IndyCar modifications points system, oval tracks now worth a lot more: Double factors will be offered at 3 500-mile ovals

Double factors will be given at 3 500-mile ovals

By: Autoweek Workers on March 21, 2014

Those races will be worth 100 points for a win, while all others are worth 50.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Ed Carpenter Racing could benefit from a new IndyCar points technique. In 2014, races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway an Car Club Spweedway will be well worth double points.

Ed Carpenter had a pretty good day Thursday without even turning a wheel in the IndyCar Series.

Shortly following confirming JR Hildebrand will drive the 2nd auto of Ed Carpenter Racing in the Indianapolis 500 — alongside Carpenter — IndyCar announced a new point structure that could assist Carpenter and his race team.

IndyCar changed its point allocation to give double factors at the 3 500-mile oval-track races (at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Auto Club Speedway). Winners of people races will acquire 25 factors. Other races will award only 50 points for winners.

Qualifying at the Indianapolis 500 also will get more factors. Following along with the new 2-day qualifying format, Saturday’s qualifiers will acquire up to 33 factors with every slower qualifier receiving one fewer point. Then on Sunday, when teams are necessary to requalify to decide the beginning buy, these competing for the pole in the Fast Nine Shootout will obtain anywhere from 1 bonus level up to 9, dependent on how they fare.

While a good deal to mull above, the adjustments make sense. Doubling the oval-track factors counters doubleheaders on street circuits in Detroit, Houston and Toronto. IndyCar has only 6 oval occasions.

The factors offered in Indianapolis qualifying make sense, too. The 33 accessible for Saturday is an incentive to do as properly as attainable even as there won’t be much of a threat of missing the race. Individuals who make Sunday’s Quickly Nine also will have factors to go after even if they do not consider themselves pole contenders.

IndyCar also ultimately dropped the silly 10-grid penalty for unapproved engine modifications. It was perplexing to the fans, specially when half of the discipline modified engines, as occurred at the 2012 Extended Seashore race when Chevrolet switched its engines out.

This 12 months, manufacturers will receive 10 points every time an engine lasts at least 2,500 miles, and entrants will be docked 10 factors if they make the determination to modify engines. They’ll also commence at the back of the discipline (except for at Indianapolis).

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