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New concept to be tested at Iowa Speedway


The IndyCar Series will use heat races for qualifying at the Iowa Speedway this year.

The heat races are a trial for something the series could implement at certain ovals in 2013. The IndyCar Series currently uses single-car qualifying on ovals, and three rounds of qualifications on road and street courses.

Qualifying for the June 22 race at Iowa will consist of three 30-lap heats, and the field in each heat will be set by practice times. One heat will determine the top 10 starting spots, the other two heats will determine odd-numbered starting positions 11 to 31 and even-numbered starting positions for 12 to 32.

At 0.875 miles, the Iowa Speedway is the shortest oval on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.

The Iowa Corn Indy 250 will be held on June 22.

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