CARPENTER CLAIMS POLE FOR 97th INDIANAPOLIS 500 MILE RACE

Story posted - May 19 2013 12:28 AM

CARPENTER CLAIMS POLE FOR 97th INDIANAPOLIS 500 MILE RACE

INDIANAPOLIS - (Saturday, May 18, 2013) - After a Indianapolis 500 pole day filled with drama for teams Ed Carpenter found himself celebrating with the Verizon P1 Award

The lone team owner/driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series recorded a blistering four-lap average speed of 228.762 mph (best lap of 229.347 mph; 39.2418 seconds) in the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. The one-car team bested the best of Team Penske and Andretti Autosport in the shootout to claim a $100,000 bonus and 15 precious IZOD IndyCar Series championship points.

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 and $50,000 of the Verizon Front Row Awards for second (228.342) -- .2892 of a second off Carpenter's aggregate four-lap time -- and Marco Andretti was awarded a $40,000 bonus for qualifying third (228.261). It's Andretti's best start in eight attempts at the Speedway.

Munoz, 21, is seeking to match Juan Pablo Montoya as an Indianapolis 500 winner from Colombia. Montoya also started second - as a rookie -- in his 2000 victory. He was the last first-year front-row starter.

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 May 19 on Old National Armed Forces Bump Day.

There will be at least one bump in determining the 33-car field as Schmidt Peterson Pelfrey entered the No. 81 Angie's List Honda-powered car to be driven by Katherine Legge. She's expected to participate in the 9-10 a.m. (ET) practice session and make at least one qualifying attempt later in the day. Each entrant is allowed three qualifying attempts as time permits.

In addition to Legge, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammates Graham Rahal and Michel Jourdain Jr., rookies Tristan Vautier and Conor Daly, Ana Beatriz, Buddy Lazier, Pippa Mann, Josef Newgarden and Sebastian Saavedra will attempt to qualify.

POLE DAY NOTEBOOK:

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is scheduled to wave the green flag as the honorary starter today.

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The boost level will be increased from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for Pole Day qualifications today and Bump Day qualifications Sunday.

The change in pressure adds about a 40-horsepower boost to the engines produced by Chevrolet (twin-turbocharged Chevy IndyCar V6) and Honda (single turbo-charged Honda HI13R). The boost level will return to 130 kPa for final practice on Coors Light Carb Day on Friday, May 24 and the 500-mile race Sunday, May 26.

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Indianapolis 500 Pole Day qualifying procedures:

Order - A blind draw was conducted Friday after practice.

Warm-up laps - Each car is permitted two warm-up laps before the timed qualification laps. IZOD IndyCar Series officials may permit three warm-up laps if they deem it necessary.

Green-flag laps - A qualification attempt consists of four timed laps. The aggregate time is recorded as the official qualifying time for the car.

POLE DAY:

Qualifying is broken down into two segments, progressively narrowing the field to determine the pole winner.

Segment One - Held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to determine positions 1-24 in the field based on the fastest four-lap averages. Once all 24 positions have been filled, bumping will occur until 4 p.m. Each car has up to three qualifying attempts. The top nine qualifiers advance to Segment Two.

Segment Two - Held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the top nine cars will run in reverse order based on Segment One speeds. All cars are required to make at least one attempt in Segment Two. Cars making additional attempts will receive an additional set of tires. At the end of the session, the cars are ranked 1-9 based on their four-lap average during the segment.

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Practice from 8-9 a.m. this morning will be separated into two groups, from 8-8:30 a.m. and 8:30-9 a.m. The track will be open for all cars from 9-10 a.m.

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Today is the 29th birthday of Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

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INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE:

At 8 a.m., the ambient temperature was 67 degrees with a relative humidity of 92 percent and calm winds. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 73 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

8 a.m. - GREEN. #15 Rahal first on track.

8:10 a.m. -- #91 Lazier has completed final phase of refresher test.

8:44 a.m. -- #2 AJ Allmendinger fastest at 229.086.

9 a.m. temperature update: the ambient temperature was 67 degrees with a relative humidity of 90 percent and calm winds. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 73 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

9:13 a.m. -- #12 Power fastest at 229.808, fastest lap of the month and fastest practice lap at IMS since 2003.

9:32 a.m. - YELLOW. Light rain.

9:52 a.m. - GREEN.

9:59 a.m. - YELLOW and CHECKERED. Light rain. #12 Power fastest at 229.808.

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FASTEST TIMES/SPEEDS OF PRACTICE:

Pos. Car Name Time Speed

1. 12 Will Power 39.1631 229.808
2. 2 AJ Allmendinger*

39.2866

229.086

3.

