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2014 Indy 500 qualifying: Carpenter takes second 500 pole

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Verizon IndyCar Series owner/driver Ed Carpenter won his second straight pole for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday with a four-lap average of 231.067 mph. Carpenter, who is splitting seat time in the No. 20 this year with Mike Conway, who is running the road course races, qualified for the Firestone Fast Nine on Saturday with the day’s fastest four-lap average of 230.661 mph. The 98th running of the Indy 500 is next Sunday, May 25th.

James Hinchcliffe, who suffered concussion symptoms after being hit in the head by debris during last weekend’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, qualified second with a four-lap average of 230.839 mph. Will Power starts outside Row One following a four-lap average run of 230.697 mph.

Juan Pablo Montoya returns from his time in NASCAR with a 10th-place starting spot at Indy (231.007 mph average), while his former NASCAR counterpart Kurt Busch qualified 12th for his first Indy 500 (230.782 mph average) as he attempts to complete “double duty,” also racing in the Coca Cola 600 that evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The complete Indy 500 lineup:

Row One: Ed Carpenter, James Hinchcliffe, Will Power

Row Two: Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Marco Andretti

Row Three: Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden, JR Hildebrand

Row Four: Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon, Kurt Busch

Row Five: Jack Hawksworth, Justin Wilson, Mikhail Aleshin

Row Six: Tony Kanaan, Sebastien Bourdais, Oriol Servia

Row Seven: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal, Carlos Huertas

Row Eight: Pippa Mann, Takuma Sato, Alex Tagliani

Row Nine: Townsend Bell, Charlie Kimball, Jacques Villeneuve

Row 10: James Davison, Martin Plowman, Ryan Briscoe

Row 11: Sage Karam, Sebastian Saavedra, Buddy Lazier

The Indy 500 goes green Sunday, May 25th at 12:12 p.m. ET. Follow the action at www.indycar.com.

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