Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Procedure
May 12, 2007 | 10:12 A.M. EST
Qualifying speeds are determined by the aggregate time and average speed for four laps around the historic 2.5-mile oval. Each car, primary or backup, has three attempts per day to qualify. Entrants also can withdraw qualified cars from the field at their choice, but that car still will be allowed to make qualifying attempts based on the number of attempts it has remaining for the day.
AAMCO Transmissions Pole Award and Qualifications
Positions 1-11 in the field are available to the fastest qualifiers. Once the 11 spots are full, bumping will occur for the remainder of the day to determine the pole winner and fastest 11 qualifiers.
Second Day Qualifying
Positions 12-22 are available. Once those spots are full, bumping will occur only for those spots only the remainder of the day.
Third Day Qualifying
Remainder of the field is available. Once those spots are full, bumping will occur for those spots only the remainder of the day.
Any qualifying attempt on the fourth day that is faster than a qualified entrant in the starting field will bump the slowest qualifier, regardless of the day of qualification. The “bumped” entrant is removed from the field, but has the opportunity to bump its way back into the starting field as time allows.