LEXINGTON, United States: France’s Sebastien Bourdais handled wet track conditions and edged American Josef Newgarden in Saturday qualifying to win pole position for today’s Indy 200 race at Mid-Ohio.
Rain tires were needed in every round of time trials at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course.
Bourdais’s final lap of 1 min, 24.1610 secs brought him his second pole of the season after a victory from the pole two weeks ago at Toronto.
“The last lap, I knew I was shy and needed some more, so I just went for it and made it stick,” Bourdais said.
It was Bourdais’s 33rd career IndyCar pole, which moved him level with Scotsman Dario Franchitti for seventh on the series’ all-time pole list.
Newgarden was second, just over half a second behind, with Brazil’s Tony Kanaan third.