2011 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Procedure
POLE DAY, Saturday, May 21
Positions available: 1-24
•11 a.m.-4 p.m.: The top 24 spots in the 33-car field will be available through traditional four-lap attempts. Each car will have up to three attempts during this time. Bumping begins when the 24 spots are filled. The times of the top nine drivers from this first segment of qualifying will be erased at 4 p.m., with all of those competitors guaranteed to start no worse than ninth in the Indianapolis 500.
•4:30-6 p.m.: “The Fast Nine” then will be required to make at least one four-lap qualifying attempt. They will receive an extra set of fresh tires. Additional, optional attempts are available if time permits. Each car will receive a second set of fresh tires for a second run. Each driver’s best run during the 90-minute session will set their position within the top nine spots on the starting grid. If inclement weather prevents the 90-minute shootout for the “Fast Nine,” their times from the opening session will determine starting positions.
ARMED FORCES DAY/BUMP DAY, Sunday, May 22
Positions available: 25-33
Format: The final nine spots in the field will be earned through traditional four-lap qualifying from noon-6 p.m. Bumping will begin once 33 cars have qualified.
Qualifying Points: In a departure from the other 16 IZOD IndyCar Series races, in which the PEAK Performance Pole Award winner earns one bonus point, all 33 starting drivers will receive championship points. The pole winner will receive 15 points, with the other front-row starters earning 13 and 12 points, respectively. Drivers in Rows 2 and 3 will receive, in descending order, between 11 and six points. Positions 10-24 receive four bonus points, and 25-33 earn three points.