Secondly, IMS has announced that they are once again changing up qualifying weekend. Changes were made back in 2010 and at the time I was extremely upset that tradition was being broken. Seeing the Indy Cars race at the 500 for 18 years and knowing the long history I could not believe that tradition was changing. Now I think this change is for the best. The new format will have a day of qualifying for the entire field but only the top nine will secure their spot in the 500. The next day the remaining 24 (or more) cars will battle to complete in the 500 and a place in the final 24 available starting spots. Then after positions 10 through 33 are secure the top nine cars will have a shoot-out, one lap time, averaged with their four laps from the previous day to set the top nine positions. I personally think this will make qualifying weekend a lot more exciting. My only concern is that race fans will have a hard time getting their head around the new qualifying system – I know that I sure am struggling to completely understand!
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