INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) - Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500.
The Indianapolis native bested IndyCar racing's big-name teams by claiming his first 500 pole Saturday during the "Fast Nine" qualifying session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carpenter's four-lap average of 228.762 mph in the No. 20 Chevrolet held off such marquee outfits as Team Penske and Andretti Autosport, who combined to claim the next eight spots.
Andretti drivers swept the next three spots as Carloz Munoz (228.342) took the front middle, Marco Andretti (228.261) the outside front and E.J. Viso (228.150) the inside of Row 2.
Penske's A.J. Allmendinger and Will Power, who had the top spot after Saturday's first session, rounded out the second row.
Carpenter, the stepson of IndyCar Series founder Tony George, earned his third top-10 starting berth in four starts.
Previous WISH-TV story on Pole Day is posted below.
Saturday morning, drivers prepared for another big day of practice at the track. After a two-hour rain delay, Indianapolis 500 qualifying began.
Fast Friday came to a halt due to a thunderstorm. The rain came in around 3 p.m. and officials closed the track about two and a half hours early on a critical day.
Therefore, Pole Day is even more important as drivers chase the pole position.
Originally, all cars were scheduled to qualify from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Now drivers were allowed to make four-lap qualifying attempts until 6 p.m.
Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves is going for his fourth win and fifth pole at the IMS. Dario Franchitti also going for his fourth win.
There are plenty of activities for fans at the track Saturday.
- PHOTOS | Pole Day 2013
Tickets for Pole Day were $15, but children under 12-years-old got in the track for free.
The track was open until 6 p.m.
1963 Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones held a book signing at the Pagoda Plaza Retail Shop Saturday morning.
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