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Results/News / DOUBLE TOP-TEN FOR CBRT AT SEASON OPENER
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on May 21, 2018, 04:02:09 PM »
DOUBLE TOP-TEN FOR CBRT AT SEASON OPENER
 
May 20, 2018. All the hard work was rewarded for Canada’s Best Racing Team (CBRT) at the season opening event of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series this past weekend at the Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).  Under very challenging circumstances both James Vance & Brett Taylor scored top-ten finishes in the race.  And the third CBRT driver Larry Jackson also had a strong outing.
 
Making his debut with CBRT in the Pinty’s series Vance hoped to get the #1 Deloitte/ExpoSystems Ford Fusion out for as much practice as possible on Saturday.  Same with Taylor in the #46 OSTFF Rockstar Energy machine.  However stubborn rain showers only allowed for a 30-minute session and forced the cancellation of qualifying. 
 
No qualifying session meant that Taylor would line up 19thin the field and Vance would start dead last.  Neither remained in those positions for long.  With consistency and determination both moved steadily forward in the field all afternoon.  It was a tremendous showing that has CBRT General Manager Joey McColm excited for the season ahead.
 
“It was an incredible display, really gritty effort by the drivers and the whole team,” said McColm.  “Brett did a great job with another top-ten finish here, solid start to his rookie campaign.  And for James, he was up to sixth but had a little misstep on the final restart, he missed a shift or he could have been in the top-five or maybe even better”.
 
Jackson also had challenges with a refueling issue during pit stops but the driver of the #25 Sun Space Sunroom/Wonder bread car put forth a determined effort that enabled him finish 17th.
 
This was the kind of start to the season that McColm had hoped to see from the CBRT group.  “There was a lot of work done in the off season and the whole team was great this weekend with pit stops and scrambling when the weather messed with the schedule. And we’re going to keep building from here” stated McColm.
 
Next up for the CBRT drivers is round two of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series on Saturday June 16that Jukasa Motor Speedway near Hamilton, ON.  For the latest info & team updates follow @CBRTeams on Instagram and Facebook.
 
The season opening race will be broadcast on TSN May 27that 4:30PM.
 
You can find the most up to date information on the CBRT website www.cbrteams.comand there are openings for interested partners to come on board in time for the new season. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series consists of races on ovals, road and street courses across Canada. 
 
Find the latest info on all the CBRT drivers at these coordinates:
 
James Vance on Twitter @James_Vance & @jamesvancee on Instagram
 
Larry Jackson on Twitter @LarryJacksonvrm & @LarryJackson84 in Instagram
 
Brett Taylor on Twitter @brett_taylor46 & @bretttaylorracing on Instagram

Joey McColm on Twitter @JoeyMcColm
 
Follow CBRT on Twitter/Instagram @CBRTeams
 

ABOUT CANADA’S BEST RACING TEAM
 
Canada’s Best Racing Team (CBRT) is a Canadian company established in 2013 that currently fields teams in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and Trans Am Series. CBRT is a highly competitive team of professionals who are invested in the cars and drivers they put on the track. Committed to environmental responsibility, CBRT is a pioneer of sustainability in auto racing, while simultaneously promoting excellence, integrity, and loyalty to their fans. As a leader in marketing solutions, CBRT focuses on strategic partnership, activation planning and execution using social engagement strategies and relationship enhancing experiences to strengthen the connection between brands and their customers.
 
 
Prepared by, Todd Lewis, TL Sports & Entertainment, todd@tlsportsent.com(239) 961-2618
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THEETGE DISAPPOINTED WITH CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK  FINISH
 
 
 
THEETGE DISAPPOINTED WITH CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK FINISH
 
Bowmanville, ON, Monday May 21, 2018:   Donald Theetge knew the weekend was going to be a challenge due to his limited time on the difficult Canadian Tire Motorsport Park track in round one of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series but losing a lap and not being able to get it back hurt the teams chances of a top ten finish.
 
