Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet led the second practice on Friday afternoon in Portland with a time of 00:57.4053s and speaking following the session he said:
Not bad. I think we’ve kind of been in the window with the No. 12 Verizon Chevy the whole time. We just need to look at a few driving details and pick up a bit of time in the first sector. We’ll have a look at it tonight and see if we need to make any adjustments and see what we have tomorrow.”
Marco Andretti in the No.98 MilitaryToMotorsports Honda set the second fastest time with a 00:57.4668s and speaking following the session he said:
“We’ve been in the top four all weekend and the car is particularly good on [Firestone] Reds. I think we can still make a small improvement, but I think we have enough to make it into the Firestone Fast Six tomorrow. We’ve been guessing correctly with the balance between the [Firestone] Blacks and Reds and that makes it fun for me because we’re kind of hitting it on both compounds, and I think if we follow the track correctly, we can have a shot at pole.”
The stand out performer was Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci who set the third fastest time with a 00:57.4818s and speaking following the action he said:
“I can’t thank Dale (Coyne) enough for giving me this opportunity. The team has done a great job preparing the No. 39 Cly-Del car. They’ve been working really hard the past couple of weeks because it’s been back-to-back-to-back. I’m very happy with how today went. We were really quick on the Firestone red (alternate) tires, but on the blacks (Firestone primary tires), there’s still some work to do.” (About his thoughts on the track): “Learning the track has been a bit of a challenge, but it’s been nice to have Sebastien (Bourdais), who coached me, with which lines to take. The track is also really challenging because you have so many people on track within a short distance, plus it’s a really quick track and extracting every little hundredth and thousandth of a second that you can is making the difference here. I can’t thank the guys enough, they’ve given me a really good car so far, and hopefully, we can keep going in that direction the rest of the weekend.”
Championship leader Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda set the fourth fastest time with a 00:57.5662s and speaking following the session the Iceman said:
I think it was a strong first day overall here in Portland. We had a good test day here yesterday where we were fastest in the PNC Bank car, so that was a good start for us. I think today really was about getting familiarized with the track again and just putting in the laps. It’s been several years, but it’s great to be back and I’m excited for the weekend.”
It was another impression session for Jacl Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda MSR with SPM as the Englishman finished in fifth place and speaking following the action he said:
Honestly, I think we have been quite OK since we got here. That last session we hovered around 10th and then ended the day P5. The track is awesome, I can’t believe we haven’t raced here in so long. Portland, the city, has been good fun as well. There are just a lot of positive vibes around us right now. I try not to get too carried away, but it is nice to take the time and enjoy the result. The whole team has done a great job, and we have consistently improved and we will try and do the same tomorrow.
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was sixth fastest and speaking following the session he said:
The Verizon car is really quick. We just kept getting held up today. There were a lot of yellow flags and a lot of people making mistakes. It was difficult to put a lap together. I don’t think Practice 2’s times were relative to our pace, but I think we should be in the top five tomorrow. We have a car to do that. The guys have been working really hard all weekend. I’m excited to qualify tomorrow.”
Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves in the No.88 Harding Group Chevrolet had a great afternoon setting the seventh fastest time of 00:57.7222s and speaking following the session he said:
Productive day, we made some good changes and ended the day with a solid run of seventh. Very happy with that, so looking forward to practice and qualifying tomorrow. I’ll try to do a really good job at nailing a quick lap time. The field is so tight that it’s going to be really important to make sure we hit everything as perfect as we can to execute a perfect lap in qualifying.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Group 1001 Honda was eighth fastest and speaking following the action he said:
Overall, today was pretty good. I’m a little upset that we didn’t get the most out of our Firestone reds (alternate tires) at the end of the day. I made a small mistake that put us P8 instead of probably in the top three. I think we have a pretty good car and a pretty good chance this weekend, but I need to put it all together.”
