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8. QUALIFICATIONS

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.

8.1. All Race Locations

8.1.1. Overview - This Rule 8.1 contains Qualifications Rules for all Race Locations.

8.1.2. Meeting – INDYCAR may hold a specific meeting prior to the start of any Qualifications. INDYCAR may designate the meetings as mandatory for some Members.

8.1.3. Starting Time - INDYCAR shall determine the starting time for the Qualifications period.

8.1.4. Delays - INDYCAR may penalize any Member attempting to delay or delaying Qualifications.

8.1.5. Interruption - Qualifications may be interrupted by the commencement of a Yellow or Red Condition. Qualifications is suspended at the moment that the decision to interrupt is made. The decision to interrupt an attempt or Qualifications (and reasons therefore) may not be reviewed and/or appealed.

8.1.6. Technical Inspection

8.1.6.1. Data Download - Entrants may not download data after the checkered flag has been displayed or when directed by INDYCAR until the Car has been released from technical inspection.

8.1.6.2. Impound Area - Officials shall direct selected Qualified Cars to a designated “impound area” to check for compliance. A maximum of two crew members per Car will be permitted in the impound area.

8.1.6.3. Cars – INDYCAR reserves the right to seal any component.

8.1.6.4. Fuel - A fuel sample may be taken from all Cars prior to and after the Qualifications attempt.

8.1.6.5. Aerodynamic Configuration -Once Qualifications has begun and throughout the remainder of the Event, the aerodynamic configuration of the Car can only be changed by the addition and/or removal of approved individual parts and not by the changing of assemblies. Parts damaged during the Race may only be replaced by an exact matching part or assembly.

8.1.6.6. Qualified Cars - All Qualified Cars must remain on the grounds of the Race Location after Qualifications unless otherwise permitted by INDYCAR.

8.1.7. Backup Cars - The same Car must be used in Qualifications and the Race at a Race Location unless approved by INDYCAR.

8.1.7.1. - If a Qualified Car is involved in an incident, INDYCAR allows a Backup Car to replace the Qualified Car. The Backup Car will start the Race in the same position in the Starting Lineup as the Qualified Car.

8.1.7.2. - If a Qualified Car is unable to start a Race for any reason other than an incident, INDYCAR decides if a Backup Car may replace the Qualified Car. If INDYCAR allows the Backup Car to replace the Qualified Car, the Backup Car will start the Race from a revised position at the rear of the Starting Lineup..

8.1.8. Starting Lineup

8.1.8.1. INDYCAR shall determine the size and configuration of the Starting Lineup for each Race. The configuration of the Starting Lineup may include Qualified and non-Qualified Cars. The performance standard shall apply to all Cars at all times during an Event.

8.1.8.2. Except as otherwise provided by these Rules, the Starting Lineup shall be determined by best time rankings, from fastest to slowest, with the fastest Qualified Car occupying the Pole Position, followed by the second fastest Qualified Car, third fastest, and down through the slowest Qualified Car who has not been “bumped”.

8.1.8.3. In the event two or more Cars post identical official Qualifications times, the Cars shall be ranked in the order in which the completed Qualifications attempts occurred.

8.1.8.4. A Driver who has qualified a Car may not make an attempt to qualify a second Car unless the first Car has been withdrawn from the Event with permission of Officials or the first Car has been eliminated from the Starting Lineup.

8.1.8.5. Starting positions shall include penalties issued during Qualifications and post- Qualifications technical inspection.

8.1.8.6. If after the Starting Lineup has been determined, a Car has had its Qualifications time and/or original Starting Lineup position changed or disallowed, INDYCAR shall assign the Car a revised Starting Lineup position at the rear based on the following order:

  1. Cars without a Rules violation, and
  2. Cars with a Rules violation.

If more than one Car is affected in either of these categories:

At the first Race of the Racing Season, the Cars shall be ranked using the prior year’s end of season Entrant point standings. INDYCAR shall determine an Entrant’s eligibility.

At all other Races during the Racing Season, the Cars shall be ranked using the current year’s Entrant point standings entering the Race.

Any Car without Entrant points entering the Race will be ranked based on the Qualifications order behind all Cars with points.

8.1.9. Provisional Starting Cars

8.1.9.1. Except at the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race, INDYCAR may offer Provisional Starting Cars at any Event if the total number of Entries for the Event exceeds the available pit space. If Provisional Starting Cars are offered, INDYCAR shall issue a bulletin detailing the Qualifications procedures and Starting Lineup prior to the first practice session.

