Carpenter wins second straight Indianapolis 500 pole

The Sports NetworkMay 18, 2014 

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Ed Carpenter will start on the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 in consecutive years after topping James Hinchcliffe in the final day of qualifying on Sunday.

Carpenter, the driver/owner of the No. 20 car and an Indianapolis native, posted a four-lap average speed of 231.067 mph to grab the top starting position for next Sunday's 500-mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was the last driver who made his qualifying run in the "Fast Nine" shootout. Carpenter was quickest in day 1 of qualifying on Saturday (230.661 mph).

One year ago, Carpenter won the Indy 500 pole for the first time in his career. He finished 10th in the race, despite leading the most laps with 37.

Carpenter became the 10th driver to score back-to-back poles for the Indy 500. Scott Brayton most recently did it from 1995-96.

Hinchcliffe held the provisional pole until Carpenter completed his run. Hinchcliffe's four-lap average at 230.839 mph earned him the middle of row 1. Will Power, the current points leader in the IndyCar Series, claimed the outside of the first row at 230.697 mph.

Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Marco Andretti will start on the second row, while Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden and J.R. Hildebrand will roll off from row 3. The first three rows were determined during the shootout.

Earlier in the day, positions 10-33 were decided in group 1. Juan Pablo Montoya was quickest in that group (231.007 mph), giving him the 10th starting position. Montoya will share row 4 with Scott Dixon, the defending IndyCar champion, and Kurt Busch, who will attempt the Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 double on the same day.

Tony Kanaan, who won the Indy 500 for the first time last year, qualified 16th.

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