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Ed Carpenter pulls in after winning the pole during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race

Carpenter wins Indy 500 pole

INDIANAPOLIS – Ed Carpenter won the Indianapolis 500 pole for the second straight year, posting a four-lap average of 231.067 mph.

He was the last of the nine fastest qualifiers to hit the track Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He knocked off James Hinchcliffe on the last lap to start first on the May 25 race.

Hinchcliffe starts second a week after his concussion in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Will Power joins them on the front row.

Three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves is fourth followed by Simon Pagenaud and Marco Andretti. Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden and J.R. Hilderbrand are on the third row.

Carpenter, an Indianapolis native and stepson of former speedway executive Tony George, owns his own team and decided in November to run only on ovals, where he excels. He turned his car over to Mike Conway on road and street courses, and has the top spot in his first race of the year.

“It was a harder run than last year,” Carpenter said. “I knew what the average was, so I was just hanging on. I was surprised last year. Obviously, we felt good this year that we had a chance this year. But it’s all about the race.”

Carpenter finished 10th in last year's race.

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