May 14, 2006

Qualifying for Indy 500 postponed to next weekend

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - The first weekend of
qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 motor race were rained
off for the first time since 1983.

Organizers will now hold Pole Day and qualifying for the
90th Indy 500 next Saturday and Sunday with a lock in/knock out
qualifying scheme of the 33 fastest cars.

Once the 33 fastest cars have qualified, bumping out begins
when a car which has not previously qualified can knock out a
slower car by posting a faster speed.

Some competitors were able to complete unofficial practice
runs at the 2.5-mile (4.02-km) oval at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway on Sunday but steady rain caused the cancellation of
the time trials. No cars ran on Saturday.

The fastest practice speeds were clocked by defending
champion Dan Wheldon of Britain at 228.663 mph (355.11 kph) and
Sam Hornish Jr. of the United States at 228.220 mph (354.40

Qualifying was originally scheduled to take place on four
days, this weekend and next. The race is on May 28.