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After Pocono
Driver Standings

1 Will Power 446
2 Helio Castroneves 446
3 Simon Pagenaud 402
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 391
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 388
6 Carlos Munoz (R) 340
7 Marco Andretti 325
8 Scott Dixon 297
9 Ryan Briscoe 285
10 Sebastien Bourdais 271
11 Tony Kanaan 267
12 James Hinchcliffe 266
13 Mikhail Aleshin 263
14 Justin Wilson 253
15 Charlie Kimball 239
16 Jack Hawksworth 227
17 Carlos Huertas (R) 224
18 Josef Newgarden 220
19 Graham Rahal 202
20 Sebastian Saavedra 196
21 Takuma Sato 189
22 Mike Conway 152
23 Ed Carpenter 138
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 James Davison (R) 34
29 Jacques Villeneuve 29
30 Alex Tagliani 28
31 Luca Filippi 24
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 340
2 Mikhail Aleshin 263
3 Jack Hawksworth 217
4 Carlos Huertas 204
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Simon Pagenaud 2
T4 Mike Conway 1
T4 Helio Castroneves 1
T4 Carlos Huertas 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 5
T1 Helio Castroneves 5
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T3 Carlos Munoz 3
T3 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T6 Marco Andretti 2
T6 Simon Pagenaud 2
T8 Mike Conway 1
T8 Carlos Huertas 1
T8 Scott Dixon 1
T8 Tony Kanaan 1
T8 Graham Rahal 1
T8 Charlie Kimball 1
T8 Ed Carpenter 1
T8 Jack Hawksworth 1
T8 Mikhail Aleshin 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 348
2 Helio Castroneves 174
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 165
4 Ed Carpenter 116
5 Tony Kanaan 79
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 James Hinchcliffe 56
9 Simon Pagenaud 53
10 Jack Hawksworth 32
11 Scott Dixon 27
12 Marco Andretti 22
13 Justin Wilson 20
14 Sebastian Saavedra 14
15 Graham Rahal 10
16 Mike Conway 8
17 Josef Newgarden 8
T18 Oriol Servia 7
T18 Carlos Huertas 7
19 Ryan Briscoe 5
20 Mikhail Aleshin 4
21 Alex Tagliani 3
22 Sebastien Bourdais 2

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 446
2 3 Team Penske 446
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 402
4 2 Team Penske 391
5 28 Andretti Autosport 388
6 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 340
7 25 Andretti Autosport 325
8 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 297
9 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 290
10 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 285
11 11 KVSH Racing 271
12 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 267
13 27 Andretti Autosport 266
14 7 SMP Racing 263
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 253
16 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 239
17 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 227
18 18 Dale Coyne Racing 224
19 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 220
20 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 202
21 17 KV/AFS Racing 196
22 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 189
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 112
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.81
2 Kurt Busch 6.00
3 Will Power 6.09
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.72
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
T7 Scott Dixon 10.18
T7 Carlos Munoz 10.18
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.45
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.72
11 Ryan Briscoe 11.75
12 Marco Andretti 12.125
13 Carlos Munoz 12.375
T14 Oriol Servia 12.5
T14 Justin Wilson 12.5
16 Alex Tagliani 13.0
17 Sebastien Bourdais 13.25
18 Charlie Kimball 13.625
19 Mike Conway 13.66
T20 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
T20 Ed Carpenter 14.0
22 Carlos Huertas 14.25
23 Mikhail Aleshin 14.875
24 James Hinchcliffe 15.125
T25 Takuma Sato 15.5
T25 Jack Hawksworth 15.5
27 Sebastian Saavedra 15.75
28 James Davison 16.00
29 Josef Newgarden 16.375
30 Graham Rahal 16.625
31 Martin Plowman 20.5
32 Franck Montagny 22.0
33 Pippa Mann 24.0
34 Townsend Bell 25.0
35 Buddy Lazier 32.0

