Portland IndyCar: Dixon leads Newgarden, Jones in final practice

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Scott Dixon topped final practice for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Portland, ahead of Josef Newgarden and Ed Jones.

Dixon turned a 59.4111sec lap of the 1.964-mile road course to set an average speed of 119.008mph and finish up a couple of tenths clear of Josef Newgarden of Team Penske-Chevrolet, and a hundredth ahead of Ed Jones in the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan-Honda.

Behind them was Dixon’s Ganassi teammate and today’s pole winner Alex Palou.

Jack Harvey of Meyer Shank Racing-Honda was fifth, while all three Rahal Letterman Lanigan cars finished in the top nine. This was despite Takuma Sato causing the session’s only red flag moment with a spin and stall at the final turn.

The Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy of Conor Daly also spun there but was able to rejoin under its own power.

IndyCar has revealed that Sato’s engine change during the morning session and Ryan Hunter-Reay’s engine change during qualifying has consigned them to the back of the grid for tomorrow’s race, along with Rinus VeeKay who started the weekend with his fifth engine of the season following his shunt at Gateway.

Tomorrow’s race begins at 12.35pm local (Pacific) time and will run for 110 laps.

P

Name

FTime

Diff

Engine

Team

1

Scott Dixon

59.4111

59.4111

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

2

Josef Newgarden

59.6296

0.2185

Chevy

Team Penske

3

Ed Jones

59.6403

0.2292

Honda

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan

4

Alex Palou

59.7467

0.3356

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

5

Jack Harvey

59.8976

0.4865

Honda

Meyer Shank Racing

6

Graham Rahal

59.9019

0.4908

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

7

Takuma Sato

1:00.0880

0.6769

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

8

Alexander Rossi

1:00.2162

0.8051

Honda

Andretti Autosport

9

Oliver Askew

1:00.2303

0.8192

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

10

Rinus VeeKay

1:00.2611

0.8500

Chevy

Ed Carpenter Racing

11

Colton Herta

1:00.3001

0.8890

Honda

Andretti Autosport

12

Will Power

1:00.3095

0.8984

Chevy

Team Penske

13

Scott McLaughlin

1:00.3916

0.9805

Chevy

Team Penske

14

Max Chilton

1:00.4267

1.0156

Chevy

Carlin

15

Conor Daly

1:00.4422

1.0311

Chevy

Ed Carpenter Racing

16

Pato O'Ward

1:00.4529

1.0418

Chevy

Arrow McLaren SP

17

Felix Rosenqvist

1:00.5299

1.1188

Chevy

Arrow McLaren SP

18

Marcus Ericsson

1:00.5710

1.1599

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

19

Sebastien Bourdais

1:00.5871

1.1760

Chevy

AJ Foyt Enterprises

20

Ryan Hunter-Reay

1:00.5973

1.1862

Honda

Andretti Autosport

21

Helio Castroneves

1:00.6133

1.2022

Honda

Meyer Shank Racing

22

Romain Grosjean

1:00.6685

1.2574

Honda

Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR

23

Dalton Kellett

1:00.7102

1.2991

Chevy

AJ Foyt Enterprises

24

Simon Pagenaud

1:00.7416

1.3305

Chevy

Team Penske

25

James Hinchcliffe

1:01.1949

1.7838

Honda

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

26

Jimmie Johnson

1:01.4827

2.0716

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

27

Callum Ilott

1:01.5187

2.1076

Chevy

Juncos Hollinger Racing

 

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