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May 18, 2013
Saturday
Carpenter Claims Pole for 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
Press Release

Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar CEO Jeff Belskus presents pole-winner Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, with the trophy after qualifying for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. - Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar CEO Jeff Belskus presents pole-winner Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, with the trophy after qualifying for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. - Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
INDIANAPOLIS – (Saturday, May 18, 2013) - After a Indianapolis 500 pole day filled with drama for teams Ed Carpenter found himself celebrating with the Verizon P1 Award

The lone team owner/driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series recorded a blistering four-lap average speed of 228.762 mph (best lap of 229.347 mph; 39.2418 seconds) in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. The one-car team bested the best of Team Penske and Andretti Autosport in the shootout to claim a $100,000 bonus and 15 precious IZOD IndyCar Series championship points.

Carpenter’s previous best start at the Speedway was eighth in 2010 and ’11; his best finish is fifth after starting 10th in 2008. His pole speed was the fastest since Sam Hornish Jr. (228.985 mph) in 2006 for Team Penske. Hornish, the last American to win the Indianapolis 500 pole, went on to win the race.

Rookie Carlos Munoz earned a front-row start and $50,000 of the Verizon Front Row Awards for second (228.342) — .2892 of a second off Carpenter’s aggregate four-lap time — and Marco Andretti was awarded a $40,000 bonus for qualifying third (228.261). It’s Andretti’s best start in eight attempts at the Speedway.

Munoz, 21, is seeking to match Juan Pablo Montoya as an Indianapolis 500 winner from Colombia. Montoya also started second – as a rookie — in his 2000 victory. He was the last first-year front-row starter.

E.J. Viso (228.150), first-year Indy 500 competitor AJ Allmendinger (228.099) and Team Penske teammate Will Power (228.087) will start on Row 2 for the 200-lap race May 26. Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay (227.904) will join three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves (227.762) and James Hinchcliffe (227.070) on Row 3.

Positions 25-33 will be set through four-lap qualifications May 19 on Old National Armed Forces Bump Day.

There will be at least one bump in determining the 33-car field as Schmidt Peterson Pelfrey entered the No. 81 Angie’s List Honda-powered car to be driven by Katherine Legge. She’s expected to participate in the 9-10 a.m. (ET) practice session and make at least one qualifying attempt later in the day. Each entrant is allowed three qualifying attempts as time permits.

In addition to Legge, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammates Graham Rahal and Michel Jourdain Jr., rookies Tristan Vautier and Conor Daly, Ana Beatriz, Buddy Lazier, Pippa Mann, Josef Newgarden and Sebastian Saavedra will attempt to qualify.

POLE DAY NOTEBOOK:

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is scheduled to wave the green flag as the honorary starter today.

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The boost level will be increased from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for Pole Day qualifications today and Bump Day qualifications Sunday.

The change in pressure adds about a 40-horsepower boost to the engines produced by Chevrolet (twin-turbocharged Chevy IndyCar V6) and Honda (single turbo-charged Honda HI13R). The boost level will return to 130 kPa for final practice on Coors Light Carb Day on Friday, May 24 and the 500-mile race Sunday, May 26.

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Indianapolis 500 Pole Day qualifying procedures:

Order - A blind draw was conducted Friday after practice.

Warm-up laps - Each car is permitted two warm-up laps before the timed qualification laps. IZOD IndyCar Series officials may permit three warm-up laps if they deem it necessary.

Green-flag laps - A qualification attempt consists of four timed laps. The aggregate time is recorded as the official qualifying time for the car.

POLE DAY:

Qualifying is broken down into two segments, progressively narrowing the field to determine the pole winner.

Segment One - Held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to determine positions 1-24 in the field based on the fastest four-lap averages. Once all 24 positions have been filled, bumping will occur until 4 p.m. Each car has up to three qualifying attempts. The top nine qualifiers advance to Segment Two.

Segment Two - Held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the top nine cars will run in reverse order based on Segment One speeds. All cars are required to make at least one attempt in Segment Two. Cars making additional attempts will receive an additional set of tires. At the end of the session, the cars are ranked 1-9 based on their four-lap average during the segment.

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Practice from 8-9 a.m. this morning will be separated into two groups, from 8-8:30 a.m. and 8:30-9 a.m. The track will be open for all cars from 9-10 a.m.

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Today is the 29th birthday of Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

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INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE:

At 8 a.m., the ambient temperature was 67 degrees with a relative humidity of 92 percent and calm winds. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 73 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

8 a.m. – GREEN. #15 Rahal first on track.

8:10 a.m. — #91 Lazier has completed final phase of refresher test.

8:44 a.m. — #2 AJ Allmendinger fastest at 229.086.

9 a.m. temperature update: the ambient temperature was 67 degrees with a relative humidity of 90 percent and calm winds. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 73 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

9:13 a.m. — #12 Power fastest at 229.808, fastest lap of the month and fastest practice lap at IMS since 2003.

9:32 a.m. – YELLOW. Light rain.

9:52 a.m. – GREEN.

9:59 a.m. – YELLOW and CHECKERED. Light rain. #12 Power fastest at 229.808.

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FASTEST TIMES/SPEEDS OF PRACTICE:

Pos. Car Name Time Speed
1. 12 Will Power 39.1631 229.808
2. 2 AJ Allmendinger* 39.2866 229.086
3. 21 Josef Newgarden 39.3685 228.609
4. 15 Graham Rahal 39.4187 228.318
5. 77 Simon Pagenaud 39.4687 228.029

* — Rookie

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INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE QUOTES:

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s pretty heavy on air, you could say. It’s pretty humid out there, but it’s cool. It’s very difficult to predict what to run trim-wise for qualifying. We’ll see when the temperature comes. If it’s similar to this, I think we have a good idea. We’re just working it out. You’ve just got to make an educated guess. When I was out there, getting little bits of moisture on your visor makes you nervy. You’re not sure if it’s going to start raining in a different area. I think we’re in pretty good shape.”

AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 2 IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s close to ideal for me right now. The track had decent amount of grip with cool conditions. I’ve never been here before, but I’m learning really quick that weather will play a huge factor. I think the car has good speed, but it’s tough to tell with the tows that are out there. The car is pretty quick. I feel good; the car has speed in it.” (Comfort level?): “Rick (Mears, Will (Power) and Helio (Castroneves) and all the guys, this whole team here have made me feel comfortable. They make me feel at home here, like I’m not the third car but really part of the team. It has been very comfortable this week so far. Hopefully we can get through the toughest day today.”

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Film and television star Michael Pena, who has a leading role in the upcoming 3D animated motion picture event “Turbo,” will serve as the honorary starter of the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26.

Pena will wave the green flag to start the field of 33 drivers in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The 97th Indianapolis 500 starts at noon (ET) and will be televised live on ABC.

In “Turbo,” Pena portrays Tito, an entrepreneur who enters a super-fast snail in the Indy 500. The film races into theaters everywhere July 17. From DreamWorks Animation, and released by 20th Century Fox, the film’s titular hero is an ordinary garden snail whose dream to race in the Indianapolis 500 comes true.

Ryan Reynolds is the voice of Turbo. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Snoop Lion, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Chicago native Pena has appeared in numerous motion pictures and television shows in the last decade, including in the Academy Award Best Picture-winning films “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash.” He also appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Babel.”

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Six iconic military airplanes that played a vital role in the United States and its allies winning World War II will soar above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the traditional pre-race flyover before the start of the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26.

A North American B-25 Mitchell twin-engine medium bomber will be joined in formation by five North American T-6 Texan trainer aircraft in the flyover that will appear above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the conclusion of the national anthem.

The B-25, nicknamed “Axis Nightmare,” and T-6 military aircraft performing the flyover will be provided by the Cincinnati Warbirds EAA Squadron 18 and the Tri-State Warbird Museum that jointly promote the preservation of historic military aircraft, remember those who fought for our freedom and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. For more information, visit www.cincinnatiwarbirds.org and www.tri-statewarbirdmuseum.org.

