IndyCar nearing modifications to qualifying format
As entries for the subsequent IndyCar season proceed to come back into focus, sequence president Jay Frye and his competitors staff have began to refine a number of the modifications that could be coming in 2022.
As RACER beforehand wrote, an anticipated rise in full-time entries has compelled IndyCar to contemplate making modifications to its knockout-style highway and road course qualifying system, and with extra time devoted to the subject, Frye says a proper swap to opening the classes with three separate teams as a substitute of two is getting nearer to turning into a actuality.
“An elevated automotive depend is a good downside to have,” Frye advised RACER. “So how can we handle that? What does that seem like? In knockout qualifying, the place generally it’s too busy with vehicles on monitor, possibly there’s a option to have the identical quantity of vehicles on the monitor on a regular basis. So say there’s 27 vehicles, you’ll have 9 vehicles exit, three vehicles advance. You could have 9 extra vehicles go, three vehicles advance, after which the final session the place three vehicles advance.
“Then as a substitute of getting a Quick Six, you’d have a Quick 9. In order that additionally matches up with the Indy 500’s Quick 9 qualifying, after which we’ve bought the five hundred and the highway and road programs are the identical. There have been occasions final 12 months as we bought as much as 27 or 28 vehicles the place the monitor was very busy in qualifying. I imply, very busy. So we wish to get forward of this and make it simpler for our drivers to set their laps with out being on prime of one another.”
Frye has different procedural concepts for the 9/9/9 assemble, which might modify accordingly if 26, 28, or extra entries wanted to be divided by three.
“After which, every group after they go and in the event that they’ve superior, we’d impound these vehicles, proper till the tip, most likely, have all of them collectively for the Quick 9,” he added. “We’ve executed this a pair other ways final couple years, based mostly off of the issues that we’ve been dealt, like we shortened the general size of the knockout qualifying course of. We’ve had that the final couple years and just like the sooner strategy, so we’re simply wanting forward and determining how we must always do it because the automotive depend is increasing.”
IndyCar holds an annual offseason assembly with its drivers in Indianapolis; the 9/9/9 and swap from the Quick Six to the Quick 9 will probably be among the many objects introduced to the group.
“This can be a matter the staff managers checked out in our final assembly, and basically, it makes nice sense to us,” Frye stated. “However we’ll run one thing like this by the drivers, too, as a result of they’ll have a special perspective on it. We’ll see what they are saying, after which we’ll come again, create the method and the procedures so all people sees how it’s, so it’s very clear.
“After which we’ll ship it out once more, and we’ll say, ‘OK, that is the ultimate process we’re going to make use of, undergo yet another time and shoot holes by it earlier than it’s locked in.’ We all the time get nice suggestions from them, and we’ll change the procedures somewhat bit to ensure it’s the perfect we will provide you with.”