Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500.
The Indianapolis native bested IndyCar racing's big-name teams by claiming his first 500 pole Saturday during the "Fast Nine" qualifying session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carpenter's four-lap average of 228.762 mph in the No. 20 Chevrolet held off such marquee outfits as Team Penske and Andretti Autosport, who combined to claim the next eight spots.
Andretti drivers swept the next three spots as Carloz Munoz (228.342) took the front middle, Marco Andretti (228.261) the outside front and E.J. Viso (228.150) the inside of Row 2.
Penske's A.J. Allmendinger and Will Power, who had the top spot after Saturday's first session, rounded out the second row.
Carpenter, the stepson of IndyCar Series founder Tony George, earned his third top-10 starting berth in four starts.
Two young American drivers who had a rough night Saturday, made qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 look easy Sunday.
One day after getting bumped from the top 24 starting spots for the Indianapolis 500, Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal posted the two fastest times on the second and final day of qualifying at the historic 2.5-mile oval.
Newgarden will start 25th, the inside of the ninth row, after posting a four-lap average of 225.731 mph. Rahal will be next to him after going 225.007.
The first nine drivers out on the track Sunday all qualified for the race, assuring race organizers of a full 33-car field. The only one left out of the race Mexico's Michel Jourdain Jr., who did not make a qualifying attempt Sunday.
Newgarden drives for Fisher Hartman Racing whose co-owner is Wichita businessman Wink Hartman.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun