IndyCar tends to make changes to Indianapolis 500 qualifying format: Pole Day no longer on Saturday, Quickly Nine Shootout will be ultimate session of weekend

Pole Day no longer on Saturday, Quickly 9 Shootout will be final session of weekend

By: Autoweek Workers on March 7, 2014

The pole for this year's Indianapolis 500 will be determined on May 18.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – The pole for this year’;s Indianapolis 500 will be established on Could 18.

The IndyCar Series on Friday morning announced a new qualifying format to set the 33-automobile commencing lineup for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

IndyCar said, “Qualifying will be enhanced with 3 sessions of time trials more than 2 eventful days, with the aim of escalating enjoyment value, fan attendance and Tv viewership for the 2014 qualifying weekend on May possibly 17-18, 2014.”

“This new format contains 2 fascinating days of on-track action, all culminating on Sunday with the Quickly 9 Shootout,” mentioned Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman Motorsports, which runs IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Fans get to observe their favored drivers battle to make the area on Saturday, and then battle for a pole position on Sunday. It will be a great demonstrate for followers attending the race and viewing the broadcast on ABC.”

The huge adjust to tradition is that the pole winner will not be determined on Saturday — acknowledged for many years as “pole day” — but will as an alternative be decided on Sunday throughout a “Fast Nine Shootout”, along with the rest of the commencing lineup. The Quick 9 Shootout was introduced in 2010 as component of time trials. Similarly, Sunday is no longer “Bump Day,” but rather a full day of setting the whole field. If there are more than 33 entries, Saturday efficiently turns into bump day — if a driver is not a single of the 33 fastest on Saturday, he or she will not advance to Sunday’;s qualifying session. Notably, the Quick Nine Shootout is now the last qualifying session to run, which implies that the battle for pole place will now be the final point that occurs during qualifying — moving the most crucial bit of action to the quite finish of the weekend. IndyCar officials hope the modify will preserve suspense all through the 2 days as an alternative of supporters shedding curiosity in Bump Day, which in recent many years has turn into a dull affair due to a lack of several entries beyond 33 cars. Last 12 months, for illustration, only a single driver (Michel Jourdain Jr.) was bumped from the area.

The format is as follows:

Saturday, Could 17 (eleven a.m.-5:50 p.m. ET)

— All entries are guaranteed at least 1 4-lap try to qualify.

— The fastest 9 entries advance to Sunday’;s Quickly 9 Shootout.

— The fastest 33 vehicles from Saturday compose the starting discipline (but no starting up positions will be made a decision on Saturday).

Sunday, May possibly 18 (10:15 a.m.-one:thirty p.m. ET)

— Saturday instances are erased and entries 10-33 from Saturday’;s velocity chart must full another 4-lap attempt to figure out their starting up position in purchase of the slowest to fastest from Saturday times.

Quick Nine Shootout, Sunday, May possibly 18 (2-2:45 p.m. ET)

— Each and every entry will get 1 4-lap attempt in the buy of the slowest to the fastest from Saturday instances. Aggregate times will determine the Verizon P1 Award winner and leading 3 rows.

— Qualifying results on Saturday and Sunday will consist of new points incentives to be announced at a later on date. Practice sessions ahead of time trials begin are scheduled each days.

“There is an enormous volume of talent in the field this 12 months, which so far consists of 5 former Indianapolis 500 champions,” explained Derrick Walker, IndyCar’;s president of competitors and operations. “The new format presents an extra challenge to drivers who have one opportunity to make the area on Saturday, and begin over again on Sunday to figure out their commencing place.”

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