Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda heads into this weekend’s Portland Grand Prix having lost second place in the championship to Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud.

The Californian will be hoping to bounce back and close the gap to points leader Josef Newgarden.

Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:

“This three-week stretch hasn’t started how we would have hoped, but we now have nothing holding us back to collect all the points we can. Our mindset has changed a bit from being conservative on our strategy to putting it all out there. We have to get another win in order to head into the season finale with a fighting chance for the Astor Cup. We were very strong last year at Portland and could have potentially won, but an untimely yellow caught us out. We tested the track earlier this month and were fast and able to get some good data under us, so we’re staying optimistic and hoping to come out of Portland with a tighter battle for the NAPA team.

When Portland returned to the schedule in 2018 Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda finished second and he is hoping to go one better this season.

Speaking ahead of the race he said:

We had a really strong car in Portland last year, finishing second – but really had the car to beat all weekend. We’re hoping to roll off with that same speed this weekend and work our way one step higher on the podium Sunday. The DHL team is looking for two wins in these last two races.

Marco Andretti in the No.98 Oberto Circle K Honda says he wants to end the season on a high note starting with a strong result at Portland International Raceway this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:

We had a pretty good test at Portland earlier this month and were strong last year in practice and qualifying. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to compete as I was caught up in the Turn 2 mess on Lap 1, but we’re looking to redeem ourselves and get a good result for the Oberto Circle K team. We need to close the year strong and Portland is the perfect setting.”

Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda is aiming for a strong result and speaking ahead of the event this weekend he said:

I’m really excited to get back to Portland. That track gave me my first appearance in the Firestone Fast Six. I really hope we can do that again. We had a really good test there about a month ago, so we’re looking to continue that momentum over to the weekend and have a really good race.”

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