (AP) – The new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 will include three rounds over two days and the pole-winner will be decided on what used to be Bump Day.
IndyCar will also award yet-to-be-announced points incentives with the qualifying results.
Qualifying for the Indy 500 this year will begin on May 17 when the fastest 33 cars are locked into the field. All entries will be guaranteed at least one four-lap attempt to qualify, and the fastest nine drivers will move into the “Fast Nine Shootout.”
On Sunday, the previous days’ times are erased and entries 10 through 33 will complete another four-lap qualifying attempt to determine starting positions. The fastest nine will then make one four-lap attempt to determine the prestigious pole winner and starting front row.
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