LIVE BLOG: Ed Carpenter earns top spot for Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY (May 18, 2014) – FOX59 driver analyst Ed Carpenter earned the top spot for the Indianapolis 500!

Carpenter, who also had the top speed in Saturday’s qualifications, had a four-lap average of 231.067 on Pole Day Sunday.

Drivers locked in their starting spots in two separate groups. Drivers in spots 10-33 ran in reverse order (starting with No. 33) to set their place in the field. After that, the Fast Nine from Saturday qualifying made their final qualifying run and try to capture the pole for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Below are live updates from the qualifications and other Pole Day events.

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Justin Wilson, who qualified 14th, says he’s skipping the morning practice session to focus on his qualifying run this afternoon:

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Practice is underway at IMS!

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Kurt Busch is one of several drivers taking practice laps this morning.

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Kurt Busch flew in this morning from Charlotte and will attempt “the double” by racing in the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 next weekend.

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Earlier this morning, IMS reminded everyone that it’s Old National Armed Forces Day at the track: 

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And while there will be plenty of talk about qualifying and top speeds, FOX59’s Liz Gelardi reminds everyone that there’s something for everyone at the track today:

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With about 40 minutes left in practice, Josef Newgarden tops the speed charts with the fastest lap:

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Rookie Mikhail Aleshin set the speed chart on fire with a blistering lap of 232.917 mph. Less than 25 minutes left for practice:

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Great weather this morning at IMS–and it will continue throughout the day

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Rookie Mikhail Aleshin set the speed chart on fire with a blistering lap of 232.917 mph. Less than 25 minutes left for practice:

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They’ll be racing for this next weekend:

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Qualifying is set to begin at 11 a.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. According to the new format, drivers in slots 10-33 will re-qualify for the race starting in reverse order.

Buddy Lazier, who qualified 33rd, is set to make the first run.

Fast 9 qualifying begins at 2 p.m. JR Hildebrand will lead that group as the fastest nine drivers try to take the pole.

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Sam Schmidt took the track in a modified Corvette this morning. It was a breakthrough for the team owner, a race car driver who was paralyzed after a crash in 2000.

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Almost time for qualifications to start!

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Driver Townsend Bell, who qualified 26, asks for a little “mojo” from fans on Twitter ahead of qualifying:

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Sam Schmidt took the track in a modified Corvette this morning. It was a breakthrough for the team owner, a race car driver who was paralyzed after a crash in 2000.

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Buddy Lazier makes his run, finishing at 227.845 mph

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Alex Tagliani works his way into 10th position. Rookie Carlos Huertas next.

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Carlos Huertas gets into the 10th position. Oriol Servia next, followed by James Davison.

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Rookie James Davison finishes his run with 228.865. Oriol Servia and Carlos Huertas qualified faster, meaning Davison drops a couple spots.

Jacques Villeneuve now qualifying.

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Sebastian Saavedra turned laps in the same car involved in the crash at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He qualified 16th.

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A good run from Pippa Mann Sunday morning puts her in 12th for now.

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Sebastien Bourdais fastest for the day so far. His 229.847 puts him in tenth position for now. Defending champ Tony Kanaan makes his qualifying run.

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Tony Kanaan moves into 10th spot for the time being. He turned a couple laps at 230 mph before slowing down in last two.

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Townsend Bell faster today than yesterday. Sage Karam on the track now with this round of qualifying about halfway over.

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Not a great run for rookie Sage Karam, but he’s in! His 228.436 mph run was a little slower than yesterday.

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Graham Rahal moves into 13th after his run. Charlie Kimball on the track.

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Charlie Kimball finishes his run to move into 18th

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A very close call for Takuma Sato, who almost hit the wall during his qual run.

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Disappointing qual run for Ryan Briscoe, who lost speed from yesterday.

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A tremendous run from rookie Mikhail Aleshin. He cracked 230 mph and edged out Tony Kanaan for 10th position.

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Scott Dixon now fastest in qualifying after his four laps. His average (230.928 mph) was faster than Ed Carpenter’s top run yesterday (230.661 mph).

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Justin Wilson next to crack 230 mph average. He’s in 11th with four drivers left to go.

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Juan Pablo Montoya with a HUGE run to crack 231 mph. Three more qualifiers remaining.

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Pippa Mann says she’s happy with her qualifying run

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Nice run by rookie Jack Hawksworth, third fastest of the day.

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Ryan Hunter-Reay can’t catch up to fastest drivers in this round of qualifying. Kurt Busch now on the track.

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Kurt Busch is the final driver to make his qual run. He takes the 12th spot.

