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With weight of hometown on his shoulders, Carpenter proving to be unflappable at Indianapolis

  • Ed Carpenter, right, responds to a question during a media interview for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)The Associated Press

  • Ed Carpenter heads into the first turn during a practice session on the second day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Sunday, May 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)The Associated Press

Ed Carpenter will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's Indianapolis 500, the local boy on the pole for the biggest race of the season.

But the owner-driver of a modest one-car team insists that he doesn't feel any pressure, even though he also happens to be the stepson of series founder Tony George.

Carpenter said that he's carried around the expectations of his family for as long as he can remember, and that he'd rather be sitting on the pole with all the distractions that entails than sitting the race out.

That doesn't mean that Carpenter isn't anxious for the start of the race, though. He says that feeling is only natural for every driver in the field, regardless of where they're from.