Thirty-five cars will fill 33 starting spots for the 105th Indianapolis 500 on May 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. An official Indy 500 qualifying attempt is 4 laps around the 2.5-mile oval. Here’s how the process works: (One disclaimer: IndyCar doesn’t run on ovals in the rain, so bad weather can prompt procedure changes.
Indy 500 qualifying on May 22
Each car is guaranteed one qualifying attempt. Drivers usually will complete and accept their first attempt, but sometimes an attempt is “waved off” if the team considers it uncompetitive.
Drivers may make as many attempts as they wish, but they must make a choice on their subsequent attempts. Two lanes will be established on pit road — the “normal” lane and the “fast” lane.Drivers making later attempts from the normal lane may do so without withdrawing the result of their previous attempt. Drivers choosing the fast lane get priority over drivers in the normal lane, but those drivers must withdraw any earlier attempts. (Many drivers in the fast line did not complete an earlier attempt.)
After the first day of qualifying, positions 10-30 (Rows 3-10) are set for the race.
Indy 500 bump day
Drivers ranked 31st or worse after the first day of qualifying compete for the final three race positions (Row 11). Drivers get one attempt. When 33 positions are occupied on the starting grid, faster subsequent attempts will “bump” the slowest of that day’s qualifiers off the grid. When the qualifying session is completed, the 31st, 32nd and 33rd starting spots are set. The cars finishing 34th and 35th are out of the race.
Indy 500 pole day
Later that day, the “Fast Nine” qualifying will determine the first nine positions (Rows 1-3) for the race.
Each driver in this group gets one attempt. The fastest earns the pole position, which earns him or her a $100,000 prize on top of getting to lead the field to the green flag in the May 30 race. Second-fastest starts 2nd, etc.If a driver fails to complete a qualifying attempt during this session, he or she would start no worse than 9th.
When is Indy 500 qualifying?
Saturday, May 22: 9:30-10:30 a.m., practice; noon-5:50 p.m., qualifying Tickets
Sunday, May 23: 11 a.m.-noon, practice; 1:15-2:30 p.m., last chance qualifying; 3-3:45 p.m., Fast Nine qualifying; 5-7 p.m., Indy 500 practice
How can I watch or stream Indy 500 qualifying?
Saturday, May 22: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Peacock; noon-2 p.m., Peacock; 2-3 p.m., NBC, Peacock; 3-6 p.m., NBCSN, Peacock.
Sunday, May 23: 11 a.m.-noon, Peacock; 1-2:30 p.m., NBCSN, Peacock; 2:30-4:30 p.m, NBC, Peacock; 4:30-7 p.m., Peacock.
Who won the pole position for the 2020 Indy 500?
Marco Andretti earned the top spot, average 231.068 mph.
Who has won the most pole positions in Indy 500 history?
Rick Mears won the pole position 6 times (1979, ’82, ’86, ’88, ’89 and ’91). He won the race from the top spot in 1979, ’88 and ’91, as well as in 1984 (from the 3rd starting position).
What is the fastest Indy 500 qualifying speed?
Arie Luyendyk completed 4 laps averaging 236.986 mph in 1996. At the time, rules dictated the pole position could be earned only on the first day of qualifying. Because his effort came on the second of four days of qualifying (his car failed inspection after his first attempt), he earned the 21th starting spot.
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