INDIANAPOLIS - Ed Carpenter captured the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 in Saturday’s time trials, edging rookie Carlos Munoz and withstanding a last-ditch bid by Australian Will Power. Carpenter, a 32-year-old American stepson of current IndyCar series founder Tony George, was only fifth-fastest in the first round of time trials at the famed 2 1/2-mile (4km) oval where the 97th Indy 500 will be staged on May 26. But that was enough to put Carpenter, the only owner/driver in the series, into the “Fast Nine” final qualifying session among the quickest racers to determine the exact starting order for the front three rows. With early rain shortening the day’s activities, each car was given one chance to post a four-lap qualifying average in the final session.–AFP