Ed Carpenter earned the pole position Sept. 5 for the IRL Infiniti Pro Series Chicagoland 100 at Chicagoland Speedway, his third pole position of the season.

Carpenter, 22, also started from the pole at Kansas and Indianapolis, where he earned his first Infiniti Pro Series win.

Carpenter, from Indianapolis, earned the pole with a fast lap of 28.9437 seconds, 189.057 mph, in the No. 14 Futaba/Delphi/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

?It?s been a really good day,? said Carpenter, who will make his IndyCar Series debut in Sunday?s Delphi Indy 300. ?So far, I couldn?t ask for a much better weekend. Hopefully, it keeps up the rest of the weekend, I have a good race in the Infiniti Pro Series tomorrow, and then we see what we can do in IndyCar (Series) qualifying. Hopefully, we?ll be able to carry the momentum.?

Infiniti Pro Series points leader Mark Taylor will start second with a best lap of 29.0143, 188.597 in the No. 4 Fulmar Panther Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

?The car is good,? said Taylor, who missed the most recent Pro Series event at Kentucky Speedway due to illness. ?This is a lovely place to go around. The important thing is the race, and it's a good starting position. I'm fine. I had some type of flu. It was just one of those things that we were lucky enough to miss the race and not really affect our championship.?

Aaron Fike, winner of the 2002 event at Chicagoland Speedway, qualified third at 29.0675, 188.251 in the No. 91 RFMS/Hemelgarn Racing entry, while Arie Luyendyk Jr. will start fourth in the No. 5 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

G.J. Mennen rounded out the top five at 29.3104, 186.961 in the No. 25 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

Carpenter, who will make history this weekend when he competes in both the Infiniti Pro Series Chicagoland 100 and the IndyCar Series Delphi Indy 300, said he feels no added pressure.

?I?ve been looking forward to this day for a long time, to finally make my first IndyCar (Series) race,? Carpenter said. ?I ran Silver Crown and Pro Series earlier this year, and that?s more of a difference than (between the) Pro Series and IndyCar Series. The hardest thing to do is just schedule enough time to spend with each of my teams to get everything accomplished that we need to. Both teams have been real accommodating to each other?s schedules, so it?s gone picture perfect.

?I feel right at home in the (IndyCar Series car) right now. There?s still a giant speed gap (between the two series), but as far as the mechanics and what things do, I take more to an IndyCar Series team as a driver knowing what we need to do to make the car better. It?s definitely helped more than if I wouldn?t have been in (the Infiniti Pro Series) at all.?

The Chicagoland 100, the 10th event of the 12-race Infiniti Pro Series season, starts at 3:15 p.m. (EDT) Saturday and will be televised on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 11.

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