IndyCar teams need to max limited track time in Detroit

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IndyCar goes to an abnormal schedule for this weekend’s Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.  Here’s how the on-track schedule will break down:

Friday, May 31
11:10 a.m.-12:25 p.m. – IZOD IndyCar Series practice (all cars)
3-4:10 p.m. – IZOD IndyCar Series Race 1 qualifying for Verizon P1 Award. (Knockout qualifying/Firestone Fast Six)

Saturday, June 1
9:15-9:45 a.m. – IZOD IndyCar Series Race 2 qualifying for Verizon P1 Award. (Two groups)
3:50 p.m. – Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 1 (70 laps/164.22 miles), ABC (Live)

Sunday, June 2
9:30 – 10 a.m. – IZOD IndyCar Series warmup
3:50 p.m. – Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 2 (70 laps/164.22 miles), ABC (Live)

Friday’s on-track sessions may be rain-affected; scattered thunderstorms and a 60 percent chance of rain are projected there. Saturday has a worse forecast with severe thunderstorms possible and a 70 percent chance of rain.

The last wet IndyCar race was Baltimore last year, but that was only a mild sprinkle in the first third of the race. A titanic downpour at Sao Paulo in 2011 postponed the rest of the race to Monday after a soggy start.

Although no extra points are available for the doubleheaders – a maximum of 108 (two wins, poles, and most laps led) and minimum of 10 (25th twice) points can be earned – there is a special monetary bonus on offer for any team that sweeps a weekend.

SONAX, IndyCar’s new Official Automobile Detail Partner, created the SONAX Perfect Finish Award and will award $50,000 to a driver who wins both feature races during any of the doubleheader weekends. If a driver does not win both races in any weekend, the $50,000 prize will carry over to the next doubleheader weekend.

If a driver does not win both Detroit events, the award will jump to $100,000 in Toronto for a driver who wins both races. If no driver captures both features at Toronto, the SONAX Perfect Finish Award will be worth $150,000 at the Houston weekend.