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Post Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:12 pm

Changes to Indy 500 qualifying will impact Busch

The new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 will include three rounds over two days, with the pole-winner emerging from a "Fast Nine Shootout" on what used to be Bump Day. Qualifying for the Indy 500 this year will begin on May 17 when the fastest 33 cars are locked into the field. All entries will be guaranteed at least one four-lap attempt to qualify, and the fastest nine drivers will move into the shootout. On Sunday, the previous days' times will be erased and entries 10 through 33 will complete another four-lap qualifying attempt to determine their starting position. The fastest nine drivers from Saturday will then make one four-lap attempt to determine the prestigious pole winner and starting front row.
It makes life a little more difficult for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who will attempt to become the first driver in 10 years to run both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Busch will now have to qualify in Indianapolis on Saturday, fly to Charlotte, N.C., for NASCAR's All-Star race that evening, then return to Indianapolis to determine his starting spot in Sunday's qualifying session. Under the old format, had Busch locked himself into the field on Saturday, he would not have necessarily have needed to return to Indianapolis following the All-Star race unless he was in danger of being bumped out.(Associated Press)(3-7-2014)
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Post Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:01 pm

Re: Changes to Indy 500 qualifying will impact Busch

I read an article on ESPN.com that Indy was struggling to even get 33 cars to enter the field. I think that article is still posted. Racer 1 follows indy racing maybe he can shed some light.

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thought it is odd, that a couple years ago they were basically begging for some cup drivers to try & race some Indy races, & now they are making it harder for a cup driver to do the double.
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Post Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:08 pm

Re: Changes to Indy 500 qualifying will impact Busch

i think kurt already mentioned that the all star race would be compromised and that SHR gave him permission or something like that.

Indy 500 qualifying has always been a head scratcher for me, but i guess im just not used to it.

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