Qualifying Format for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 …

Posted: May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

Indianapolis 500 Mile Race qualifications

• What: Two days of qualifications for the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. … Qualification attempt consists of four consecutive timed laps. … There are bonus points presented to all qualifiers (in other events, one point is awarded to the Verizon P1 Award winner).

• Entry list: 34 cars entered

• Tickets and event information: Click Here

• Twitter: @IMS, #Indy500; @IndyCar, #IndyCar

• On-track schedule (all times Eastern):

May 16 – 8-8:30 a.m. Group 1 practice
              8:30-9 a.m. Group 2 practice
              9-10 a.m. all cars practice
             10:45 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Qualifications

May 17 – 8:30-9:30 a.m. all cars practice
              10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. qualifying for positions 10-30
              12:45-1:30 p.m. qualifying for positions 31-33
              2-2:45 p.m. Fast Nine Shootout to determine Verizon P1 Award winner and first three rows

• TV: Live on ABC and ESPN3, ESPN’s live, multi-screen sports network, May 16-17. Allen Bestwick is the chief announcer, with former Indianapolis 500 drivers Eddie Cheever Jr. and Scott Goodyear the analysts. Dr. Jerry Punch, Jon Beekhuis and Rick DeBruhl are the pit reporters. The schedule (all times Eastern):

May 16 – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on ESPN3, WatchESPN
                 4-6 p.m. on ABC
May 17 – 10 a.m.-noon on ESPN3, WatchESPN
                1-3 p.m. on ABC

• Web: Live streaming video of Verizon IndyCar Series practice, in conjunction with real-time Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts is available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com. Streaming video is unavailable during ABC telecasts.

• Radio: Paul Page is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton, Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson and commentary by Dave Wilson on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. Broadcasts also on RaceControl.indycar.com, indycarradio.com, the INDYCAR 15 app, Sirius 212 and XM 209.

• INDYCAR 15 app: Verizon Wireless puts fans in the driver’s seat with its INDYCAR 15 app, which has been enhanced with features such as an interactive 3D live view with real-time leaderboard and car telemetry to see where a fan’s favorite driver is positioned, in-car camera video streaming from cameras that move 360 degrees and driver to pit crew conversation. Download it today.

2014 qualifications: Ed Carpenter earned the Verizon P1 Award in the Fast Nine Shootout with a four-lap average speed of 231.076 mph. It was the second consecutive year that Carpenter started from the pole (11th time it’s happened). He’ll be seeking to become the first to earn the pole in three consecutive years. Twenty drivers have won from the pole – most recently Helio Castroneves in 2009.

Of note: The boost level is increased from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for “Fast Friday” practice May 15 and qualifications May 16-17. The change in pressure adds about 40 horsepower to the Chevrolet and Honda 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. The boost level will return to 130 kPa for final practice on Coors Light Carb Day on May 22 and the 500 Mile Race. … Team Penske has 15 wins in the Indy 500, the most of any team. … There have been five different winners in five races this season. … With the new aerodynamic bodywork packages from Chevrolet and Honda, three track qualifying lap records have been reset this season. … There are six former Indy 500 winners entered for qualifying. … Carlos Munoz and Juan Pablo Montoya have finished in the top five in their two previous Indy 500 starts. … Gabby Chaves, the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion, and Stefano Coletti will attempt to make their first Indy 500 start. Chaves won the 2014 Freedom 100 on the oval. … Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 winner, will seek to make his 300thIndy car start on May 24. He will be the eighth driver to reach that milestone, most recently by Castroneves in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9. … Ten lemonade stands will be set up May 16 in Pagoda Plaza for national Lemonade Day — a program “geared toward teaching today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs through helping them start, own and operate their very own business.” Ten groups are matched with a Verizon IndyCar Series driver and their charity. A portion of each stand’s proceeds will go to the drivers’ nonprofits.

Data courtesy of IndyCar.com

Image created by Bret Kelley

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