How does qualifying work for the 2023 Indy 500?

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday, May 30, 2021 ©2021 Walt Kuhn

Qualifying for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place this weekend.

In total 34 teams will take to the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway putting together a four-lap average to try and lock themselves into a field of 33 cars for the biggest race in motorsports.

Full-field qualifying starts at 11 am on Saturday. Each car will be guaranteed one attempt to make the race. Cars may attempt additional attempts until time expires at 6 pm. This round of qualifying will lock in positions 13-30 for next Sunday’s race. Coverage of full-field qualifying will air on Peacock from 11 am till 6 pm while NBC will also pick up coverage from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm.

On Sunday at 2 pm the top-12 will return to the track where positions 7-12 will be determined.

At 4 pm attention turns to last chance qualifying. Last chance qualifying will take place where teams who posted the 31-34th fastest times will each make an attempt. They may make additional attempts until time expires. Teams will have to withdraw a time in order to make an additional attempt. The slowest car will not race in the Indy 500. Additionally the fix six will run at this time to determine the top six starters in the Indy 500 with the fastest being given the pole.

 Scott Dixon has won the last two poles for the Indianapolis 500. No one has ever won three in a row.


John Boarman
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