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Ed Carpenter earns Indy 500 pole

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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.

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