Saturdays practice session for the Clarington 200 was cancelled due to fog, rain and wet track conditions.   NASCAR then deemed that the later in the afternoon qualifying session would become a short practice for the teams to shake down their cars.  Due to the lack of qualifying, NASCAR reverted to the rulebook and starting positions would be determined by 2017 points.  Theetges #24 Mercedes Benz-St Nicolas/Circuit Acura Camaro had not participated in 2017 so they were relegated to start second last on the grid in 21st position.
 
Theetge made steady progress in the early stages of the 51-lap race when his crew called him to pit road for fuel.  Unfortunately for the team, the caution flew shortly afterwards and Theetge had lost a lap on the pit stop mostly due to his poor starting position.  There was only one further caution period and Theetge found himself running as the second car down one lap, so he was unable to get the free pass resulting in a 13th place finish.

“I am very disappointed with our result.  Pitting for fuel when we did, and the caution right afterwards cost us a top ten finish I think,” said Theetge after the race.  “On the positive side we finished the entire race and made points and the next two races are on ovals, so we will get caught back up to the leaders then.
 
The Clarington 200 from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will be broadcast on TSN 4 on Sunday May 27th at 4:30 p.m. and on RDS2 on Tuesday June 5th at 10:30 p.m.

Next on the schedule for Donald and his Mercedes-Benz St. Nicolas/Circuit Acura team will be Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 16th.   The final race of the 2017 season was held there and Theetge was one turn away from his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series win but went on to finish 2nd.

 
For more information please contact:
 
Linda Jones                      Steffy Theetge
(705) 730-4044                 (418) 830-1234
ljones@drivenmi.ca          stheetge@mercedes-benzstnicolas.com
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Results/News / WHITE HITS THE TRACK FOR NPS SEASON OPENER
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on May 21, 2018, 11:48:54 AM »
WHITE HITS THE TRACK FOR NPS SEASON OPENER

May 20, 2018. Racing Jason White couldn’t wait to kick off the new racing season in his #21 Powder Ventures Excavating machine at round number one of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series this past weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) near Bowmanville, ON.  Even the less than ideal weather on Saturday couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the team.

Persistent rain showers limited track time for the #21 Powder Ventures Excavating team on Saturday.  A scheduled midday session was deemed optional but White still went out on track.  “I just wanted to make sure everything was good, no leaks and stuff so we’d be ready when we did get to run at full speed” he explained.  During a 30-minute session later in the day White managed to complete an additional 8 laps around the famed circuit. 

Conditions on Sunday were perfect with sun and blue skies. Qualifying could not be completed due to the inclement weather so by rule Jason White started the Clarington 200 from the 16thstarting spot.  In the early going it was a bit of a struggle for White in the #21 Powder Ventures car.  “We had a little electrical gremlin early on and it was causing us some grief,” said White. “But we got it sorted out and were all good after that”.

As the race moved through the 51 laps of action White had to battle another issue.  “The Watt’s links broke in the rear suspension and it was a handful to keep it off the wall sometimes” said White. 

Despite the ill handling White continues to work hard improving his performance and position on the track.  “I had some good battles with some guys that are really good to race with,” said the driver.  “We respect each other and it’s always great to run this great track and this Castrol Speedfest draws great crowds, such a perfect season opener,” he added.

White continued to hustle the #21 Powder Ventures car right to the checkered flag and was credited with a 15thplace result.  “Would have liked a little better result, that early issue bit us.  But the car doesn’t have a mark on it and we’ve got some things that we’re working on to improve our next time out” said White.

Jason White will be back behind the wheel of the #21 Powder Ventures Excavating car at the next NASCAR Pinty’s Series race June 16that Jukasa Motor Speedway.

To keep up with the latest news about Jason White and the #21Powder Ventures team follow Jason on twitter for the latest updates @racinjasonwhite and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RacinJasonWhite
 
Prepared by TL Sports & Entertainment, todd@tlsportsent.com(239) 961-2618
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Results/News / RANGER AND TEAM MOPAR HAVE PODIUM FINISH RIPPED AWAY
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on May 21, 2018, 11:47:23 AM »
RANGER AND TEAM MOPAR HAVE PODIUM FINISH RIPPED AWAY
 
May 20, 2018. Andrew Ranger appeared to be headed for a podium finish in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge at the season opening event of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) this past Sunday.  However a penalty ruling by race officials took it from him.
 
