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Practice report

Portland IndyCar: Rossi, Lundgaard, Palou head last practice

Alexander Rossi hinted that he will be a threat in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland, as he led rookie Christian Lundgaard and defending champion (and Portland winner) Alex Palou in final practice.

Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda

Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda

Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet was the first driver under 60sec during final practice – effectively, race warm-up – running a 59.6586sec, which equates to 118.514mph around this 1.964-mile road course in Portland, Oregon.

However, he was beaten by 0.2sec by Josef Newgarden of Team Penske-Chevy who qualified second and will start eighth due to his grid penalty for taking his fifth engine of the season.

Alex Palou, the sole Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda driver to start tomorrow’s race in the Top 15 (a very healthy sixth, in fact) then moved to the top with a 59.2196, while Penske’s Will Power moved into third.

Callum Ilott hit the grass but moved up to fourth behind Palou, Newgarden and Power in the Juncos Hollinger Racing-Chevy.

Then with seven minutes to go, it was Andretti Autosport-Honda’s Alexander Rossi who clocked top time, the ninth-place starter turning a 59.0532sec lap – 119.729mph.

Rookie Christian Lundgaard, the best non-Penske in qualifying – moved his Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda into second place, 0.1274sec off Rossi,

Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist, whose Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolets will start sixth and seventh tomorrow, ended final practice in the Top 10, separated from each other by Ilott, and Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda.

In the final five minutes, Scott Dixon, Ganassi’s six-time champion, jumped into the top five between Newgarden and Power.

A few drivers – including Scott McLaughlin, who took pole in the #3 Freightliner Penske – practiced exiting Turn 12 on the inside per IndyCar’s new starting procedure https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/indycar-listens-responds-to-drivers-over-portland-start/10363148/ and holding it all the way down to Turn 1.

Several more practiced running through the chicanes within the Turn 1 / Turn 2 chicane, in preparation for should the worst happen at some point in the race tomorrow.

The Grand Prix of Portland will begin at 12.30pm local (Pacific) time on Sunday, Sept. 4.

P

Name

FTime

Diff

FL

Laps

FSpeed

Engine

Team

1

Alexander Rossi

59.0532

-

15

22

119.729

Honda

Andretti Autosport

2

Christian Lundgaard

59.1806

0.1274

19

25

119.472

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

3

Alex Palou

59.2196

0.1664

10

25

119.393

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

4

Josef Newgarden

59.2662

0.2130

15

27

119.299

Chevy

Team Penske

5

Scott Dixon

59.2731

0.2199

22

24

119.285

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

6

Will Power

59.3594

0.3062

11

27

119.112

Chevy

Team Penske

7

Pato O'Ward

59.4285

0.3753

19

25

118.973

Chevy

Arrow McLaren SP

8

Callum Ilott

59.4479

0.3947

15

21

118.934

Chevy

Juncos Hollinger Racing

9

Graham Rahal

59.4676

0.4144

23

25

118.895

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

10

Felix Rosenqvist

59.4701

0.4169

16

28

118.890

Chevy

Arrow McLaren SP

11

David Malukas

59.4752

0.4220

20

22

118.880

Honda

Dale Coyne Racing with HMD

12

Scott McLaughlin

59.4759

0.4227

12

27

118.878

Chevy

Team Penske

13

Takuma Sato

59.5207

0.4675

22

23

118.789

Honda

Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR

14

Romain Grosjean

59.5916

0.5384

17

22

118.648

Honda

Andretti Autosport

15

Rinus VeeKay

59.6586

0.6054

9

20

118.514

Chevy

Ed Carpenter Racing

16

Colton Herta

59.7024

0.6492

16

22

118.427

Honda

Andretti Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian

17

Jack Harvey

59.7264

0.6732

17

24

118.380

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

18

Kyle Kirkwood

59.7321

0.6789

11

26

118.369

Chevy

AJ Foyt Enterprises

19

Marcus Ericsson

59.8543

0.8011

17

19

118.127

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

20

Devlin DeFrancesco

59.9174

0.8642

9

20

118.002

Honda

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

21

Simon Pagenaud

59.9213

0.8681

20

21

117.995

Honda

Meyer Shank Racing

22

Helio Castroneves

59.9685

0.9153

21

21

117.902

Honda

Meyer Shank Racing

23

Conor Daly

1:00.5090

1.4558

8

20

116.849

Chevy

Ed Carpenter Racing

24

Dalton Kellett

1:00.6119

1.5587

22

24

116.650

Chevy

AJ Foyt Enterprises

25

Jimmie Johnson

1:00.6663

1.6131

26

26

116.546

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

 

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