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Indy 500 qualifying starts after rain delay

Saturday - 5/18/2013, 2:08pm  ET

The crew of Takuma Sato, of Japan, pushes the car back to the garage area as rain halted track activity on the first day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis 500 qualifying has begun after a rain delay of more than two hours.

Series officials say they have pushed back the schedule. Originally, all cars were scheduled to qualify from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Now drivers will be allowed to make four-lap qualifying attempts until 6 p.m. The nine fastest cars will then get one attempt each in a shootout for the pole that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The 90-minute shootout was supposed to start at 4:30 p.m.

Steady showers soaked the track after Saturday morning's practice.

All 33 driver-car combinations are expected to make qualifying attempts to fill the first 24 starting spots in the 33-car field. The other nine spots will be filled Sunday.


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