Butler Grad Wins Indy 500 Pole

Butler Grad Wins Indy 500 Pole
Butler graduate Ed Carpenter chats with Butler athletic director Barry Collier, Butler president James Danko and Butler men's basketball coach Brad Stevens.

INDIANAPOLS, IND. -- Butler graduate Ed Carpenter put on an impressive four-lap performance and then watched as others tried to challenge his position at the top of the speed chart on Saturday (May 18) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  When the day ended, the 32-year-old Carpenter owned the pole position for this year’s Indianapolis 500.

Carpenter posted a four-lap average of 228.762.  That effort held up despite challenges from some of the biggest names in the sport.  Rookie Carlos Munoz, who posted a time of 228.342, and Marco Andretti, who came in at 228.261, will round out the front row for 500.

The stepson of Indy Racing League founder Tony George, Carpenter will be sitting on the pole at the Indy 500 for the first time.  His No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet includes a Butler logo.

This year’s Indy 500 will be held on Sunday, May 26.