Jordan King in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet was ninth and speaking following the action he said:
“We made good progress again today. On the black (Firestone primary) tires, we were pretty good. We were up there straight away from the start, only a couple of tenths off. We’re getting there, small bits at a time. I am a little annoyed with the run on red (Firestone alternate) tires. More the warmup process, then there’s traffic and you only get one lap before you have to back off. From my side, it wasn’t the best lap in the world, so there’s a couple of tenths still in the car, for sure. I think a lot of people probably had a similar session to that because there’s a lot of good drivers who were down at the back. We’ll probably be a couple of tenths quicker, but we’ll see if everyone goes quicker, as well. I’d say we’re within the window, so it will be interesting tomorrow to see what we can get out of it. Going into qualifying, I have high hopes.”
Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team Gorilla Automotive Products Honda rounded the top ten.
Speaking following the session he said:
“It was kind of a two-speed day. The first practice was pretty good. The Gorilla Automotive Products Honda No. 18 was dialed in from yesterday’s test. Then, it got quite a bit warmer in the afternoon. The track temp was much higher and the whole afternoon session was disjointed – red flags, guys leaving the pits not really paying attention and blocking each other. So, it was difficult to get a real read about the car. We had a decent run on the black (primary) Firestone tires, then on the red (alternate) tires, I just didn’t get a read. We did our fast lap on the reds on Lap 6, which is far too late. My teammate, Santino (Ferrucci) was extremely quick and happy with his car on red tires and I am a little too accustomed to not being super happy on reds. We will have to regroup and analyze the data and see what happens.”
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet set the 11th fastest time for Ed Carpenter Racing and speaking following the session he said:
We had a fairly decent day. We made some good changes throughout the day. The car we ended with at the end of the second session is the best we had all day, so that’s encouraging. It was really tough to get some clear track out there to validate changes or to put in a good lap. There was so much traffic, it was difficult to get a clear read. Other than that, we did lots of things that made the car better, and hopefully, that trend continues tomorrow.”
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda ended the day in 12th place and speaking following the action the Mayor of HinchTown said:
Fairly productive day. The track here in Portland is a tricky little place. It’s great to be back, first of all, and I think everyone in the series is really embracing the event and the organizers have done a really good job. For 25 Indy cars around a less than two-mile track, it gets pretty busy out there; it’s always tough to kind of get a good lap in. This afternoon, we made some really good improvements in the Arrow Electronics car. Having Carlos (Muñoz) and Jack (Harvey) here has been a huge help at a new circuit to get as much data as possible. Unfortunately, there was a red flag when we were doing our red (Firestone alternate) tire lap at the end, so I don’t think we got to show our true potential today. Obviously, with Jack in the top five, we know what the car can do. We’ll put our heads together overnight to get it even better still, and hopefully, we’ll be fighting for the Firestone Fast Six tomorrow.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet set the 13th fastest time and speaking following the session he said:
It’s super tight, but we’ve made big progress on the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet. I’m quite happy with where we are. We don’t have the balance yet to challenge for pole position, but we are right there. We just have to find a way to give it a little more turn. I think we will have plenty of pace, though.”
Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba ® Chevrolet for Carlin Racing ended the session in 14th place and speaking following the session he said:
From the first lap we ran today, the No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet was better than it was yesterday during the test. We worked through a lot on yesterday’s test day and we were able to dig through so much data to come up with a better starting point this morning. Do we still have room to improve? Absolutely, but at the same time we have a solid direction now and we have a really good idea of where we need to go to get stronger throughout the rest of the weekend.”
Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda finished the day in 15th place and speaking following the action he said:
I just wasn’t happy with the car in the second session. We’re not where we need to be and we’ll need to go back and really work on where we are tonight before we get to qualifying tomorrow here in Portland. The NTT DATA car should be further up the speed chart and we’ll be working hard to figure out how to get it where it should be.”
Carlos Munoz was 16th fastest for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports just ahead Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda.
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet was 18th just ahead of Pietro Fittipaldi.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 One Cure Honda and Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda were 20th and 21st.
Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing was was 22nd just ahead Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.
Matheus Matt Leist and Alonso Celis Jr rounded out the order.