Ed Carpenter bumps fist with a member of his crew after he qualified for the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Carpenter takes top starting spot at Indy 500 for 3rd time

May 20, 2018 - 5:59 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Carpenter ruined Team Penske's Indianapolis 500 pole-position party.

The Indianapolis driver earned the No. 1 starting spot for the third time on his home track with a four-lap average of 229.618 mph. He was the only driver to top 230 on any lap and the only one to top 229 on all four.

Penske's drivers took the next three spots. Simon Pagenaud starts second at 228.761, Will Power was third at 228.007 and Josef Newgarden will start fourth next Sunday after going 228.405.

Danica Patrick, Carpenter's teammate, qualified seventh and will start from the inside of Row 3 in her final 500 after going 228.090.

Three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves, also a Penske driver, will start eighth after going 227.859.


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