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January 22, 2013

IndyCar announces schedule changes

Heat races at Iowa

(Continued)

IndyCar officials announced the 2013 television schedule with ABC covering six of the 19 events, including the Indianapolis 500 and the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) televising the remaining 13 races.

Series officials also announced that three 30-lap heat races will determine the starting field at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on June 13. The heat races will be run on Saturday with the feature event on Sunday.

Heat race one will consist of even-numbered positions, starting with position eight from single car qualifying. The second heat race will consist of the odd-numbered positions, starting with position seven from qualifying.

The top two finishers in these two heat races will then compete in the third heat race with the top six qualifiers to determine the first five rows for the Iowa Corn Indy 250.

It’s an interesting concept and should add some excitement to the Iowa Speedway race. What’s needed is for NBCSN to step up and televise the three heat races. If the concept proves popular with fans, it could be implemented at other oval tracks, such as the Milwaukee Mile.

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