Indianapolis 500 changes pole qualifying procedure
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
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.