Responding to the challenges of providing competitive full-field qualifying sessions on the tight street courses in Denver and Miami, the CART Champ Car World Series announced Thursday that it has implemented single-car qualifying for both ...
Responding to the challenges of providing competitive full-field qualifying sessions on the tight street courses in Denver and Miami, the CART Champ Car World Series announced Thursday that it has implemented single-car qualifying for both events.
The drivers and teams of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will run both first-round and final qualifying for the August 31 Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver and the September 28 Grand Prix Americas in single-car fashion, eliminating concerns over traffic and enhancing safety for competitors and fans.
"These changes will not only provide a better and safer racing environment for our teams," said CART Director of Technology Lee Dykstra. "It will also give our fans a truer look at the performances of our teams and drivers during qualifying sessions."
The unique format, which will be in effect only for the aforementioned races, will debut in Denver with first-round qualifying on Friday, August 29. Saturday's final round of qualifying in the single-car format, which is believed to be the first of its kind for major open-wheel racing in the United States, will be televised live on SPEED Channel beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
First-round qualifying order will be run in reverse order of Friday practice times for both events, while the order for final qualifying will run in reverse of the first-round results. Each competitor will run one untimed out lap, followed by three qualifying laps. The best single lap of the three will count as the driver's official time. A driver that returns to the pits before taking the green flag will have a chance to run again after all other competitors have qualified, but a driver that runs at least one green flag lap will not be allowed to make another qualifying effort.
The timing line will be located near the entrance to the pits in both Denver and Miami, meaning that each driver will run one untimed in-lap segment after his third qualifying circuit. In an effort to ensure that every driver gets the opportunity to run unimpeded, CART Champ Car Stewards will take away a driver's fastest lap if, on their in-lap segment, they are found to have blocked the following competitor's out lap.