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10. CHAMPIONSHIP AND AWARDS

IMPORTANT: The rulebook content below was released to all parties on January 16, 2017, and should be considered UNOFFICIAL. No in-season amendments or bulletins are reflected below.

10.1. Championships and Point Standings

10.1.1. INDYCAR recognizes several different types of championships, including, without limitation, Engine Manufacturer, Entrant and Driver. To facilitate competition for these championships, INDYCAR calculates and publicizes complete rankings of all participating Engine Manufacturers, Entrants and Drivers following the completion of each Race and Indianapolis 500® Mile Race Qualifications. Unless otherwise announced by INDYCAR, all scheduled Qualifications and Races shall offer championship points.

10.2. Significance of the Car Number

10.2.1. Points and awards are credited only to the Engine Manufacturer supplying the Engine, Entrant entered in the Event and to the Driver participating in that Car except as otherwise permitted by INDYCAR. The Car number is listed on the Entry and signifies the Car to be credited. The points and awards accumulate on behalf of the entered Car number, separately from any other Entrant's License that Team may hold.

10.3. Crediting of Points  

10.3.1. INDYCAR has established the following system under which eligible Engine Manufacturers, Entrants and Drivers may accumulate points.

10.3.2. 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 entered Car and displaying the assigned Car number throughout any Event.

10.3.3. Driver points will be credited only to Drivers holding a valid Driver License at the time of the Event.

10.3.4. INDYCAR will not credit the point(s) usually earned by the Entrant and Driver starting a Race in the Pole Position if the Starting Lineup is determined in accordance with Rule 8.1.10.2.

10.3.5. If a Car participates in practice and/or Qualifications but is unable to start a Race, the Driver and/or the Entrant shall receive half of the points the Car would have received for the Race had the Car started the Race (“non-starting Cars”). INDYCAR shall determine whether a Car is deemed to have participated for purposes of this Rule 10.3.5.

10.3.6. Unless otherwise provided by INDYCAR, all Entries shall be eligible for Entrant and Driver points associated with participation in an Event.

10.4. Ties

10.4.1. At the end of the Racing Season, the Engine Manufacturer, Entrant and Driver with the highest number of ranking points respectively shall be declared the Champion. In the case of a tie in the championship, INDYCAR will determine the champion based on the most first place finishes. If there is still a tie, INDYCAR will determine the champion by the most second place finishes through last place finishes, until a champion is determined.

10.4.2. INDYCAR will apply the same system to other ties in the rankings at the end of the Racing Season and at any other time during the Racing Season.

10.5. End of Season Awards  

10.5.1. INDYCAR reserves the right to establish end of season awards based upon points.

10.6. Points  

10.6.1. Points may be earned by Entrants and Drivers based upon participation in Races and Qualifications and Engine Manufacturers based upon participation in Races.

10.6.2. Entrant/Driver Race Points – INDYCAR will award points pursuant to finishing position as follows:

Race Finish Points
Position Points Position Points Position Points
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

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

Double Points
Position Points Position Points Position Points
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

10.6.3. Entrant / Driver Qualifications Points

10.6.3.1. Double-Header Race Events – Points are awarded as follows:

  • Race 1 – 1 point to the Entrant and Driver with the fastest time in each Qualifying Group.
  • Race 2 – 1 point to the Entrant and Driver with the fastest time in each Qualifying Group.

10.6.3.2. All Other Events – Except as otherwise provided in Rule 10.6.3.1, INDYCAR shall award one point to the Entrant and Driver qualifying for the Pole Position.

10.6.4. Indianapolis 500® Mile Race

Indy 500 Qualifying Results Points
Position Points Position Points Position Points
1 42 12 22 23 11
2 40 13 21 24 10
3 38 14 20 25 9
4 36 15 19 26 8
5 34 16 18 27 7
6 32 17 17 28 6
7 30 18 16 29 5
8 28 19 15 30 4
9 26 20 14 31 3
10 24 21 13 32 2
11 23 22 12 33 1

10.6.5. Engine Manufacturer Championship Points - Race finish points are awarded on a Race-by-Race basis and may only be scored by the top three (3) finishing positions by each assigned Engine Manufacturer, added throughout the Racing Season based upon the following system:

Race Finish Points
Position Points Position Points Position Points
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

Double Points
Position Points Position Points Position Points
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

10.6.5.1. Additional points available as follows:

10.6.5.1.1. Two (2) points will be awarded for an Engine Manufacturer with the most laps led.

10.6.5.1.2. One (1) point will be awarded for an Engine Manufacturer that qualifies in the Pole Position, with the exception of Indianapolis 500® Mile Race Qualifying.

10.6.5.1.3. Nine (9) points will be awarded to the Engine that qualifies in the Pole Position on Sunday Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race.

10.6.5.2. Ten (10) points will be awarded for an Engine that completes its life cycle.

10.6.5.3. Twenty (20) points will be deducted for an Engine failing to complete its Engine life cycle.