21

Josef Newgarden

39.3685

228.609

4.

15

Graham Rahal

39.4187

228.318

5.

77

Simon Pagenaud

39.4687

228.029

* -- Rookie

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INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE QUOTES:

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "It's pretty heavy on air, you could say. It's pretty humid out there, but it's cool. It's very difficult to predict what to run trim-wise for qualifying. We'll see when the temperature comes. If it's similar to this, I think we have a good idea. We're just working it out. You've just got to make an educated guess. When I was out there, getting little bits of moisture on your visor makes you nervy. You're not sure if it's going to start raining in a different area. I think we're in pretty good shape."

AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 2 IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet): "It's close to ideal for me right now. The track had decent amount of grip with cool conditions. I've never been here before, but I'm learning really quick that weather will play a huge factor. I think the car has good speed, but it's tough to tell with the tows that are out there. The car is pretty quick. I feel good; the car has speed in it." (Comfort level?): "Rick (Mears, Will (Power) and Helio (Castroneves) and all the guys, this whole team here have made me feel comfortable. They make me feel at home here, like I'm not the third car but really part of the team. It has been very comfortable this week so far. Hopefully we can get through the toughest day today."

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Film and television star Michael Pena, who has a leading role in the upcoming 3D animated motion picture event "Turbo," will serve as the honorary starter of the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26.

Pena will wave the green flag to start the field of 33 drivers in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." The 97th Indianapolis 500 starts at noon (ET) and will be televised live on ABC.

In "Turbo," Pena portrays Tito, an entrepreneur who enters a super-fast snail in the Indy 500. The film races into theaters everywhere July 17. From DreamWorks Animation, and released by 20th Century Fox, the film's titular hero is an ordinary garden snail whose dream to race in the Indianapolis 500 comes true.

Ryan Reynolds is the voice of Turbo. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Snoop Lion, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Chicago native Pena has appeared in numerous motion pictures and television shows in the last decade, including in the Academy Award Best Picture-winning films "Million Dollar Baby" and "Crash." He also appeared in the Oscar-nominated film "Babel."

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Six iconic military airplanes that played a vital role in the United States and its allies winning World War II will soar above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the traditional pre-race flyover before the start of the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26.

A North American B-25 Mitchell twin-engine medium bomber will be joined in formation by five North American T-6 Texan trainer aircraft in the flyover that will appear above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the conclusion of the national anthem.

The B-25, nicknamed "Axis Nightmare," and T-6 military aircraft performing the flyover will be provided by the Cincinnati Warbirds EAA Squadron 18 and the Tri-State Warbird Museum that jointly promote the preservation of historic military aircraft, remember those who fought for our freedom and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. For more information, visit www.cincinnatiwarbirds.org and www.tri-statewarbirdmuseum.org.

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Light rain began falling at the Speedway at 10:25 a.m., delaying the 11 a.m. scheduled start of Pole Day qualifications.

The sun began shining over the Speedway at 11:33 a.m. as track-drying efforts continued.

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Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano rode in the IZOD IndyCar Series two-seater car today at IMS, with 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti driving.

CHUCK PAGANO: "That (the two-seater rider with Mario Andretti) was the most exciting thing I've ever done, obviously. What a treat, what a pleasure. Just absolutely exhilarating. When we took off and you get thrown into the back of that car a little bit and start feeling the G-forces like you do, what a sensation. But then you kind of settle in and start enjoying the ride. It was the opportunity of a lifetime, obviously, and a very humbling experience to be out here and be a part of this great tradition. It's a great, historic day."

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IMS Historian Donald Davidson recently was named as one of five 2013 inductees to the Richard M. Fairbanks Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Oct. 3.

Davidson has been a member of the IMS Radio Network team since 1965. His popular show, "The Talk of Gasoline Alley," has been heard nightly during May on Indianapolis radio since 1971.

He also has appeared on qualification and race coverage for numerous Indianapolis television stations in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and on a weekly nostalgic music program, "Looking Backward With Davidson," in 1973 on Indianapolis NPR affiliate WIAN-FM.

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Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports driver Simon Pagenaud spoke to the media today during the rain delay. Today is Pagenaud's 29th birthday.

