Thirty-five qualifiers for thirty-three positions in the Indianapolis 500 field. Tradition.
That tradition has varied over time to suit policy and changing fortunes, but tradition, it remains.
A young journalist for USA Today and the Indianapolis Star wrote today that limiting the 2018 Indy 500 field to 33 cars is “tradition is standing in the way of logic”.
His argument is that the financial stake necessary to run Indianapolis - approximately $1 million per car, according to team owner Chip Ganassi - is a huge financial stake that a team bumped from the field would have a hard time recovering from.
What stands in the way? Tradition.