Bourdais back on top, claims pole at Toronto

Bourdais back on top, claims pole at Toronto

19 July 2014 – Sebastien Bourdais has claimed pole position for this afternoon's first race of the Honda Indy Toronto weekend. 

After lapping the 1.755mi street course in 58.9479 seconds, the four-time Champ Car World Series champion will start alongside the man who led the points standings up until last weekend at Iowa – Will Power.

The pole is the first for the Frenchman in the unified IndyCar Series in 54 starts (in 2007), but he already has 31 open wheel poles to his name from his Champ Car days.

Power had pole secured after time expired in the final session of qualifying but was beaten by 0.1546s by Bourdais on his final lap.

The pair will start ahead of Helio Castroneves and last week's winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Simon Pagenaud and Tony Kanaan also made it through to the Firestone Fast Six and will start fifth and sixth, respectively.  Pagenaud complicated his team's afternoon activities by brushing the inside wall of the final turn on his last lap.  His car bounded to the other side of the track, striking the wall just below the flag man, breaking the car's left front suspension.  It is not yet known if he will be able to start from the grid.

The qualifying session ended with the threat of rain in the Toronto area.

Green flag is scheduled for 15:45 local time (-5 GMT).

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