Portland IndyCar: Bourdais tops times, then shunts
Sebastien Bourdais set the fastest time in second practice for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Portland, but at the end of his lap he nosed hard into the tire barrier at the final corner.
Bourdais’ Dale Coyne Racing-Honda had just edged hitherto pacesetter Will Power of Team Penske-Chevrolet by 0.0289sec when he locked up going into the final corner, the car went off and straight into the tire wall.
However, the Coyne crew was able to change just his nose section to allow him to participate in the 'warm-up'/pitstop practice session that followed.
The frontrunners were able to run their red tires in FP2 but likely didn’t get the best of them as Bourdais’ time on the alternate compound was some 0.5sec off Colton Herta’s top time of the morning set on primary tires.
Bourdais’ incident was similar to that suffered by compatriot and current P2 holder in the championship, Penske’s Simon Pagenaud, who locked up and slid off the track at the same corner but was able to alter his trajectory in time to avoid the tire wall.
He would end up seventh, behind top rookies Felix Rosenqvist and Colton Herta in third and fourth, and fellow title protagonists Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi.
Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey did a fine job to clock P8 just ahead of semi-teammate James Hinchcliffe of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and last year’s Portland winner (and last week’s Gateway winner) Takuma Sato of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda.
Scott Dixon was only 11thin the second Ganassi machine, while series returnee Conor Daly was 21st, this time within half a second of temporary teammate Hinchcliffe.
|1||Sébastien Bourdais||Dale Coyne Racing||12||57.9213||122.069|
|2||Will Power||Team Penske||15||57.9502||0.0289||0.0289||122.008|
|3||Felix Rosenqvist||Chip Ganassi Racing||20||58.0602||0.1389||0.110||121.777|
|4||Colton Herta||Harding Racing||14||58.0848||0.1635||0.0246||121.725|
|5||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||17||58.0969||0.1756||0.0121||121.700|
|6||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport||13||58.2102||0.2889||0.1133||121.463|
|7||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||11||58.2207||0.2994||0.0105||121.441|
|8||Jack Harvey||Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM||22||58.2489||0.3276||0.0282||121.383|
|9||James Hinchcliffe||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||13||58.2791||0.3578||0.0302||121.320|
|10||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||15||58.2856||0.3643||0.0065||121.306|
|11||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||13||58.3076||0.3863||0.0220||121.260|
|12||Santino Ferrucci||Dale Coyne Racing||15||58.3372||0.4159||0.0296||121.199|
|13||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||14||58.3623||0.4410||0.0251||121.147|
|14||Zach Veach||Andretti Autosport||17||58.4438||0.5225||0.0815||120.978|
|15||Spencer Pigot||Ed Carpenter Racing||17||58.4611||0.5398||0.0173||120.942|
|16||Matheus Leist||A.J. Foyt Enterprises||17||58.4662||0.5449||0.0051||120.931|
|17||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||12||58.5242||0.6029||0.0580||120.812|
|18||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||17||58.6058||0.6845||0.0816||120.643|
|19||Ed Jones||Ed Carpenter Racing||17||58.6180||0.6967||0.0122||120.618|
|21||Conor Daly||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||15||58.7111||0.7898||0.0729||120.427|
|23||Tony Kanaan||A.J. Foyt Enterprises||12||58.8398||0.9185||0.0107||120.164|
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