IndyCar updates and clarifies race No. 2 qualifying procedures for doubleheader weekends

Chris Trotman

IndyCar has updated the qualifying procedure for race no. 2 for the three doubleheader weekends that include Belle Isle, Toronto and Houston.

The IndyCar Series has updated and clarified its qualifying procedures for race no. 2 of the IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader weekends, including this weekend on the Streets of Belle Isle in Detroit. The same rules will also be in effect on two other weekends when the Series promotes doubleheaders in Toronto and Houston respectively.

The following clarification is courtesy of a IndyCar Series news release:

INDYCAR has updated its qualifying procedures for Race 2 of its IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader weekends. All cars will continue to participate in one of two groups for 12 minutes each, with five minutes of guaranteed green-flag time. The procedures for determining the starting lineup for Race 2 have been updated as such:

  • The pole position will be awarded to the best overall lap time in the Race 2 qualifying sessions. The reminder of the cars from the pole sitter's qualifying group will occupy the odd-numbered positions on the starting grid, ranked by lap time, beginning with third.
  • Even-numbered starting positions will be filled by the other group, ranked by lap time, starting with second.
  • One point will be awarded to entrant and driver with the fastest time in each qualifying group.

In accordance with Rule 8.3.2.2 of the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook, qualifying groups will continue to be determined by the combined times posted by entries during the practice session a day earlier. Group 1 will consist of odd-numbered positions on the practice time sheet, while even-numbered positions will comprise Group 2.

Qualifications for Race 1 will follow the regular three-round format, including the Firestone Fast Six, for road and street circuits.

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