Indianapolis 500 2014 Qualifying Format Revealed

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has revealed the qualifying format for this year’s Indianapolis 500, which will be spread over two days from May 17-18.

Essentially, this confirms the ruminations that every car will need to make at least two qualifying attempts – one to make the race, and one to set the starting position order.

On Saturday, May 17, all entries will be guaranteed at least one qualifying attempt to fill the field of 33 cars. Multiple attempts can happen as well without withdrawing a time.

The fastest nine qualifiers on Saturday will advance to Sunday’s Fast 9 Shootout.

On Sunday, those cars locked into spots 10-33 will determine their starting order with another qualifying attempt. Speeds from Saturday will be tossed out. Again, each entry will be guaranteed at least one attempt.

Once that concludes, the Fast 9 qualifiers will have a shot to make another four-lap qualifying attempt, and that will set the starting grid.

Here’s a visual graphic from IMS that breaks this all down. And here’s the times from the IndyCar release:

Saturday, May 17 (11 a.m.-5:50 p.m. ET)

  • The fastest 33 cars compose the starting field (but not starting positions).
  • All entries are guaranteed at least one four-lap attempt to qualify.
  • The fastest nine entries advance to the Fast Nine Shootout.

Sunday, May 18 (10:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET)

  • Saturday times are erased and entries 10-33 must complete another four-lap attempt to determine their starting position in order of the slowest to fastest from Saturday times.

Fast Nine Shootout, Sunday, May 18 (2-2:45 p.m. ET)

Further information will follow after a teleconference with Mark Miles (Hulman & Co. CEO) and Derrick Walker (IndyCar president of competition/operations).

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.