TORONTO – Sebastien Bourdais has won his first open-wheel pole since 2007, taking the top spot for the first IndyCar Series race of a doubleheader weekend at Toronto.
Will Power joins Bourdais on the front row for Saturday's race. Points leader Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud and Tony Kanaan completed the top six.
Bourdais was second and third in Toronto last year, the start of six top-10 finishes over the final eight races for Dragon Racing. He has yet to make the podium in a disappointing first season driving for KVSH Racing.
"Nothing's achieved right now, but we'll take it and keep digging," he said.
Bourdais won four consecutive Champ Car titles from 2004 through 2007 and has 31 career victories. He is winless in 52 career IndyCar starts.
When he was handed his trophy for the runner-up finish last year in Toronto, the crystal was not properly attached to the base. He accepted it and prepared to raise it over his head, but it slipped to the ground, bounced once then shattered.