By: Spencer Neff
August 30, 2019 | 6:27 PM
Within mere seconds of each other, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan’s Sebastien Bourdais saw the highs and lows in Friday’s second practice.
In preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland, the two-time winner and 2004 pole sitter posted a best lap of 57.9213 seconds (122.069 mph) around the 1.964-mile, 12-turn road course.
Unfortunately, Bourdais’ lap was followed soon by an off-track excursion that ended in the Turn 12 tire barriers. Luckily, his Dallara-Honda entry received only minimal nose cone damage but Bourdais’ hand hit the top of the steering wheel.
In second, 2018 pole winner Will Power of Team Penske led the Chevrolet entries. First among the three rookies in this weekend’s field, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist ran third.
After leading this morning’s opening practice, Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta slotted in behind his fellow rookie classmate. Looking to extend his 38-point lead over Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden finished fifth.
Making their first IndyCar start after two races away, Jack Harvey and Meyer Shank Racing clocked the eighth-fastest time. Additionally, Harvey turned the most laps during practice, with 22.
From Bourdais to Tony Kanaan in 23rd, the gap is just 0.9185 seconds. With the field as bunched-up as ever, drivers are working hard to gain any on-track advantage they can.
Turn 12 proving tricky
During today’s first two sessions, the last of PIR’s 12 turns proved to be the most challenging. Throughout both sessions, several drivers drifted off course and into the sand outside the racing surface. Other than Bourdais’ incident, there were no other major off-track occurances in second practice.
With one practice and then qualifying on the docket for tomorrow, how drivers navigate the turn will be worth monitoring before Sunday’s race.
Pit Stop Practice Recap and Notes
In lieu of the typical Sunday morning “pre-race warm-up”, teams were given an additional 30-minute session this afternoon. As was done at Road America in June, this session was also used for pit stop practice. Following a 15-minute break, teams went to work for pit stop practice.
For Honda, the third session gave them a clean sweep of the day’s practices. With a best lap of 58.2729 (121.333 mph), Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay ran the fastest lap. In second, teammate Zach Veach made it a 1-2 finish for the team headed into Saturday.
Up Next: Here’s the remaining on-track schedule for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Portland. All streaming and/or television broadcast options are listed as well.
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Saturday, Aug. 31
11 – 11:45 a.m. – NTT IndyCar Series practice #3, NBC Sports Gold (live)
3 p.m. – Firestone Fast Six Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of knockout qualifying), NBCSN (live)
Sunday, Sept. 1
11:58 a.m. – Driver introductions
12:35 p.m. – Command to start engines
12:42 p.m. – Grand Prix of Portland (105 laps/206.22 miles), NBC (live)
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