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T2 Scott Dixon 3
T2 Will Power 3
T2 James Hinchcliffe 3
T2 Helio Castroneves 3
T2 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T9 Takuma Sato 1
T9 Marco Andretti 1
T9 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T9 Tony Kanaan 1
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T9 Mike Conway 1
T9 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T9 Ryan Briscoe 1
Ed Carpenter surprise pole winner for Indy 500

by Tim Wohlford
Saturday, May 18, 2013

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Ed Carpenter puts his Walrus looking car on the pole
Underdog car owner/driver Ed Carpenter from Indianapolis driving a single car entry won a surprise pole position for the Indy 500.  Carpenter was the big winner in the 2013 Fast Nine shootout for the Indy 500 Pole, moving up from the provisional 5th position. 

Joining him on the front row is rookie sensation Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti.  Second row features EJ Viso, AJ Allmendinger and Will Power. 

Power fell from a provisional pole, and Castroneves fell from the 4th spot to middle of the third row.

Pole Day at Indy – and qualifying in general – is said to be among the most intense, nerve-wracking experiences in all of sports.  In order to go fast, drivers take out as much downforce as they can, inducing as much over steer as they dare, and try to hang on to a car that is steadily losing grip for 10 miles. The fastest drivers go for the Pole, not so much to gain an advantage in a race, but for the prestige and a spare $100 grand.  The slowest live in even more terror – often they are at the edge of their skills, in a car that won’t cooperate, and risk missing the race.  Thrill of victory, and definitely agony of defeat.

Today started with a steady downpour, starting around 10:00, causing the qualifying session to be shortened by 2 1/2 hours.  This meant that, one after another, the drivers took their turn on their first pass, and when the dust settled around 4:00, 31 drivers had an attempt in the books.  A few drivers made second attempts, but generally their speeds were slower than their initial speed.  At the end of the day, Simona had survived the 24th place bubble, with Newgarden, Jakes, Rahal, Beatriz, Briscoe, Saavedra, Vautier, Mann, and Lazier failing to lock in a place.

Late entrant Katherine Legge, who had secured sponsorship from Angie’s List to get a ride with Sam Schmidt’s team, never made it to the track.  She is expected to attempt a qualification tomorrow, and that means that someone will go home a week early.  It would be ironic (or justice?) if it was Saavedra, who gained Legge’s seat in a wildly unpopular driver change in the off-season.

The Fast Nine competition started at 6:30.  Ed Carpenter was able to move from 5th spot to the Pole, apparently hitting the downforce balancing act better than the rest of the group.  Penske team mates Allmendinger, Power and Castroneves each had fast first laps, but by the end of the 4th their tires had given up, the victims of too little downforce.  Carpenter was the odd man out of a competition between Andretti Motorsport – which had all 5 cars in the event, and Team Penske, which had all three of its cars in the Fast Nine.  For Carpenter, his pace was the fastest pace since 2006, at 228.762 mph.  His previous best start was 8th, and only his second pole ever.

Rookie Carlos Munoz will start second, and not only has his on-track performance impressed veterans, but also his instant popularity with the crowds.  Munoz will be a busy boy since he is also scheduled to run the Freedom 100 Indy Lights event next week.

Also considered a rookie, AJ Allmendinger will start 5th, next to Will Power, and just in front of Helio Castroneves.

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So what did we learn today?  Some notes:

- Thirteen of the top fifteen positions were powered by Chevrolet.  Bobby Rahal commented to me this week that there is precious little to tweak in the way of aerodynamics, and the differences in speed were due to power. Then again, last year Honda looked like a decided underdog, and dominated the race with superior fuel mileage.

- It is entirely possible that a new generation of stars has taken over the series, including a couple of "rookies" that are able to perform on and off the track.  The press conference with Hinchcliffe, AJ Allmendinger, EJ Viso and Ryan Hunter-Reay set all new standards in comedy -- and should IMS be smart enough to put it online, will become a YouTube classic.  Those gentlemen got into that press conference by beating guys who have traditionally dominated the series.