Rain showers and poor visibility only allowed for a 30-minute practice session on Saturday and forced the cancellation of qualifying.  According to the rulebook Ranger lined up the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge third on the starting grid.  Despite such a short session Ranger was pleased to make a few laps at speed.  “I was glad to get out even for a little bit to make sure everything is as we expect it to be” he stated.
 
When the green flag waved under sunny skies on Sunday afternoon Ranger had plenty of speed and was on the hunt for the lead in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge.  While others chose to make early pit stops Ranger remained on course and took over top spot on lap 19.  Ranger made his first pit stop during the first full course caution.
 
Other teams completed their service stops for fuel and tires at this time but Ranger remained on the tires he started the race with. Despite losing a little bit of track position under green flag conditions when the race restarted, Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts team had a different plan.  When a second full course caution again slowed the field, Ranger made his final pit stop and had the freshest tires in the field.
 
On the final restart Ranger had the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge on the move and was quickly inside the top five with sights set on the front of the field.  Using his skill and finesse Ranger moved into second and had an opportunity to make a pass for the lead on the final lap.  As he made the move for top spot he and the #74 car touched.  Ranger continued in the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge however as the #74 corrected his line he was struck by another car. 
 
After crossing the finish line in second spot, Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team were informed they’d be given a penalty dropping them to a 12thplace finish. 
 
Commenting on the final lap afterwards Ranger stated; “First I have to thank the whole Mopar Parts team for doing such a great job preparing the car.  We went on a little bit different strategy and when we got the new tires late, the car just took off and was so fast.  When I made the pass for the lead there was a little opening and a bit of contact, that happens here, I think everybody’s okay with that.  I got back going, we finished second but NASCAR gave us a penalty”. 
 
   
 
The #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team return to action Saturday June 16that Jukasa Motor Speedway nearly Hamilton, ON.
 
The season opening race will be broadcast on TSN Sunday May 27that 4:30PM ET.
 
Race fans can get more information and follow the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team news during the off-season by going to www.mopar.caand clicking on Motorsports.     
 

Prepared by, TL Sports & Entertainment, todd@tlsportsent.com(239) 961-2618
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Results/News / STRONG OPENER FOR KENNINGTON IN CASTROL EDGE DODGE
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on May 21, 2018, 11:45:04 AM »
STRONG OPENER FOR KENNINGTON IN CASTROL EDGE DODGE
 
May 20, 2018. DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team opened the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series with a robust performance in race one in front of a huge crowd at the Castrol Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ontario with a fourth place finish.
 
Kennington debuted a stylish new look to his #17 Castrol Edge Dodge this weekend but persistent showers limited the team to only a handful of practice laps on Saturday and forced the cancellation of qualifying.  According to the rules Kennington would line up fourth for the main event Sunday afternoon.
 
Under perfect sunny conditions on Sunday Kennington settled into a comfortable pace in the early going of the 51-lap event but stayed in touch with the frontrunners.  “There’s a few guys that are really good road racers, they took off at a fast pace and I wanted to save something for the end of the race,” said Kennignton.
 
The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team made it’s first pit stop for fuel in the early going and when a caution period slowed the pace Kennington once again came to pit lane for fresh tires.  Scheduled service completed for the day “The rest was up to me” said Kennington.
 
As the race moved into the second half Kennington continued to keep the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge up near the front to gain every position possible before the checkered flag flew.  A late race battle disrupted the front of the field and Kennington seized the moment to move up to fourth position on the final lap. 
 
“We ran pretty strong, very consistent all day.  A great job by the team to get the car right with so little track time and make good pit stops.  We had a top five car and that’s where we finished.  I have to thank all the fans that came out on Sunday to make this Castrol Speedfest the biggest ever, it’s such a great event to kick off our season” said Kennington.
 
The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team are back in action Saturday June 16that Jukasa Speedway near Hamilton, Ontario.  You can watch all the action from the season opening race on Sunday, May 27that 4:30PM on TSN.
 
Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news during the off-season in several ways.  Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.caand follow them on twitter, @djkracing and Instagram.  Fans should also “like” the DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook. Also follow @CastrolCanada on twitter and Facebook.
 

Disclaimer:  This message is intended strictly for information purposes only and in no way compels or implies any commercial offer.  Should no longer wish to receive them you may click unsubscribe below to be removed from this list.
 
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Results/News / CAMIRAND SCORES PODIUM FINISH IN ACTION-PACKED RACE
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on May 21, 2018, 11:43:51 AM »
CAMIRAND SCORES PODIUM FINISH IN ACTION-PACKED RACE 
 
Bowmanville, ON, May 20, 2018 – Marc-Antoine Camirand scored a runner-up finish, on Sunday, for the season opener of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Camirand and the GM Paillé no22 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 entered the final lap in 4th place but made the most of an action-packed last lap to secure a podium finish.
 
After qualifying was rained out, Camirand started 6th on the starting grid—determined by NASCAR rule book—and managed to gain a few spots during the 51-lap race. “We had very little time to practice with the new Camaro. We had a one-day testing session earlier this month, and we could only run a few laps yesterday because of fog and rain,” told Camirand.
 
“We managed our race to be in great position at the end. We did our first pit stop on green, and then I came in for new tires during the first of two full-course yellows. 22 Racing team pulled out a great strategy, and I was able to make the most of the incident at the end of the race,” added the driver from St-Léonard-d’Aston, Qc.
 
Fourth with a lap to go, he took advantage of an opportunity when the leader, Kevin Lacroix, and Andrew Ranger, had a contact. Lacroix lost a few spots during the incident, and Ranger was given a penalty after the race. Camirand and the GM Paillé no22 Chevrolet Camaro scored a 2nd place finish, behind Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.
 
“I don’t think I had the fastest car on the track, as it was a little bit oversteering. Despite that, I was in great position at the end of the race, and it paid off. This podium finish is a great surprise,
and I am happy to have a strong start early in the season, especially here, where many people from GM Paillé were there to cheer me on. I am confident for the rest of the season as we are heading for the ovals,” Camirand concluded.
 
The Clarington 200 from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will air on TSN4 on Sunday May 27th at 4:30 p.m. and on RDS2 on Tuesday June 5th at 10:30 p.m.
 
Marc-Antoine Camirand and the GM Paillé no22 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be back in action on June 16, as the NASCAR Pinty’s Series resumes at Jukasa Motor Speedway in Hagersville, ON, for the first oval race of the season.


Informations :
Fannie Brouillette                                                    Linda Jones
Cell.: 819-698-8785                                                 (705) 730-4044
brouillette.fannie@gmail.com                                ljones@drivenmi.ca
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ACT / MacDonald Wins $5,000 “Showdown” with Hebert at Oxford
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on May 21, 2018, 11:35:26 AM »
MacDonald Wins $5,000 “Showdown” with Hebert at Oxford

Oxford, ME – Rowley, MA’s Eddie MacDonald held off Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert in the closing laps to take the Summer Showdown Series opener at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20. The win made MacDonald $5,000 richer and also makes him eligible for an additional $5,000 bonus should he go on sweep the 3-race series.

 

MacDonald seemed to have the race in hand after taking the lead from Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet using a 3-wide move in lapped traffic just past the halfway point of the 150-lap event. But a pair of lap-132 cautions allowed both Sweet and Hebert to close back in.

 

Hebert got underneath Sweet for second with just over 10 laps to go and had MacDonald in his sights. But Hebert slipped just a little bit in turn 1 with five laps remaining, allowing “The Outlaw” to scoot away just enough for the win.

 

Sweet ran away with the lead in the early going and looked strong in his own bid to capture the $5,000 top prize. But racing was tight throughout the 30-car field, creating huge packs putting up spirited fights for position. Those packs enabled MacDonald to close back to Sweet’s bumper on multiple occasions.

 

Sweet was able to get away from MacDonald the first two times they had cleared traffic. When Sweet went to the outside of Matt White on the backstretch on lap 77, MacDonald made his move. He dove to the inside of White and made it 3-deep entering turn 3, emerging with the lead at the line.

 

Despite a return bid from Sweet several laps later, MacDonald began pulling away until Christopher Pelkey spun in turn 2 to bring out the first caution on lap 132. Defending ACT Champion Scott Payea went for his own turn-2 spin on the restart, bringing out the yellow again and setting up the final sprint to the checkered flag.

 

Hebert ended up second with Sweet third. Corey Mason took fourth. Payea recovered from his spin to finish fifth, the final car on the lead lap. Bobby Therrien, Miles Chipman, Mike Ziter, Rich Dubeau, and Chip Grenier rounded out the top-10.

 

The American-Canadian Tour will next be in action at Groveton, NH’s Speedway 51 on Saturday, June 2 for the Caron Fabrication 151. Post time is 6:00pm.

 

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com.

 

OXFORD 150 – SUMMER SHOWDOWN SERIES EVENT #1

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Pos, Start Pos, Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. ( 2 ) Eddie MacDonald ( 17MA ) , Rowley, MA , 150 Laps
2. ( 4 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 150 Laps
3. ( 1 ) Nicholas Sweet ( 88VT ) , Barre, VT , 150 Laps
4. ( 8 ) Corey Mason ( 1NH ) , Groveton, NH , 150 Laps
5. ( 10 ) Scott Payea ( 37VT ) , Colchester, VT , 149 Laps
6. ( 17 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 149 Laps
7. ( 12 ) Miles Chipman ( 0NH ) , Nottingham, NH , 149 Laps
8. ( 9 ) Mike Ziter ( 54VT ) , Barre, VT , 149 Laps
9. ( 5 ) Rich Dubeau ( 30NH ) , Lebanon, NH , 149 Laps
10. ( 15 ) Chip Grenier ( 9VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 149 Laps
11. ( 6 ) Rowland Robinson Jr. ( 28ME ) , Steuben, ME , 149 Laps
12. ( 3 ) Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , East Bridgewater, MA , 149 Laps
13. ( 14 ) #Evan Hallstrom ( 1VT ) , Northfield, VT , 149 Laps
14. ( 16 ) Quinten Welch ( 78NH ) , Groveton, NH , 148 Laps
15. ( 7 ) Ryan Olsen ( 61NH ) , Woodsville, NH , 148 Laps
16. ( 18 ) Brian Tagg ( 9MA ) , Oxford, MA , 148 Laps
17. ( 24 ) Bryan Mason ( 10NH ) , Stark, NH , 148 Laps
18. ( 13 ) Joey Laquerre ( 15VT ) , E. Montpelier, VT , 148 Laps
19. ( 26 ) Adam Gray ( 97MA ) , Granby, MA , 148 Laps
20. ( 11 ) Claude Leclerc ( 11QC ) , Lanoraie, QC , 148 Laps
21. ( 21 ) Matt White ( 42VT ) , Northfield, VT , 148 Laps
22. ( 19 ) Jean-Francois Dery ( 21QC ) , Quebec, QC , 148 Laps
23. ( 28 ) #Dylan Payea ( 7NH ) , Milton, VT , 147 Laps
24. ( 22 ) Mike Kension ( 3NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 147 Laps
25. ( 20 ) #Christopher Pelkey ( 41VT ) , South Barre, VT , 147 Laps
26. ( 25 ) James Linardy ( 77MA ) , Somerville, MA , 147 Laps
27. ( 23 ) Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) , Franklin, NH , 146 Laps
28. ( 27 ) #T.J. Moreshead ( 00MA ) , Seekonk, MA , 146 Laps
29. ( 30 ) #Reilly Lanphear ( 21VT ) , Duxbury, VT , 16 Laps
30. ( 29 ) #Peyton Lanphear ( 22VT ) , Duxbury, VT , 9 Laps

 

Lap Leaders: Nick Sweet 1-76, Eddie MacDonald (1 lead changes among 2 drivers)

Time of Race: 54:17                           Margin of Victory: 0.320 seconds

Cautions: 2 (laps 132, 132)

