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The term "pole position" comes from the horse racing term where the number one starter starts on the inside next to the inside pole. Pole position is the position at the front of the grid before a race in motorsport. ... Horse-racing is an equestrian sporting activity which has been practiced over the centuries; the chariot races of Roman times were an early example, as was the contest of the steeds of the god Odin and the giant Hrungnir in Norse mythology. ...

The term made its way, along with several other customs, to auto racing. In circuit motorsport, a driver has pole position when he or she starts a race at the front of the grid. Grid position is usually determined by a separate qualifying session where drivers try to set the fastest lap, or based on their position in the previous race. Auto racing (also known as automobile racing or autosport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ...

Different motorsport series use different formats for determining which driver has the opportunity to start from pole position.


Formula One

Throughout the years, Formula One has used a number of different qualifying systems. F1 redirects here. ...

From the incorporation of the championship in 1950 to 1995, there were two hour-long sessions, one on the Friday and the other on the Saturday, with the fastest lap from either session counting towards the grid. Twenty-two Formula One races were held during the 1950 Formula One season. ... The 1995 Formula One season was the 46th FIA Formula One World Championship season. ...

From 1996 to 2002, drivers were permitted twelve laps in a single one hour session on the Saturday. Cars which crossed the line before the end of the session were allowed to complete their laps, even if they completed their lap after the chequered flag was shown. The 1996 Formula One season was the 47th FIA Formula One World Championship season. ... The 2002 Formula One season was the 53rd FIA Formula One World Championship season. ...

From 2003 to 2004, the grid was determined by a single timed lap on Saturday, run using race fuel. This was used to counter the previous system's tendency to have sessions where there were no cars on track for the first 30 minutes, which was not good for RV viewers. In 2005, starting order was determined using the aggregate of two one-lap qualifying sessions, but this was dropped within a few races, and the system returned to the single-lap system of 2004. The 2003 Formula One season was the 54th FIA Formula One World Championship season. ... 2004 Formula One season - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... 2005 Formula One season - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

Since 2006, Formula One has used a more complicated system. The hour-long qualifying is divided up into three fifteen minute sessions, separated by breaks for TV advertisements. In the first 15 minutes, all cars must set a time, with the slowest six cars being "knocked out" and take up the last three rows of the grid based on their fastest lap. The fastest 16 cars compete in the second fifteen minutes, after which another six are knocked out, taking up rows 6-8. The final ten cars then compete the last session using their race fuel, with "fuel credits" being given to the teams for each lap completed. This usually constitutes five minutes of "fuel burn" (where the cars circulate to burn off less fuel per lap than they receive in fuel credits, giving them a net gain in fuel at the start of the race) followed by frantic pitstops for new tyres and two runs at setting a fast time. In all sessions, cars which cross the line before the end of the session were allowed to complete their laps, even if they completed their lap after the chequered flag is shown. The final session was originally twenty minutes, but was shortened to fifteen to remove the boredom of the fuel burn. A similar small adjustment was made to sessions one and two, where originally laps had to be completed before the chequered flag was shown. 2006 Formula One season - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Since 2006, one hour-long session on saturday where the riders have unlimited number of laps to record a fast laptime. Grand Prix motorcycle racing refers to the premier categories of motorcycle road racing. ...


The pole position is currently determined by a two-lap time trial (one lap on road courses). The fastest lap time is used. Before 2001, NASCAR used a two day qualifying format in its national series. Before 2002 only one lap was run on oval tracks except short tracks and restrictor plate tracks. Drivers who win the pole are given the option of starting on the inside or outside lane when taking the green flag (although rarely is this used). Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Road racing can be a term involving road running, road bicycle races, or automobile races. ... Oval racing is a type of motorsport, primarily American, that involves running multiple cars wheel-to-wheel in a race around a track roughly oval in shape. ... In North American auto racing, particularly with regard to NASCAR, a short track is a racetrack of less than one mile (1. ... Artist rendering of a NASCAR restrictor plate A Restrictor plate or air restrictor is a device installed at the intake of an engine to limit its power. ...

Indianapolis 500

Currently pole position is determined on the first day of the 4 days of qualifying. 4 laps are run by each car. The average speed is what determines the positions, including pole. A time set in an earlier session always starts above a faster time set later, although the fastest 33 times always start. “Indy 500” redirects here. ...

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