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

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