Thoughts on Qualifying Weekend

Today’s schedule:

11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Public Gates Open

1-3 p.m.: NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice Peacock, Indycaradio

TICKETS: General Admission tickets are $15. Children 15 and under are admitted free with paying adult.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN (11 a.m.-3 p.m.): Gate 2, Gate 4, Gate 6S, Gate 7, Gate 7S, Gate 10, and Gate 10A.

PARKING: Free parking is located in the IMS infield. Enter through Gate 10 from 30th Street or through Gate 2 from 16th Street.

Indianapolis 500 qualifying gave fans quite a shiow. Fans saw the fastest qualifying time by a rookie (Benjamin Pedersen) and a female driver (Katherine Legge), the closes front row in history, and the second fastest pokle speed.

Saturday’s nonstop action was better than many qualifying days with gaps in the proceedings. Sunday had high drama in the Last Chance Qualifying with Jack Harvey’s last lap bump of teammate Graham Rahal

I have never liked the new format for qualifying, but I thought this was the first year it actually worked well. Sunday’s program is a;ways going to be in flux, since it depends on the number of entries.

For this current format to work well, the entry list has to be at least 35 cars. That number would eliminate the down time in the LCQ round. There would also be one less car that is safe and would have tothink about a second run.

I’m no engineer, but I understand why they would wabnt to cool the engines before a second run, but Harvey showed yesterday that a driver can still go fast enough to get in the field even with two runs somewhat close together. Wouldn’t everyone be equal if there were no cooling off period?

Having the Fast Six pole runs immediately after the LCQ was ant-climactic After the frenzy of and excitement of bumping, seeing six cars make one and done qulifying runs. stole a lot of the crowds enthusiasm for the pole winner.

The pole shootout and LCQ need to have some separation. I have always advbocated for deciding the pole on Saturday.. Sunday should be just for bumping.The pole winner can be on television Sunday, talking about his accomplishment and publicizing the race.