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2013 Indy 500: Carpenter takes pole in Indianapolis

"Being here with Team Penske, I was so nervous before, and then after getting done, I let the emotions kind of take over," he said. "It's pretty special. It's Pole Day in Indy! This is what I have dreamed about for 15 or 20 years and to finally have the opportunity and have Roger Penske and Tim Cindric give me the opportunity.

"My teammates have helped me out so much, it's probably the most fun I have ever had with a group of guys," he added. "It is so special. Everybody has told me these are the hardest four laps - maybe one of the hardest days you will ever go through in your career – for getting everything out of the car."

Allmendinger's laps were good enough to put him into the Fast 9 with his team mates Power and Castroneves, and then he punched in a qualifying run that places him in the middle of the second row in fifth place next Sunday - ahead of both his more experienced colleagues. Despite his years of experience in NASCAR and the Champ Car World Series, Allmendinger was doing his wide-eyed best to look like he'd never been in a better place in his life.

"For me, I'm thrilled to be here. I'm thrilled to be here, I'm thrilled to be next to these guys. No, it's ... I really enjoyed this week and this [Fast 9] press conference is just the cherry on top," he said. "I was just happy to be in the top nine, and whatever we got from there."

Full Pole Day qualifying times
Full Fast 9 Shootout times
Pictures from the qualifying and practice sessions so far.



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Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, captures the pole Saturday, May 18, 2013 during qualifying for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt for Chevrolet)
Ed Carpenter celebrates winning pole position for the  Indy 500 on Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Saturday May 18, 2013. (Picture Credit: Shawn Griztmacher for IndyCar Media)
Front row men Ed Carpenter, Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti get a big reward on Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Saturday May 18, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter`s wife Heather and their children on Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Saturday May 18, 2013. (Picture Credit: Pete Howard for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter celebrates winning pole on Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Saturday May 18, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike onway and team owner/driver Ed Carpenter at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on the pit wall at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Busy pit lane at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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