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Indy 500 Qualifying: Complete 2014 Starting Grid, Times and Speeds

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 17:  Juan-Pablo Montoya of Columbia, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara, poses for a photo for after qualifying for the 98th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 17, 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2014

Many think of Memorial Day as a time for remembering the fallen soldiers who have given their lives for the United States, but there are events like the 2014 Indianapolis 500 that are worthy of taking place during such a special weekend.

From the hallowed 2.5-mile track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 33 of the fastest drivers will make their way around the historic course and reach speeds of well over 220 miles per hour.

After a wild qualifying session that saw seven drivers top 230 mph, here is the full starting grid for the 2014 Indianapolis 500, the times and the speeds for each driver in the field.

 

2014 Indianapolis 500 Lineup
Starting SpotDriver/ ManufacturerQualifying TimeSpeed (MPH)
1Ed Carpenter, Chevy2:35.7992231.067
2James Hinchcliffe, Honda2:35.9528230.839
3Will Power, Chevy2:36.0488230.697
4Helio Castroneves, Chevy2:36.0812230.649
5Simon Pagenaud, Honda2:36.1049230.614
6Marco Andretti, Honda2:36.1526230.544
7Carlos Munoz, Honda2:36.4224230.146
8Josef Newgarden, Honda2:36.5946229.893
9JR Hildebrand, Chevy2:37.3938228.726
10Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevy2:35.8396231.007
11Scott Dixon, Chevy2:35.8930230.928
12Kurt Busch, Honda2:35.9913230.782
13Jack Hawksworth, Honda2:36.1779230.506
14Justin Wilson, Honda2:36.3480230.256
15Mikhail Aleshin, Honda2:36.4881230.049
16Tony Kanaan, Chevy2:36.5750229.922
17Sebastien Bourdais, Chevy2:36.6259229.847
18Oriol Servia, Honda2:36.6905229.752
19Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda2:36.7132229.719
20Graham Rahal, Honda2:36.7756229.628
21Carlos Huertas, Honda2:37.0328229.251
22Pippa Mann, Honda2:37.0521229.223
23Takuma Sato, Honda2:37.0671229.201
24Alex Tagliani, Honda2:37.1038229.148
25Townsend Bell, Chevy2:37.1990229.009
26Charlie Kimball, Chevy2:37.2376228.953
27Jacques Villeneuve, Honda2:37.2400228.949
28James Davison, Chevy2:37.2977228.865
29Martin Plowman, Honda2:37.3333228.814
30Ryan Briscoe, Chevy2:37.4028228.713
31Sage Karam, Chevy2:37.5931228.436
32Sebastian Saavedra, Chevy2:37.8335228.088
33Buddy Lazier, Chevy2:37.9501227.920
Source: IndyCar.com

 

Driver to Watch: Juan Pablo Montoya

While there will be many eyes focused on NASCAR veteran Kurt Busch and the other top IndyCar talents, fans can’t underestimate the skill of Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel of one of the Penske cars in Sunday’s Indy 500.

As the 2000 winner of the Indianapolis 500, it has been a long time since Montoya has taken the checkered flag at the track, but he finally has the equipment needed with Team Penske to accomplish the feat again.

Montoya knows the track and knows how important this race is to the sport.

When asked about his return to the historic track, Montoya spoke to Tim Tuttle of Sports Illustrated about his thoughts on the whole situation:

I'll tell you the truth, I was really surprised when I came on Sunday (for the first Indy 500 practice day). I went out and said, 'I'm going to take my time.' Full throttle, I lifted on (turns) three and four, second lap, third lap, fourth lap, I'm good. It was nice.

One of the cool things about being with Team Penske, they do such a good job with the cars. The experience here is so good. They really know what they're doing. It makes it so easy for us, it really does.

As great as it is for the sport to have a polarizing star like Montoya running in a good car toward the front of the pack, he was far from perfect on the track leading up to the event. The entire team must improve the handling of the car if they want to win this race.

Montoya took to Twitter to talk about his redemption on the track and how he wants more:

Nate Ryan of USA Today talked about Montoya’s joy being back at Indianapolis:

There are few drivers with as much confidence as Montoya, and the strong runs in practice sessions should be a great sign of just how well his car is performing. With a few finishing touches, his car could contend for a win.

As good as the car has been and as ready as the Penske team is for the event, Montoya must race smart and save the aggressiveness for the latter stages of the race.

If Montoya doesn’t wreck his car moving through traffic, he will contend for the victory at the end of the race.

Predicted Finish: Top Five

 

*Stats via IndyCar.com.

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