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Daytona 500 Qualifying Format

PostPosted: Mon 17 Feb, 2014 8:49 pm
by NewMrMe
I recently read how qualifying for the Daytona 500 works. Some people moan about the various systems F1 has used over the years but none are as bonkers as this.

Part 1 - A qualifying session where each car has the track to themself for an out lap, 2 flying laps and in in lap. The fastest overall lap takes pole position and the second fastest lap takes second on the grid.

Part 2 - Qualifying races. Two 150 mile races. One is for cars who finished with an odd position in the qualifying session, 3rd fastest is on pole, 5th fastest is second on the grid etc. The other is for cars with an even position, 4th fastest starts from pole, 6th fastest from 2nd etc. The top 15 finishers in the odd race take odd grid positions from 3rd to 31st. The top 15 finishers in the even race take even grid positions from 4th to 32nd.

Now it gets really odd.

Positions 33 to 36 on the grid go to the 4 fastest cars from the qualifying session who didn't finish in the top 15 in their qualifying race.

37th to 42nd on the grid go to the 6 highest placed entries in the previous season's team championship that have not yet qualified.

43rd. Goes to the most recent former champion that has not already qualified. If there are no former champions the last spot goes to the highest placed entry in the previous team's championship.

Re: Daytona 500 Qualifying Format

PostPosted: Sun 23 Feb, 2014 12:53 pm
by vikki
clearly the competitors are so confused they can't concentrate on the driving bit. ~`1@