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda): "It's the weather - something you can't really control. You go with what you can control, and you only go with that. The nice thing is that I am really comfortable in the car. The car has been fantastic. In race trim and qualifying trim, we are very comfortable. I am really looking forward to the race. Qualifying is important. Of course, I would like to be on pole position. But we know what we've got. I think we are good enough to be in the top 12 and then go from there. I think in the race we might have something better. I am really putting my sight on Race Day. Today it is important not to crash the car, first, because it is a great race car, and I don't want to damage it. But we want to make sure we are in a good position to start (the race.) We want to get one good run in. We know what speed we've got. It should be pretty good off the bat. I don't see any reason why we would go back for a second one (qualifying attempt.) We know what we've got. But it's all going to depend on the weather. We drew number 66, so we are going to be one of the last to go out. Depending on the weather, that might not be a bad thing today." (What would be an ideal birthday present for you today?): "Pole position. That would be a great present."

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team manager Rob Edwards talked today about the team's plans for its No. 99 Honda-powered entry, which has not been on track this month or assigned to a driver.

ROB EDWARDS: "It's obviously in the garage. It's being prepared. The focus today is on Simon (Pagenaud) and Tristan (Vautier). If we get to where we need to get to with the two of them, then we'll have some fun tomorrow. Absolutely 100 percent the focus today is on Simon's program and Tristan's program." (On preparing for qualifying with variable weather conditions): "We got a good chance to run this morning. We're pretty happy where we are with Simon's car. We're not quite where we want to be with Tristan's car. We got a couple more things to try in qualifying. But I think it's difficult until everyone gets out there and actually does there run and sees where everyone stacks up. We're reasonable optimistic but not overly confident."
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The crew servicing the No. 1 DHL Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone driven by reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will have a different look this month at the 97th Indianapolis 500 - crew members will wear bright red pants.

Crew members will go retro by wearing red Dickies® Original 874® work pants with their yellow-and-red crew shirts. Many Indianapolis 500 crews wore colored trousers decades ago.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet): "I think the crew looks great in red (pants), and it complements the yellow/red paint scheme of the No. 1 DHL Chevy perfectly. It's such an important race for us, and there is so much history here at the Speedway that having the crew go a little retro and get outside of the box is fitting."
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Pole Day schedule revision: The first segment of Indianapolis 500 qualifying will take place until 6 p.m. Fast Nine Qualifying will start at 6:30 p.m., with each car getting one attempt.

If weather forces the first segment to be stopped, Fast Nine Qualifying will not take place.

INDIANAPOLIS 500 POLE QUALIFYING CHRONOLOGY:

At 1:15 p.m., the ambient temperature was 71 degrees with a relative humidity of 79 percent and calm winds. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 87 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

Each qualifying attempt will start on the second time past the flag stand.



1:28 p.m.

#9 SCOTT DIXON/Auckland, New Zealand
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
QA-1
1 - 39.7517 - 226.405
Q - 1
2 - 39.7798 - 226.245
3 - 39.8058 - 226.098
4 - 39.8435 - 225.884
T 2:39.1808 - 226.158

1:32 p.m.
#14 TAKUMA SATO/Tokyo
ABC Supply Co A.J. Foyt Racing
QA-1
1 - 39.8105 - 226.071
Q - 2
2 - 39.8123 - 226.061
3 - 39.8618 - 225.780
4 - 39.8835 - 225.657
T 2:39.2681 - 225.892

1:36 p.m.
#15
GRAHAM RAHAL/New Albany, Ohio

Midas/Big O Tires
QA-1
1 - 39.9246 - 225.425
Q - 3
2 - 39.9564 - 225.246
3 - 40.0191 - 224.893
4 - 40.0008 - 224.996
T 2:39.9009 - 225.139

1:41 p.m.
#2
AJ ALLMENDINGER/Los Gatos, Calif.
IZOD Team Penske
QA-1
1 - 39.4837 - 227.942
Q - 4
2 - 39.4878 - 227.918
3 - 39.5237 - 227.711
4 - 39.5651 - 227.473
T 2:38.0603 - 227.761

1:45 p.m.
#91
BUDDY LAZIER/Vail, Colo.
Lazier Partners
QA-1
1 - 40.2598 - 223.548
Q - 5
2 - 40.2977 - 223.338
3 - 40.3760 - 222.905
4 - 40.4485 - 222.505
T 2:41.3820 - 223.073

1:50 p.m.
#78
SIMONA DE SILVESTRO/Mont-sur-Rolle, Switzerland
Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT
QA-1
1 - 40.0079 - 224.956
Q - 6
2 - 39.8821 - 225.665
3 - 39.8948 - 225.593
4 - 39.9313 - 225.387
T 2:39.7161 - 225.400

1:54 p.m.
#27
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE/Toronto
GoDaddy
QA-1
1 - 39.4510 - 228.131
Q - 7
2 - 39.5085 - 227.799
3 - 39.6112 - 227.208
4 - 39.6757 - 226.839
T 2:38.2464 - 227.493

1:59 p.m.
#41
CONOR DALY/Noblesville, Ind.
ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing
QA-1
1 - 40.6269 - 221.528
UA - 1
1 - 42.0149 - 214.210
3 - Waved off

#41 Daly pulled off on third lap after light smoke started to trail from rear of car.
YELLOW. Track inspection.

