Indy 500 qualifying broken down, via infographic


Want to know exactly how the qualifying for the 99th Indianapolis 500? Here’s an infographic, from INDYCAR, that breaks it all down.

Study up because there will be a test later…


And now here are the times for today’s sessions (all ET):

  • 08:00am – 08:30am – Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Practice
  • 08:30am – 09:00am – Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Practice
  • 09:00am – 10:00am – Verizon IndyCar Series Full Field Practice
  • 09:00am – 06:00pm – IMS Midway Open
  • 10:00am – 11:00am – Chevrolet Pin Distribution – Plaza
  • 11:00am – 05:50pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying – Positions 1-9 Advance to Fast 9
  • 11:00am – 05:00pm – Free Ivy Tech Garage Tours – Sign the waiver in Gasoline Alley Garage #35
  • 06:00pm – Gates Close

Here are the times for Sunday’s sessions (all ET):

  • 08:30am – 09:30am – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
  • 09:00am – 04:00pm – IMS Midway Open
  • 09:45am – 10:15am – Enlistment Ceremony
  • 10:15am – 12:15pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Qualifying (Positions 10-30)
  • 11:00am – 05:00pm – Free Ivy Tech Garage Tours – Sign the waiver in Gasoline Alley Garage #35
  • 12:15pm – 01:15pm – Panasonic Pin Distribution – Plaza
  • 12:45pm – 01:30pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Qualifying (Positions 31-33)
  • 02:00pm – 02:45pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Fast 9 Qualifying (Positions 1-9)
  • 04:00pm – Gates Close

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So in layman’s terms, here’s what today sets:

  • The Fast Nine drivers, but not the order in which they will actually start the race.
  • Positions 10-30, but again, not in the order which they will actually start the race.
  • The Saturday qualifying points (33 points for first today, down by one to 1 point for 33rd)

And then on Sunday, the actual order will be set.

The 34th car today that does not get in the field will have a chance to bump his or her way back in on Sunday. But qualifying in the top 30 today will alleviate the extra night of stress that comes with the extra round of qualifying.

This is a situation that wasn’t present last year, with only 33 cars attempting to qualify.

Here are two key reference posts.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.