With the May racing spectacle fast approaching, there are a few new things to look forward to at this year's race as IndyCar officials announced changes for the upcoming Indy 500 on May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 2014 running of the Indy 500 will feature a new qualifying format which will include three rounds over two days (Saturday and Sunday), with the pole position winner to be determined from a "Fast Nine Shootout" on the second day of the qualifiers. Additional point incentives will also be announced later on.
The qualifiers will begin on May 17 where the fastest 33 cars are given at least one four-lap attempt to qualify, and the fastest nine drivers will move into the shootout the following day.
Times will not be carried over on the second day of the qualifiers, as the rest of the field will go on a four-lap qualifying attempt to determine their starting position and the top nine from the previous day going on a four-lap attempt to determine the pole winner and starting front row.
The move is aimed to making the second day of the qualifiers, otherwise know as "Bump Day", relevant again for fans.
All engines at the 2014 Indy 500 are now required to have Twin-turbos. Single-turbo power plants have been rendered obsolete and will scrapped as the race moves toward the future.
The IMS is offering a cool new alternative for those who are tired of box hotels, crappy motels, long walks, traffic and traditional camping with the introduction of "glamping" at the track's infield.
Simply put, "glamping" is a term IMS has coined for "glamorous camping" as race fans now have the option to stay at pre-set tents at the "Snake Pit", equipped with extra amenities.
From queen sized beds, beddings, a lounge and grilling area, down to private shower and restrooms, these waterproof tents are definitely a step up from the usual.
For pricing and more details, check out the packages IMS is offering by clicking here.
2014 IndyCar schedule:
March 30 - Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida | TV: ABC
April 13 - 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California | TV: NBCSN
April 27 - Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama | TV: NBCSN
May 10 - Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
— Road Course Speedway, Indiana | TV: ABC
May 25 98th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
— Oval Course Speedway, Indiana | TV: ABC
May 31 & June 1 - Chevrolet/ Cadillac Grand Prix of Detroit, Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan | TV: ABC
June 7 - Firestone 600 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas | TV: NBCSN
June 28 & 29 - Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Reliant Park Houston, Texas | TV: NBCSN
July 6 - Pocono IndyCar 500 Fueled by Sunoco Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania | TV: NBCSN
July 12 - Iowa Corn Indy 300, Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa | TV: NBCSN
July 19 & 20 - Honda Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario | TV: NBCSN
August 3 - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio | TV: NBCSN
August 17 - ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin | TV: NBCSN
August 24 - GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California | TV: NBCSN
August 30 - MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships, Auto Club Speedway Fontana, California | TV: NBCSN