Franchitti beats Bourdais by a hair to claim the pole for IndyCar's first ever standing start race.
Dario Franchitti was all smiles when he climbed from his car after tearing around the street circuit at Exhibition Place in Toronto with a time of 59.6756 seconds.
"It feels good to get our third pole of the year," said Franchitti.
"I made it difficult this morning. I made a mistake in Turn 5, took the right side off the car. The guys had to work and repair the car."
Bourdais brought his car out during his qualifying group and sent his car to second overall, giving the Dragon Racing team a great result heading into the first of two races this weekend.
"We finally got a break, and the car is heading in the right direction," said Bourdais.
This race marks the first time that the IndyCar series has ever started a race from a standing start. The idea was implemented this year as a way to spur on interest in the sport, along with the triple crown, and double header races.
Franchitti says he is happy to be in front of the field come the green flag.
"For most people in the field, it's been such a long time since we did standing starts, and with this hand clutch and everything it's going to be a complete unknown tomorrow," said Franchitti.
"In some ways (it's) good, it mixes things up a little bit. It's better to be in the front than in the middle of it."