CLICK: Full Sunday morning warm-up results from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Sebastien Bourdais made his intentions for the day clear as he topped the 30-minute Sunday morning warm-up session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the last track activity for the Verizon IndyCar Series field before the green flag drops for the Honda Indy 200.
With five minutes remaining in the session, Bourdais posted a best laptime of 1:06.0186s (123.129s) to go top by three tenths of a second from his KVSH Racing team mate Sebastian Saavedra. Bourdais will start from pole position for the afternoon race, while Saavedra will be in 14th place on the grid.
Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay was third fastest for the session, ahead of Ganassi pair Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe who both have a mountain to climb in the race, where they start from near the back following penalties in qualifying for triggering red flags after spinning off in the wet conditions.
Warm-up was delayed by nearly half an hour because of fog in the area which delayed the arrival of the medical helicopter in time for the scheduled start of the medical helicopter. However the fog eventually cleared leaving ideal dry conditions for the IndyCar drivers to get to work on their race set-ups after the disrupted wet qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Many teams took the opportunity to test push-to-pass manoeuvres and also scrub in sets of the red-walled soft option tyres, since they had been unable to use them in qualifying. However with the track lacking grip after the previous day's rain, no one was working on fast laps and the only driver to improve his time over the final practice on Saturday morning was Bryan Herta Autosport's Jack Hawksworth. His time of 1:06.8091s (121.672mph) on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course was two tenths faster than he had previously managed so far this weekend. However despite being good enough for ninth place on the warm-up timesheets, the British driver is still the slowest man in the overall combined practice times at Mid-Ohio.
Penske continued to be something of an enigma: Helio Castroneves and Will Power are locked in battle with Hunter-Reay for the championship, but once again neither driver managed to finish in the top ten times. Castroneves - who will start the race from 15th position - was only 12th fastest while Power was listed in 19th place in the session times, despite having managed to secure a third row starting position for the race in the wet qualifying the previous day.
"We want the team to be the champion," Castroneves insisted. "Unfortunately, the last few years, we were close and not able to make it happen. Right now, myself, Will and Juan Pablo have a chance, so yes, I want to be the one, but in the end of the day, we want to have this for Team Penske."
The third member of the Penske line-up, Juan Pablo Montoya, was listed in 20th position just ahead of Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe, who had a spin during warm-up. Schmidt Peterson Motorsport's Mikhail Aleshin also went for a spin at the Carousel, but neither incident brought out any red flags and the session as a whole ran without interruption.
The 90-lap race is scheduled to get underway at 3.50pm local time (8.50pm BST) on Sunday afternoon, and will be shown live in the UK on ESPN
See full Sunday morning warm-up results from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course