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Sebastien Bourdais captures 2nd IndyCar pole of year after battling midday storm at Mid-Ohio

  • Sebastien Bourdais, of France, celebrates after winning the pole position for Sunday's IndyCAR Honda Indy 200 auto race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

    Sebastien Bourdais, of France, celebrates after winning the pole position for Sunday's IndyCAR Honda Indy 200 auto race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sebastien Bourdais, of France, takes a lap during qualifying for Sunday's IndyCar Honda Indy 200 auto race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2014. Bourdais won the pole. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

    Sebastien Bourdais, of France, takes a lap during qualifying for Sunday's IndyCar Honda Indy 200 auto race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2014. Bourdais won the pole. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sebastian Bourdais, of France, is congratulated by a team member after winning the pole position for Sunday's IndyCar Honda Indy 200 auto race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

    Sebastian Bourdais, of France, is congratulated by a team member after winning the pole position for Sunday's IndyCar Honda Indy 200 auto race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

Sebastien Bourdais got through rainy conditions in IndyCar qualifying at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and earned his second pole position of the season.

A midday storm dampened the track and shook up qualifying. Series points leader Helio Castroneves and four-time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon failed to get out of the first round.

For Bourdais, of KVSH Racing, it is his 33rd career IndyCar pole, tying him for seventh on the all-time list with Dario Franchitti. The veteran from France won from the pole this season in the first race at Toronto. There have been 10 different pole winners through 15 races this year.

Bourdais was clocked in 1:24.161, which was 19 seconds off morning practice times and last year's pole time set by Ryan Hunter-Reay.