2:12 p.m.
#7
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS/Le Mans, France
Dragon Racing
QA-1
1 - 39.7947 - 226.161
Q - 8
2 - 39.7892 - 226.192
3 - 39.7806 - 226.241
4 - 39.7898 - 226.189
T 2:39.1543 - 226.196

2:16 p.m.
#19
JUSTIN WILSON/Sheffield, England
Dale Coyne Racing
QA-1
1 - 39.6818 - 226.804
Q - 9
2 - 39.7462 - 226.437
3 - 39.7892 - 226.192
4 - 39.8146 - 226.048
T 2:39.0318 - 226.370

2:21 p.m.
#3
HELIO CASTRONEVES/Sao Paulo
Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske
QA-1
1 - 39.5339 - 227.653
Q - 10
2 - 39.4150 - 228.339
3 - 39.4619 - 228.068
4 - 39.5010 - 227.842
T 2:37.9118 - 227.975

2:25 p.m.
#16
JAMES JAKES/Leeds, England
Acorn Stairlifts
QA-1
1 - 40.0600 - 224.663
Q - 11
2 - 39.8512 - 225.840
3 - 39.8955 - 225.589
4 - 39.9115 - 225.499
T 2:39.7182 - 225.397

2:30 p.m.
#6
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA/Bogota, Colombia
Dragon Racing
QA-1
1 - 40.0121 - 224.932
Q - 12
2 - 40.0496 - 224.721
3 - 40.0799 - 224.551
4 - 40.1034 - 224.420
T 2:40.2450 - 224.656

2:34 p.m.
#63
PIPPA MANN/Ipswich, England
Dale Coyne Racing
QA-1
1 - 40.4276 - 222.620
Q - 13
2 - 40.3578 - 223.005
3 - 40.2604 - 223.545
4 - 40.2783 - 223.445
T 2:41.3241 - 223.153

Mann's warm-up lap was 224.013.

2:38 p.m.
#60
TOWNSEND BELL/San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Sunoco "Turbo" Panther Racing
QA-1
1 - 39.8431 - 225.886
Q - 14
2 - 39.8929 - 225.604
3 - 39.8745 - 225.708
4 - 39.8938 - 225.599
T 2:39.5043 - 225.699

2:43 p.m.
#5
E.J. VISO/Caracas, Venezuela
Team Venezuela PDVSA Citgo
QA-1
1 - 39.4755 - 227.990
Q - 15
2 - 39.5416 - 227.608
3 - 39.5550 - 227.531
4 - 39.5917 - 227.320
T 2:38.1638 - 227.612
Viso's warm-up lap was 228.187.

2:47 p.m.

#98
ALEX TAGLIANI/Lachenaie, Quebec
Barracuda Racing
QA-1
1 - 39.4898 - 227.907
Q - 16
2 - 39.5381 - 227.629
3 - 39.6344 - 227.075
4 - 39.6586 - 226.937
T 2:38.3209 - 227.386

2:51 p.m.
#12
WILL POWER/Toowoomba, Australia
Verizon Team Penske
QA-1
1 - 39.2290 - 229.422
Q - 17
2 - 39.2721 - 229.170
3 - 39.3829 - 228.526
4 - 39.4287 - 228.260
T 2:37.3127 - 228.844

Power's warm-up lap was 221.139.
2:56 p.m.
#8
RYAN BRISCOE/Sydney
NTT DATA
QA-1
1 - 39.9496 - 225.284
Q - 18
2 - 40.0039 - 224.978
3 - 39.9908 - 225.052
4 - 40.0251 - 224.859
T 2:39.9694 - 225.043


3 p.m. weather update: The ambient temperature was 75 degrees with a relative humidity of 68 percent and calm winds. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 95 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

3 p.m.
#11
TONY KANAAN/Salvador, Brazil
Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing
QA-1
1 - 39.6030 - 227.256
Q - 19
2 - 39.6426 - 227.028
3 - 39.6821 - 226.803
4 - 39.6983 - 226.710
T 2:38.6260 - 226.949

3:05 p.m.
#21
JOSEF NEWGARDEN/Hendersonville, Tenn.
Sarah Fisher Hartman/Century 21
QA-1
1 - 39.8214 - 226.009
Q - 20
2 - 40.1024 - 224.425
3 - 39.9285 - 225.403
4 - 39.9984 - 225.009
T 2:39.8507 - 225.210
3:09 p.m.
#55
TRISTAN VAUTIER/Corenc, France

Lucas Oil/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
QA-1
1 - 40.2232 - 223.751
Q - 21
2 - 40.2271 - 223.730
3 - 40.2035 - 223.861
4 - 40.1944 - 223.912
T 2:40.8482 - 223.814

3:13 p.m.

