Indy 500 changes rules for pole qualifying

Winning the Indianapolis 500 pole just got trickier – and more

rewarding.

The top nine qualifiers on May 22 must return to the track

for a late afternoon, 90-minute “shootout” to claim the No. 1

starting spot. The winner will earn an additional $100,000 over

last year’s winnings.

It’s the latest change in a month that already took away two

of the traditional four qualifying days. The new plan is to fill

the top 24 spots on Pole Day with the remaining nine spots on Bump

Day. Other cars can then bump their way into the 33-car starting

grid.

New rules will require the nine fastest drivers to make at

least one more qualifying attempt in the afternoon with the

assurance of starting no worse than ninth.