INDYU.S.A.September 3, 2010
IndyCar Series
Round 15: Kentucky

Carpenter Claims Kentucky Pole

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Ed Carpenter, who led 35 laps of last year’s Miejer Indy 300 but lost the race to Ryan Briscoe by just 16 thousandths of a second, was the surprise pole qualifier Friday at Kentucky Speedway, despite running only a part-time schedule in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series.

Ryan Briscoe(Team Penske) Ryan Briscoe(Team Penske)


Ed Carpenter (Panther Racing)


Ed Carpenter (Panther Racing)



Making only his third start of the season, Carpenter edged championship leader Will Power to claim his first career IndyCar pole, with Panther Racing teammate Dan Wheldon qualifying third. Scott Dixon, winner here in 2008, posted the fourth-fastest qualifying run with Hideki Mutoh rounding out the top five, in his strongest qualifying effort since starting fourth at Kansas Speedway in May. Saturday night’s Meijer Indy 300 starts at 8:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on Versus.

Takuma Sato(KV Racing Technology) Takuma Sato(KV Racing Technology)


Hideki Mutoh (Newman Haas Racing)


Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology)


Ed Carpenter (#20 Panther Racing Honda) pole qualifier, his 1st IZOD IndyCar Series pole:
“Yeah, I’m pretty happy right now, but it’s all about [winning] tomorrow night. Obviously, we hit the setup just right, and I knew after [teammate] Dan [Wheldon]’s run that we had a good shot at the pole. It was a tough qualifying run, hotter and windier than this morning [practice]. But winning the pole definitely takes our confidence up to the next level.”
IRL IndyCar Series
Round 15: Kentucky
line
1 Ed Carpenter(Panther Racing)
2 Will Power(Team Penske)
3 Dan Wheldon(Panther Racing)
4 Scott Dixon(Target Chip Ganassi)
5 Hideki Mutoh(Newman Haas Racing)
6 Bertrand Baguette-R(Conquest Racing)
7 Mario Moraes(KV Racing Technology)
8 Helio Castroneves(Team Penske)
9 Ryan Briscoe(Team Penske)
10 Tomas Scheckter(Conquest Racing)
11   Dario Franchitti(Target Chip Ganassi)
12 Vitor Meira(A.J. Foyt Racing)
13 Alex Tagliani(FAZZT Race Team)
14 Takuma Sato-R(KV Racing Technology)
15 Marco Andretti(Andretti Autosport)
16 Justin Wilson(Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
17   Danica Patrick(Andretti Autosport)
18 Alex Lloyd-R(Dale Coyne Racing)
19 Simona de Silvestro-R(HVM Racing)
20   Raphael Matos(De Ferran Dragon Racing)
21 Sarah Fisher(Sarah Fisher Racing)
22   E.J. Viso(KV Racing Technology)
23 Paul Tracy(Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
24 Milka Duno(Dale Coyne Racing)
25 Graham Rahal(Sarah Fisher Racing)
26 Tony Kanaan(Andretti Autosport)
27 Ryan Hunter-Reay(Andretti Autosport)


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