IndyCar Portland: Newgarden overcomes qualifying crash to lead final practice


The two-time series champ and ruling Indy 500 winner just summed up the rebound after by quipping: “The automobile looks much better than when I trashed it.”

Callum Ilott, who certified 8th, continued to bend the muscle of his Chevrolet-powered Juncos Hollinger Racing entry, winding up 2nd on the timesheets at 0.0809 s behind Newgarden at the 1.964- mile, 12- turn natural surface roadway course.

Chip Ganassi Racing finished up the remainder of the leading 5, led by champion leader Alex Palou in 3rd, followed by Marcus Ericsson and Scott Dixon

Proving the strength isn’t a fluke, novice Agustin Canapino put the other Juncos Hollinger Racing entry in 6th. Rinus VeeKay continued his strong weekend with his No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet in seventh.

Andretti Autosport‘s Colton Herta, fresh off certifying 3rd, was 8th. Team Penske‘s Will Power and Dale Coyne Racing with HMD’s David Malukas were ninth and 10 th, respectively.

Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

Photo by: Jake Galstad/ Motorsport Images

Arrow McLaren‘s Felix Rosenqvist led the opening 10 minutes of the session however faded down the running order to 11 th at the checkered flag.

The Meyer Shank Racing pairing of Helio Castroneves and novice Tom Blomqvist were 12 th and 13 th, respectively. Arrow McLaren’s Alexander Rossi was 14 th and Chip Ganassi Racing novice Marcus Armstrong was 15 th.

With approximately 10 minutes staying in the session, Ericsson was handed a drive-thru charge by IndyCar authorities for “failure to follow the instructions of IndyCar” after blowing through Turn 1 and entering into the runoff location of the chicane prior to straight rejoining the track, instead of its complicated rejoin course through a series of bollards.

The exact same charge was offered to Romain Grosjean a couple of minutes later on, with his No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda capturing air briefly after missing out on Turn 1 and cutting the chicane.

Sunday’s 110- lap race will start at 3pm ET.

Read More