INDYCAR enhances points format for Verizon IndyCar Series championships

IndyCar, IndyCar News/Releases, INDYCAR PR — By on March 20, 2014 5:40 pm
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[Source: INDYCAR press release]

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, March 20, 2014) – INDYCAR announced today that it will enhance the points scoring format that will decide the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ and entrants’ championships.

The enhanced format, which will be implemented at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 28-30, will put a premium on the three 500-mile events.

The base points structure remains unchanged. The following are enhancements:

• Double points awarded for 500-mile events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Auto Club Speedway.

Race

 

 

500-mile races

 

Position

Points

 

Position

Points

1

50

 

1

100

2

40

 

2

80

3

35

 

3

70

4

32

 

4

64

5

30

 

5

60

6

28

 

6

56

7

26

 

7

52

8

24

 

8

48

9

22

 

9

44

10

20

 

10

40

11

19

 

11

38

12

18

 

12

36

13

17

 

13

34

14

16

 

14

32

15

15

 

15

30

16

14

 

16

28

17

13

 

17

26

18

12

 

18

24

19

11

 

19

22

20

10

 

20

20

21

9

 

21

18

22

8

 

22

16

23

7

 

23

14

24

6

 

24

12

25

5

 

25

10

26

5

 

26

10

27

5

 

27

10

28

5

 

28

10

29

5

 

29

10

30

5

 

30

10

31

5

 

31

10

32

5

 

32

10

33

5

 

33

10

• Points for the two days of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500, including bonuses for reaching the Fast Nine Shootout.

May 17

 

 

May 18

 

Position

Points

 

Position

Points

1

33

 

1

9

2

32

 

2

8

3

31

 

3

7

4

30

 

4

6

5

29

 

5

5

6

28

 

6

4

7

27

 

7

3

8

26

 

8

2

9

25

 

9

1

10

24

 

 

 

11

23

 

 

 

12

22

 

 

 

13

21

 

 

 

14

20

 

 

 

15

19

 

 

 

16

18

 

 

 

17

17

 

 

 

18

16

 

 

 

19

15

 

 

 

20

14

 

 

 

21

13

 

 

 

22

12

 

 

 

23

11

 

 

 

24

10

 

 

 

25

9

 

 

 

26

8

 

 

27

7

 

 

28

6

 

 

29

5

 

 

30

4

 

 

31

3

 

 

32

2

 

 

33

1

 

 

“Adding more weight to the 500-mile events rewards teams and drivers that continually rise to the occasion at key times of the year,” said Derrick Walker, President of Competition and Operations, INDYCAR. “We looked at various ways to improve the way we decide our champions, and this will only make the championship battles more exciting.”

INDYCAR has also revised the format for the Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship to reward durability and performance in addition to penalizing competitors when warranted during the 18-race season. Under the new format:

• Manufacturers will receive a 10-point award for each of their 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engines that reach the 2,500-mile change-out threshold set by INDYCAR for 2014.

• The Manufacturers’ Championship format mirrors points awarded to the top five drivers and entrants in each race when running one of the four assigned engines allotted for the season.

Race

 

 

500-mile races

 

Position

Points

 

Position

Points

1

50

 

1

100

2

40

 

2

80

3

35

 

3

70

4

32

 

4

64