8.1.10. Starting Lineup Determination

8.1.10.1. Road/Street Course Events - Qualifications Interrupted & Not Completed – INDYCAR shall assign all Starting Lineup positions as follows:

  1. After Segment One (1) - Should Qualifications not be completed after the completion of Segment One, the Starting Lineup will be determined as such: the Pole Position will be awarded to the best overall lap time in Segment One. The remainder of the Cars in that group will be ranked in the odd numbered positions, starting with position three (3). Even numbered starting positions will be determined from the other group, starting with position two (2). Entrant/Driver Qualifications points shall be awarded pursuant to Rule 10.6.3.1.
  2. After Segment Two (2) - Should Qualifications not be completed after the completion of Segment Two, the Starting Lineup will be determined as such:
    • Segment One results shall determine position thirteen (13) through the end of the Starting Lineup.
    • Segment Two results shall determine position 1-12 to be ranked in order of time beginning with the Car posting the best-timed lap occupying the Pole Position.
    Each group shall be ranked in order of best lap time as follows:
    • Group One - occupy the odd numbered positions beginning with position thirteen (13).
    • Group Two - occupy the even numbered positions beginning with position fourteen (14).
    Entrant/Driver Qualifications Points shall be awarded pursuant to Rule 10.6.3.2.

8.1.10.2. All Oval Events & Road/Street Course Events – Segment One Not Completed

  1. At the first Race of the Racing Season, the Cars shall be ranked using the prior year’s end of season Entrant point standings. INDYCAR shall determine an Entrant’s eligibility.
  2. At all other Races during the Racing Season, the Cars shall be ranked using the current year’s Entrant point standings entering the Race.
  3. Any Car without Entrant points entering the Race will be ranked based on the Qualifications order behind all Cars with points.

8.2. Oval Events

8.2.1. Rule 8.2 contains Qualifications Rules for Oval Events which are in addition to the Rules for all Race Locations contained in Rule 8.1 to the extent not inconsistent with them. In the event of any inconsistency, this Rule 8.2 shall govern Oval Events.

8.2.2. Qualifications Order – INDYCAR shall determine the Qualifications order by a random draw. An Entrant’s representative may only draw for an entered Car. If an Entrant does not have an authorized representative present at the drawing, INDYCAR will draw for the unrepresented Car.

8.2.3. Qualifications Line

8.2.3.1. Cars must be in the technical inspection line thirty (30) minutes before the beginning of Qualifications.

8.2.3.1.1. Cars are required to add a minimum of 3.0 gallons of fuel from the fuel depot before Qualifications as directed by INDYCAR.

8.2.3.2. A Car reserves its position in the Qualifications line as long as it remains in the designated position and proceeds with the Qualifications attempt when signaled. INDYCAR’s decision is not subject to review and/or appeal.

8.2.3.3. While the Car is in the Qualifications line, an Entrant’s representatives may make front / rear wing angle, and Tire pressure adjustments only. The Car must be moved as the Qualifications line progresses. A Car must not leave the Qualifications line without the approval of INDYCAR.

8.2.4. Technical Inspection

8.2.4.1. If a Car does not present itself for the technical inspection line at the designated start time as determined by INDYCAR, the Car shall forfeit its “Guaranteed Attempt” and may be listed at the rear of the Starting Lineup pursuant to Rule 8.1.8.6.

8.2.4.2. When a Car is presented for technical inspection:

  1. Fuel buckeye openings may be taped off or fitted with blanking covers; and
  2. Bodywork seams may be taped provided the tape does not change the intended shape of the part. Covering of fasteners is also permitted.

8.2.4.3. Once a Car has reached the entry to the technical inspection area, no external device may be connected to the Car unless approved by INDYCAR.

8.2.4.4. Once the Car is four (4) Cars or five (5) minutes from its Qualifications attempt, whichever is earlier, Entrant may plug in a computer and/or booster battery.

8.2.4.5. Prior to Engine start, all computers or any other external devices must be disconnected. Cars experiencing Engine start difficulties must have approval from INDYCAR prior to connecting any device.

8.2.4.5. Prior to Engine start, all computers or any other external devices must be disconnected. Cars experiencing Engine start difficulties must have approval from INDYCAR prior to connecting any device.

