October 01, 2013 | By IMS Digital Media
Qualifying Procedures - Road Course Racing
The addition of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis brings a new form of road course qualifying to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Verizon IndyCar Series. Get up to speed on just how road course qualifying will work at the May event:
PRACTICE: All cars participate in practice sessions on the first day of track activity. At the end of the day, drivers will be assigned to one of two groups based on the combined practice times on the day prior to qualifications. The driver with the fastest overall time will determine whether his group will qualify first or second.
QUALIFYING: Qualifying is broken down into three segments, progressively narrowing the field to determine the pole winner.
SEGMENT ONE: Each of the two groups receives 10 minutes of track time, inclusive of full-course yellow conditions. The fastest six cars from each group advance to Segment Two, while the remaining cars are assigned positions 13+. Group One drivers occupy the odd-numbered positions (13, 15, 17...) while Group Two drivers occupy the even-numbered positions (14, 16, 18...) based on their fastest lap times during the segment.
SEGMENT TWO: The 12 advancing cars receive 10 minutes of track time. The fastest six advance to the Firestone Fast Six while the remaining six cars are ranked in positions 7-12 based on their fastest laps during the segment
FIRESTONE FAST SIX: The six advancing cars receive 10 minutes of track time, with a guarantee of five minutes of green flag time. Each car receives one additional set of Firestone Firehawk tires for use during this final segment. At the end of the session, the cars are ranked 1-6 based on their fastest laps during the segment.
CAUTIONS: If a car causes a red or full course yellow condition in any segment or otherwise interferes with qualications as determined by the Race Director, the car’s best two timed laps of the segment will be disallowed. An interfering car will not be allowed to advance to the next segment. If a car causes two red or full course yellow conditions in any segment, all segment times shall be voided and the car shall not be permitted to participate in the remainder of qualifying.
FIRESTONE FAST SIX FAST FACTS: 2005-2012 (The format has been used at 52 races)
31 – Different drivers who have participated in Firestone Fast Six sessions 107 – Times a driver has have improved their starting position (34.3 percent)
38 – Scott Dixon leads all drivers by participating in 38 of 52 Firestone Fast Six sessions. Dario Franchitti is second with 36.
30 – Times a driver has improved to the pole position during the Firestone Fast Six session
2.17 – Average starting position of the driver who entered the Firestone Fast Six session with the fastest lap from the previous segment.
2.38 – Average pre-session qualifying position of the driver who won the pole during the Firestone Fast Six session.
5 – Most spots improved; Helio Castroneves went from sixth to first at Mid-Ohio in 2007, Ryan Briscoe went from sixth to first at Edmonton in 2008 , Will Power went from sixth to first at Long Beach in 2009, Dario Franchitti went from sixth to first at Toronto in 2012 and Ryan Hunter-Reay went from sixth to first at Edmonton.
1 – Race where no positions changed (Infineon 2005).
In 2012, no driver participated in all 10 Firestone Fast Six sessions. In 2012, the driver who was fastest in Segment Two went on to capture the pole in four of the 10 Firestone Fast Six sessions.