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The first round of qualifying has run its course. Here’s the running order for the 10-33 spots:

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Get ready for the Fast Nine! In less than 30 minutes, the nine drivers with the top speeds yesterday will get their chance to lock in their Indy 500 starting spots. Order they will go in:

#21 JR Hildebrand (230.027)
#67 Josef Newgarden (230.033)
#77 Simon Pagenaud (230.070)
#25 Marco Andretti (230.134)
#12 Will Power (230.323)
#27 James Hinchcliffe (230.407)
#3 Helio Castroneves (230.432)
#34 Carlos Munoz (230.460)
#20 Ed Carpenter (230.661)

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JR Hildebrand begins the Fast Nine qualifications with average speed of 228.726 mph. 

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#67 Josef Newgarden gets an average speed of 229.893 mph.  Fast Nine qualifications continues now with #77 Simon Pagenaud

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#12 Will Power has top speed of the Fast Nine so far with a
four-lap average speed of 230.697 mph. Up next is #27 James Hinchcliffe

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#12 Will Power has top speed of the Fast Nine so far with a
four-lap average speed of 230.697 mph. Up next is #27 James Hinchcliffe

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#12 Will Power has top speed of the Fast Nine so far with a four-lap average speed of 230.697 mph. Up next is #27 James Hinchcliffe 

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#27 James Hinchcliffe knocks out Will Power for P1 with average speed of 230.839. Three drivers remain. Helio Castroneves up next

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Ed Carpenter gives a hug after winning the pole for the #Indy500 for the second straight year @IMS

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Ed Carpenter earns top spot for Indy 500.  Here’s a look at the rankings of the Fast Nine:  

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Check out the starting grid for the Indianapolis 500 here: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500/eventinfo/52635/

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Results of qualifying Sunday for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with Rank, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and four-lap average speed in parentheses:

 

1. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 02:35.7992 (231.067)

2. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 02:35.9528 (230.839)

3. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 02:36.0488 (230.697)

4. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 02:36.0812 (230.649)

5. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.1049 (230.614)

6. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.1526 (230.544)

7. (34) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.4224 (230.146)

8. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.5946 (229.893)

9. (21) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.3938 (228.726)

10. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 02:35.8396 (231.007)

11. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 02:35.8930 (230.928)

12. (26) Kurt Busch, Dallara-Honda, 02:35.9913 (230.782)

13. (98) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.1779 (230.506)

14. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.3480 (230.256)

15. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.4881 (230.049)

16. (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 02:36.5750 (229.922)

17. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 02:36.6259 (229.847)

18. (16) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.6905 (229.752)

19. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.7132 (229.719)

20. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.7756 (229.628)

21. (18) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.0328 (229.251)

22. (63) Pippa Mann, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.0521 (229.223)

23. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.0671 (229.201)

24. (68) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.1038 (229.148)

25. (6) Townsend Bell, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.1990 (229.009)

26. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.2376 (228.953)

27. (5) Jacques Villeneuve, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.2400 (228.949)

28. (33) James Davison, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.2977 (228.865)

29. (41) Martin Plowman, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.3333 (228.814)

30. (8) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.4028 (228.713)

31. (22) Sage Karam, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.5931 (228.436)

32. (17) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.8335 (228.088)

33. (91) Buddy Lazier, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.9501 (227.920)

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Results of qualifying Sunday for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with Rank, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and four-lap average speed in parentheses:

 

1. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 02:35.7992 (231.067)

2. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 02:35.9528 (230.839)

3. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 02:36.0488 (230.697)

4. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 02:36.0812 (230.649)

5. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.1049 (230.614)

6. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.1526 (230.544)

7. (34) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.4224 (230.146)

8. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.5946 (229.893)

9. (21) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.3938 (228.726)

10. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 02:35.8396 (231.007)

11. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 02:35.8930 (230.928)

12. (26) Kurt Busch, Dallara-Honda, 02:35.9913 (230.782)

13. (98) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.1779 (230.506)

14. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.3480 (230.256)

15. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.4881 (230.049)

16. (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 02:36.5750 (229.922)

17. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 02:36.6259 (229.847)

18. (16) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.6905 (229.752)

19. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.7132 (229.719)

20. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 02:36.7756 (229.628)

21. (18) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.0328 (229.251)

22. (63) Pippa Mann, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.0521 (229.223)

23. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.0671 (229.201)

24. (68) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.1038 (229.148)

25. (6) Townsend Bell, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.1990 (229.009)

26. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.2376 (228.953)

27. (5) Jacques Villeneuve, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.2400 (228.949)

28. (33) James Davison, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.2977 (228.865)

29. (41) Martin Plowman, Dallara-Honda, 02:37.3333 (228.814)

30. (8) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.4028 (228.713)

31. (22) Sage Karam, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.5931 (228.436)

32. (17) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.8335 (228.088)

33. (91) Buddy Lazier, Dallara-Chevy, 02:37.9501 (227.920)


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