#10
DARIO FRANCHITTI/Edinburgh, Scotland
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
QA-1
1 - 39.7036 - 226.680
Q - 22
2 - 39.7659 - 226.325
3 - 39.8795 - 225.680
4 - 39.8944 - 225.596
T 2:39.2434 - 226.069

3:18 p.m.
#18
ANA BEATRIZ/Sao Paulo
Ipiranga
QA-1
1 - 40.3606 - 222.990
Q - 23
2 - 40.2553 - 223.573
3 - 40.2258 - 223.737
4 - 40.2409 - 223.653
T 2:41.0826 - 223.488

3:24 p.m.
#83
CHARLIE KIMBALL/Camarillo, Calif.
NovoLog FlexPen
QA-1
1 - 39.7832 - 226.226
Q - 24
2 - 39.8255 - 225.986
3 - 39.8594 - 225.794
4 - 39.9087 - 225.515
T 2:39.3768 - 225.880
#91 Lazier on bubble.

3:28 p.m.
#20
ED CARPENTER/Indianapolis
Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
QA-1
1 - 39.3985 - 228.435
Q - 25
2 - 39.4202 - 228.309
3 - 39.5121 - 227.778
4 - 39.5975 - 227.287
T 2:37.9283 - 227.952

Bumps #91 Lazier. #63 Mann on bubble.

3:33 p.m.
#1
RYAN HUNTER-REAY/Fort Lauderdale, Fla
DHL
QA-1
1 - 39.3557 - 228.684
Q - 26
2 - 39.4000 - 228.426
3 - 39.4562 - 228.101
4 - 39.4880 - 227.917
T 2:37.6999 - 228.282
#63 Mann remains on bubble.

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INDYCAR technical update: Qualifying run of #16 James Jakes was disallowed due to failure of post-qualifying technical inspection.

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3:37 p.m.
#17
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR./Mexico City
Office Depot
QA-1
1 - 40.9934 - 219.548
UA - 1
2 - 40.5663 - 221.859
3 - 40.7256 - 220.991
4 - 41.0087 - 219.466
T 2:43.2940 - 220.461
#63 Mann remains on bubble.

3:42 p.m.
#26
CARLOS MUNOZ/Bogota, Colombia
Unistraw
QA-1
1 - 39.3965 - 228.447
Q - 27
2 - 39.4508 - 228.132
3 - 39.4423 - 228.181
4 - 39.4871 - 227.923
T 2:37.7767 - 228.171

Bumps #63 Mann. #18 Beatriz on bubble.

3:46 p.m.
#4
JR HILDEBRAND/Sausalito, Calif.
National Guard Panther Racing
QA-1
1 - 39.5250 - 227.704
Q - 28
2 - 39.5548 - 227.532
3 - 39.5585 - 227.511
4 - 39.6447 - 227.016
T 2:38.2830 - 227.441
Bumps #18 Beatriz. #55 Vautier on bubble.

3:51 p.m.
#25
MARCO ANDRETTI/Nazareth, Pa.
RC Cola
QA-1
1 - 39.3749 - 228.572
Q - 29
2 - 39.4913 - 227.898
3 - 39.5567 - 227.522
4 - 39.5460 - 227.583
T 2:37.9689 - 227.893
Bumps #55 Vautier. #6 Saavedra on bubble.
3:55 p.m.
#77
SIMON PAGENAUD/Poitiers, France
Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports
QA-1
1 - 39.9224 - 225.437
Q - 30
2 - 39.8970 - 225.581
3 - 39.8511 - 225.841
4 - 39.8514 - 225.839
T 2:39.5219 - 225.674

Bumps #6 Saavedra. #8 Briscoe on bubble.
3:59 p.m.
#22
ORIOL SERVIA/Pals, Spain

Panther DRR
QA-1
1 - 39.6228 - 227.142
Q - 31
2 - 39.6664 - 226.892
3 - 39.7118 - 226.633
4 - 39.7196 - 226.588
T 2:38.7206 - 226.814


YELLOW. Track inspection.

4:14 p.m. - GREEN. Track open for practice.

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ENTRY LIST UPDATE:

•Entry for #99, #99T by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is #81, #81T Angie's List Schmidt Peterson Pelfrey. The driver is Katherine Legge. She is the 34th driver assigned to a car for this event.

