Ed Carpenter secures successive Indy 500 poles

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Monday 19th May, 2014 - 6:33am

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Ed Carpenter claims successive poles for the Indy 500

Ed Carpenter claims successive poles for the Indy 500

Indiana local Ed Carpenter has become the 10th driver to claim back-to-back poles for the time-honoured Indianapolis 500.

A day after topping provisional qualifying, Carpenter turned a four-lap average of 231.067mph (371.87km/h) in his #20 Fuzzy’s Chevrolet.

The fastest average qualifying speed for the 200-lap race scheduled for May 25 was the quickest recorded since 2003.

After being cleared to return to driving four days ago, Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe was second fastest in 230.839 (371.5km/h) while Will Power (Team Penske) completes the front row with a 230.697 (371.27) average speed.

“I was surprised last year and didn’t expect to do it this year with such deep competition,” Carpenter, who finished 10th after leading 37 laps in 2013, said.

“It’s exciting, but after going through this last year and not winning the race I’ve been so much more determined.”

“Now it’s all about the race, and we want to close the deal.”

Power will take his second front row start at the 4km speedway

“It was nerve racking having to come back today and pretty trimmed out and haul it wide open for four laps again and it was harder,” Power said.

“So it was harder. I think a few guys had lifts. Hinch had a lift and Helio (Castroneves) a had lift. We were all on the edge.”

Power’s team-mate Castroneves, who is searching for a fourth win in the blue riband event, was fourth fastest in 230.649 (371.19). Castroneves was the last driver to win back-to-back poles in 2009-2010.

Canadian Hinchcliffe has shrugged aside his head injury following the Indy road course race last weekend when he suffered concussion almost pulled out the fairytale result.

“You earn your money qualifying at Indy,” Hinchcliffe said.

“We got a little bit loose going into turn 3 on that last lap and had to crack the throttle and that’s what killed the final lap. Without that who knows what could have been.”

IndyCar series contender Simon Pagenaud was fifth with Marco Andretti completing row two after surviving a big scare through turn three.

Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden and JR Hildebrand complete the fast nine.

Team Penske driver and 2000 Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya was the best out of the qualifiers who shot for positions 10-33, recording 231.007 (371.77) which ironically would have put him second had he made it into the fast nine in provisional qualifying.

Chip Ganassi pair Scott Dixon and Andretti Autosport entry Kurt Busch will start from 11th and 12th.

Ganassi’s Ryan Briscoe, a former Indy 500 polesitter could only manage 30th while the third Australian James Davison continued his impressive build up to the biggest race of his life and will start from 28th.

Buddy Lazier, the 1996 race winner and oldest driver in the field at 46, will start from 33rd after turning a four-lap average of 227.920 (366.80).

See below results for final Indianapolis 500 qualifying

1

Ed Carpenter

Dallara/Chevrolet

231.067mph

2

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

230.839

3

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

230.697

4

Helio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

230.649

5

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Honda

230.614

6

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

230.544

7

Carlos Muñoz

Dallara/Honda

230.146

8

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Honda

229.893

9

J.R. Hildebrand

Dallara/Chevrolet

228.726

10

Juan Pablo.Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

231.007

11

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

230.928

12

Kurt Busch

Dallara/Honda

230.782

13

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

230.506

14

Justin Wilson

Dallara/Honda

230.256

15

Mikhail Aleshin

Dallara/Honda

230.049

16

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

229.922

17

Sebastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

229.847

18

Oriol Servià

Dallara/Honda

229.752

19

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

229.719

20

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

229.628

21

Carlos Huertas

Dallara/Honda

229.251

22

Pippa Mann

Dallara/Honda

229.223

23

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

229.201

24

Alex Tagliani

Dallara/Honda

229.148

25

Townsend Bell

Dallara/Chevrolet

229.009

26

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

228.953

27

Jacques Villeneuve

Dallara/Honda

228.949

28

James Davison

Dallara/Chevrolet

228.865

29

Martin Plowman

Dallara/Honda

228.814

30

Ryan Briscoe

Dallara/Chevrolet

228.713

31

Sage Karam

Dallara/Chevrolet

228.436

32

Sebastian Saavedra

Dallara/Chevrolet

228.088

33

Buddy Lazier

Dallara/Chevrolet

227.920