The Indy Racing League has decided to make some adjustments to the Indy Car Series championship points system for the 2009 season.
In an effort to bring more urgency and interest to qualifying, one bonus point will be awarded to the driver who earns the pole position in each race. This should generate more fan enthusiasm for the qualifying sessions.
This will be effective particularly at oval events, where the starting position isn’t of critical importance compared to road or street courses.
The top qualifier will continue to be awarded the $10,000 Peak Performance Award for the pole as well, except at the Indy 500, where the award is $50,000.
In another change to the point system, two points will now be awarded to the driver who leads the most laps in each race. Since 2001, three points have been awarded but one of those points will be given to the pole winner.
The points awarded for the finishing positions will not change. The Firestone Indy Lights Series will adopt the same points structure as well.
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