KATHERINE LEGGE: "I'm psyched to get back in the car, especially at Indy because this is such a special place. I owe a huge thank you to Honda, Firestone, the IZOD IndyCar Series and especially Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for pulling this together in the last minute to get the car on track. I was talking with Sam (Schmidt) in 2011 about driving one of his cars, and I'm so excited to finally get in one of them and work with the entire team in addition to Simon (Pagenaud) and Tristan (Vautier)."


INDIANAPOLIS 500 POLE QUALIFYING CHRONOLOGY:

4:36 p.m. - Track reopens for qualifying.
4:38 p.m.
#8
RYAN BRISCOE/Sydney
NTT DATA
QA-2
1 - 39.9403 - 225.336
UA - 1
2 - 39.9492 - 225.286
3 - Waved off
#15 Rahal remains on bubble.
4:47 p.m.
#16
JAMES JAKES/Leeds, England
Acorn Stairlifts
QA-2
1 - 39.9135 - 225.488
Q - 32
2 - 40.0221 - 224.876
3 - 39.9448 - 225.311
4 - 40.0112 - 224.937
T 2:39.8916 - 225.153

Bumps teammate #15 Rahal. #16 Jakes on bubble.

***

4:53 p.m. - Track open for practice.
5:06 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualifying attempt for #15 Rahal, who withdrew time.

***

5:11 p.m.
#15
GRAHAM RAHAL/New Albany, Ohio

Midas/Big O Tires
QA-2
1 - 39.9935 - 225.037
UA - 1
2 - 39.9869 - 225.074
3 - 40.0141 - 224.921
4 - 40.0408 - 224.771
T 2:40.0353 - 224.950

#78 De Silvestro withdraws qualified time, which returns #6 Saavedra on bubble.
5:15 p.m.
#78
SIMONA DE SILVESTRO/Mont-sur-Rolle, Switzerland

Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT
QA-2
1 - 39.9952 - 225.027
Q - 33
2 - 39.9299 - 225.395
3 - 39.9446 - 225.312
4 - 39.9701 - 225.168
T 2:39.8398 - 225.226

Bumps #6 Saavedra. #16 Jakes on bubble.
5:20 p.m.
#63
PIPPA MANN/Ipswich, England
Dale Coyne Racing
QA-2
1 - 39.9716 - 225.160
UA - 1
2 - 40.0347 - 224.805
3 - 40.1238 - 224.306
4 - 40.3335 - 223.140
T 2:40.4636 - 224.350

#60 Bell withdraws qualified time, which returns #6 Saavedra to bubble.
5:25 p.m.
#60
TOWNSEND BELL/San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Sunoco "Turbo" Panther Racing
QA-2
1 - 40.0453 - 224.745
UA - 1
2 - 40.1754 - 224.018
3 - 40.0228 - 224.872
4 - 40.0703 - 224.605
T 2:40.3138 - 224.560
#6 Saavedra remains on bubble.

5:29 p.m.
#18
ANA BEATRIZ/Sao Paulo
Ipiranga
QA-2
1 - 39.9812 - 225.106
Q - 34
2 - 39.9586 - 225.233
3 - 39.9865 - 225.076
4 - 39.9903 - 225.055
T 2:39.9166 - 225.117
Bumps #6 Saavedra. #18 Beatriz on bubble.

5:33 p.m.
#8
RYAN BRISCOE/Sydney
NTT DATA
QA-3
1- 39.9894 - 225.060
Q - 35
2 - 39.9379 - 225.350
3 - 39.9385 - 225.346
4 - 39.9459 - 225.305
T 2:39.8117 - 225.265

Bumps #18 Beatriz. #16 Jakes on bubble.
5:37 p.m.
#55
TRISTAN VAUTIER/Corenc, France
Lucas Oil/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
QA-2
1 - 40.2419 - 223.647
UA - 1
2 - 40.3952 - 222.799
3 - 40.0118 - 224.934
4 - 39.9537 - 225.261
T 2:40.6026 - 224.156

5:45 p.m. weather update: The ambient temperature was 81 degrees with a relative humidity of 52 percent and east winds at 1 mph. Skies were partly sunny. The track temperature was 94 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

5:45 p.m.
#63
PIPPA MANN/Ipswich, England
Dale Coyne Racing
Pulled off track after first warm-up lap.

5:50 p.m.
#60
TOWNSEND BELL/San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Sunoco "Turbo" Panther Racing
QA-3
1 - 39.7973 - 226.146
Q - 36
2 - 39.8588 - 225.797
3 - 39.9078 - 225.520
4 - 39.9799 - 225.113
T 2:39.5438 - 225.643

Bumps #16 Jakes, whose qualified time was withdrawn. #21 Newgarden on bubble.

