Bourdais on Pole at Toronto

BourdaisRain fell in Toronto, and chaos ensued.

Just before Saturday’s IndyCar race was supposed to begin, mother nature mucked things up. There was a steady drizzle of rain falling throughout the afternoon, which didn’t help the race course conditions. There was standing water in some spots, and visibility on the back stretch was a big concern for the drivers. After a 2 hour and 30 minute delay, the race was called off, with all track activity cancelled for Saturday. This is the first IndyCar race that has been postponed due to inclement weather since the race in Sao Paulo back in 2011.

Things got interesting before that final decision came down though. First it was Ryan Briscoe that found the tire barriers on a pace lap. Then, interestingly enough, the pace car itself had problems, as it slid through a corner and tagged the outside wall. Shortly after that, Will Power also spun, and bent up his Penske car. The crew was able to get the car repaired (much to the dismay of Michael Andretti and AJ Foyt) though he was moved to the back of the line. Power qualified second, and currently sits in second in the championship.

Qualifying for Race 1 went well for Power, but it was even better for Sebastien Bourdais, who came away with the pole. This was the first pole for Bourdais since September 2, 2007. That was the Champ Car race in the Netherlands. This is the 32nd career pole for the Frenchman, which ties him for Michael Andretti for eighth on the all-time list.

Click here to see the Qualifying results for the Honda Indy Toronto Race 1

Current points leader Helio Castroneves qualified third. It was another impressive run for Luca Filippi, who qualified in seventh on Saturday. Canadian favorite James Hinchcliffe qualified in ninth, and defending race winner Scott Dixon qualified in the 12th position. Marco Andretti qualified in last, after mechanical problems early in qualifying.

Here is the updated schedule for Sunday:

There will be two races, either 65-laps or 80 minutes in length. Race 1 is at 10:30 AM ET on CNBC, and will feature a two-wide rolling start. Race 2 will start at 4:15 PM ET on NBC Sports Network, and will have a standing start. The lineup for the second race will be determined by entrant points after Race 1. The repaired cars of Ryan Briscoe, Juan Montoya, and Will Power will start in the rear of the field for Race 1.

Below you can watch highlights from today’s qualifying session.

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