INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 now allows any entry that has not made the field at the end of the first day a chance to make the last row of the grid on the second day.
The IndyCar Series announced the changes Monday.
The changes allow positions 31-33 to be provisional. Those cars, plus any entry not already in the field that has declared intentions to qualify for the race, will participate in a separate qualification session on May 18 to determine the 11th row on the grid.
IndyCar also added an extra day of practice to the schedule. The session will be held May 19 after the 33-car field has been set.