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Light rain began falling at the Speedway at 10:25 a.m., delaying the 11 a.m. scheduled start of Pole Day qualifications.

The sun began shining over the Speedway at 11:33 a.m. as track-drying efforts continued.

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Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano rode in the IZOD IndyCar Series two-seater car today at IMS, with 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti driving.

CHUCK PAGANO: “That (the two-seater rider with Mario Andretti) was the most exciting thing I’ve ever done, obviously. What a treat, what a pleasure. Just absolutely exhilarating. When we took off and you get thrown into the back of that car a little bit and start feeling the G-forces like you do, what a sensation. But then you kind of settle in and start enjoying the ride. It was the opportunity of a lifetime, obviously, and a very humbling experience to be out here and be a part of this great tradition. It’s a great, historic day.”

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IMS Historian Donald Davidson recently was named as one of five 2013 inductees to the Richard M. Fairbanks Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Oct. 3.

Davidson has been a member of the IMS Radio Network team since 1965. His popular show, “The Talk of Gasoline Alley,” has been heard nightly during May on Indianapolis radio since 1971.

He also has appeared on qualification and race coverage for numerous Indianapolis television stations in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and on a weekly nostalgic music program, “Looking Backward With Davidson,” in 1973 on Indianapolis NPR affiliate WIAN-FM.

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Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports driver Simon Pagenaud spoke to the media today during the rain delay. Today is Pagenaud’s 29th birthday.

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda): “It’s the weather – something you can’t really control. You go with what you can control, and you only go with that. The nice thing is that I am really comfortable in the car. The car has been fantastic. In race trim and qualifying trim, we are very comfortable. I am really looking forward to the race. Qualifying is important. Of course, I would like to be on pole position. But we know what we’ve got. I think we are good enough to be in the top 12 and then go from there. I think in the race we might have something better. I am really putting my sight on Race Day. Today it is important not to crash the car, first, because it is a great race car, and I don’t want to damage it. But we want to make sure we are in a good position to start (the race.) We want to get one good run in. We know what speed we’ve got. It should be pretty good off the bat. I don’t see any reason why we would go back for a second one (qualifying attempt.) We know what we’ve got. But it’s all going to depend on the weather. We drew number 66, so we are going to be one of the last to go out. Depending on the weather, that might not be a bad thing today.” (What would be an ideal birthday present for you today?): “Pole position. That would be a great present.”

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team manager Rob Edwards talked today about the team’s plans for its No. 99 Honda-powered entry, which has not been on track this month or assigned to a driver.

ROB EDWARDS: “It’s obviously in the garage. It’s being prepared. The focus today is on Simon (Pagenaud) and Tristan (Vautier). If we get to where we need to get to with the two of them, then we’ll have some fun tomorrow. Absolutely 100 percent the focus today is on Simon’s program and Tristan’s program.” (On preparing for qualifying with variable weather conditions): “We got a good chance to run this morning. We’re pretty happy where we are with Simon’s car. We’re not quite where we want to be with Tristan’s car. We got a couple more things to try in qualifying. But I think it’s difficult until everyone gets out there and actually does there run and sees where everyone stacks up. We’re reasonable optimistic but not overly confident.”
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The crew servicing the No. 1 DHL Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone driven by reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will have a different look this month at the 97th Indianapolis 500 – crew members will wear bright red pants.

Crew members will go retro by wearing red Dickies® Original 874® work pants with their yellow-and-red crew shirts. Many Indianapolis 500 crews wore colored trousers decades ago.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet): “I think the crew looks great in red (pants), and it complements the yellow/red paint scheme of the No. 1 DHL Chevy perfectly. It’s such an important race for us, and there is so much history here at the Speedway that having the crew go a little retro and get outside of the box is fitting.”
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Pole Day schedule revision: The first segment of Indianapolis 500 qualifying will take place until 6 p.m. Fast Nine Qualifying will start at 6:30 p.m., with each car getting one attempt.

If weather forces the first segment to be stopped, Fast Nine Qualifying will not take place.

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