Carpenter Takes Indy 500 Pole For Second Straight Year

By Dean Pantazi - 21 Alive

Carpenter Takes Indy 500 Pole For Second Straight Year

May 18, 2014 Updated May 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS< Ind. (21 Alive) - Ed Carpenter will start from the pole of the Indianapolis 500 for the second year in a row.

The 33-car field is the fastest in 500 history (229.382 mph), breaking the previous record of 228.648 mph set in 2002.

The owner/driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet was the final qualifier Sunday and recorded a four-lap average of 231.067 mph to bump James Hinchcliffe from the top spot and claim the $100,000 Pole Award for the 98th Indianapolis 500.

Carpenter is the 11th driver to earn back-to-back poles for the Indianapolis 500 -- the most recent Helio Castroneves in 2009-10. Carpenter's four-lap average was the fastest since 2003, when Castroneves won the pole (231.725 mph) and was the race runner-up.

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