Ed Carpenter turns giant-killer to claim Indy 500 pole

Ed Carpenter on pole for the Indy 500

Ed Carpenter on pole for the Indy 500

Team owner-driver Ed Carpenter has taken the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 after upstaging the biggest outfits in IndyCar racing.

The local hero Carpenter turned a four-lap qualifying average in the fast nine in 228.762mph in a session which was delayed for several hours because of rain.

In another fairytale, the unheralded 21-year-old Carlos Munoz has gained a front-row berth after turning 228.342mph to be second quickest with Marco Andretti completing the front in 228.261mph.

The gravity of Carpenter’s effort was one of the biggest qualifying upsets in 500 history as he toppled the Andretti Autosport powerhouses which had five runners in the fast nine and the 15-times winning Indy 500 Team Penske operation.

“I just can’t thank the team enough. To be a single car team in this shootout and to be fighting the Penske and Andretti guys is great,” Carpenter said with a degree of humility. For his efforts Carpenter wins $100,000 for cracking pole and 15 bonus points in the IndyCar series.

Perhaps the most animated of the fast nine runners was Munoz who left nothing on the track, fighting for control and leaving the smallest of spaces between the right-side of his Chevy and the wall.

“It was an awesome run again. The car was really good and I have a big thank you to the team. To be 21 years old on the front row with these guys its unbelievable.”

Penske driver Will Power was the final car to go out in the shootout and turned a blistering 229.119 mph but in his final couple of laps the Aussie could not sustain the pace and averaged  228.087mph and will start from sixth.

Katherine Legge has become the 34th car to try to make the 33-car grid on bump day tomorrow. The Briton will drive the Sam Schmidt #81.

Indy 500 qualifying top 24

Positions 25-33 to be determined on Bump Day tomorrow

 1 Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy  228.762mph
 2 Carlos Munoz Andretti/Chevy 228.342
 3 Mario Andretti Andretti/Chevy 228.261
 4 EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy 228.150
 5 AJ Allmendinger Penske/Chevy 228.099
 6 Will Power Penske/Chevy 228.087
 7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 227.904
 8 Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 227.762
 9 James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 227.070
10 JR Hildebrand        Panther/Chevy      227.441
11 Alex Tagliani       Herta/Honda       227.386 
12 Tony Kanaan   KV/Chevy  226.949                
13 Oriol Servia  Panther DRR/Chevy 226.814      
14 Justin Wilson       Coyne/Honda   226.370    
15 Sebastien Bourdais  Dragon/Chevy    226.196  
16 Scott Dixon  Ganassi/Honda             226.158
17 Dario Franchitti    Ganassi/Honda     226.069
18 Takuma Sato  Foyt/Honda        225.892       
19 Charlie Kimball     Ganassi/Honda   225.880    
20 James Jakes          Rahal/Honda       225.809 
21 Simon Pagenaud      Schmidt/Honda    225.674  
22 Townsend Bell    Panther/Chevy         225.643
23 Ryan Briscoe   Ganassi/Honda     225.265      
24  Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy   225.226        

 

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