Indy 500 changes rules for pole qualifying
Winning the Indianapolis 500 pole just got trickier – and more
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
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.