IndyCar has announced that the starting grid for the second race of its three double-header events at Detroit, Toronto and Houston will be decided in two groups running for 12 minutes, rather than the original one session of 30 minutes previously planned.
Group 1 will be for those cars that finished the previous day's practice in odd-numbered positions, and Group 2 for the even-numbered finishers. Times from the two groups will be combined to form the overall grid. The grid for the first race of the double headers will follow the usual three-round format seen at road and street course events.
"Splitting qualifications for the second race will give a premium to the amount of track time available to each competitor," said IndyCar's race director Beaux Barfield. "It will improve the ability for competitors to get a clean lap and post a true lap time."
Iowa sponsor named
The presenting sponsor of next month's Iowa Corn Indy 250 will be sponsored by Monsanto's DEKALB brand of seed corn when it takes place at Iowa Speedway in Newton on June 23.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to work closely with the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Speedway, as well as feature the DEKALB brand's commitment to powerful innovation and performance," stated Jason Hoag, DEKALB Brand Lead.