Chat with Ed Carpenter
The 2013 Indy 500 pole is just the second pole of Carpenter's career.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 pole winner Ed Carpenter stops by to chat about leading off IndyCar's biggest race this weekend (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, ABC).
In his 10 years as a full-time IndyCar driver, Carpenter owns two wins and 33 top-10 finishes.
Send your questions now and join Carpenter Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:29 PM)
Ed is here!
It seems like it's always so hard for the pole winner to win a race. So what's the strategy to try and make where you start where you finish, at the top
Ed Carpenter (2:30 PM)
In my mind, the strategy is pretty similar if I'm starting there or where I've been in the past. It's a 500 mile race. There are six pit stops at least that we'll have. We'll have to do those well. You also need to have some breaks. I think 21 have won from the pole.
Ed, are you a 49ers fan at all? What do you think of their coach Jim Harbaugh running the pace car?
Ed Carpenter (2:31 PM)
I'm a Colts fan, first and foremost. But with that being said, Captain Comeback was a QB for the Colts. When I was younger, I saw him get the Colts some wins. I like to see him do well, as long as it's not against the Colts.
How is Season 2 of owning your own team different from Season 1? What have you learned? Go Dawgs!
Ed Carpenter (2:32 PM)
I've learned a lot of things. But the most important thing is it's Year 2. We have a year under our belt. More continuity. We understand our personnel better. We're much more efficient than we were before. We caught up on some things and developed some things in the offseason.
How strange is it to have basically an entire month to get ready for this one race?
Ed Carpenter (2:33 PM)
We don't have a month off. It's actually a pretty bust month. We have a lot of time on the track. It's more than any other single event. That and all of the media stuff we do off the track. It's a busy month, but you get worn down by the end of the month. It's a great month of May.
Mike (Aurora, IL)
How much confidence do you have going into Sunday's race given your success on ovals the last couple of years, and how excited are you for about the Triple Crown?
Ed Carpenter (2:34 PM)
I always feel confident going into a race. We won the last oval race last year. And we've had a fast car this month. I think we have a chance to win on Sunday. It's about if we execute our plan to perfection or not.
Dan (St louis)
How physically demanding is a short track like Milwaukee compared to Indy?
Ed Carpenter (2:35 PM)
The short tracks are more physical. The lap times are short. The straightaways are even shorter. At Indy, we have the long stretches to take a breath. It's more mentally taxing at Indy, where at Milwaukee, you can break down mentally because you're so physically tired. They're both different, but both fun.
Ed, your a great driver, role model, dad and Hoosier. We are wishing you nothing but the best. The whole city is behind you!
What do you think about some of those drivers, like Tony Stewart, that did the IndyCar, NASCAR double dip in the same day?
Ed Carpenter (2:36 PM)
It's got to be tough. I know how I feel after 500 miles here, especially on a hot day. Then go and jump in a stock car regardless of how hot it is, to go another 600 miles. That's why you haven't seen too many people try it. Or do it multiple times.
Chris Pierce (Westfield, IN)
Any chance of Ed Carpenter Racing becoming a two car team?
Ed Carpenter (2:37 PM)
A two car team for us is a goal we've had since we started. Hopefully we get there sooner than later, but we don't have any thing to announce at this point.
Todd (Philadelphia) [via mobile]
Ill be attending my 7th Indy 500 this weekend and you've been my pick this year for the last two months. With aggressive drivers like Viso and inexperienced drivers like Allmendinger and Munoz around you at the start does that change the way you'll approach turn one?
Ed Carpenter (2:38 PM)
Not really. Allmendinger has had a good month. He seems to be predictable. Viso has settled down. Munoz, I don't know much about, so you might be more cautious with guys that you're not as familiar with. All of the guys help make up a strong field and I'm looking forward to competing against all of them.
Jon (Ft. Wayne)
What are you're emotions going to be like coming down the front straight taking the green flag on the first lap?
Ed Carpenter (2:39 PM)
That's going to be special and emotions that I'm not sure how to answer it since I've never done it. I may have more anxiety that I normally do, but I'm looking forward to the opportunity.
what's the key to an Indy 500 win?
Ed Carpenter (2:40 PM)
Well, there are probably better guys to answer that than me, since I haven't won one. But it comes down to not making mistakes. I think we have a fast car and we can be successful. It's in my hands to drive a good race and for the team to have good pitstops. If we do that we can be in good position for the final 30 laps to go out and win the race.
Ed- Do you still have to have a reservation at St. Elmo now that you've won the pole or can you just walk in and tell Craig to seat you? Good luck on Sunday buddy!
Ed Carpenter (2:41 PM)
I don't go to St. Elmo, because they don't have Fuzzy Vodka. I'm a Ruth Chris guy.
Who was your favorite driver growing up?
Ed Carpenter (2:41 PM)
For me, Al Unser Jr. was a huge hero. AJ Foyt. Those are the two I looked up to the most.
Ed Carpenter (2:42 PM)
Thanks for all of the support since we've won the pole. Keep cheering us on. Hopefully we have a happy, victorious Sunday.