Indy 500 qualifying: Ed Carpenter takes pole position
|By Mark Glendenning||Sunday, May 18th 2014, 19:49 GMT|
Ed Carpenter will start from pole position for next weekend's Indianapolis 500 after triumphing in the final day of qualifying at Indianapolis on Sunday.
Carpenter was the only driver to manage a four-lap average above 231mph, his 231.067mph the fastest pole position run for the race since 2003.
It will be the second consecutive year that the owner-driver has started the race from pole; a feat achieved most recently by Helio Castroneves in 2009 and 2010.
According to Carpenter, his team's addition of a second Indy-only for JR Hildebrand was a factor in his success.
"To have JR out there getting work done all the way through has been great," he said.
"We worked well together. Having him go first today also helped me because we made an adjustment.
"Even in the shootout, I think we felt the benefit of having a teammate, but I wish we were both up here together."
James Hinchcliffe and Will Power will complete the front row after producing 230.830mph and 230.697mph efforts respectively, with Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Marco Andretti rounding out the second row.
Hinchcliffe was particularly pleased with his result after missing most of practice due to a concussion sustained in the road course race last weekend.
"A week ago I wasn't allowed to operate a cell phone," said the Andretti driver.
"Today I'm whipping an IndyCar around IMS at 230 something miles an hour - [it] is pretty incredible.
"The thing was a handful. I was working pretty hard for it. Into Turn 3 on the last lap, it stepped out on entry a little bit.
"I had to take some wheel out of it; made for some understeer on exit. You don't have time for correction.
"I knew I had to crack the throttle. I was screaming in my helmet down the front stretch."
Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden and Hildebrand completed the top nine.
Juan Pablo Montoya will start his Indy 500 return from 10th on the grid alongside fellow former race winner Scott Dixon, while Kurt Busch will line up from 12th for the Indy 500 half of his attempted Indy/Charlotte (NASCAR) double.
Last year's race winner Tony Kanaan will start from 17th, but is bullish about his chances in the race.
"I always say, it's not where you start here at Indianapolis," said the Ganassi driver.
"I started from 12th last year and was a contender and won here, so anything is possible."
Jacques Villeneuve qualified 27th for his Indy 500 comeback in the third Sam Schmidt entry, while fellow former race-winner Buddy Lazier will line up in 33rd.
The 3.147mph speed difference between his time and Carpenter's is the closest between first and last on the Indy grid since 1953.
Pos Driver Team/Engine Speed 1. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 231.067 Fast nine 2. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Honda 230.839 Fast nine 3. Will Power Penske/Chevy 230.697 Fast nine 4. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 230.649 Fast nine 5. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 230.614 Fast nine 6. Marco Andretti Andretti/Honda 230.544 Fast nine 7. Carlos Munoz Andretti/Honda 230.146 Fast nine 8. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 229.893 Fast nine 9. JR Hildebrand Carpenter/Chevy 228.726 Fast nine 10. Juan Pablo Montoya Penske/Chevy 231.007 11. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Chevy 230.928 12. Kurt Busch Andretti/Honda 230.782 13. Jack Hawksworth Herta/Honda 230.506 14. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 230.256 15. Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt/Honda 230.049 16. Tony Kanaan Ganassi/Chevy 229.922 17. Sebastien Bourdais KV/Chevy 229.847 18. Oriol Servia Rahal/Honda 229.752 19. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Honda 229.719 20. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 229.628 21. Carlos Huertas Coyne/Honda 229.251 22. Pippa Mann Coyne/Honda 229.223 23. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 229.201 24. Alex Tagliani Fisher/Honda 229.148 25. Townsend Bell KV/Chevy 229.009 26. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Chevy 228.953 27. Jacques Villeneuve Schmidt/Honda 228.949 28. James Davison KV/Chevy 228.865 29. Martin Plowman Foyt/Honda 228.814 30. Ryan Briscoe Ganassi/Chevy 228.713 31. Sage Karam Ganassi/Chevy 228.436 32. Sebastian Saavedra KV/Chevy 228.088 33. Buddy Lazier Lazier/Chevy 227.920 Speeds set over four-lap average All drivers use Dallara chassis