- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

All Times EDT



Site: Indianapolis.

Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Network, 11 a.m.-noon); Sunday, race, noon (ABC, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.).

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Tony Kanaan raced to his first victory in the event, winning under caution for KV Racing Technology. The Brazilian took the lead on a restart with three laps to go, zipping inside Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Last race: France’s Simon Pagenaud won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, stretching his fuel on the speedway’s road course.

Fast facts: Hometown driver Ed Carpenter won the pole for the second straight year, finishing with a four-lap average of 231.067 mph in his own Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet. Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe, back after a concussion in the road race, qualified second. Team Penske’s Will Power took the final spot in the front row and teammate Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indy 500 winner, will start fourth. … Kurt Busch is attempting to become the fourth driver to also race in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, following John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart. Busch qualified 12th Sunday for Andretti Autosport. The former NASCAR champion will use teammate Marco Andretti’s backup car after crashing in practice Monday. Stewart, Busch’s NASCAR team owner, had the most successful double in 2001, finishing sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte. He’s the only driver to complete all 1,100 miles. … The race, first run in 1911, is the first oval event of the season. … The Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 is Friday (NBC Sports Network, noon-1 p.m.).

Next races: Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 31 and June 1, Belle Isle, Detroit.

Online: http://www.indycar.com




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