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#63 Mann pulled off on warm-up lap at 5:45 p.m. because she reported severe vibration in car.

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5:54 p.m.
#16
JAMES JAKES/Leeds, England
Acorn Stairlifts
QA-3
1 - 39.8114 - 226.066
Q - 37
2 - 39.8664 - 225.754
3 - 39.8515 - 225.838
4 - 39.8975 - 225.578
T 2:39.4268 - 225.809
Bumps #21 Newgarden. #78 De Silvestro on bubble.

5:59 p.m.
#17
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR./Mexico City
Office Depot
QA-2
1 - 41.0881 - 219.042
UA - 2
2 - 41.1669 - 218.622
3 - 41.4051 - 217.365
4 - 41.2286 - 218.295
T 2:44.8887 - 218.329

Gun to end first session at 6 p.m. fired just after Jourdain passed flag stand after his first warm-up lap.

•Cars in qualifying line when gun fired, in order: #18 Beatriz, #55 Vautier, #21 Newgarden, #78 De Silvestro, #10 Franchitti, #9 Dixon, #83 Kimball, #11 Kanaan.

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FAST NINE SHOOTOUT NOTES:
The top nine cars will qualify in reverse order of their first-segment speeds, with ninth first, eighth second and so on. Each car will receive one attempt.

Drivers participating in Shootout: #12 Power, #1 Hunter-Reay, #26 Munoz, #3 Castroneves, #20 Carpenter, #25 Andretti, #2 Allmendinger, #5 Viso, #27 Hinchcliffe.

Team breakdown in Shootout:

•Andretti Autosport, five cars (#1 Hunter-Reay, #26 Munoz, #25 Andretti, #5 Viso, #27 Hinchcliffe)

•Team Penske, three cars (#12 Power, #3 Castroneves, #2 Allmendinger)

•Ed Carpenter Racing, one car (#20 Carpenter)

All nine cars in the Shootout are powered by Chevrolet engines. The highest-qualifying driver powered by a Honda engine is #98 Tagliani, who qualified 11th.



INDIANAPOLIS 500 FAST NINE SHOOTOUT CHRONOLOGY:

6:30 p.m. weather update: The ambient temperature was 80 degrees with a relative humidity of 55 percent and southeast winds at 2 mph. Skies were mostly cloudy. The track temperature was 91 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.



6:34 p.m.
#27
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE/Toronto
GoDaddy
QA-2

1 - 39.8654 - 225.760
Q - 38
2 - 39.4961 - 227.871
3 - 39.5517 - 227.550
4 - 39.6279 - 227.113
T 2:38.5411 - 227.070


#27 Hinchcliffe on pole.
6:39 p.m.
#5
E.J. VISO/Caracas, Venezuela
Team Venezuela PDVSA Citgo
QA-2
1 - 39.3682 - 228.611
Q - 39
2 - 39.4093 - 228.372
3 - 39.4844 - 227.938
4 - 39.5288 - 227.682
T 2:37.7907 - 228.150
#5 Viso on pole.

6:44 p.m.
#2
AJ ALLMENDINGER/Los Gatos, Calif.
IZOD Team Penske
QA-2
1 - 39.3491 - 228.722
Q - 40
2 - 39.4284 - 228.262
3 - 39.5108 - 227.786
4 - 39.5381 - 227.629

T 2:37.8264 - 228.099

6:49 p.m.
#25
MARCO ANDRETTI/Nazareth, Pa.
RC Cola
QA-2

1 - 39.2929 - 229.049
Q - 41
2 - 39.4057 - 228.393
3 - 39.4716 - 228.012
4 - 39.5437 - 227.596

T 2:37.7139 - 228.261
#25 Andretti on pole.
6:53 p.m.
#20
ED CARPENTER/Indianapolis

Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
QA-2
1 - 39.2418 - 229.347
Q - 42
2 - 39.3054 - 228.976
3 - 39.3402 - 228.774
4 - 39.4815 - 227.955
T 2:37.3689 - 228.762
#20 Carpenter on pole.

