Today’s biggest challenge during qualifications for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio was keeping your car on the track. With slippery conditions, many drivers likened the 13-turn road course to a block of ice. Nearly half the field saw their car in the grass at some point on Saturday. Conditions got better by the time the Firestone Fast Six began, where we saw Sebastien Bourdais post the fastest lap and capture the pole for tomorrow’s 90-lap race. Josef Newgarden will start alongside him on the front row. Tony Kanaan and Carlos Munoz will share row two, and Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power will start in row three. This is the second pole for Bourdais in the last three races. He won the first double-header in Toronto from pole position.
With the wet conditions making qualifications tricky, there are several high-profile drivers starting in the back of the field tomorrow. Championship leader Helio Castroneves will be starting in 15th, Marco Andretti 16th, and James Hinchcliffe 17th. Defending race winner Charlie Kimball will be starting 20th, and his teammate Scott Dixon will be starting last, in 22nd position (for the second time this year). Dixon has won four of the last seven races at Mid-Ohio.
Chip Ganassi has dominated this race for the last decade, but only one of his drivers was able to secure a great starting position on Saturday. Kanaan is starting third, but the other three drivers will start in 19th, 20th, and 22nd. It’s been a miserable year for this team as they continue to search for their first win of the season.
The green flag for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will waive at 3:50 PM ET on Sunday. The NBC Sports Network broadcast begins at 3 PM. The IMS Radio Network broadcast can be found on Sirius channel 213, and XM channel 209. Castroneves enters the race with a 13 point lead over Power in the championship.
Below you can watch qualification highlights from today, courtesy of IndyCar