For the second consecutive year, heat races will determine the starting grid for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway but this year more laps, transfers and points are new to the equation.
There will still be three heat races but the amount of laps in each heat has been increased to fifty laps. This year, a regular qualifying session will be used to determine the starters in each heat. The first heat will be comprised of the even-numbered positions from the qualifying session starting with eighth position. Heat two will be comprised of the odd-numbered positions from the qualifying session starting with seventh position. The top six qualifiers will automatically qualify for the third and final heat.
The top two from the first two heats will transfer to the final heat and have a shot to win the pole position for Sunday's race. Those who fail to transfer from heat one will occupy the remaining even-numbered positions starting with twelfth while those who fail to transfer from heat two will occupy the remaining odd-numbered positions starting with eleventh.
Points will pay out to the top twelve drivers. The six fastest qualifiers, four transfer and third place finishers from each heat will get at least one point. Winning the third heat and pole position will pay nine points with each other finisher from heat three receiving one less point than the driver ahead of them. The last two finishers in heat three and third place finishers from heat one and two receive one point apiece.
Coverage of the Iowa heat races will begin at 6:45 p.m. ET with live streaming on IndyCar.com and the IndyCar 13 app. The IMS Radio Network broadcast will be commentating the heat races.
At a glance look at the Iowa heat race format.
Three, fifty lap heat races. Starting line-ups for the heat races set by a traditional qualifying session.
6:45 p.m. ET, Saturday June 22nd.
Who Starts Where In The Heats?
Heat One- Even-numbered positions from qualifying. Eighth, tenth, twelfth, fourteenth, sixteenth, eighteenth, twentieth and twenty-second. Top two advance to the third heat.
Heat Two- Odd-numbered positions from qualifying. Seventh, ninth, eleventh, thirteenth, fifteenth, seventeenth, nineteenth, twenty-first and twenty-third. Top two advance to the third heat.
Heat Three- Fastest six qualifiers, winners from each heat, second place finishers from each heat.
Who Receives Points?
All participants from heat three receive points as well as third place from heat one and heat two.
1st- 9; 2nd- 8; 3rd- 7; 4th- 6; 5th- 5; 6th- 4; 7th- 3; 8th- 2; 9th- 1; 10th- 1; 11th (third from heat two)- 1; 12th (third from heat one)- 1.
Who Starts Where on Sunday?
Heat three participants will set the top ten while those who fail to transfer from heat one will occupy the even-numbered positions starting with twelfth and those who fail to transfer from heat two will occupy the odd-numbered positions starting with eleventh.
How Can I Watch?
Live streaming at IndyCar.com or on the IndyCar 13 app at 6:45 p.m. ET.