8.2.4.6. The Car must remain as presented to the pre-Qualifying technical inspection line throughout the entire Qualifications attempt unless otherwise approved by INDYCAR

8.2.4.7. Retracting the brake pistons into the caliper by any method is prohibited.

8.2.4.8. Only after a Car’s Qualifications attempt or post-Qualifications technical inspection is completed, whichever occurs later, may any of the approved aerodynamic options, approved Homologated options, or approved mechanical options be changed.

8.2.4.9. Rear wing adjuster may be added or removed (if added, the Dallara supplied lock nuts to limit travel must be installed).

8.2.5. Declaration of Intent

8.2.5.1. A Car must be presented at the entrance of the “staging pit” when signaled to do so (“declaration of intent”). INDYCAR shall signal a Driver when it is time for the Car to depart from the Qualifications line to begin a Qualifications attempt. Unless otherwise provided by INDYCAR, each Car must depart the Qualifications line within sixty (60) seconds of receiving the signal.

8.2.5.2. In order to make an official Qualifications attempt, a Car must have been given the signal to depart from the Qualifications line and have moved away under its own power prior to the end of the Qualifications period. Notwithstanding the end of the Qualifications session, a Car may begin its Qualifications attempt, provided it has received the signal and is moving with its Engine running. The Car is not required to have completed its Qualifications attempt prior the end of the Qualifications session.

8.2.5.3. A Car may not be pushed to start its Engine at the start of a Qualifications attempt.

8.2.5.4. A Car shall be given two (2) warm-up laps. INDYCAR may add additional warm up laps, as it deems appropriate.

8.2.6. Qualifications Attempt

8.2.6.1. Qualifications will be based on one (1) individually timed attempt per Car. A Qualifications attempt is the total of two (2) consecutively timed laps.

8.2.6.2. Each Car will be permitted only one (1) departure from the Qualifications line to commence its Qualifications attempt. A Qualifications attempt may only be started and completed under the Green Condition.

8.2.6.3. All Cars in the Qualifications order shall be given one “Guaranteed Attempt” to qualify. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following matters and any others as determined by INDYCAR are cause for a Car to forfeit its Guaranteed Attempt and to be listed at the rear of the Starting Lineup in accordance with Rule 8.1.8.6..

  1. A Car is not presented in the proper order to the technical inspection line at the designated time;
  2. A Car does not successfully complete technical inspection;
  3. A Car is not presented in the proper order at the staging pit;
  4. A Car fails to leave the staging pit within the designated time;
  5. A Car leaves the staging pit but fails to receive the green flag; or
  6. A Car fails to receive the checkered flag.

8.2.6.3.1. If more than one Car is so affected, the Cars shall be ranked according to Rule 8.1.8.6.

8.2.6.4. If the Qualifications period concludes before each Car has been given its “Guaranteed Attempt”, then Qualifications shall resume at a time designated by INDYCAR, if practicable. If INDYCAR is unable to resume Qualifications and allow each Car its Guaranteed Attempt, the entire Starting Lineup shall be determined in accordance with Rule 8.1.10.2.

8.2.6.5. INDYCAR interrupts qualifications attempt:

8.2.6.5.1. If the interruption is caused by a Car’s Entrant or Driver and occurs during a Car’s Guaranteed Attempt, such Car shall forfeit its Qualifications attempt and may be listed at the rear of the Starting Lineup in accordance with Rule 8.1.8.6.

8.2.6.5.2. If the interruption is not caused by a Car’s Entrant or Driver, such Car shall not be charged with a Qualifications attempt and the Car may be permitted to return to its position at the front of the existing Qualifications line and proceed with its Qualifications attempt when Qualifications resumes. The only changes that may be made to the Car are Tires may be changed and fuel added. If INDYCAR cannot resume Qualifications, INDYCAR shall preserve the Qualifications line already established. If INDYCAR releases a Car during a suspension, the Entrant is not required to keep its Car at the designated location during the suspension. Officials shall announce prior to resuming Qualifications that all Cars are to be returned to the designated location. Any Entrant not returning an Entrant’s Car to the designated location by the designated time shall forfeit the Entrant’s Guaranteed Attempt and may be listed at the rear of the Starting Lineup in accordance with Rule 8.1.8.6.

