Saavedra claims shock IndyCar pole at Indy
10 May 2014 – KV Racing driver Sebastian Saavedra claimed a shock pole position for the maiden IndyCar race on the Indianapolis Road Course.
Saavedra played second fiddle to 2012 Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay for much of the final segment, but the American driver lost control of his Andretti machine and crashed at the final corner.
Hunter-Reay caused a red flag and as a result he was stripped of his fastest times.
That decision promoted Saavedra to his maiden pole position in the series, ahead of British rookie Jack Hawksworth and the aforementioned Hunter-Reay.
Simon Pagenaud will start the race from fourth place, ahead of Will Power and reigning champion Scott Dixon, who were both unable to improve on their times due to the red flag.
Sebastien Bourdais failed to make it through to the final segment and will start from seventh on the grid, ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves.