INDIANAPOLIS -- 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.
Carpenter, the stepson of IndyCar Series founder Tony George, earned his third top-10 starting berth in four starts.