Tuesday, May 19th 2015. | Auto & Motor, Car

If you’ve been following the lead-up to the 2015 Indianapolis 500, you’ve probably noticed the alarming rate at which cars have gone airborne. Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Ed Carpenter were all involved in similar incidents in which their cars spun, rolled backwards and then lifted into the air. All three were driving Chevrolets, though IndyCar officials were careful to point out there was no way to know if the problem was specific to that manufacturer.

Not believing in coincidences, IndyCar officials announced sweeping changes to qualifying regulations at the 11th hour, forcing teams to scramble to meet the new requirements. These included abandoning qualification-specific, low-downforce speedway aero packages and boost levels. The original setups were intended to make this year’s Indy 500 qualifying one of the fastest ever.

Both Chevrolet and Honda teams were required to fit higher downforce aero packages, both affixed to Dallara chassis, that were previously only to be used during the race. Likewise, boost levels for the twin-turbocharged 2.2-liter V-6 engines were wound down from 140 kPa to 130 kPa — a difference of about 40 horsepower.

“This morning we saw a third car get into wall, turn backwards and lift into the air. We’ve said all along we want to go faster, but we want to do so safely,” said IndyCar boss Mark Miles. “Safety for drivers and fans is the top priority for INDYCAR and we will continue to be proactive in our research and development to improve all safety aspects of our sport.”

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IndyCar Announces New Qualification Rules in Response to Airborne Incidents: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:00 EST.

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