Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reviewing Rules for Detroit

New to the 2013 IZOD Indycar Series is doubleheader races at the tracks of Detroit (this weekend), Toronto, and Houston. I literally had no clue as to what the rules are and how the whole system works. After research, here is what I can determine and what you should look forward to this weekend at Detroit:

  • Qualifying for race one will be the normal qualifying format with the Fast Six procedures. This will take place on Saturday. From what I gather, the grid for race two on Sunday will be another qualifying session, with the field being split into two groups evenly. Each group will get 12 minutes to qualify with five minutes of guaranteed green flag time (in the case of a yellow or red flag). The groups do not determine the inside row or the outside row or anything. They are merely meant to ease the congestion on the track with less cars in the groups. Time for this session is TBA.  

  • Race 1 will feature a standing start (excluding Detroit). Standing starts are used in many forms of road racing including F1 and V8 Supercars. Race 2 will feature the conventional rolling start.

The last standing start we saw was Champ Car Long Beach 2008 (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Both races will be 70 laps in length, broadcasted in America on ABC with coverage starting at 3:30 local time (eastern). Each race will be using the standard point system, so if a driver were to win both races, they would walk away with a cool 100 points. 

  • The track in Detroit has since been repaved and altered since last year's debacle with the track falling apart. New pavement and a newly tweaked track layout will enhance the racing.

This is, to the best of my knowledge, what you should look forward to this weekend! Since there is little info circulating, if I missed anything or made an error let me know!

-Matthew Hickey

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