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Sebastien Bourdais Conquers Wet Track to Win Pole for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

August 2nd, 2014 at 6:03 PM
By Mark Eddinger

A heavy rain storm passed over the Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course prior to Saturday's qualifying session for the Verizon IndyCar Series. All three rounds of qualifying were competed with the wet weather tires and it was Sebastien Bourdais who earned the Verizon P1 Award on his final lap of the Firestone Fast Six.

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It is the 33rd career pole for Bourdais and the second of the 2014 season for the KVSH Racing driver.

“The last lap I knew I was shy and needed some more, so I just went for it and made it stick and that Mystic machine gave me everything it had," said Bourdais. "Things are finally starting to align for us; sometimes it’s the difference between things going your way or not going your way."

Bourdais' final lap knocked Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing's Josef Newgarden off the pole position. He will start second for his best ever street/road course start in his career and trying his best oval start. Starting third will be Tony Kanaan with rookie Carlos Munoz in fourth. Also in the Firestone Fast Six third round were Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power who will start from fifth and sixth.

Starting seventh will be Graham Rahal with Justin Wilson eighth, Simon Pagenaud ninth, and rookie Carlos Huertas tenth. Juan Pablo Montoya will start 11th, Mike Conway 12th, rookie Mikhail Aleshin 13th, Sebastien Saavedra 14th, and championship leader Helio Castroneves 15th. Marco Andretti will start 16th, James Hinchcliffe 17th, rookie Jack Hawksworth 18th, Ryan Briscoe 19th, and Charlie Kimball 20th. Takuma Sato had his laps erased in round 1 group 1 due to bringing out a red flag when he spun and Scott Dixon did the same thing in round 1 group 2. Sato will start 21st and Dixon shotgun on the field in 22nd.

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio can be seen at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN.

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