Fan Info - INDYCAR 101 - Championship Points System

Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Points

***Note: All points procedures and totals are subject to change prior to the start of the 2015 season.

The Verizon IndyCar Series recognizes entrant and driver champions. To facilitate competition for these championships, the Verizon IndyCar Series calculates and publicizes complete rankings of all participating entrants and drivers following the close of each race. 

The league has established the following system under which eligible entrants and drivers may accumulate points:

  • Entrant points will be credited only to an entrant holding a valid entrant's license at the time of the event, competing with a properly registered car and displaying the assigned car number throughout any event.
  • Driver points will be credited only to drivers holding a valid driver’s license at the time of the event.
  • In the event the starting driver receives relief during the running of a race, the starting driver will receive the points for that car for the race. The relief driver will not receive any points for driving that car. 

At the close of the season, the entrant and driver with the highest number of ranking points respectively shall be declared the Verizon IndyCar Series Champion.

In the case of a tie in the championships, the league will determine the champion based on the most first-place finishes. If there is still a tie, the league will determine the champion by the most second-place finishes, then the most third-place finishes, etc., until a champion is determined. The league will apply the same system to other ties in the rankings at the close of the season and at any other time during the season.

Race Finish Points
Position Pts Position Pts Position Pts
1 50 12 18 23 7
2 40 13 17 24 6
3 35 14 16 25 5
4 32 15 15 26 5
5 30 16 14 27 5
6 28 17 13 28 5
7 26 18 12 29 5
8 24 19 11 30 5
9 22 20 10 31 5
10 20 21 9 32 5
11 19 22 8 33 5
Leading At Least One Lap: 1 point
Most Laps Led: 2 points

Double race finish points are awarded for the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race and the last Event of the season.

Double Points
Position Pts Position Pts Position Pts
1 100 12 36 23 14
2 80 13 34 24 12
3 70 14 32 25 10
4 64 15 30 26 10
5 60 16 28 27 10
6 56 17 26 28 10
7 52 18 24 29 10
8 48 19 22 30 10
9 44 20 20 31 10
10 40 21 18 32 10
11 38 22 16 33 10
Leading At Least One Lap: 1 point
Most Laps Led: 2 points

For the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race, championship points will be allocated based on qualification efforts using the following point structures.

Indy Saturday Qualifying
Position Pts Position Pts Position Pts
1 33 12 22 23 11
2 32 13 21 24 10
3 31 14 20 25 9
4 30 15 19 26 8
5 29 16 18 27 7
6 28 17 17 28 6
7 27 18 16 29 5
8 26 19 15 30 4
9 25 20 14 31 3
10 24 21 13 32 2
11 23 22 12 33 1

"Fast 9" Sunday
Qualifying Points
Position Pts
1 9
2 8
3 7
4 6
5 5
6 4
7 3
8 2
9 1