Sparse Pole Day Crowd
Tim Wohlford/AR1.com
- Attendance was low.  Now, I don’t mean “low by historical standards”, I mean, “There were large sections of the pit road grandstand roped off” small, a much smaller crowd than recent pole days at Indy.  Granted, it rained early in the day, never a good thing.  Granted, people are skittish due to the Boston bombing.  And granted, the local economy isn't strong, and price of gasoline is high, and the Pacers are playing tonight in the NBA playoffs.  However, the attendance today will probably send shock waves through the Hulman-George family.

- Not only was attendance low for the day, but it was really low for the Fast Nine.  By this time, the rain was a distant memory, but there seemed to be little crowd interest in the thing.  NBC only carried the last few minutes of the Fast Nine, which (granted) had been pushed back due to the earlier rain.  Perhaps the entire concept of "Fast Nine" should be re-examined?

Sparse media center
Tim Wohlford/AR1.com
- Then again, an article in another outlet suggested that the Indy race be condensed into 1 week, with qualifications on Thursday night.  That's right -- night.  Indy will soon get lights.  Certainly cutting costs at Indy would be welcome, but it is obvious that traditional schedules aren't drawing the interest that they used to draw.  The trouble is that the Hulman-George family's org chart is, in the words of Jeff Belskus, "A work in progress".  For the record, he gave me that quote when I asked him for his official title.

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.

