Indy 500 qualifying broken down, via infographic

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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…

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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.