The new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 now allows any entry that has not made the field at the end of the first day a chance to make the last row of the grid on the second day.
The IndyCar Series announced the changes Monday.
Tempers flared all around the streets of Long Beach, where drivers declared friendships over after a surprisingly physical race.
Simon Pagenaud refused to accept a post-race apology from Will Power, and Justin Wilson was furious with Scott Dixon. James Hinchcliffe tried to be diplomatic but failed to hide his displeasure with teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay.
The one team smiling at the end of Sunday’s race? Ed Carpenter Racing, which got an unexpected victory from Mike Conway.
Marc Marquez made the Grand Prix of the Americas look like a breezy Sunday ride.
The reigning MotoGP World Champion from Spain cruised to his second win of the season, defending his title in the race where he claimed his first career victory.
And the 21-year-old did it with ease, starting from pole position and leading the entire way.
Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe made it an all-Andretti Autosport front row for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Hunter-Reay snatched the pole away from his teammate with a late qualifying lap on Saturday at 1 minute, 7.8219 seconds on the temporary IndyCar course through the streets of downtown. Hinchcliffe wound up second after his lap at 1 minute, 7.9403 seconds.
The Frenchmen were the fastest Friday on the streets of Long Beach.
Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais were first and second in the final practice before qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Pagenaud was quickest on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn circuit with a lap of 1 minute, 9.1488 seconds.