Bourdais takes Phoenix IndyCar pole

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Saturday 7th April, 2018 - 12:11pm

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Sebastien Bourdais

Sebastien Bourdais took advantage of being last car out to qualify on pole for Phoenix IndyCar Grand Prix.

Bourdais (#18 DCR w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda) was faster than the rest of the field on both of his qualifying laps, edging Team Penske drivers Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

Pagenaud’s (#22 Chevrolet) held top spot for some time having been the 11th car onto the circuit under the new oval qualifying system, in which the running order is set by entrant points.

Power (#12 Chevrolet) came up nearly 0.3s short of his team-mate but was provisionally a front row starter until St Petersburg winner Bourdais appeared.

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) could only manage 17th.

The Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix, to be run over 250 laps, starts tomorrow at 1135 AEST.

Highlights: Qualifying

Starting grid: Phoenix

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Lap 1 Lap 2 Total time
1 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 19.5034 19.5251 39.0285
2 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 19.5728 19.5368 39.1096
3 12 Will Power D/C/F 19.7129 19.6679 39.3808
4 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 19.6845 19.7024 39.3869
5 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 19.7807 19.8358 39.6165
6 6 Robert Wickens (R) D/H/F 19.9323 19.7652 39.6975
7 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 19.9128 19.8024 39.7152
8 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 19.9739 19.8645 39.8384
9 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 20.0181 19.8443 39.8624
10 19 Pietro Fittipaldi (R) D/H/F 19.9545 19.9180 39.8725
11 10 Ed Jones D/H/F 19.9185 20.0049 39.9234
12 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 20.0189 19.9899 40.0088
13 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 20.1675 20.0512 40.2187
14 32 Kyle Kaiser (R) D/C/F 20.1490 20.0919 40.2409
15 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 20.1656 20.2619 40.4275
16 4 Matheus Leist (R) D/C/F 20.3264 20.1451 40.4715
17 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 20.3380 20.1364 40.4744
18 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 20.3036 20.2959 40.5995
19 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F 20.4359 20.2336 40.6695
20 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 20.3702 20.4647 40.8349
21 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 20.6604 20.5720 41.2324
22 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 20.8841 20.5720 41.4561
23 26 Zach Veach (R) D/H/F 20.6702 21.2023 41.8725

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)ire: F=Firestone

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