This week, the Verizon IndyCar series stopped in Lexington, Ohio at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Indy Honda 200.
The 2.258 mile, 13-turn road course has been good to Bourdais in his previous four starts. Finishing with 3 top-10 performances, including 2 top-5 finishes, the team had a positive outlook going into the weekend.
After the first practice session was complete, the No. 11 Mistic Ecigs team was sitting in the 5th position going into qualifying.
Before qualifying began, a massive downpour hit the track, forcing the teams to change over to rain tires. However, Bourdais seemed to be unaffected by the rain and led Group Two, Round One qualifying.
Advancing to Round Two, the Mistic team dominated the session, posting a top speed of 88.319 mph. The final round of qualifying proved to be much more dramatic, with Bourdais only locking in the pole position on his final lap of the session.
On Race Day, the rain had cleared and the weather forecast called for a great day for racing.
Bourdais started in his second consecutive pole position alongside up-and-coming driver Josef Newgarden and was looking forward to tackling the track.
The Frenchman took control early, dominating the first half of the race. Everything was going well until Scott Dixon’s careful fuel strategy for his Ganassi car allowed him to take the lead from the last starting position.
At the end of the day, Bourdais had led 38 of the 90 laps, posting his best showing in his five starts at the track and finishing in 2nd position.
The podium finish moved the team up to 7th position in the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship.
The next stop for the series is August 16-17 on an Oval in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Mile.
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