Vastavam web: Hometown favorite Ed Carpenter won pole for next week’s Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, topping 230 miles per hour to help restrict Danica Patrick to a third-row start for the final race of her career.Carpenter, a local resident and the penultimate qualifier, averaged 229.618 mph for four laps to claim the third pole of his career, holding off the powerful Penske team of Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Josef Newgarden.Frenchman Pagenaud (228.761) and Power (228.607) will join Carpenter on the front row for the May 27 race with Newgarden (228.405) on the second row.
Patrick (228.090) will lead off the third row in seventh place with Brazil’s three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who had the fastest average speed on Saturday, beside her.“It’s all good and I am glad that part is over with,” Patrick, who is retiring, told ABC television. “Now it is time for 500 fun miles.”“It is always nice to start up front because you can control things a little bit,” added the 37-year-old, who grew up in Indianapolis.Carpenter, whose best Indy 500 result came in 2008 when he placed fifth, had shown his car’s potential on Saturday when he came on strong to finish second fastest in qualifying runs.
Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais, who missed last year’s race after a horrific crash while fighting for pole, showed no fear as he returned to the Brickyard, grabbing fifth place (228.142).“It was probably the hardest weekend we have had to go through. It was hard, really hard,” he said.“I had a little moment there in (turn) one, I didn’t trust it, got my foot off it a bit and it showed big time on the speed.“What happened last year you can’t just disregard. I probably would have stayed in it pretty easily last year but thought twice about it this year for sure.”