Carpenter wins Indy 500 pole for 2nd straight year

Ed Carpenter celebrates after winning the pole during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Ed Carpenter celebrates after winning the pole during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Carpenter has won the Indianapolis 500 pole for the second straight year.

He had a four-lap average of 231.067 mph and was the last of the nine fastest qualifiers to hit the track Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He knocked off James Hinchcliffe on the last lap to start first on the May 25 race.

Hinchcliffe starts second days after he was cleared to return from a concussion and Will Power joins them on the front row.

Helio Castroneves is fourth followed by Simon Pagenaud and Marco Andretti. Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden and J.R. Hilderbrand are on the third row.

Carpenter decided in November to run only on ovals, where he excels, and to turn his car over to Mike Conway on road and street courses. He has the top spot in his first race of the year.

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