Oval Qualifying (excluding the Indianapolis 500)
Order – Qualifying order is determined by reverse order of entrant points entering the event. Teams without
entrant points will be placed at the front of the order and ordered by blind draw.
Warmup laps – Each car is permitted two warmup laps prior to the timed qualification laps. INDYCAR may
permit additional warmup laps if deemed necessary.
Green-flag laps – A qualification attempt consists of two consecutively timed laps. The aggregate time is
recorded as the official qualifying time for the car, with the fastest aggregate time earning the pole position.
Missed attempts – Each car is permitted to leave the staging pit one time only.
Indianapolis 500 Qualifying
Order – A blind draw is conducted prior to each qualification day.
Warmup laps – Each car is permitted two warmup laps prior to the timed qualification laps. Race director
may permit three warmup laps if deemed necessary.
Green-flag laps – A qualification attempt consists of four timed laps. The aggregate time is recorded as
the official qualifying time for the car.
Road/Street Course Qualifying
Qualifying is broken into three segments, progressively narrowing the field to determine the pole winner.
Segment 1 is broken into two groups determined by the top time posted by each car in the final practice
session before qualifying.
Segment 1 – Each of the two groups receives 10 minutes of track time, inclusive of full-course caution
conditions, with the fastest lap by each car determining its qualifying position. The fastest six cars from
each group advance to Segment 2, while the remaining cars are assigned positions 13 and back to the rear
of the grid. Group 1 drivers occupy the odd-numbered positions (13, 15, 17, etc.), while Group 2 drivers
occupy the even-numbered positions (14, 16, 18, etc.) based on their fastest lap times during the segment.
Segment 2 – The 12 advancing cars receive 10 minutes of track time, inclusive of full-course caution
conditions, with the fastest lap by each entry determining its qualifying position. The fastest six advance to
the Firestone Fast Six shootout, 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 six minutes of guaranteed green-flag track time. At
the end of the session, the cars are ranked 1-6 based on their fastest laps during the segment.
Failure to complete all qualifying segments – If conditions prevent completion of all segments of road/
street course qualifying, the starting grid will be set according to the last completed segment. The driver
recording the fastest time in the last fully completed segment will be awarded the pole position with the
remainder of drivers in that group filling the odd-numbered starting positions by lap time rank and the even
numbered starting positions filled by lap time rank from the other group. If no segments are completed, the
starting grid will be set by entrant points entering the event or, for the first race of the season, by entrant
points at the conclusion of the previous season.
Qualifying Interference – If a car causes a red-flag condition in any segment or otherwise interferes with
qualifications as determined by INDYCAR, the car’s best two timed laps of the segment will be disallowed
and the car shall not be allowed to advance to the next segment. If a car causes two red-flag conditions in
one or more segments or otherwise interferes with qualifications as determined by INDYCAR, all segment
times shall be voided and the car shall not be permitted to participate in the remainder of qualifying. If a car
causes a yellow-flag condition that interferes with the attempt of another car, the violating car’s best lap
during that segment will be disallowed. If the violation occurs during the Firestone Fast Six, all the car’s laps
in that segment shall be voided and the car not permitted to continue in the session.
Doubleheader Race Qualifying – For doubleheader races,
qualifying sessions for each race will see the field divided into two groups based on practice times, with
12 minutes of track time allotted for each qualifying group (with five minutes of guaranteed green-flag
time). Qualifying groups will be based on best lap times from the practice session immediately
preceding Race 1 qualifications. If a car causes a red-flag situation during a qualifying session, its best two
timed laps will be disallowed and it will not be permitted to continue in the session. One driver and entrant
championship point will be awarded to the fastest car in each qualifying group on both days.