"The car is spectacular – even brushing the wall a little bit, Montoya style, it was great, man."
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Carlos Huertas qualified 33rd, Pippa Mann 22nd, and Justin Wilson is 19th.
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Ed Carpenter is the 11th driver to earn back-to-back poles for the Indianapolis 500.
Pole day is complete and the 33 car field for the 204 Indianapolis 500 is set.
Bourdais, 35, the only driver to win four consecutive U.S. open-wheel championships (2004-2007), will make just his fourth Indy 500 start next Sunday.
Ed Carpenter knocked James Hinchcliffe off the top spot and put his car on pole for the second year in succession at Indianapolis.
Wilson now looks forward to a busy week of practice and promoting the 500-mile spectacle ahead of the green flag Sunday May 25th at 12:12 PM (ET).
Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Team Penske Chevrolet, was third quickest with a four-lap average of 230.432 mph.
Pagenaud's four-lap average speed of 230.070 mph in his third attempt in the No. 77 Lucas Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone car was seventh fastest overall.
We now know what nine drivers will compete for the Indianapolis 500 pole Sunday.
Ed Carpenter: "I think we have a good chance for the pole on Sunday but the field is very tight this year."
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The front row for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis will look very interesting Saturday.
Pagenaud's fastest lap was 1 minute, 8.8682 seconds,120.230 mph. Aleshin's was 1 minute, 8.8682 seconds,120.230 mph.
The 23-year-old will be making his third IndyCar start at Barber this weekend.