Bourdais takes pole for first Indycar oval race of the season, Scott Dixon languishes down in 17th

Championship leader Sebastien Bourdais took pole position at Phoenix for the first oval race of the 2018 IndyCar championship.

The Dale Coyne Racing driver was the last man on track under the new oval qualifying system, in which drivers complete their two qualifying laps in reverse championship order.

Bourdais’ effort knocked Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud off the top spot with an average speed of 188.539 mph.

Though track conditions generally favoured those running later in the session, Pagenaud’s speed held up against 11 of the 12 drivers running after him. He was just 0.081mph slower than Bourdais and 0.131mph faster than Will Power.

Alexander Rossi finished fourth quickest, ahead of James Hinchcliffe and rookie Robert Wickens.

Power and Pagenaud showed Penske’s potential on the short oval, but team-mate Josef Newgarden couldn’t get his lap together to reflect that.

The reigning champion ended the session seventh, just 0.02mph faster than Ryan Hunter-Reay in eighth.

Tony Kanaan and series debutant Pietro Fittipaldi completed the top 10.

Qualifying result

1Sebastien BourdaisDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda39.0285s
2Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.0811s
3Will PowerTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.3523s
4Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.3584s
5James HinchcliffeSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda0.5880s
6Robert WickensSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda0.6690s
7Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.6867s
8Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.8099s
9Tony KanaanAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet0.8339s
10Pietro FittipaldiDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda0.8440s
11Ed JonesChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda0.8949s
12Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda0.9803s
13Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda1.1902s
14Kyle KaiserJuncos RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.2124s
15Spencer PigotEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.3990s
16Matheus LeistAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet1.4430s
17Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda1.4459s
18Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.5710s
19Gabby ChavesHarding RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.6410s
20Marco AndrettiAndretti HertaDallara/Honda1.8064s
21Max ChiltonCarlinDallara/Chevrolet2.2039s
22Charlie KimballCarlinDallara/Chevrolet2.4276s
23Zach VeachAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda2.8440s

Bourdais takes pole for first Indycar oval race of the season, Scott Dixon languishes down in 17th

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