Hoosier Native Carpenter Nabs 500 Pole

By Dean Pantazi

Hoosier Native Carpenter Nabs 500 Pole

May 18, 2013 Updated May 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (www.incnow.tv) - Ed Carpenter, the only
team owner/driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series recorded a blistering four-lap average speed of 228.762 mph in the final nine qualifying round to win the pole for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Saturday.

Carpenter's previous best start at the Speedway was eighth in 2010 and '11; his best finish is fifth after starting 10th in 2008.

His pole speed was the fastest since Sam Hornish Jr. (228.985 mph) in 2006 for Team Penske. Hornish, the last American to win the Indianapolis 500 pole, went on to win the race.

Rookie Carlos Munoz earned a front-row start for second (228.342)
and Marco Andretti qualifiedying third (228.261). It's Andretti's best start in eight attempts at the Speedway.

E.J. Viso (228.150), first-year Indy 500 competitor AJ Allmendinger (228.099) and Team Penske teammate Will Power (228.087) will start on Row 2 for the 200-lap race May 26.

Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay (227.904) will join three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves (227.762) and James Hinchcliffe (227.070) on Row 3.

Positions 25-33 will be set through four-lap qualifications Sunday.

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