The new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 now allows any entry that has not made the field at the end of the first day a chance to make the last row of the grid on the second day.
The IndyCar Series announced the changes Monday.
1996 Indianapolis 500 and 2000 IndyCar champion Buddy Lazier will attempt to race his way into the 2014 Indy 500 with a family-owned car.
The 46-year old Colorado native made his return to the Indianapolis 500 last year, but an early mechanical failure put him out of the race. However, the team have now had a whole year to put everything back together, and Lazier is confident that this year will provide better results.
News broke Thursday afternoon that J.R. Hildebrand will compete in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 in the No. 21 car fielded by Ed Carpenter Racing.
Hildebrand has competed against Ed Carpenter on the track before, but now, with the 2009 Indy Lights Championship and the 2011 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year to his name, Hildebrand’s resume has proven strong enough to land him a ride with a solid team again.
The month of May is shaping up to be one of the biggest in recent memory for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Monday morning the track announced another exciting event would be added to the growing schedule.
Country music superstar Jason Aldean will perform in concert during Legends Day on Saturday, May 24.
“Over the last several years we have continued to add reasons for our fans to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the day before the Indianapolis 500 to celebrate our current drivers and the legends of the race as part of Legends Day,” said J. Douglas Boles, IMS president.
“Adding a concert featuring an outstanding entertainer like Jason Aldean is a fantastic way for fans to cap off a day of honoring our current and past drivers and get geared up for ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ that will take place the next day.”