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Rookies Munoz, Daly follow different practice paths to earn Indianapolis 500 starts

  • Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, is congratulated by a crew member after a qualification run on the first day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. Munoz later qualified in second place with a speed of of 228.342 mph. in the "Fast Nine" session. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, is congratulated by a crew member after a qualification run on the first day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. Munoz later qualified in second place with a speed of of 228.342 mph. in the "Fast Nine" session. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, drives through the first turn on his qualification run on the first day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, drives through the first turn on his qualification run on the first day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, puts on his helmet as he prepares to drive during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, puts on his helmet as he prepares to drive during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

Carlos Munoz had a perfect May at Indianapolis. Conor Daly learned how miserable the month can be.

On Sunday, things could change for the 21-year-old rookies, the youngest starters in this year's Indianapolis 500.

Munoz of Colombia is chasing a dream. The fastest rookie qualifier, at 228.342 mph, will start second -- the same spot his racing idol, Juan Pablo Montoya, started from when he won 2000 race. Montoya was the last rookie to make Indy's coveted front row.

Daly grew up in suburban Indy and is the son of a former Formula One driver and Indy starter. But in less than a week, he lost his HANS device, crashed in practice and had to wave off his first qualifying attempt. So just getting in the race was a victory.