The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Portland this weekend as they return to the circuit for the first time since 2007 under the CART banner.
There are four drivers who realistically have a mathematical opportunity to win the 2018 championship. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and Team Penske drivers, Will Power and defending series champion Josef Newgarden are still in with a chance of winning the Astor Cup.
This weekend’s race in Portland could prove to throw the cat among the pigeons as it is an unknown quantity under race conditions with the new universal aero kit.
The race this weekend is going to be extremely interesting. There are a number of drivers outside of the championship battle who throw a curve ball into the mix such as Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe and Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais.
Don’t underestimate Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal this weekend either as he is on the hunt for his first win of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Sebastien Bourdais took victory here for Newman Haas Lanigan Racing in the MAZDA ChampCar Series in 2007, the last time the series ran at the Oregon venue. What we do know is that this weekend’s race will be extremely exciting and dramatic.
Heading into the race this weekend, series points leader Scott Dixon has taken victories in Detroit, Texas and Toronto. Alexander Rossi has won in Long Beach, Mid-Ohio and Pocono, Will Power swept the month of May winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 and last time out with the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Josef Newgarden has taken victories in Phoenix, Alabama and the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America.