Ed Carpenter has won back-to-back pole positions for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500 after triumphing in Sunday’s qualifying session. The American was the only driver to lap above 231mph over his four-lap average, clocking the fastest qualifying speed since the 2003 event.

Carpenter’s pole position earned him a $100,000 windfall and bragging rights as the first back-to-back Indy 500 pole-winner since Hélio Castroneves achieved the feat since 2009-10.

Carpenter’s superb performance was mirrored by James Hinchcliffe, who, in the week leading up to the event, looked unlikely to even participate after being forced to miss most of the lead-up practice sessions after being sidelined with concussion. The Andretti driver posted a 230.869mph four-lap average to out-pace Penske’s Will Power for second place.

Power’s teammate Castroneves was fourth-fastest, with Simon Pagenaud (sporting an Ayrton Senna tribute helmet) and Marco Andretti completing the second row of the grid.

Last year’s Indy 500 ‘Rookie of the Year’ Carlos Muñoz ensured three Andretti runners qualified in the ‘Fast Nine’ shootout and managed the seventh-fastest time. He will line up alongside Josef Newgarden and JR Hildebrand, who showed well in his one-off outing in a second entry fielded by Ed Carpenter’s team.

Juan Pablo Montoya will start from tenth on his Indy 500 return alongside former winner and reigning champion Scott Dixon, while NASCAR champion Kurt Busch qualified twelfth-fastest as he attempts an historic Indy/NASCAR double on the Memorial Day long weekend.

Jack Hawksworth was the fastest full-time rookie in thirteenth; he’ll line up two spots ahead of fellow rookie Mikhail Aleshin. Defending race-winner Tony Kanaan was sixteenth-fastest.

Former Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve qualified 27th-fastest in his one-off IndyCar return in the third Sam Schmidt entry, while fellow former race-winner Buddy Lazier was the slowest qualifier in his privately-run entry. Lazier was a shade over 3mph slower than Carpenter’s pole-winning effort, marking the closest Indy 500 qualifying spread seen in over 60 years.


2014 IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 – Final Qualifying:

‘Fast Nine’ Session Team / Entry Avg. Speed
1. Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet 231.067mph
2. James Hinchcliffe ca Andretti Autosport Honda Honda 230.869mph
3. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Chevrolet 230.697mph
4. Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Chevrolet 230.649mph
5. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda Honda 230.614mph
6. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda Honda 230.544mph
7. Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda Honda 230.146mph
8. Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Honda 229.893mph
9. JR Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet 228.726mph
‘Round 1’ Qualifying Team / Entry Time
10. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet Chevrolet 231.007mph
11. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet 230.928mph
12. Kurt Busch Andretti Autosport Honda Honda 230.782mph
13. Jack Hawksworth Bryan Herta Autosport Honda Honda 230.506mph
14. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Honda 230.256mph
15. Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda Honda 230.049mph
16. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet 229.922mph
17. Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Honda Honda 229.847mph
18. Oriol Servià es Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Honda 229.728mph
19. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Honda 229.719mph
20. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Honda 229.628mph
21. Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Honda Honda 229.251mph
22. Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda Honda 229.223mph
23. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda Honda 229.201mph
24. Alex Tagliani ca Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Honda 229.148mph
25. Townsend Bell KV Racing Technology Honda Honda 229.009mph
26. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet 228.953mph
27. Jacques Villeneuve ca Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda Honda 228.949mph
28. James Davison KV Racing Technology Honda Honda 228.865mph
29. Martin Plowman A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda Honda 228.814mph
30. Ryan Briscoe Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet 228.713mph
31. Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet 228.436mph
32. Sebastián Saavedra KV Racing Technology / AFS Racing Honda Honda 228.088mph
33. Buddy Lazier Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet 227.920mph

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