Sébastien Bourdais has showcased his wet-weather prowess at Mid-Ohio by claiming his second IndyCar Series pole position in as many weekends.

After claiming his first post-CART/F1 pole position and win last weekend on the streets of Toronto, the Frenchman picked his way through two rain-affected qualifying segments en route to the ‘Fast Six’ shootout for pole. He then triumphed in that as well, delivering a 1:24.161 time on his final tour of the slowly drying track.

Bourdais overcame a serious threat from IndyCar youngster Josef Newgarden, who put his Sarah Fisher Hartman entry on provisional pole position in the final two minutes. While he also managed to post his quickest lap on his final tour, it wasn’t enough to usurp the four-time Champ Car title-winner.

Tony Kanaan will carry the hopes of the Chip Ganassi team – which has won all but one of the IndyCar races held here since the series was re-formed – with the third-fastest qualifying time. The Brazilian’s teammates Ryan Briscoe, defending race-winner Charlie Kimball and defending series champion Scott Dixon will all start from the final two rows of the grid.

Briscoe and Dixon were docked their two fastest lap times for spinning in the wet conditions and triggering a red flag – a fate that also befell Takuma Sato and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Carlos Muñoz qualified fourth-fastest ahead of Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, while Penske’s Will Power was best-placed championship contender in sixth. Power’s main championship rival, his teammate Hélio Castroneves, failed to make out of the ‘Group’ qualifying phases and starts a lowly fifteenth.


2014 IndyCar Series Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Qualifying:

‘Fast Six’ Session Team / Entry Time
1. Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Honda Honda 1:24.1610
2. Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Honda + 0.5177
3. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet + 0.8680
4. Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda Honda + 1.1501
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Honda + 1.2849
6. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Chevrolet + 2.0082
‘Round 2’ Session Team / Entry Time
7. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Honda 1:33.3244
8. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Honda 1:33.3948
9. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda Honda 1:33.5587
10. Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Honda Honda 1:33.6635
11. Juan Pablo Montoya* Team Penske Chevrolet Chevrolet 1:34.7103
12. Mike Conway Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet 1:34.8194
Group Sessions Team / Entry Time
13. Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda Honda 1:39.4755
14. Sebastián Saavedra KV Racing Technology / AFS Racing Honda Honda 1:39.0743
15. Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Chevrolet 1:39.8694
16. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda Honda 1:39.8368
17. James Hinchcliffe ca Andretti Autosport Honda Honda 1:41.5197
18. Jack Hawksworth Bryan Herta Autosport Honda Honda 1:40.0797
19. Ryan Briscoe* Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet no time
20. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet 1:40.8624
21. Takuma Sato* A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda Honda no time
22. Scott Dixon* Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet no time

* Denotes drivers who were docked their fastest two lap times for causing red flags.

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