Results

Rank Car Driver Engine Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Lap 4 Speed Status
1 20 Carpenter, Ed CHEVY 39.2418 39.3054 39.3402 39.4815 228.762 Qualified
2 26 Munoz, Carlos CHEVY 39.3034 39.4077 39.4372 39.5098 228.342 Qualified
3 25 Andretti, Marco CHEVY 39.2929 39.4057 39.4716 39.5437 228.261 Qualified
4 5 Viso, EJ CHEVY 39.3682 39.4093 39.4844 39.5288 228.150 Qualified
5 2 Allmendinger, AJ CHEVY 39.3491 39.4284 39.5108 39.5381 228.099 Qualified
6 12 Power, Will CHEVY 39.2809 39.4089 39.5397 39.6047 228.087 Qualified
7 1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan CHEVY 39.3395 39.4553 39.5788 39.5878 227.904 Qualified
8 3 Castroneves, Helio CHEVY 39.3408 39.4533 39.5718 39.6937 227.762 Qualified
9 27 Hinchcliffe, James CHEVY 39.8654 39.4961 39.5517 39.6279 227.070 Qualified
10 4 Hildebrand, JR CHEVY 39.5250 39.5548 39.5585 39.6447 227.441 Qualified
11 98 Tagliani, Alex HONDA 39.4898 39.5381 39.6344 39.6586 227.386 Qualified
12 11 Kanaan, Tony CHEVY 39.6030 39.6426 39.6821 39.6983 226.949 Qualified
13 22 Servia, Oriol CHEVY 39.6228 39.6664 39.7118 39.7196 226.814 Qualified
14 19 Wilson, Justin HONDA 39.6818 39.7462 39.7892 39.8146 226.370 Qualified
15 7 Bourdais, Sebastien CHEVY 39.7947 39.7892 39.7806 39.7898 226.196 Qualified
16 9 Dixon, Scott HONDA 39.7517 39.7798 39.8058 39.8435 226.158 Qualified
17 10 Franchitti, Dario HONDA 39.7036 39.7659 39.8795 39.8944 226.069 Qualified
18 14 Sato, Takuma HONDA 39.8105 39.8123 39.8618 39.8835 225.892 Qualified
19 83 Kimball, Charlie HONDA 39.7832 39.8255 39.8594 39.9087 225.880 Qualified
20 16 Jakes, James HONDA 39.8114 39.8664 39.8515 39.8975 225.809 Qualified
21 77 Pagenaud, Simon HONDA 39.9224 39.8970 39.8511 39.8514 225.674 Qualified
22 60 Bell, Townsend CHEVY 39.7973 39.8588 39.9078 39.9799 225.643 Qualified
23 8 Briscoe, Ryan HONDA 39.9894 39.9379 39.9385 39.9459 225.265 Qualified
24 78 De Silvestro, Simona CHEVY 39.9952 39.9299 39.9446 39.9701 225.226 Qualified
- 21 Newgarden, Josef HONDA 39.8214 40.1024 39.9285 39.9984 225.210 Bumped
- 16 Jakes, James HONDA 39.9135 40.0221 39.9448 40.0112 225.153 Bumped
- 15 Rahal, Graham HONDA 39.9246 39.9564 40.0191 40.0008 225.139 Bumped
- 18 Beatriz, Ana HONDA 39.9812 39.9586 39.9865 39.9903 225.117 Bumped
- 8 Briscoe, Ryan HONDA 39.9496 40.0039 39.9908 40.0251 225.043 Bumped
- 6 Saavedra, Sebastian CHEVY 40.0121 40.0496 40.0799 40.1034 224.656 Bumped
- 55 Vautier, Tristan HONDA 40.2232 40.2271 40.2035 40.1944 223.814 Bumped
- 18 Beatriz, Ana HONDA 40.3606 40.2553 40.2258 40.2409 223.488 Bumped
- 63 Mann, Pippa HONDA 40.4276 40.3578 40.2604 40.2783 223.153 Bumped
- 91 Lazier, Buddy CHEVY 40.2598 40.2977 40.3760 40.4485 223.073 Bumped
- 16 Jakes, James HONDA 40.0600 39.8512 39.8955 39.9115 225.397 Failed Attempt
- 15 Rahal, Graham HONDA 39.9935 39.9869 40.0141 40.0408 224.950 Failed Attempt
- 60 Bell, Townsend CHEVY 40.0453 40.1754 40.0228 40.0703 224.560 Failed Attempt
- 63 Mann, Pippa HONDA 39.9716 40.0347 40.1238 40.3335 224.350 Failed Attempt
- 55 Vautier, Tristan HONDA 40.2419 40.3952 40.0118 39.9537 224.156 Failed Attempt
- 17 Jourdain Jr, Michel HONDA 40.9934 40.5663 40.7256 41.0087 220.461 Failed Attempt
- 17 Jourdain Jr, Michel HONDA 41.0881 41.1669 41.4051 41.2286 218.329 Failed Attempt
- 60 Bell, Townsend CHEVY 39.8431 39.8929 39.8745 39.8938 225.699 Withdrawn
- 78 De Silvestro, Simona CHEVY 40.0079 39.8821 39.8948 39.9313 225.400 Withdrawn
- 8 Briscoe, Ryan HONDA 39.9403 39.9492 0.0000 0.0000 - Waved Off
- 41 Daly, Conor HONDA 40.6269 42.0149 0.0000 0.0000 217.807 Waved Off
- 63 Mann, Pippa HONDA 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 - No Attempt
- 12 Power, Will CHEVY 39.2290 39.2721 39.3829 39.4287 228.844 Segment 1 Time
- 1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan CHEVY 39.3557 39.4000 39.4562 39.4880 228.282 Segment 1 Time
- 26 Munoz, Carlos CHEVY 39.3965 39.4508 39.4423 39.4871 228.171 Segment 1 Time
- 3 Castroneves, Helio CHEVY 39.5339 39.4150 39.4619 39.5010 227.975 Segment 1 Time
- 20 Carpenter, Ed CHEVY 39.3985 39.4202 39.5121 39.5975 227.952 Segment 1 Time
- 25 Andretti, Marco CHEVY 39.3749 39.4913 39.5567 39.5460 227.893 Segment 1 Time
- 2 Allmendinger, AJ CHEVY 39.4837 39.4878 39.5237 39.5651 227.761 Segment 1 Time
- 5 Viso, EJ CHEVY 39.4755 39.5416 39.5550 39.5917 227.612 Segment 1 Time
- 27 Hinchcliffe, James CHEVY 39.4510 39.5085 39.6112 39.6757 227.493 Segment 1 Time

Field Average: 226.879 mph

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