NASCAR has opted to return to single-car qualifying runs at these two circuits with the new high downforce aero package that is being implemented.
NASCAR has revealed changes to the qualifying format for the upcoming races at Indianapolis and Michigan. They will abandon group qualifying and follow the format utilized by Talladega and Daytona - single-car runs.
All cars will be lined up nose-to-tail on pit road based on a random draw. An official will send each car out at a predetermined interval and with the size of these two facilities (2.0 and 2.5 miles), you can expect to see multiple cars on track at the same time. This process is to ensure no car is assisted by another via the draft.
The fastest twelve will then fight for pole in the second round of qualifying with their Round 1 times erased. This format is in place for all three national divisions. Cup and Xfinity will be present for Indy while Cup is joined by the Trucks at Michigan.
This all comes following news that a new high downforce aero package will be implemented for these races, increasing the importance of the draft.