Simon Pagenaud Wins 103rd Indianapolis 500 Pole Position

Ed Carpenter Racing Starts 2nd, 3rd & 4th

Scott Stiller
May 19, 2019 - 7:41 pm
Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud Celebrates Winning The 103rd Indianapolis 500 Pole Position

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Speedway, IN (93.7 The Fan) – Roger Penske’s IndyCar team is the most successful team in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and it continued on Sunday when Simon Pagenaud won the Pole Position for 103rd Indianapolis 500, Penske’s 18th Indy 500 pole and 266th series pole.

“We gave it everything we had.” Said Pagenaud, who kicked off the month by winning the IndyCar Grand Prix on the Speedway’s infield road course.  “The car was phenomenal and was just outstanding.  Last week was amazing but this was even more special.”

Pagenaud’s 4-lap average of 229.992 during the “Fast Nine Shootout” was just enough to put the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet on the pole and to earn the Frenchman his 11th career pole.

Ed Carpenter, the only owner/driver in the NTT IndyCar Series, will start second after turning a 4-lap average of 229.889 mph in the No. 20 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet.

“I think it speaks volumes about Ed Carpenter Racing when you see our cars starting 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Indianapolis 500,” said Carpenter.  “Simon was just more consistent than me, that’s why he deserves to be on the pole.  That’s the way this series is now.  The strength of the teams and drivers you’ve got to be perfect.”

Spencer Pigot, who set the fastest 4-lap average on Saturday driving for Carpenter, will start third a 4-lap average of 229.826 mph in the No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet.

Starting on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 is a real honor,” said Pigot.  “It is a testament to everyone at Ed Carpenter Racing.”

Ed Jones, also driving for Carpenter, was 2-tenths of a second slower than his boss in the No. 63 WeatherTech Chevrolet and will start on the inside of row 2 in fourth position after posting a 229.646 4-lap average.

Harding Steinbrenner Racing Colton Herta led the Honda-powered contingent and will start in the middle of row two in 5th spot after setting a 4-lap average of 229.086.

Penske’s Will Power, who was 2nd fastest on Saturday, will start sixth after turning a 228.645 4-lap average in the No. 12 Verizon Chevy.

Sebastien Bourdais will start 7th in the No. 18 SealMaster Honda after going out first and setting an average of 228.621 mph.

Penske’s Josef Newgarden will start 8th after his 4-lap average of 228.396 was nearly a mile-and-a-half slower than the speed he turned on Saturday.

Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi couldn’t improve his time from Saturday either.  Rossi’s average of 228.247 leaves him starting on the outside of the third row in 9th position.

The entire 33-car field was separated by a mere 1.8932-seconds, the closest Indy 500 qualifying field in history!

Teams will get a chance to practice on Monday for two hours before returning to the track on Friday for Carb Day’s practice and pit stop competition.

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 takes place next Sunday, May 19, 2019.

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