How to Qualify Indy 500 Race?

I bet you have always wondered how the 33 drivers who are eligible to compete for Indy 500 got there in the first place. If that’s you, then you’re not alone.

It’s a fact that most fans have no idea what goes on for their favorite drivers to be listed to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

How to Qualify Indy 500 Race

By now, we are aware that the 2020 Indy 500 race will take place on Sunday, May 24, 2020. But the qualifications round take place before that.

Here, we will show you the exact dates and the number of drivers selected on each particular day. Read on!

Saturday, May 16, 2020 (10-30 positions)

You can expect an Intense drama as the racers battle it down for the 10-30-locked in starting positions.

For entry, each driver has one attempt that is followed by multiple four-lap runs. The cars that end up between position 10-30 are chosen and are not eligible to re-qualify the next day.

It’s a day worth watching as each racer tries to beat time in order for them to have a significant step towards the Indy 500 championship title.

Sunday, May 17 2020 (31-33 & 1-9 positions)

The previous day on Saturday determines the drivers that will compete for the Fast Nine Shootout that includes positions 1 to 9. The other battle to take place on Sunday is for position 31-33.

The Fast Nine Shootout determines the starting order of the first three rows.

On this day, you can expect some of the best Indy racers of the world to compete for the starting order. Also, they compete for the position to take between 1 and 9.


Before the qualification rounds, there are practice days that are expected to take place on May 12-15, 2020. Get your subscriptions ready and catch all the practice/qualifying events and watch Indy 500 live via NBC Sports Network.

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