Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the No.10 PNC Bank Honda was the fastest in practice for Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix. The Spaniard set a time of 58.782s despite nring out a red flag.
It was a great session for Helio Castroneves who is back at Portland for the first time in 20 years as the Indy 500 champion was second with a time of 58.885s.
Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda who confirmed this morning that he has a deal in place for next season but is waiting for his new team to announce the deal was third with a time of 58.889s.
Championship leader Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was fourth fastest with a 58.893s.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet was fifth with a time of 58.895s.
It was a great session for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s Romain Grosjean in the No.51 Nurtec ODT Honda who set a 58.906s.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet was seventh for Team Penske with a time of 58.920s.
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda was eighth with 58.933s ending the session ahead of his teammate Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 TOTAL Honda rounded out the top ten with a 58.991s.
Defending champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda was 11th with a 59.008s having suffered a spin early in the session.
Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 PPG Chevrolet was 12th despite bringing out a red flag after hitting the wall going into the final turn. The New Zealander set a 59.067s.
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was 13th with a 59.109s just ahead of Marcus Ericsson.
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet was 15th just ahead of Oliver Askew and Rinus VeeKay.
James Hinchcliffe was 18th just ahead of Ed Jones and Jimmie Johnson.
Conor Daly was 21st just ahead of Max Chilton and Simon Pagenaud
Callum Ilott was 24th with a time of 59.918s just ahead of Dalton Kellett while Takuma Sato suffered an engine failure resulting in an engine change while Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the order in 26th just ahead of Sato.