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Indy 500 qualifying update (2 p.m. ET)

May 18, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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At the stroke of 2 p.m. ET, Indianapolis 500 rookie A.J. Allmendinger (pictured) was on the provisional pole for the 97th running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing after posting a four-lap average of 227.761 miles per hour in the No. 2 IZOD Chevrolet.

Afterwards, the former Champ Car standout was decidedly emotional about the opportunity to not only race in the “500” for Team Penske but having a chance to be on the front row by the time this day ends.

“Some dark times last year — it was rough,” Allmendinger told NBC Sports Network’s Marty Snider following his run, referring to his suspension and release from Roger Penske’s NASCAR Sprint Cup operation last summer after failing a drug test.

“I never thought I’d be standing here on Indy [500] pole day, not just to be here, but to maybe be on the front row, be in the Fast Nine. It makes everything worth it. I can’t say how much Roger Penske means to me — what a man that guy is. It goes way beyond anything I can describe.”

Here’s how the speeds looked at 2 p.m. ET. Qualifying has been extended to 6 p.m. ET this afternoon, with the Fast Nine pole shootout set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Indianapolis 500 Pole Day Results (2 p.m. ET)

1. 2-A.J. Allmendinger, 227.761 mph

2. 27-James Hinchcliffe, 227.493

3. 9-Scott Dixon, 226.158

4. 14-Takuma Sato, 225.892

5. 78-Simona de Silvestro, 225.400

6. 15-Graham Rahal, 225.139

7. 91-Buddy Lazier, 223.073

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