Indy 500 Lineup: Full List of Drivers and Qualifying Times for Marquee 2014 Race

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Indy 500 Lineup: Full List of Drivers and Qualifying Times for Marquee 2014 Race
Darron Cummings

The 2014 Indianapolis 500 is one of the biggest races of the year for any motorsport, and the excitement surrounding the IndyCar event and the lineup of drivers has hardcore and casual fans alike excited about the possibilities.

Not only did defending pole-sitter Ed Carpenter win the pole for the second straight year, but the field also consists of former champions like Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya and many more.

Here is a full list of drivers and their qualifying times for Sunday’s Indy 500.

 

2014 Indianapolis 500 Lineup
Starting Spot Driver/ Manufacturer Qualifying Time Speed (MPH)
1 Ed Carpenter, Chevy 2:35.7992 231.067
2 James Hinchcliffe, Honda 2:35.9528 230.839
3 Will Power, Chevy 2:36.0488 230.697
4 Helio Castroneves, Chevy 2:36.0812 230.649
5 Simon Pagenaud, Honda 2:36.1049 230.614
6 Marco Andretti, Honda 2:36.1526 230.544
7 Carlos Munoz, Honda 2:36.4224 230.146
8 Josef Newgarden, Honda 2:36.5946 229.893
9 JR Hildebrand, Chevy 2:37.3938 228.726
10 Juan Pablo Montoya 2:35.8396 231.007
11 Scott Dixon, Chevy 2:35.8930 230.928
12 Kurt Busch, Honda 2:35.9913 230.782
13 Jack Hawksworth, Honda 2:36.1779 230.506
14 Justin Wilson, Honda 2:36.3480 230.256
15 Mikhail Aleshin, Honda 2:36.4881 230.049
16 Tony Kanaan, Chevy 2:36.5750 229.922
17 Sebastien Bourdais, Chevy 2:36.6259 229.847
18 Oriol Servia, Honda 2:36.6905 229.752
19 Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda 2:36.7132 229.719
20 Graham Rahal, Honda 2:36.7756 229.628
21 Carlos Huertas, Honda 2:37.0328 229.251
22 Pippa Mann, Honda 2:37.0521 229.223
23 Takuma Sato, Honda 2:37.0671 229.201
24 Alex Tagliani, Honda 2:37.1038 229.148
25 Townsend Bell, Chevy 2:37.1990 229.009
26 Charlie Kimball, Chevy 2:37.2376 228.953
27 Jacques Villeneuve, Honda 2:37.2400 228.949
28 James Davison, Chevy 2:37.2977 228.865
29 Martin Plowman, Honda 2:37.3333 228.814
30 Ryan Briscoe, Chevy 2:37.4028 228.713
31 Sage Karam, Chevy 2:37.5931 228.436
32 Sebastian Saavedra, Chevy 2:37.8335 228.088
33 Buddy Lazier, Chevy 2:37.9501 227.920

Source: IndyCar.com

 

Driver to Watch: Kurt Busch

One of the drivers in the field garnering the most attention is NASCAR veteran and IndyCar rookie Kurt Busch. While Busch doesn’t have much experience in the IndyCar series, he is one of the best drivers in the world and will be going for the win Sunday.

Busch will be driving as fast as possible this weekend for two reasons, though. Not only will he be looking for the Indy 500 checkered flag, but he will then fly back to Charlotte to also compete in the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race Sunday night.

As the Monster Energy Drink Twitter account shared, Busch is driving two very different cars for his double duty:

The feat is incredibly difficult to accomplish, but he must take it one step at a time. The first step is getting around the tough Indianapolis Motor Speedway in one piece without smashing into the wall again, as he did during this week’s practice session.

After hitting a wall during Monday’s practice, Busch told Matt Lauer of NBC, via ESPN, about his accident and how he was overcoming the adversity:

I'll get over it quick. I've wrecked cars before. I got sideways, I tried to correct it. I had it for a moment, but then I tried to overcorrect it. We made a couple of changes, it was back to my most confident feel in the car. I just got too aggressive with sway bar changes, weight jacker changes, and didn't stay up on top of my adjustments.

NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. shared his thankfulness that Busch was medically cleared after the crash:

Few fans are expecting much from Busch, but through the years of his success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it has become clear that he knows how to get even the worst-handling cars around a track fast.

While Busch will be the first to admit that there is a learning curve when it comes to IndyCar, with the time to get acclimated during the week, he will learn on the job. If he can stay out of trouble, there is a chance he could be fighting for a top-five finish.

With the support of the Andretti Autosport team and some of the best vehicles on the track, Busch will run a stellar race and start his double duty off with an admirable finish and plenty of momentum.

Predicted Finish: Top 5

 

*Stats via IndyCar.com.

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