IndyCar Series

Carpenter takes top spot in crash-marred Indy 500 qualifying

Ed Carpenter turned a tough draw into a winning hand Saturday.

Now he has to do it all over again.

The only full-time owner-driver in the IndyCar Series took advantage of a cooling early evening track for a four-lap average of 230.468 mph on the first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying, Takuma Sato was second at 230.382, and Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy winner, third at 230.333.

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso finished seventh at 230.034.

All of the times will be erased for Sunday's nine-car pole shootout when Carpenter chases his third pole in five years on his home track.

"I thanked my 7-year-old son for drawing last night," he...