IndyCar announces doubleheader qualifying procedures

INDYCAR announced today that qualifications for the second race of the IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheaders at Belle Isle, Toronto and Houston will be split into two groups.

All cars will participate in one of two groups for 12 minutes each, with five minutes of guaranteed green-flag time. INDYCAR amended Rule, which had called for a 30-minute, all-car qualifying session.

In accordance with Rule of the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook, qualifying groups will be determined by the combined times posted by entries during the practice session a day earlier. Group 1 will consist of odd-numbered positions on the practice time sheet, while even-numbered positions will comprise Group 2. The starting field positions will be determined by the best time ranking of the two groups combined, from fastest to slowest, with the fastest qualifier occupying the pole position.

"Splitting qualifications for the second race will give a premium to the amount of track time available to each competitor," said Beaux Barfield, Race Director, IZOD IndyCar Series. "It will improve the ability for competitors to get a clean lap and post a true lap time."

Qualifications for Race 1 will follow the regular three-round format, including the Firestone Fast Six, for road and street circuits.

The IZOD IndyCar Series will host full-points, full-distance doubleheader races at Belle Isle (June 1-2), Toronto (July 13-14) and Houston (Oct. 5-6).

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