Ed Carpenter Crushed The Competition To Take A Dominant Pole For The Indy 500 - WTF1

Ed Carpenter Crushed The Competition To Take A Dominant Pole For The Indy 500

After the drama of Bump Day, the second day of qualifying for the Indy 500 – the one that actually sets the grid – seemed almost sedate in comparison. All bets were on the Penske drivers locking out the front row, but superspeedway and Indianapolis specialist Ed Carpenter was more than up to the challenge and ended up putting in a storming effort to take pole.

His four-lap average was 229.681mph – almost an entire mph quicker than second-placed Simon Pagenaud. Will Power rounds out the first row, with Josef Newgarden making it a Penske two-three-four.

Saturday’s fastest qualifier Helio Castroneves had a bit of a nightmare and slipped down to eighth after going for a risky and aggressive low downforce set up. Danica Patrick, racing for the final time, proved that she’s lost none of her IndyCar skills with a four-lap run that was good enough for seventh.

Outside of the Fast Nine, Tony Kanaan had the best run and will start 10th ahead of teammate Matheus Leist – the top qualifying rookie this year.

Last year’s race winner Takuma Sato will start 16th, with a couple of big names down at the back: Graham Rahal is 30th, and Alexander Rossi – a guy who was a fraction away from making the Fast Nine yesterday – is only 32nd. Ouch.

Here’s the full grid:

  1. Ed Carpenter – 229.618
  2. Simon Pagenaud – 228.761
  3. Will Power – 228.607
  4. Josef Newgarden – 228.862
  5. Sebastien Bourdais – 228.142
  6. Spencer Pigot – 228.107
  7. Danica Patrick- 228.090
  8. Helio Castroneves – 227.859
  9. Scott Dixon – 227.262
  10. Tony Kanaan – 227.664
  11. Matheus Leist – 227.571
  12. Marco Andretti – 227.288
  13. Zachary Claman DeMelo – 226.999
  14. Ryan Hunter-Reay – 226.788
  15. Charlie Kimball – 226.657
  16. Takuma Sato – 226.557
  17. Kyle Kaiser – 226.398
  18. Robert Wickens – 226.296
  19. James Davison – 226.225
  20. Max Chilton – 226.212
  21. Carlos Munoz – 226.048
  22. Gabby Chaves – 226.007
  23. Stefan Wilson – 225.863
  24. Sage Karam – 225.823
  25. Zach Veach – 225.748
  26. Oriol Servia – 225.699
  27. JR Hildebrand – 225.418
  28. Jay Howard – 225.388
  29. Ed Jones – 225.362
  30. Graham Rahal – 225.327
  31. Jack Harvey – 225.254
  32. Alexander Rossi – 224.935
  33. Conor Daly – 224.429

Now the real question will be whether or not James Hinchcliffe gets a chance to compete in the race by taking over one of his teammates cars – it’s going to be a nervy few days for Jay Howard and Jack Harvey…

Who’s your pick for victory in the race next weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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