Carpenter steals the show on Opening Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
It was a change of scenery today for Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) driver, Ed Carpenter, as he took to the track this afternoon for the Indianapolis Star Opening Day of practice at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carpenter wheeled 32 practice laps early in the day at the Brickyard, in his black and yellow No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara, topping the speed charts by clocking a lap of 224.786 mph, placing him P.1 on the board.

The 30-year old Indianapolis, Indiana native has impressive stats on the 2.5-mile oval, finishing in the top 11 positions four times in the past six years.

Ed Carpenter: "It was a good first day. It's only day one, but it's really exciting to see hard work pay off. We've all worked hard all off season and it's good to see progress. We're going to have to keep up the effort because it's a long week heading into qualifying, but I definitely like the start that we're off to. It's great to see the Dollar General machine up front."

Sarah Fisher: "I was really proud of the boys for starting off the month with little to no error today. It was a bonus for Ed to top the charts, but we know we still have a lot more work to accomplish. For this being our first race of the season, we know we have to hit the ground running, and to see the team gelling already is a great testament to our people."

If the weather cooperates, Carpenter and the SFR team will resume practice tomorrow from noon-6pm.

The 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for Sunday, May 29, 2011, which will be the 5th race of the 17-race 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season. SFR driver Ed Carpenter will attempt to make his way into the field of 33 starting positions on Saturday, May 22, 2011. The race will be aired live on ABC at Noon EST on Sunday, May 29, 2011. Additional coverage will be available on IMS Radio, XM Satellite Radio Channel 145 "IndyCar Racing," along with broadcast coverage summaries available at and