IndyCar also introduces double points rule
21 March 2014 – IndyCar will introduce a new double points regulation for the upcoming campaign, with series organisers deciding to follow in the footsteps of Formula 1 and fellow American championship NASCAR.
For the three 500-mile races on the calendar, taking place at Indianapolis, Pocono and Fontana, the winner will receive 100 points instead of 50, with second claiming 80, third 70 and so on throughout the remaining places.
There will also be points for the two days of qualification for the blue-riband Indianapolis 500 event, running from 33 points to one, including bonuses for reaching the Fast Nine Shootout, running from nine points to one.
"Adding more weight to the 500-mile events rewards teams and drivers that continually rise to the occasion at key times of the year," explained IndyCar President of Competition and Operations Derrick Walker.
In addition, the points system for manufacturers has been modified, with changes aimed at rewarding durability and performance throughout the season. An extra 10 points will be handed out to engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda for each of their 2.2-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 units that reach the required 2,500-mile figure.
There will be further bonus points on offer for the manufacturer that leads the most laps (two points), leads at least one lap (one point) and earns the Verizon P1 Award (one point), with the exception of the Indianapolis 500.
Engine regulations have also been modified, with 10-point manufacturer penalties replacing 10-place grid drops.
Entrant-initiated engine changes will see the loss of 10 driver and entrant points, while an unapproved engine change will result in the entry being sent to the back of the grid. No engine penalties will be handed out at the Indianapolis 500, with penalties carried into or earned at the event to be served at the subsequent race.