Carpenter Hammers Out A Pole
Ed Carpenter on Friday afternoon won the pole for Saturday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Carpenter, driving part time for Vision Racing in partnership with Panther Racing, had a two-lap average speed of 217.933 mph.
It was the first pole ever for Vision.
“It’s been an interesting day, the conditions changed a lot from this morning,” Carpenter said. “Looking at all the down force levels that people came out to qualifying with, we weren’t sure what to expect. I was happy where we were. We had a good, quick car this morning. I saw my teammate Dan (Wheldon) go out a couple of cars before me and put up a pretty big number, and, at that point, I knew we had a shot,” Carpenter said.
The six-year series veteran’s previous best starts were fourth at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season and Michigan International Speedway in 2006.
The 10th different Kentucky Speedway IICS pole winner will share the front row with championship leader Will Power, who generated a 217.829-mph (48.9192 seconds) two-lap average in his Team Penske racecar.
Points leader Will Power Team Penske was second fastest in qualifying while Wheldon was third.
“This was just qualifying and we’re going to continue to work very hard in the warm-up session for the race and it’s such a great benefit to have Ed Carpenter with us this weekend in the Fuzzy’s Vodka car,” Wheldon, who finished second last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, said. “Ed’s been a great addition and he’s really helped the team, as you can see by our performance today. It’s going to be a hectic race again and I’m excited for that. Hopefully we can go one position better than we did last race in the No. 4 car but that’s not to underestimate the competition; it’s extremely competitive out there and I’m just having a lot of fun right now.”
Dario Franchitti, second in points with three races to go, was 11th.
Qualifying Friday for the Kentucky Indy 300 IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.48-mile Kentucky Speedway, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, and speed
1. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 217.933
2. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 217.829
3. (4) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 217.700
4. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 217.533
5. (06) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 217.374
6. (34) Bertrand Baguette, Dallara-Honda, 216.988
7. (32) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 216.879
8. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 216.857
9. (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 216.600
10. (36) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Honda, 216.589
11. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 216.533
12. (14) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 216.434
13. (77) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 216.391
14. (5) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 216.265
15. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 216.173
16. (22) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 215.944
17. (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 215.820
18. (19) Alex Lloyd, Dallara-Honda, 215.272
19. (78) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 215.003
20. (2) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 214.948
21. (67) Sarah Fisher, Dallara-Honda, 214.813
22. (8) EJ Viso, Dallara-Honda, 214.595
23. (24) Paul Tracy, Dallara-Honda, 214.270
24. (18) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, 213.343
25. (66) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 212.364
26. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 210.831
27. (37) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, No speed
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