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Unofficial Indianapolis 500 starting grid and IndyCar points

May 18, 2014, 3:19 PM EDT

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Not only was this weekend qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, but with the new format came a new points system that could see a maximum of 42 points achieved if a driver qualified fastest on both Saturday (33 points) and Sunday (9 points). And Indianapolis 500 polesitter Ed Carpenter has done just that.

Obviously, those that broke into the Fast Nine shootout took home the bulk of the qualifying points.

Six others – James Hinchcliffe (38), Helio Castroneves (37), Will Power (36), Carlos Munoz (35), Marco Andretti (34) and Simon Pagenaud (31) – took home more than 30 points on qualifying weekend, the net equivalent of at least a fifth-place finish in a normal race.

Here’s a breakdown of where every driver qualified Saturday, Sunday and their points totals.

Car Sat. Order (Pts) Sun. Order (Pts) Total Pts
20 Carpenter 1 (33) 1 (9) 42
34 Munoz 2 (32) 7 (3) 35
3 Castroneves 3 (31) 4 (6) 37
27 Hinchcliffe 4 (30) 2 (8) 38
12 Power 5 (29) 3 (7) 36
25 Andretti 6 (28) 6 (4) 32
77 Pagenaud 7 (27) 5 (5) 31
67 Newgarden 8 (26) 8 (2) 28
21 Hildebrand 9 (25) 9 (1) 26
26 Busch 10 (24) 12 24
28 Hunter-Reay 11 (23) 19 23
98 Hawksworth 12 (22) 13 22
2 Montoya 13 (21) 10 21
19 Wilson 14 (20) 14 20
9 Dixon 15 (19) 11 19
7 Aleshin 16 (18) 15 18
8 Briscoe 17 (17) 30 17
14 Sato 18 (16) 23 16
83 Kimball 19 (15) 26 15
15 Rahal 20 (14) 20 14
22 Karam 21 (13) 31 13
6 Bell 22 (12) 25 12
10 Kanaan 23 (11) 16 11
11 Bourdais 24 (10) 17 10
63 Mann 25 (9) 22 9
17 Saavedra 26 (8) 32 8
5 Villeneuve 27 (7) 27 7
33 Davison 28 (6) 28 6
16 Servia 29 (5) 18 5
18 Huertas 30 (4) 21 4
68 Tagliani 31 (3) 24 3
41 Plowman 32 (2) 29 2
91 Lazier 33 (1) 33 1

Which means that, unofficially, the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings looks like this coming out of qualifying:

POINTS
1.  Will Power, 185
2.  Simon Pagenaud, 175
3.  Ryan Hunter-Reay, 171
4.  Helio Castroneves, 139
5.  Marco Andretti, 121
6.  Scott Dixon, 121
7.  Justin Wilson, 107
8.  Josef Newgarden, 99
9.  Ryan Briscoe, 97
10. Carlos Munoz, 96
11. James Hinchcliffe, 94
12. Mike Conway, 93
13. Tony Kanaan, 93
14. Jack Hawksworth, 93
15. Juan Pablo Montoya, 91
16. Sebastien Bourdais, 91
17. Takuma Sato, 91
18. Charlie Kimball, 82
19. Mikhail Aleshin, 77
20. Sebastian Saavedra, 71
21. Graham Rahal, 69
22. Carlos Huertas, 67
23. Oriol Servia, 60
24. Ed Carpenter, 42
25. JR Hildebrand, 26
26. Kurt Busch, 24
27. Martin Plowman, 14
28. Sage Karam, 13
29. Townsend Bell, 12
30. Pippa Mann, 9
31. Franck Montagny, 8
32. Jacques Villeneuve, 7
33. James Davison, 6
34. Alex Tagliani, 3
35. Buddy Lazier, 1

And now, the starting grid for the 98th Indianapolis 500, after Saturday’s, Sunday’s Group 1 and Fast Nine qualifying:

ROW 1
20-Ed Carpenter, 231.067
27-James Hinchcliffe, 230.839
12-Will Power, 230.697

ROW 2
3-Helio Castroneves, 230.649
77-Simon Pagenaud, 230.614
25-Marco Andretti, 230.544

ROW 3
34-Carlos Munoz, 230.146
67-Josef Newgarden, 229.893
21-JR Hildebrand, 228.726

ROW 4
2-Juan Pablo Montoya, 231.007
9-Scott Dixon, 230.928
26-Kurt Busch, 230.782

ROW 5
98-Jack Hawksworth, 230.506
19-Justin Wilson, 230.256
7-Mikhail Aleshin, 230.049

ROW 6
10-Tony Kanaan, 229.922
11-Sebastien Bourdais, 229.847
16-Oriol Servia, 229.752

ROW 7
28-Ryan Hunter-Reay, 229.719
15-Graham Rahal, 229.628
18-Carlos Huertas, 229.251

ROW 8
63-Pippa Mann, 229.223
14-Takuma Sato, 229.201
68-Alex Tagliani, 229.148

ROW 9
6-Townsend Bell, 229.009
83-Charlie Kimball, 228.953
5-Jacques Villeneuve, 228.949

ROW 10
33-James Davison, 228.865
41-Martin Plowman, 228.814
8-Ryan Briscoe, 228.713

ROW 11
22-Sage Karam, 228.436
17-Sebastian Saavedra, 228.088
91-Buddy Lazier, 227.920

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  1. buckeye044 - May 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    With all times being pretty close, it should be a good race.

    • indycar02 - May 18, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      yeah it should be, hope it doesnt rain.

      • testover6370 - May 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Weather forecast looks clear for now. Hoping it doesn’t get too warm though.

    • crunge4461 - May 20, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      Yes, I bet that this has got to be the fastest 500 field from pole on back…the polesitter is at 231 and last is 227.9…so like 3mph separate first from last…it is amazing how close everyone is, 13 cars are over 230…I remember in the early 90s the polesitter might turn in a really high number, but the last qualifier was often 10mph or more slower. This race will be frantic, there will be close racing and a lot of action, and I would say half the field have very legit shots at winning.

  2. indycar02 - May 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    ed carpenter becomes the 11th driver to win pole to years in a row.

  3. manik56 - May 19, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Terrible. Just terrible. IndyCar had a great Championship and they decided to ruin it.

  4. testover6370 - May 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Not too thrilled with these qualifying points. RHR and Dixon really got buried in the points.

    I’m not thrilled about this new qualifying format either. I absolutely appreciate the need to change things up, because there is no point in a bump-day, pole-day format for only 33 entries. I was definitely optimistic about this new format (only for conditions that didn’t allow for bumping, that is) but ultimately it came off as pretty “meh” for me. The only excitement from Saturday was the drama over whether to pull a time to get into the “express lane” or to keep your time and go in lane 2. Since there was no bumping, that wasn’t hugely dramatic. Sunday felt just like qualifying at any other oval, with more laps. One attempt, 4 laps, and that was it. I say back to the drawing board. It doesn’t have to be back to the old format because that wasn’t working either, but something else needs to be considered now.

    And ditch those qualifying points too.

    • crunge4461 - May 20, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      I don’t think that points should be awarded for qualifying, though, I do believe that the 500 race should award double points. The format itself was, however, fantastic, it was constant qualifying attempts both days, guys were out doing runs constantly and that was great. Ideally, what I would like to see is about 40 cars coming out so we can have some real bumping, but this was a close second in terms of entertainment. The fast nine should get more than one attempt each….teams should be able to go back make some adjustments and give it another go.

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