New road course qualifying procedure
NASCAR has announced a new qualifying format for the Sprint Cup races it holds on road courses such as Watkins Glen International and Sonoma Raceway in future.
Instead of the traditional single-car runs held on ovals, cars will now be divided up into groups based on final practice times and will have a designated period of running with the car's best lap time during that period taken as their qualifying lap. NASCAR's Nationwide Series already uses a very similar system for its own road course events, which saves time in and makes road the sessions more interesting as a whole.
"The change will add an exciting element to road-course qualifying," said NASCAR's vice president of competition Robin Pemberton. "Fans will be treated to new strategy and increased competition with several cars on track at once."