Sebastien Bourdais records fastest time in last practice before Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore

Thirty-four-year-old Frenchman is slated to start from last spot in race

September 01, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Sebastien Bourdais, who will start Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore from the last spot, registered the fastest time in the final practice before the race, finishing a lap of the 2.04-mile circuit in 1 minute, 18.4535 seconds Sunday morning.

Bourdais, a 34-year-old native from Le Mans, France whose best outing this season was a runner-up finish to Scott Dixon at the Honda Indy Toronto 2 on July 13, lost his fastest lap for causing a red flag during Saturday’s qualifying session and was bumped to the 24th spot. He drives the No. 7 car for Dragon Racing.

Will Power, a 32-year-old native of Toowoomba, Austraila who races the No. 12 Verizon car for Team Penske, had the second-fastest time of 1:18.7543. Power will start second after claiming the pole in each of the previous two races at Baltimore and winning the event in 2011 and placing sixth in 2012.

Josef Newgarden (1:18.8522 who will start fifth), James Jakes (1:18.9459 who will begin 13th) and Scott Dixon (1:19.0229 who won the pole) rounded out the top five.

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