The Verizon IndyCar Series announced on Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of next weekend’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil that they have made changes as to how qualifying will run for the race.
Per Rule 184.108.40.206.4, when there are 33 entries for the Indianapolis 500, any car that fails to complete its guaranteed qualifying attempt on the first day of qualifications because of a mechanical condition or on-track incident, and does not make a second attempt, will be listed at the back of the field after Saturday qualifying and placed in Group 1 second-day qualifying Sunday.
IndyCar officials went on to say:
At the conclusion of Saturday qualifying, the fastest nine cars based on their four-lap qualification attempts advance to Sunday’s Fast Nine Shootout to determine the Verizon P1 Award pole winner and the rest of the starting positions in the first three rows for the May 29 race. The remaining 24 cars from Saturday move on to Group 1 qualifying Sunday to determine race starting positions 10-33.
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