By AMANDA VINCENT
According to various reports, including on websites of FOX Sports and the Indianapolis Star, NASCAR will utilize its single-car superspeedway qualifying format for upcoming races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. The change comes as a result of a new aerodynamic rules package announced for races at those tracks.
With the new package that includes a nine-inch spoiler with one-inch wicker bill, two-inch front splitter and 43-inch radiator pan, more drafting is expected and the single-car format used at the superspeedways of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway is aimed at eliminating drafting during qualifying so that the fastest cars make the race and cut down on the chances of multi-car qualifying wrecks.
Qualifying at Indianapolis and Michigan will consist of two rounds. The 12-fastest cars in the first round will advance to the second round to complete for the top-12 spots on the starting grid, while the grid spots from 13th back will be set based on others’ first-round track times.
During each round, all cars participating in that respective round will get one timed lap of qualifying. Cars will be released to go out on track at predetermined intervals. There may be multiple cars on the track at a given time, but they are expected to be far enough a part that a draft won’t come into play.
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