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2014 Indianapolis Indy 500: IndyCar Pole Day Qualifying Results - Carpenter, Chevrolet On Pole! 231 Mph!
Posted by: ASkyler on May 18, 2014 - 02:44 PM
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2014 Indianapolis Indy 500: IndyCar Pole Day Qualifying Results - Carpenter, Chevrolet On Pole! 231 Mph!



Ed Carpenter has taken the Pole for the 2014 Indianapolis Indy 500 with a lap of 231.067 mph.

Ed Carpenter has taken the Pole for the 2014 Indianapolis Indy 500 with a lap of 231.067 mph.
Credit: PaddockTalk / Paul Hurley


By Mike Sulka

With a speed of 231.067 mph, Ed Carpenter and his No. 20 has taken the Pole for the 2014 Indianapolis Indy 500 - 98th running - at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. For Carpenter, it is his first Pole of the 2014 IndyCar season, and third of his IndyCar career. It is also his second Pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Carpenter also took Pole at the 2013 event.

During qualifying 29 of 33 Indycars exceeded the 2013 Indianapolis Pole speed of 228.762 mph set by Ed Carpenter. The fastest all-time Pole speed was set by Tony Stewart - current NASCAR Sprint Cup driver - in 1996 at 233.100 mph. The 4-lap track record of 236.986 mph was set by Arie Luyendyk on the second day of qualifying.

Heading into Fast nine qualifying, the track conditions appeared to change towards the slow side. All nine drivers qualified with 230 mph laps on Saturday, but the early runners struggled to top their Saturday pace. But then it all changed....

JR Hildebrand and his No. 20 Chevrolet was first out after being ninth quick yesterday, but had he been forced to qualify with Group 1 today, he would have started back in 28th instead with a lap of 228.726 mph.

Josef Newgarden and his No. 67 Honda was second to qualify and turned a 229.893 mph.

Simon Pagenaud and his No. 77 Honda was third to leave pit lane and set a time of 230.614 mph which was .6 mph quicker than Saturday.

The fourth driver to take the track was Marco Andretti and his No. 25 Honda who went .4 mph quicker, but slotted in behind Simon Pagenaud.

Next up was Penske driver Will Power and his No. 12 Chevrolet who also went quicker - .3 mph - to set the fastest time of the Fast Nine.

Fourth fastest on Saturday, James Hinchcliffe and his No. 27 Honda would put up the fastest lap of the day so far at 231.631 mph, with a 4-lap average of 230.839 mph. On lap 4 of his run, Hinchcliffe would bobble.

Next up was Helio Castroneves and his No. 3 Penske Pennzoil IndyCar who re-set the fastest time of the day at 231.671 mph, his four-lap average would put him third on the provisional grid as his car continued to lose speed over the four laps.

Carlos Munoz and his No. 34 would be the second to last qualifier, however he wasn't able to improve his Saturday time and would slot in provisionally at sixth.

Batting clean-up and the fastest man of the month, Ed Carpenter took to the track and didn't disappoint. Carpenter was within a hundredth of a second of Hinchcliffe on lap two, and found the time on lap four to take the Pole. Four laps requires the driver to be fastest for 10 miles, not 2.5 miles.

Overall, 33 IndyCar entries turned timed laps during qualification attempts today. All Saturday lap times were cleared ahead of today's qualifying session. The field qualified in reverse order of the Saturday qualifying times.

Next up for the IndyCar series will be a full day practice session on Monday to prepare for the Memorial day weekend 2014 Indianapolis Indy 500.

 

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Pos Num Driver Engine Speed

1. 20 Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 231.067
2. 27 James Hinchcliffe Honda 230.839
3. 12 Will Power Chevrolet 230.697
4. 3 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 230.649
5. 77 Simon Pagenaud Honda 230.614
6. 25 Marco Andretti Honda 230.544
7. 34 Carlos Munoz Honda 230.146
8. 67 Josef Newgarden Honda 229.893
9. 21 JR Hildebrand Chevrolet 228.726

Group 1 Results

10. 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 231.007
11. 9 Scott Dixon Chevrolet 230.928
12. 26 Kurt Busch Honda 230.782
13. 98 Jack Hawksworth Honda 230.506
14. 19 Justin Wilson Honda 230.256
15. 7 Mikhail Aleshin Honda 230.049
16. 10 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 229.922
17. 11 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 229.847
18. 16 Oriol Servia Honda 229.752
19. 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 229.719
20. 15 Graham Rahal 229.628
21. 18 Carlos Huertas Honda 229.251
22. 63 Pippa Mann Honda 229.223
23. 14 Takuma Sato Honda 229.201
24. 68 Alex Tagliani Honda 229.148
25. 6 Townsend Bell Chevrolet 229.009
26. 84 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 228.949
27. 5 Jacques Villeneuve Honda 228.949
28. 33 James Davison Chevrolet 228.865
29. 41 Martin Plowman Honda 228.814
30. 8 Ryan Briscoe Chevrolet 228.713
31. 22 Sage Karam 228.436
32. 17 Sebastian Saavedra Chevrolet 228.088
33. 91 Buddy Lazier Chevrolet 227.920

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