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2014 Indy 500: How to qualify

Indy 500 101: How to qualify
Indy 500 101: How to qualify
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Much like the special qualifying procedures for NASCAR’s Daytona 500, the elite race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Indianapolis 500, has its own special set of procedures for qualifying. This year, some changes have been made to the two-day qualifying efforts – here’s a quick look at the procedure.

Warm-up laps – Each car is permitted two warm-up laps prior to the timed qualification laps. IndyCar Series officials may permit three warm-up laps if they deem it necessary.

Green-flag laps – A qualification attempt consists of four timed laps. The average time of the four laps is recorded as the official qualifying time for the car.

Saturday Qualifying – Held from 11 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. ET to determine the all 33 positions in the field based on the fastest four-lap averages. All entries are guaranteed at least one four-lap attempt to qualify. The fastest nine entries advance to the Fast Nine Shootout.

Sunday Qualifying – Held from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET, to determine positions 10-33 in the field based on fastest four-lap average. All times from Saturday are erased and cars will run in reverse order based on Saturday’s speeds. All cars must complete another four-lap attempt to determine their starting position.

Fast Nine Shootout – Held from 2 to 2:45 p.m. ET on Sunday; the top nine cars will run in reverse order based on Saturday’s times. All cars are required to make at least one attempt. At the end of the session, the cars are ranked 1 to 9 based on their four-lap average during the segment.

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