Heat Winners: Corey Mason, Mike Ziter, Claude Leclerc

Consi Winner: Ryan Olsen


Michael R. Stridsberg
American-Canadian Tour
Media Director
(802) 244-6963 ext. 6
media@acttour.com
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Hometown favorite Carpenter collects Verizon P1 Award for Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 20, 2018) - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is like a second home to Ed Carpenter. The Verizon IndyCar Series team owner/driver, who grew up and still lives in Indianapolis, showed his lasting affinity for the cathedral of motorsports by winning the Verizon P1 Award in pole day qualifying for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Driving the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet for his namesake team, Carpenter thrilled the hometown crowd by putting together a sensational four-lap, 10-mile run at 229.618 mph in the Fast Nine Shootout featuring the fastest drivers from first-day qualifications on Saturday. He got the better of four Team Penske drivers in a thrilling conclusion to qualifying and collected his third Indy 500 pole position, becoming the 10th driver in race history with three or more.

"Every other pole I've won here, at least one of the laps, I was right-hand down loose on the last lap," Carpenter said, "but the balance was just perfect for all four laps (Sunday). ... It's still never easy doing what we do, but they certainly gave me a great car."

INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRESENTED BY PENNGRADE MOTOR OIL: Final qualifying results

The 37-year-old Carpenter will lead the field of 33 cars to the green flag when "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" rolls off Sunday, May 27 (11 a.m. ET, ABC and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

His initial lap of 230.088 mph on the qualifying run was the first logged by anyone this year on the 2.5-mile oval without the assistance of an aerodynamic tow.

"I don't know that I was expecting to see that, but the (No.) 20 car had a lot of speed in it and we still had a long ways to go at that point," Carpenter said. "I had seen other guys drop off a lot, especially guys picking up understeer in the middle of the run, so we were able to put down four pretty consistent laps for the time of day. It was a lot of fun."

Team Penske drivers Simon Pagenaud (228.761 mph), Will Power (228.607) and Josef Newgarden (228.405) set the bar in the Fast Nine Shootout leading to Carpenter's dramatic run. The fourth Team Penske driver, three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, was the last with an opportunity to unseat Carpenter from the pole, but was only able to average 227.859 mph on his run and will start eighth.

Sebastien Bourdais qualified fifth in the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, at 228.142 mph. Carpenter's teammates, Spencer Pigot (228.107) and Danica Patrick (228.090), qualified sixth and seventh, respectively.

"I'm super proud of the team," Carpenter said. "It's one thing to build a fast car here. It's a whole 'nother to build three fast cars, especially one of them not being a full-time crew."

Pigot's starting position will be the best of his 28-race career while Patrick will start in the first three rows at the Indy 500 for the fourth time, in the race that will end her groundbreaking career.

"As far as a run goes, to be going as fast as you can possibly go, yeah, it was pretty comfortable," said Patrick, driving the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet. "I'm grateful for that.

"How about Ed?" Patrick added, talking about her boss winning the pole. "That's awesome. He deserves it. He works really hard and they pushed hard in practice to get ready to sit on the pole."

Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner and a three-time Indy 500 pole sitter, will start this year's race on the outside of Row 3 after qualifying ninth in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda (227.262 mph).

Prior to the Fast Nine Shootout, Group 1 qualifying set the starting order for the last seven rows of the 33-car grid. AJ Foyt Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Matheus "Matt" Leist led the way and will start 10th and 11th, respectively.

Kanaan's four-lap average was 227.664 mph in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet, while Leist - who won the Indy Lights Freedom 100 on the IMS oval a year ago - was the fastest rookie qualifier at 227.571 mph in the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet.

"What a great effort as a team," said Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 winner. "A.J. (Foyt) and Larry (Foyt) put so much effort into this over the winter. They gave us everything I asked and they stepped up.

"We're a little team but we're having a lot of fun. This is for them. I told them today our pole is going to be (qualifying) 10th. This is pole in my books."

Joining the Foyt drivers in Row 4 will be Marco Andretti, who qualified the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda at 227.288 mph. Things didn't go as well for his Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi, however. The last driver to make a qualifying run in Group 1 by virtue of being the 10th-fastest qualifier on Saturday, Rossi struggled with handling issues that saw his speeds topple nearly 6 mph from the first lap to the fourth.

