AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Bourdais thought he had taken the pole — and the only point needed to win the title — when his final lap was faster than that of Servia. But Bourdais crossed the line 1.6 seconds after the checkered flag waved to end the session. “I thought I had a last lap,” Bourdais said. “Apparently, I crossed the start-finish line as the checkered flag came out. I didn’t know it.” Bourdais will win the title simply by taking the green flag today. On Friday, he was fastest in the first qualifying session and guaranteed himself a spot in the front row. It would be the first back-to-back championships in the 23-year history of the team owned by actor Paul Newman and former racer Carl Haas. Servia finished his fast lap in 1 minute, 32.616 seconds, going 108.642 mph. Bourdais has 311 points. Servia has 244 and 2003 series champion Paul Tracy 216 with two races remaining. Servia joined Newman/Haas just eight weeks ago as a replacement for the injured Bruno Junqueira, the defending champion here. Mario Dominguez, the 2002 champion here, was third-fastest and followed by Cristiano da Matta, who won this race in 2001. Tracy, the 1995 winner in Australia, will start fifth on the grid. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Servia took the lead with about 10 minutes left in the qualifying session and easily handled the street course. “Things were working so smooth — the car, the tires, everything was great,” Servia said. “I think we’re starting in the best possible position, so we’re all ready for tomorrow.” SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — Oriol Servia won the pole for the Lexmark Indy 300 in a car he considered close to perfect. But his success Saturday forced Newman/Haas teammate Sebastien Bourdais to wait another day to take the Champ Car series title for the second consecutive year.