Sebastien Bourdais puts Chevrolet on ront row for race one in Toronto

With his second place qualifying effort, Bourdais will start on the front row of the first standing start in Toronto IndyCar racing history.

TORONTO (July 12, 2013) – Sebastien Bourdais, No. 7 McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrolet, led the charge for Team Chevy in today’s Firestone Fast Six qualifying for Saturday’s IZOD IndyCar Series Race One of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader. With his second place qualifying effort, Bourdais will start on the front row of the first standing start in Toronto IndyCar racing history.

Bourdais’ effort today is the team’s best-ever qualifying performance and Bourdais’ best result since joining the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 contingent just prior to the 2012 Indianapolis 500.

Chevrolet drivers occupied three of the top-six cars competing for the pole of the first of two 85-lap points-paying races on the Streets of Toronto.

Sebastien Bourdais, Dragon Racing Chevrolet
Sebastien Bourdais, Dragon Racing Chevrolet

Photo by: Rebecca McKay

Will Power will roll off third in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, followed by Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, No. 11 Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology - SH Racing Chevrolet, in the fourth starting position.

Defending Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, will roll off from seventh on the 24-car grid. Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, was the eighth fastest qualifier, and Ryan Briscoe, No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet completes the top-10 starters.

"The grid for the first of two races on the Streets of Toronto was set today,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series. “It is a mix of Chevy and Honda cars that will be the first to execute a standing start tomorrow. We are proud to have five different Chevrolet teams represented in the top ten of the field. The diversity of circuit types we compete on is unique to the IZOD IndyCar Series, and the return to street circuits following a string of ovals is exciting. It is a challenge to the teams and drivers to execute, and highlights their strengths and weaknesses as evidenced in the number of different race winners there have been during the season. We continue to work hard to make the Chevrolet IndyCar Twin Turbo V6 capable at all the circuits so Team Chevy will always be in a position to win."

Dario Franchitti won the pole, with James Jakes and Scott Dixon completing the Firestone Fast Six.

Race number one of the Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. is set to start on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Team Chevy Racing

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