The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner wound up 32nd on the grid with an average speed of 224.935 mph.

"It's, for sure, frustration," Rossi said. "I thought we were fighting for Row 4, and now we are on the last row. We had the speed to do it all month. It's unfortunate. I think it was something pretty major. ... The first lap was manageable-ish, and then it was just survival and you had to bring the car home."

The biggest gainer in Group 1 qualifying was James Davison. The driver of the No. 33 Jonathan Byrd's 502 East Chevrolet was the slowest of the 33 qualifiers on Saturday but improved his lot 14 positions and will start on the inside of Row 7 following a four-lap run at 226.255 mph.

"It's just another reward for this AJ Foyt/Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi team after making the show yesterday to then have an increase in performance that we weren't particularly expecting," said Davison, who'll be making his fourth Indy 500 start. "Those days are always fantastic in this sport. I'm really proud to be a part of this team."

All 33 cars are scheduled to partake in a practice under race conditions from 12:30-4 p.m. ET Monday that will stream live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com, youtube.com/indycar and the INDYCAR Mobile app. The last chance to dial cars in before the race comes on Friday during one-hour practice on Miller Lite Carb Day.
 
 
 
 
 
Media contacts
 
Curt Cavin
Vice President, Communications
317-492-6036, ccavin@indycar.com Pat Caporali
Senior Manager, Media Relations & Outreach
317-492-4547, pcaporali@indycar.com
Kate Guerra
Senior Manager, National Media Outreach
317-492-8577, kguerra@indycar.com Mark Robinson
Senior Manager, Editorial
317-492-8538, mrobinson@indycar.com
Cathy Kightlinger
Manager, Lifestyle Communications
317-492-8534, ckightlinger@indycar.com Arni Sribhen
Coordinator, Media Relations
317-492-8531, asribhen@indycar.com
Colby Redmond
Manager, Advance Communications
317-492-8546, credmond@indycar.com
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Indianapolis 500 pole day qualifying results


INDIANAPOLIS - Results of qualifying Sunday for the 12nd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with rank, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 2:36.7818 (229.618 mph)                               
2. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 2:37.3696 (228.761)                               
3. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 2:37.4757 (228.607)                                 
4. (1) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 2:37.6151 (228.405)                               
5. (18) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 2:37.7965 (228.142)                               
6. (21) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 2:37.8208 (228.107)                                 
7. (13) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 2:37.8326 (228.090)                               
8. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 2:37.9924 (227.859)                               
9. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 2:38.4076 (227.262)                                 
10. (14) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 2:38.1278 (227.664)                               
11. (4) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 2:38.1922 (227.571)                               
12. (98) Marco Andretti, Honda, 2:38.3894 (227.288)                                 
13. (19) Zachary Claman De Melo, Honda, 2:38.5908 (226.999)                               
14. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 2:38.7389 (226.788)                               
15. (23) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 2:38.8304 (226.657)                                 
16. (30) Takuma Sato, Honda, 2:38.9003 (226.557)                               
17. (32) Kyle Kaiser, Chevrolet, 2:39.0119 (226.398)                               
18. (6) Robert Wickens, Honda, 2:39.0835 (226.296)                                 
19. (33) James Davison, Chevrolet, 2:39.1128 (226.255)                               
20. (59) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 2:39.1430 (226.212)                               
21. (29) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 2:39.2585 (226.048)                                 
22. (88) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 2:39.2874 (226.007)                               
23. (25) Stefan Wilson, Honda, 2:39.3889 (225.863)                               
24. (24) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 2:39.4171 (225.823)                                 
25. (26) Zach Veach, Honda, 2:39.4696 (225.748)                               
26. (64) Oriol Servia, Honda, 2:39.5044 (225.699)                               
27. (66) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 2:39.7032 (225.418)                                 
28. (7) Jay Howard, Honda, 2:39.7245 (225.388)                               
29. (10) Ed Jones, Honda, 2:39.7433 (225.362)                               
30. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 2:39.7679 (225.327)                                 
31. (60) Jack Harvey, Honda, 2:39.8193 (225.254)                               
32. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 2:40.0462 (224.935)                               
33. (17) Conor Daly, Honda, 2:40.4073 (224.429)                               

