Carpenter claims third Indy 500 pole

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter has will start from pole position for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 after setting the fastest four lap average during qualifying.

It’s Carpenter’s third Indy pole in six years, and comes after he was the only man to set a 230mph lap.

His four lap average ended up at 229.618mph, almost a mile an hour faster than the leading Penske of Simon Pagenaud who will start second.

Will Power completes the front row, the Australian having reached the Fast Nine, which determines the front three rows of the race, every year since 2010.

Fourth fastest was Josef Newgarden, who will start inside Sebastien Bourdais on the second row, with Spencer Pigot on the outside.

Danica Patrick set the seventh best time, heading Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon in what will be Patrick’s final race start.

Prior to the Fast Nine session for the front three rows, the remainder of the 33 car field qualified, with James Davison ending 19th fastest overall.

Having crashed during practice, Davison recovered to narrowly escape the cut on bump day to ensure himself a place in the race.

The Australian had been 33rd fastest on Saturday, while Pippa Mann and James Hinchcliffe found themselves reduced to spectators for the remainder of the event.

With the grid now set, drivers have two practice sessions left before Sunday’s 500 mile race.

The first is on Monday while final practice is scheduled for Friday as race week ramps up.

Indianapolis 500: Qualifying Results

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time
1 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 229.618
2 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 228.761
3 12 Will Power D/C/F 228.607
4 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 228.405
5 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 228.142
6 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 228.107
7 13 Danica Patrick D/C/F 228.09
8 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 227.859
9 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 227.262
10 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 227.664
11 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F 227.571
12 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 227.288
13 19 Zachary Claman De Melo D/H/F 226.999
14 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 226.788
15 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 226.657
16 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 226.557
17 32 Kyle Kaiser D/C/F 226.398
18 6 Robert Wickens D/H/F 226.296
19 33 James Davison D/C/F 226.255
20 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 226.212
21 29 Carlos Munoz D/H/F 226.048
22 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F 226.007
23 25 Stefan Wilson D/H/F 225.863
24 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 225.823
25 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 225.748
26 64 Oriol Servia D/H/F 225.699
27 66 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 225.418
28 7 Jay Howard D/H/F 225.388
29 10 Ed Jones D/H/F 225.362
30 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 225.327
31 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 225.254
32 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 224.935
33 17 Conor Daly D/H/F 224.429

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