8.3. Road/Street Courses

8.3.1. Rule 8.3 contains Qualifications Rules for Road/Street Course Events, which are in addition to the Rules for all Race Locations contained in Rule 8.1 to the extent not inconsistent with them. In the event of any inconsistency, Rule 8.3 shall govern Road/Street Course Events.

8.3.2. Once Qualifications has begun and throughout the remainder of the Event, the aerodynamic configuration of the Car can only be changed by the addition and/or removal of approved individual parts and not by the changing of assemblies. Parts damaged during Qualifications may only be replaced by an exact matching part or assembly.

8.3.3. Qualifications Groups

8.3.3.1. For Segment One only, Qualifications shall be divided into two (2) groups.

8.3.3.2. Groups are decided by the lap times in the practice session immediately preceding Qualifications.

8.3.3.3. The Car with the best lap time in the practice session immediately preceding Qualifications decides groups for Segment One (1). The Entrant must notify INDYCAR of its choice via IM to the race control account within thirty (30) minutes of the completion of the practice session immediately preceding Qualifications.

8.3.3.3.1. If the Car with the best lap time chooses Group One (1):

8.3.3.3.1.1. Group One (1): Cars in the odd numbered positions, and

8.3.3.3.1.2. Group Two (2): Cars in the even numbered positions.

8.3.3.3.2. If the Car with the best lap time chooses Group Two (2):

8.3.3.3.2.1. Group One (1): Cars in the even numbered positions, and

8.3.3.3.2.2. Group Two (2): Cars in the odd numbered positions.

8.3.4. Qualifications Attempt – Qualifications will be divided into three segments:

Segment One

8.3.4.1. All Cars shall participate in one (1) of two (2) groups for ten (10) minutes each inclusive of Red Conditions, with only the six (6) Cars posting the best lap times from each group advancing to Segment Two.

8.3.4.2. Segment One shall determine positions thirteen (13) through the end of the Starting Lineup. Each group shall be ranked in order of best lap time as follows:

  1. Group one (1) occupy the odd numbered positions beginning with position thirteen (13) and;
  2. Group two (2) occupy the even numbered positions beginning with position fourteen (14).

8.3.4.3. Group two (2) shall begin five (5) minutes after the conclusion of Group one (1) or as determined by INDYCAR.

Segment Two

8.3.4.4. Segment Two (2) shall consist of one ten (10) minute Qualifying group inclusive of Red Conditions, with all times from Segment One (1) having been voided. Only the six (6) Cars posting the best lap times shall advance to Segment Three (3). Segment Two (2) shall begin ten (10) minutes after the conclusion of Segment One (1) as determined by INDYCAR.

8.3.4.5. Segment Two (2) shall determine positions seven (7) – twelve (12) to be ranked in order of time beginning with the Car posting the seventh best-timed lap occupying the seventh (7th) position.

Segment Three

8.3.4.6. Segment Three (3) shall consist of six (6) minutes of guaranteed Green Condition time, with all times from Segment Two (2) having been voided. In the event of a Red Condition, session timing will stop.

8.3.4.6.1. Segment Three (3) shall begin ten (10) minutes after the conclusion of Segment Two (2) as determined by INDYCAR.

8.3.4.7. Segment Three (3) shall determine positions one (1) – six (6) to be ranked in order of best lap time beginning with the Car posting the best-timed lap occupying the Pole Position.

8.3.5. If a Car causes a Red Condition in any segment, the Car’s best two (2) timed laps of the segment shall be disallowed, the Car may not continue in the segment, and the Car shall not advance to the next segment.

8.3.6. If a Car interferes with the Qualifications attempt of another Car other than through a Red Condition:

8.3.6.1. If the violation occurs during Segment One (1) or Segment Two (2), the Car’s best two (2) timed laps during that segment shall be disallowed and the Car shall not advance to the next segment.

8.3.6.2. If the violation occurs during Segment Three (3), all Segment Three (3) times shall be voided and the Car shall not be permitted to participate in the reminder of Qualifying.

8.3.6.3. A Car not improving its previous section times in any portion of the Track may be cause for interference with another Car.

8.3.6.4. If a Car causes a Yellow Condition that requires another Car to comply with Rule 7.1.3.2, the Car’s best timed lap to that point during that Qualifications segment shall be disallowed, regardless of whether the other Car complied with Rule 7.1.3.2. If the Car does not have a timed lap recorded when causing the Yellow Condition, a Black Flag drive-through penalty will be assessed once the lap on which the Yellow Condition occurred has been completed.