 
 
 
 
 
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10
INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE
QUALIFYING REPORT
05.20.18
 No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA
•Will start the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 from the 12th spot after averaging a four-lap speed of 227.288 mph
•Andretti's best start was in third in 2013 // Has started in the first three rows nine times in twelve starts
 
"I thought it was alright. I was chasing balance end to end. Even though there’s not that much wind, the balance end to end was different and it kind of caught me out. Lap 2 exiting [Turn] 1 had a big washout but then corrected with the tools and just road it out. I’m excited about the race that’s for sure. Yesterday wouldn’t have been enough for the top nine - I just want to be Row 4 because we can get it done from there."
 
 No. 28 DHL HONDA
•Will start the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 from the 14th spot after averaging a four-lap speed of 226.788 mph
•Hunter-Reay's best start was in third in 2012 and 2016 // Has started in the first three rows only three times in 10 starts // Started from 19th when he took  Indy 500 victory in 2014
"I was hoping for more – but I think that’s the speed the car has it in. That last lap killed us a little bit, I was really aggressive with the tools. I had a good balance with the car, my engineers told me we had wind pick up on our last lap. Only in the last six or seven cars has the wind really changed from the south to the north direction, which is a headwind on the back straight, and that kind of killed the speed on the back. It just is what it is, that’s how it works. I’m looking forward to focusing on the race car tomorrow. If you have a good race car here, none of this qualifying stuff matters."
 
 No. 29 RUOFF HOME MORTGAGE HONDA
•Will start the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 from the 21st spot after averaging a four-lap speed of 266.048 mph
•Muñoz's best start was in second in 2013 // Has started in the first three rows three times in just five starts
 
"I want this race. I’ve been so close, so many years. I love the Indy 500. I’m a little disappointed in our qualifying. My last run wasn’t what I expected - this morning we were much quicker, and I don’t really know what happened. Even yesterday we were quicker. I’m really proud of my Ruoff Home Mortgage guys, though. I think the most important thing is to have a good car for the race and now we’ll switch our focus to making our race car the best – that’s what really matters."
 
 No. 25  DRIVEN2SAVELIVES HONDA
•Will start the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 from the 23rd spot after averaging a four-lap speed of 225.863 mph
•Wilson holds only one previous start at the Indy 500 where be began the race from the 30th position (2016)
 
"I’m, honestly, a bit disappointed with our qualifying run today. I thought we found something overnight, and it felt like this morning when we went out the car had some speed. I was really hoping to improve on yesterday’s run and I think we ended up slower than yesterday’s run. So, I’m a bit disappointed right now, honestly, but now we’ll focus on the race car and running in traffic."
 
 No. 26 RELAY / GROUP 1001 HONDA
•Will start the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 from the 25th spot after averaging a four-lap speed of 225.748 mph
•Veach holds only one previous start at the Indy 500 where be began the race from the 32nd position (2017)
 
"We tried some things that we thought we needed and the car is pretty good – just not the speed we needed. Honestly, I’m a little shocked – a little concerned. The balance felt like where it needed to be, I just don’t understand where the speed went. It’s going to be tough starting where we’re starting with that kind of speed, so we’re going to need all the help we can get in traffic, but it’s a long race so we’ll see."
 
 No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA
•Will start the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 from the 32nd spot after averaging a four-lap speed of 224.935 mph
•Rossi's best start was in third in 2017
 
"The NAPA AUTO PARTS Andretti Honda deserved to be higher up. I thought we were fighting for a position in Row 4, and we ended up in the last row. We’ll look into it, but that’s what makes this place what it is. We saw yesterday, there are a lot of curveballs that are unexpected around here. Starting this far back is a new challenge and a new opportunity to show what we can do. I have a lot of experiences people around me who have had a lot of starts her – some at the front, some at the back, so I’ll lean on them and we’ll go forward from there."
 
 
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