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...