8.3.7. The Pole Position Car will start from the inside of the front row.

8.3.8. Attempt Not Completed

8.3.8.1. If one or more Cars does not post a time within its respective group or segment, such Cars will be ranked at the rear of its respective group or segment based upon:

8.3.8.1.1. Segment One (1): Qualification order

8.3.8.1.2. Segment Two (2): Segment One (1) lap times

8.3.8.1.3. Segment Three (3): Segment Two (2) lap times

8.3.9. Segment Extensions

8.3.9.1. If a Green Condition occurs prior to the completion of any segment, INDYCAR may delay the display of the Checkered Flag to allow each Car leaving Pit Lane enough time for one (1) timed lap. Each Car must leave its Pit Box within thirty (30) seconds of the Green Condition.

8.3.9.2. If Segment One (1) and/or Segment Two (2) concludes without enough Cars posting a time to fill the advancing positions, INDYCAR may restart the session to allow each Car leaving Pit Lane enough time for one (1) timed lap. Each Car must leave its Pit Box within thirty (30) seconds of the Green Condition.

8.3.10. Double-Header Race Qualifications - Rule 8.3.10 contains Qualifications Rules for Double-Header Race Qualifications, which are in addition to the Rules for all Race Locations and Road/Street Course Events contained in Rule 8.1 and Rules 8.3 respectively to the extent not inconsistent with them. In the event of any inconsistency, Rule 8.3.10 shall govern Double-Header Race Qualifications

8.3.10.1. Each Race Qualifications is one (1) session with two (2) groups.

8.3.10.2. Race 1 Groups

8.3.10.2.1. Cars are divided into one (1) of two (2) groups.

8.3.10.2.2. Groups are decided by the lap times in the practice session immediately preceding Race One (1) Qualifications.

8.3.10.2.3. The Car with the best lap time in the practice session immediately preceding Race One (1) Qualifications decides groups for Race One (1) Qualifications. The Entrant must notify INDYCAR of its choice via IM to the race control account within thirty (30) minutes of the completion of the practice session immediately preceding Race One (1) Qualifications.

8.3.10.2.4. If the Car with the best lap time chooses Group One (1):

8.3.10.2.5. Group One (1): Cars in the odd numbered positions, and

8.3.10.2.6. Group Two (2): Cars in the even numbered positions.

8.3.10.2.7. If the Car with the best lap time chooses Group Two (2):

8.3.10.2.8. Group One (1): Cars in the even numbered positions, and

8.3.10.2.9. Group Two (2): Cars in the odd numbered positions.

8.3.10.2.10. The order is:

8.3.10.2.11. Group one (1), and

8.3.10.2.12. Group two (2).

8.3.10.3. Race 2 Groups

8.3.10.3.1. The same groups as Race One (1) Qualifications are used for Race Two (2) Qualifications.

8.3.10.3.2. The order is:

8.3.10.3.3. Group two (2), and

8.3.10.3.4. Group one (1).

8.3.10.4. Race One (1) and Race Two (2) Attempts

8.3.10.4.1. Each group has twelve (12) minutes of Track time, including five (5) minutes of guaranteed Green Condition time.

8.3.10.4.2. The Car with the best overall lap time earns the Pole Position.

8.3.10.4.3. The remaining Cars in the Pole Position Car’s group will be ranked by best lap time in each session in the odd numbered positions, starting with position three (3). The remaining Cars in the other group will be ranked by best lap time in each session in the even numbered positions, starting with position two (2).

8.3.10.5. Attempt Not Completed

8.3.10.5.1. If one or more Cars does not post a time within its respective group, such Cars will be ranked at the rear of its respective group based upon Qualification Order.

8.3.10.6. Race One (1) and Race Two (2) Alternate Procedures - Session Not Completed

8.3.10.6.1. All Cars will be ranked by Entrant point standings entering each Race.

8.3.10.6.2. Any Car without Entrant points entering the Race will be ranked based on the Qualifications order behind all Cars with points.

8.3.10.6.3. Points are not earned.

8.4. Indianapolis 500® Mile Race

8.4.1. Rule 8.4 contains Qualifications Rules for the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race, which are in addition to the Rules for all Race Locations and Oval Events contained in Rules 8.1 and Rules 8.2 respectively to the extent not inconsistent with them. In the event of any inconsistency, Rule 8.4 shall govern the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race.

8.4.2. INDYCAR shall not offer any Provisional Starting Cars at the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race.

8.4.3. Qualifications Attempt Procedure

8.4.3.1. A Car must be presented in Pit Lane at the designated area. When instructed, the Car will move directly south into the staging area. When signaled by INDYCAR, the Car will move to the head of the Qualifying line and wait until signaled to leave Pit Lane to begin a Qualifying attempt. Notwithstanding the end of the Qualifications session, a Car may begin its Qualifications attempt, provided it has received the signal and is moving with its Engine running. The Car is not required to have completed its Qualifications attempt prior the end of the Qualifications session.

8.4.3.2. An Entrant will be given both green and yellow flags to use at the start/finish line to signal the Entrant’s Car. The Entrant must display the green flag to start a Qualifications attempt prior to the Car completing its last warmup lap. Display of no flag or a yellow flag does not begin a Qualifications attempt.

8.4.3.3. A completed Qualifications attempt shall consist of four (4) consecutively timed laps.

8.4.3.4. If a Car is unable to complete its Guaranteed Attempt because of a mechanical condition or on Track incident and is prevented from making a second attempt during Saturday Qualifying as determined by INDYCAR, then INDYCAR shall provide that Car an opportunity to complete its second attempt on Sunday at a time determined by INDYCAR (“Last Chance Qualifying”).

8.4.3.4.1. The fastest thirty-three (33) Cars completing Qualifying attempts on Saturday shall start the Race. However, for every Car unable to complete their Guaranteed Attempt, as described in Rule 8.4.3.4, there will be an equal number of temporary positions available at the rear of the starting field.

8.4.3.4.2. INDYCAR shall provide each Car from Rule 8.4.3.4 one Qualifications attempt during Last Chance Qualifying, with the order being determined by a random draw. If a Car from Rule 8.4.3.4 can post a time faster than any Car occupying one of the temporary positions, that Car will earn a position in the Race, subject to the bumped Car having one last opportunity to requalify and reclaim a position.

8.4.3.4.3. All Cars earning positions in the Race during Last Chance Qualifying shall be listed in order of speed rank behind Cars that qualified on Saturday.

8.4.3.4.4. If there are open positions remaining at the conclusion of Last Chance Qualifying, these remaining positions will be filled according to Rule 8.4.8.

8.4.3.5. INDYCAR or an Entrant may terminate a Qualifications attempt before completion upon display of a yellow flag at any time prior to the point where the Car crosses the start/finish line at the conclusion of the fourth (4th) consecutively timed lap. The Car will be charged with an attempt and must return immediately to the Pit Lane.

8.4.3.6. Once each Car has received its one Guaranteed Attempt, a break in the line occurs. If the break in the line occurs before the time allotted for Saturday Qualifying has expired, Cars may continue to make Qualifications attempts subject to these Rules until the time allotted for Saturday Qualifying has expired.

8.4.3.7. The Race shall be comprised of thirty-three (33) Cars (or such other number, as INDYCAR shall determine).

8.4.3.8. Except as otherwise provided, the same Car and Driver must be used in both Saturday and Sunday Qualifying.

8.4.4. - There are two scheduled days of Qualifying: Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st.

8.4.4.1. Saturday, May 20th Qualifying Rules are as follows:

8.4.4.1.1. INDYCAR shall conduct a random draw of all entered Cars on the Pagoda Plaza Stage at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, to determine the order in which the Cars shall make their initial Qualifying attempts for Saturday, May 20th.

8.4.4.1.2. All Cars listed on the initial Qualifying order are given one (1) Guaranteed Attempt to qualify provided the Car is properly and timely presented.

8.4.4.1.3. The fastest thirty-three (33) Qualifications from Saturday Qualifying, subject to the results of Last Chance Qualifying, shall determine the groups for Sunday Qualifying.

8.4.4.1.3.1. Positions 1-9 have secured a starting position and will participate in the “Fast 9” group on Sunday, May 21st.

8.4.4.1.3.2. Positions ten (10) through thirty-three (33) will participate in “Group One (1)” on Sunday, May 21st.

8.4.4.1.4. After the break in the Qualifying line, two Qualifying lines will be formed. Multiple attempts are permitted with or without withdrawing a previous time.

