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Bourdais battles weather, opponents to earn pole

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Sebastien Bourdais got through rainy conditions in IndyCar qualifying Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and earned his second pole position of the season.

A midday storm dampened the track and shook up qualifying. Series points leader Helio Castroneves and four-time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon failed to get out of the first round.

For Bourdais, of KVSH Racing, it is his 33rd career IndyCar pole, tying him for seventh on the career list with Dario Franchitti. The veteran from France won from the pole this season in the first race at Toronto. Ten drivers have won poles through 15 races this year.

Bourdais was clocked in 1:24.161, which was 19 seconds off morning practice times and last year’s pole time set by Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Josef Newgarden of SFH Racing will start next to Bourdais, tying his best start of the season. Tony Kanaan, Carlos Munoz, Hunter-Reay and Will Power rounded out the top six.

Power trails Castroneves by 13 points and Hunter-Reay by 69 in the standings.

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