With the change of ownership of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the Hulman family to Roger Penske this year, there are multiple changes being made to the facility itself as well as tweaking the schedule for the month of May. I don't know all of the changes but I know that cars will be allowed 45 more HP for qualifying which could push lap speeds into mid-230's. Personally, I woud love to see a new track record. Qualifications weekend is getting some changes to the format to create some additional drama for especially the last row. There will be 75 minutes for a 'last row shootout' for cars on the bubble to battle it out for a spot in the race. As far as the facility, there are some trees in the infield that are being cut down to improve visibility, restrooms are getting a freshening up (it's about time), miles of new fencing to replace the old rusted stuff, widening the space along the west side of the track to include most of the old Georgetown road pavement to improve ingress and egress for fans before and after the race. I think Penske has some big plans and the cash to implement them and I'm excited for it.
As always, I would really like to have the meet on race weekend and have as many that want to, attend the race and maybe even Carb day
on Friday . But, if that can't happen, qualifications weekend provides some good stuff too. I want to see what changes are made this year and evaluate which weekend everyone would want to do next year.