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Thursday September 29th, 2016 1:03AM

Format changes enhance battle to qualify for Indianapolis 500

By IndyCar Media
  Contact Editor
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - INDYCAR has announced a new qualifying format to set the 33-car starting lineup for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race.

Qualifying will be enhanced with three sessions of time trials over two eventful days, with the goal of increasing entertainment value, fan attendance and TV viewership for the 2014 qualifying weekend on May 17-18, 2014.

"This new format includes two exciting days of on-track action, all culminating on Sunday with the Fast Nine Shootout," said Mark Miles, CEO, Hulman Motorsports. "Fans get to watch their favorite drivers battle to make the field on Saturday, and then fight for a pole position on Sunday. It will be a great show for fans attending the race and watching the broadcast on ABC."

The format is as follows:

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