IMS rolls out new format for Indy 500 qualifications

INDIANAPOLIS - Practice for Indy 500 qualifications took place Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as racing legends and government officials enjoyed the traditional Breakfast at the Brickyard.

The first practice was scheduled for 8 a.m. with the breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Gov. Mike Pence, Mayor Greg Ballard and first lady Winnie Ballard were in attendance.

This year, IMS officials rolled out a new format for the 33-car lineup.

Drivers will complete a four-lap, 10-mile run to qualify for the Indy 500. The fastest nine entries Saturday will advance to a shootout on Sunday.  Those drivers will then compete another four laps to determine the order: slowest to fastest.

Positions 10 through 30 will also compete with each other on Sunday to determine their starting order through a four-lap attempt.  Positions 31 through 33 are considered provisional and will compete among other drivers who have already declared their intent to qualify.

Meanwhile, the band "Live" is scheduled to perform at 2 p.m. and the IMS Kids Zone is open all day.

Qualifications were scheduled to run through 6 p.m.

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