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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.