The organisers of this year’s Indianapolis 500 have made further tweaks to the iconic event’s format.
Having previously announced a change-up in the event’s qualifying format, further changes have been made to the event’s schedule.
Following the three time trial qualifying sessions on the weekend of May 17-18, a post-qualifying practice session has been added to the schedule on May 19.
Organisers have made a further change to the regulations, confirming that drivers who “suffer a hardship” at the end of the first day of time trials will be given a pass to the race, although they will have to start at the back of the 33-car field.
The event’s schedule now reads as follows:
|Sunday May 11||Free Practice Session 1
‘Rookie Orientation Program’ Practice Session
|Monday May 12||Free Practice Session 2|
|Tuesday May 13||Free Practice Session 3|
|Wednesday May 14||Free Practice Session 4|
|Thursday May 15||Free Practice Session 5|
|Friday May 16||Free Practice Session 6|
|Saturday May 17||Qualifying Session 1 (11:00-17:50): All cars entered must attempt to qualify; the fastest 33 cars will be confirmed as race starters. The fastest 9 runners progress to the ‘Fast Nine’ shootout|
|Sunday May 18||Qualifying Session 2 (10:15-13:45): The 10th-33rd fastest qualifiers will attempt to qualify; the results of this session will determine their final grid positions.
’Fast Nine’ Shootout (14:00-16:00): The fastest nine runners will each have a single qualifying run to determine their final grid positions
|Monday May 19||Free Practice Session 7|
|Friday May 23||‘Carb Day’|
|Sunday May 25||Indianapolis 500|
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