2013 Indianapolis 500 Starting Lineup

Pole day is over, Bump Day is finished, the Fast 9 shootout is complete and when the dust settled Ed Carpenter was the driver on top. In somewhat of an upset, Carpenter who acts a driver/owner in a single car operation took on the titans of Indycar and won the pole for the 97th running of this legendary race with a speed of 228.762mph. Andretti Autosport teammates Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti make up the rest of the front row with Munoz being the highest rookie qualifier. Ed has a best start of 8th in the Indy 500 which he has done three times and in 132 Indycar starts, this is just his second career pole.

Ed Carpenter celebrates with his team after winning the pole for the Indy 500 on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Credit: Matt Detrich / The Star

Indycar rookie AJ Allmendinger out-qualified both of his Penske teammates putting his No.2 5th on the grid while Power was 6th and Castroneves 8th. What a story it would be if AJ could pull this victory off next Sunday considering everything he has gone through. Not a single Ganassi Honda was in the Fast 9….not a single Honda from any team qualified inside the top 10 for that matter. The Ganassi cars start 16th, 17th, 19th and 23rd with Scott Dixon being the highest qualifier.

In a deal put together less than 48 hours ago, Sam Schmidt entered a 3rd car driven by Katherine Legge. She qualified for the race and will start last and that means someone went home. That unlucky car was the Rahal Letterman Lanigan owned entry of Michel Jourdain Jr. who was visibly dejected when Bump Day ended. Before the Fast 9 Saturday, Will Power was on top of the leader board with a lap time that would have been good enough for pole if he matched it in the Fast 9 which he failed to do. For a complete look at the lineup, just scroll down.

1. Ed Carpenter (#20) Ed Carpenter Racing

2. Carlos Munoz (#26) Andretti Autosport

3. Marco Andretti (#25) Andretti Autosport

4. EJ Viso (#5) Andretti Autosport

5. AJ Allmendinger (#2) Team Penske

6. Will Power (#12) Team Penske

7. Ryan Hunter-Reay (#1) Andretti Autosport

8. Helio Castroneves (#3) Team Penske

9. James Hinchcliffe (#27) Andretti Autosport

10. JR Hildebrand (#4) Panther Racing

11. Alex Tagliani (#98) Barracuda Racing

12. Tony Kanaan (#11) KV Racing Technology

13. Oriol Servia (#22) Panter DRR

14. Justin Wilson (#19) Dale Coyne Racing

15. Sebastien Bourdais (#7) Dragan Racing

16. Scott Dixon (#9) Chip Ganassi Racing

17. Dario Franchitti (#10) Chip Ganassi Racing

18. Takuma Sato (#14) A.J Foyt Enterprises

19. Charlie Kimball  (#83) Chip Ganassi Racing

20. James Jakes (#16) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

21. Simon Pagenaud (#77) Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

22. Townsend Bell (#60) Panther Racing

23. Ryan Briscoe (#8) Chip Ganassi Racing

24. Simona De Silvestro (#78) KV Racing Technology

25. Josef Newgarden (#21) Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

26. Graham Rahal (#15) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

27. Sebastian Saavedra (#6) Dragon Racing

28. Tristan Vautier (#55) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

29. Ana Beatriz (#18) Dale Coyne Racing

30. Pippa Mann (#63) Dale Coyne Racing

31. Conor Daly (#41) A.J Foyt Enterprises

32. Buddy Lazier (#91) Lazier Partners Racing

33. Katherine Legge (#81) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

DNQ: Michel Jourdain Jr (#17) Rahal Letterman Lanigan

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