8.4.4.1.5. Qualifying lines are as follows:

  1. Line 1 - Is for Cars that have not Qualified or have withdrawn their previous Qualifying times. Priority will be given to this lane. The withdrawal of previous Qualifying times must be done upon entry to Line 1. Should circumstances, as determined by INDYCAR, prevent an attempt, the withdrawn time will be reinstated.
  2. Line 2 - Is for those Cars that have already Qualified but want another attempt and have not withdrawn their previous Qualifying times.

8.4.4.1.6. If a Car has had its Qualifications time voided or has been bumped from the Race, an Entrant may make a subsequent Qualifications attempt with the Car, provided the Entrant’s representatives present the Car at the designated area in Pit Lane prior to making a Qualifications attempt.

8.4.4.2. Sunday, May 21st Qualifying Rules are as follows:

8.4.4.2.1. The pre-Qualifications practice sessions on Sunday shall be open to all Qualified Cars and any Cars participating in Last Chance Qualifying.

8.4.4.2.2. All Cars advancing to Sunday Qualifying are required to make one (1) Qualifications attempt.

8.4.4.2.3. Sunday Qualifying shall consist of two (2) Groups: “Group One (1)” and the “Fast 9”.

8.4.4.2.4. Each Car is provided one Guaranteed Attempt. If each Car within its respective Group does not receive its Guaranteed Attempt, the times from Saturday will act as the official Qualifying time for that respective Group.

8.4.4.3. Sunday, May 21st, "Group One (1)"

8.4.4.3.1. “Group One (1)” Qualifying shall consist of positions ten (10) to thirty-three (33) from Saturday Qualifying subject to the results of Last Chance Qualifying.

8.4.4.3.2. “Group One (1)” Qualifying order will be based on Saturday’s Qualifying positions subject to the results of Last Chance Qualifying. The “Group One (1)” order will begin with position 33 to position 10.

8.4.4.3.3. Previous Qualifying times are voided, and all Cars must requalify.

8.4.4.3.4. One Qualifying attempt for each of the “Group One (1)” Cars sets positions ten (10) through thirty-three (33).

8.4.4.4. Sunday, May 21st, "Fast 9"

8.4.4.4.1. The Qualifying order for the “Fast 9” will be set from slowest to fastest, based upon the official Qualifying time of each Car. The “Fast 9” order will begin with position nine (9) to one (1).

8.4.4.4.2. All previous Qualifying times are voided.

8.4.4.4.3. One Guaranteed Attempt for each of the “Fast 9” Cars set the Starting Lineup for positions 1-9.

8.4.4.4.4. All Cars advancing to the “Fast 9” are required to make one (1) Qualifications attempt in the “Fast 9”.

8.4.4.4.5. Each of the nine (9) Cars advancing is provided one (1) Guaranteed Attempt, provided the Car is properly and timely presented. If each Car does not receive its Guaranteed Attempt, the times from Saturday will act as the official Qualifying time.

8.4.4.5. Any Cars not able to begin or complete a required Qualifications attempt shall be ranked at the rear of their respective Qualifications group in order of Saturday Qualifying times.

8.4.5. Technical Inspection

8.4.5.1. To be properly presented at the start of either Qualifications day, the Cars in the Qualifications order must be fueled and in line at the technical inspection area as follows:

Saturday
Cars must be in line thirty (30) minutes before Qualifications begins.

Sunday
Cars in Group One (1) must be in line thirty (30) minutes before Group One (1) Qualifications begins.
Cars in the Fast 9 must be in line forty-five (45) minutes before Fast Nine Qualifications begins.

8.4.5.1.1. Cars are required to add a minimum of three (3) gallons of fuel from the fuel depot in the garage area prior to the first time through pre-Qualifications technical inspection. For all other Qualifications attempts, Cars must add a minimum of three (3) gallons of fuel from the Qualifying fuel tank located in the Pit Lane.

8.4.5.2. While the Car is in the Qualifications line, an Entrant’s representatives may make front/ rear wing angle and Tire pressure adjustments only. The Car must be moved as the Qualifications line progresses. A Car must not leave the Qualifications line without the approval of INDYCAR.

