IndyCar to stay with current qualifying course of
The NTT IndyCar Collection is not going to alter its highway and road course qualifying process in 2022.
As RACER reported again in November, in anticipation of a big progress in full-time entries, IndyCar thought of taking the opening stage of its Firestone Quick 12 qualifying process — which splits the sphere in half and transfers the six quickest vehicles from every group into the following spherical — and dividing it into thirds, thereby decreasing the variety of vehicles on observe throughout these segments.
However with a full-time grid anticipated to have 25 entries outdoors the Indianapolis 500, fairly than the 26-28 that appeared attainable earlier within the offseason, any issues of getting routine qualifying site visitors jams have dissipated. Granted, at some occasions, additional entries might push the grid to twenty-eight or extra vehicles, however these choose cases aren’t sufficient to warrant an overhaul to the acquainted qualifying course of groups, drivers, and followers have come to know.
“We checked out it in many alternative methods, and we presently have the condensed model — 75 minutes for all of the knockout rounds and the time between these rounds — and the intention is to maintain it like we presently have it,” IndyCar president Jay Frye informed RACER.
Frye and race director Kyle Novak are eager to make one modification to the multi-stage qualifying process that could possibly be ratified previous to the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in February.
“We’re seeking to see if there’s a method we are able to velocity up the present model, if we don’t want as a lot downtime between the teams,” Frye added. “So we’re going over what we presently do. We all know it really works because it stands, however we’re it extra from a procedural standpoint of how we do it. So I don’t envision something altering about how we qualify in 2022, besides seeing if we are able to save a while between teams and possibly cut back that 75-minute interval if attainable.”