Yesterday morning I broke down the typical qualifying format with the Verizon IndyCar Series – the segmented process that leads to the Firestone Fast 6 and then the Verizon P1 Award. Today, we will have a different qualifying format for the second dual in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit.
The field will still be split into two groups, but these will be determined by the combined times ranking from Friday’s two practice sessions. The drivers in the even-numbered positions will be in Group 1 and the drivers in the odd-numbered positions will be in Group 2.
According to that, this is how the groups should look:
Group 1: Mike Conway (#20 – Ed Carpenter Racing), Will Power (#12 – Team Penske), Scott Dixon (#9 – Ganassi Racing Teams), James Hinchcliffe (#27 – Andretti Autosport), Graham Rahal (#15 – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), Carlos Munoz (#34 – Andretti Autosport), Josef Newgard (#67 – Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing), Marco Andretti (#25 – Andretti Autosport), Carlos Huertas (#18 – Dale Coyne Racing), Charlie Kimball (#83 – Ganassi Racing Teams), and Mikhail Aleshin (#7 – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports).
Group 2: Simon Pagenaud (#77 – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports), Helio Castroneves (#3 – Team Penske), Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 – Andretti Autosport), Takuma Sato (#14 – AJ Foyt Racing), Ryan Briscoe (#8 – Ganassi Racing Teams), Tony Kanaan (#10 – Ganassi Racing Teams), Sebastian Saavedra (#17 – KV Racing), Justin Wilson (#19 – Dale Coyne Racing), Jack Hawksworth (#98 Bryan Herta Autosport), Juan Pablo Montoya (#2 – Team Penske), and Sebastien Bourdais (#11 – KV Racing).
Each group will go out for 12 minutes. Determination of the Verizon P1 winner will be based on best lap time across the groups. To determine the rest of the field, they will start with the group that the P1 winner was in. The remaining 10 drivers in that group will fill in all the odd-numbered positions, in order, based on their lap times. Then the 11 drivers in the other group will fill in the even-numbered positions, starting with P2, based on their lap times.
Qualifying is a bit later than it was yesterday, starting today at 10 AM EST. It will not be broadcast, but you can follow along live with Verizon IndyCar Timing & Scoring by clicking here – make sure you click to listen live as well, as IndyCar Radio commentators Pippa Mann and Paul Page will be calling the qualifying session and keeping you up to date with insight and observation.
As always, if you have questions about today’s qualifying process or anything else related to the Verizon IndyCar Series, I am happy to answer them.
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