6:58 p.m.
#3
HELIO CASTRONEVES/Sao Paulo
Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske
QA-2
1 - 39.3408 - 228.770
Q - 43
2 - 39.4533 - 228.118
3 - 39.5718 - 227.435
4 - 39.6937 - 226.736
T 2:38.0596 - 227.762

7:03 p.m.
#26
CARLOS MUNOZ/Bogota, Colombia
Unistraw
QA-2
1 - 39.3034 - 228.988
Q - 44
2 - 39.4077 - 228.382
3 - 39.4372 - 228.211
4 - 39.5098 - 227.792
T 2:37.6581 - 228.342

7:07 p.m.
#1
RYAN HUNTER-REAY/Fort Lauderdale, Fla
DHL

QA-2
1 - 39.3395 - 228.778
Q - 45
2 - 39.4553 - 228.106
3 - 39.5788 - 227.394
4 - 39.5878 - 227.343
T 2:37.9614 - 227.904

7:12 p.m.
#12
WILL POWER/Toowoomba, Australia
Verizon Team Penske
QA-2
1 - 39.2809 - 229.119
Q - 46
2 - 39.4089 - 228.375
3 - 39.5397 - 227.619
4 - 39.6047 - 227.246
T 2:37.8342 - 228.087

Warm-up lap was 220.830. #20 Ed Carpenter wins pole for 97th Indianapolis 500.

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INDIANAPOLIS 500 POLE QUALIFYING NOTES:

•This is the first Indianapolis 500 pole for Ed Carpenter and Ed Carpenter Racing. Carpenter's previous best qualifying spot at Indianapolis was eighth in 2010 and 2011.

•This is the first time car No. 20 has won the pole at Indianapolis.

•Ed Carpenter became the first American driver to win the pole since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006. Hornish also won the race that year.

•Ed Carpenter is the first owner/driver to win the pole since A.J. Foyt in 1975.

•Ed Carpenter became the first longtime Indiana resident to win the pole since Pancho Carter in 1985. Carter lived in Brownsburg. Carpenter was born in Illinois but moved to Indiana as a young boy. Scott Sharp lived in Indianapolis when he won the pole in 2001 but has lived most of his life in Connecticut and Florida. Indiana native and resident Tony Stewart started from the pole in 1996 after his teammate Scott Brayton died in a practice crash after winning the pole.

•Ed Carpenter's four-lap average pole speed of 228.762 mph was the fastest since Sam Hornish Jr. won the pole in 2006 with a four-lap average of 228.985.

•Ed Carpenter won the inaugural Firestone Freedom 100 race for Firestone Indy Lights exactly 10 years ago today, May 18, 2003.

•Carlos Munoz became the first rookie to qualify on the front row since fellow Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya also qualified second in 2000. Montoya won the race that year.

•Carlos Munoz is the youngest driver to qualify on the front row in Indianapolis 500 history, at 21 years, 136 days old. He broke the record set by Rex Mays, who was 22 years, 81 days old when he won the pole in 1935.

•Carlos Munoz has qualified on the front row in every INDYCAR race in which he has competed this season. He has won the pole for all three Firestone Indy Lights races this season and qualified second for the Indianapolis 500.

•Marco Andretti qualified third, his best at Indianapolis. His previous best was fourth in 2012.

•E.J. Viso qualified fourth, his best at Indianapolis. His previous best was ninth in 2012.

•The last time a Team Penske car didn't qualify on the front row was 2011. Penske driver Ryan Briscoe won the pole last year.

•Will Power made the last run of pole qualifying at 7:12 p.m. The last time a qualifying session extended past 6 p.m. was 2011, when Alex Tagliani made the final run at 6:03 p.m. after the start of the Fast Nine Shootout was delayed by rain. The last time qualifying extended past 6 p.m. before that was May 26, 1968. Rain forced the extension, and track-drying efforts allowed the track to open at 6:55 p.m. for 30 minutes of practice. Qualifying began at 7:31 p.m. and ended at 7:54 p.m. due to darkness. Since the field was not filled at that time, qualifying to fill the field took place Monday, May 27.

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Ten drivers are competing for nine available spots on Old National Armed Forces Bump Day: #6 Saavedra, #15 Rahal, #17 Jourdain, #18 Beatriz, #21 Newgarden, #41 Daly, #55 Vautier, #63 Mann, #81 Legge, #91 Lazier.

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SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local):

6 a.m.

Garages open

8 a.m.

Front Row Photo Shoot, Track Adjacent to South Pits

9-10 a.m.

Indianapolis 500 practice

Noon-6 p.m.
Bump Day Qualifying
12:15-6 p.m.
Bump Day Qualifier media availability (each qualified driver), Economaki Press Conference Room
6:15 p.m.
Bump Day Top Story of the Day/Final Qualifier media availability, Economaki Press Conference Room
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The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues with the 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 26, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be televised live at 11 a.m. (ET) by ABC and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including on Sirius and XM Channels 211 and www.indycar.com. The next Firestone Indy Lights race is the Firestone Freedom 100 on Friday, May 24, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast by the NBC Sports Network live, during the network's coverage of Carb Day.

 
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