8.4.5.3. Once the Car successfully completes the technical inspection process, INDYCAR shall issue the Car an inspection sticker indicating the Car is eligible to make a Qualifications attempt on that specific Qualifications day. The Car may make a Qualifications attempt during the specific Qualifications day without having to return to the technical inspection area, if the Car displays the sticker.

8.4.5.4. Only Cars participating in a Qualifications attempt may obtain fuel from the Qualifying fuel tanks located in Pit Lane.

8.4.5.5. The rear wing mainplane used during an Entrant’s first completed Qualifications attempt that lists them in the Race must be the same mainplane that the Entrant uses for the reminder of the Event, including additional Qualifying attempts, unless the Entrants’ Qualifying time is withdrawn.

8.4.6. Post-Qualifications Technical Inspection

8.4.6.1. During Saturday and Sunday Qualifying, INDYCAR shall institute a voluntary impound area in Pit Lane. A Car may only proceed to the voluntary impound area upon receiving approval from INDYCAR. In lieu of permitting a Car to proceed to the voluntary impound area, INDYCAR may assign an Official to remain with the Car.

8.4.6.2. After each Car has completed its required attempt, each Car must return to the designated impound area. Each of the Cars will be assigned a technical Official.

8.4.7. Alternate Procedures

8.4.7.1. If the time allotted for Qualifications has expired on Saturday without every Car having been given its Guaranteed Attempt, INDYCAR shall determine the revised Qualifications procedure. This may include without limitation all Cars qualifying on the next available day.

8.4.8. Special Session - In the event the Qualifications period ends on Saturday, May 20th with fewer than thirty-three (33) Cars qualified for the Race after the break in the line and there are no Cars eligible for Last Chance Qualifying, all Cars having met the Qualifications requirements shall be locked in and cannot be bumped. INDYCAR shall fill the balance of the Starting Lineup by the fastest Qualified Cars of a special session, with the only bumping taking place amongst the Cars participating in the special session. The following procedure shall apply to the special session:

  1. An Entrant who wishes to secure a spot in the Qualifications order for the special session must have a representative present at 6:15PM on Saturday May 20th at N1 to draw for a Qualifications position.
  2. The special session shall take place on the next available day, weather permitting, prior to Group One (1) and “Fast 9” Qualifying and will consist of one (1) Guaranteed Attempt for each Car. Any Car not presented and starting its Guaranteed Attempt when directed to do so by INDYCAR or not taking the green flag will forfeit its Guaranteed Attempt. The remainder of the Starting Lineup will be filled based on Qualifications time during the special session. If the special session does not fill the Starting Lineup, INDYCAR will fill the Starting Lineup.
  3. Cars that have qualified in the special session will participate in Group One (1).
  4. In the event INDYCAR determines that this procedure will interfere with the preparations for the Race, either due to weather or otherwise, INDYCAR may forego the special session and fill the Starting Lineup in accordance with Rule 8.1.10.2.

8.4.9. If in the case of thirty-three (33) or fewer Entries, then Rules 8.4.3.4 and Rule 8.4.8 shall not apply. If the Starting Lineup is not full when the Qualifications period has ended on Saturday May 20th and any Car(s) have failed to complete their Guaranteed Attempt as determined by INDYCAR, then all Cars successfully completing Qualifications attempts shall be “locked in”. The remaining available positions for Sunday Qualifying shall be determined as follows:

  • Entrant point standing entering the Race,
  • For any Cars without Entrant points, Qualifying order.

8.4.10. Post-Qualifications Photographs

8.4.10.1. After a Car has completed its initial Qualifications attempt, the Driver and Car must proceed to the designated photograph area to take the Qualifications photograph, unless INDYCAR approves a delay in the timing of the photograph.

8.4.10.2. Each Driver/Car Qualifications photograph is permitted a maximum of ten (10) minutes.

8.4.10.3. During the ten (10) minute photograph time, a Driver and crew must wear the designated hats in the assigned order (two (2) Entrant hats, one (1) Firestone hat, and two (2) Event hats). If there is time permitting, other hats may be worn. If there is not time permitting, then the Entrant must make arrangements to schedule an alternate time to take additional photographs.

8.4.10.4. For each subsequent Qualifications attempt, a Driver and Car are not required to proceed to the photograph area for a duplicate set of photographs.

8.4.10.5. After the photographs are completed, the Car will return to the technical inspection area for post-Qualifications technical inspection.