IndyCar Portland: Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power top practices

IndyCar Portland: Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power top practices

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Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan’s Sebastien Bourdais topped the timesheets on Friday ahead of IndyCar’s race at Portland.

Bourdais, who was the last Indycar driver to win at Portland back in 2007, set a best time of 57.398 seconds to hold off Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon by just 0.0246s in the opening practice session.

Dixon, who suffered a harmless Turn 2 spin, was forced to skip the last five minutes of the 45-minute practice session as punishment for twice taking the checkered flag in yesterday’s open test.

But Dixon missed very little, as the final five minutes were disrupted by two red flags caused by Andretti’s Zach Veach and Harding driver Alfonso Celis Jr’s errors at the Turn 10/11 complex.

Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden took advantage of the disruption to finish third ahead of Marco Andretti and team-mate Will Power.

Power then topped the afternoon’s session with a time of 57.4053s ahead of Andretti and a shock third place for banned Formula 2 driver Santino Ferrucci, who had been 12th in the morning’s running.

Ferrucci is making his return to IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing after a difficult debut in Detroit that drew criticism from Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot.

Dixon was fourth in the session ahead of the returning Jack Harvey in the Michael Shank Racing affiliated entry, run in conjunction with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

His SPM team-mate and stand in for the injured Robert Wickens, Carlos Munoz, took his best placing of 16th in the afternoon session.

Drivers who suffered a miserable day included DCR’s Pietro Fittipaldi who did not complete any laps in the morning, due to a brakes problem, and Penske’s Simon Pagenaud crashed in the second session after showing middling pace in the earlier running.

Free practice one result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 57.3975s
2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.0246s
3 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.1861s
4 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.3139s
5 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3688s
6 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3898s
7 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.3917s
8 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.3940s
9 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.4841s
10 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5787s
11 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 0.5831s
12 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.5994s
13 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6489s
14 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6697s
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.6923s
16 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.7084s
17 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7290s
18 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.8306s
19 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8880s
20 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9797s
21 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9922s
22 Carlos Munoz Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.0979s
23 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1222s
24 Alfonso Celis Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.5679s
25 Pietro Fittipaldi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda

Free practice two result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 57.4053s
2 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.0615s
3 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.0765s
4 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.1609s
5 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 0.2931s
6 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3101s
7 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3169s
8 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.3172s
9 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3862s
10 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.4195s
11 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4261s
12 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.4419s
13 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4499s
14 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4797s
15 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.4961s
16 Carlos Munoz Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.5088s
17 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5200s
18 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6092s
19 Pietro Fittipaldi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.6772s
20 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.6910s
21 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.7174s
22 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7884s
23 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.8432s
24 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8435s
25 Alfonso Celis Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1209s

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August 31, 2018 at 04:17PM

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