Carpenter Wins Pole Position for Indy 500
Ed Carpenter poses with his Verizon P1 Award trophy after earning pole position Saturday. (photo courtesy Chris Jones/INDYCAR)
Indianapolis native Ed Carpenter is the pole sitter for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Carpenter won the pole after getting through a rain-delayed first segment of qualifying, then posting a four-lap average speed of 228.762 mph during the Fast Nine Shootout. Carpenter beat out all three drivers from Team Penske and all five drivers from Andretti Autosport in the Fast Nine.
"This is a good start. I want to make sure we keep the team focused," Carpenter said. "I hope this is part one of a really magical month, and we're here for race day. This is awesome, and it's bigger than our wins and it's huge for the team."
Carpenter says, despite this accomplishment, both he and the team need to keep their eyes on the big prize. "I really want to send the message and make sure I lead by example to the team and make sure we don't forget why we're really here. The pole won't mean much if we don't go out and perform on race day."
Carpenter will be joined on the front row next Sunday by rookie Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti. EJ Viso, rookie AJ Allmendinger and Will Power will start in row two. Last year's IZOD IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe will start in row three.
The first 24 spots on the grid have been finalized. The remaining nine spots will be filled on Bump Day Sunday.