Bourdais leads practice 2 in Portland, then crashes

Sebastien Bourdais before he crashed
Sebastien Bourdais before he crashed

Sebastien Bourdais posted the fast time with about two minutes remaining in practice 2 for the Grand Prix of Portland, then promptly stuffed it into the tire barrier. The resulting red flag ended the session giving the driver of the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda the fastest time.

Will Power was the fast Chevrolet two-hundredths of a second behind Bourdias. Rookies Felix Rosenqvist and first practice leader Colton Herta were third and fourth respectively. Championship leader Josef Newgarden rounded out the top-five.

Sample Quotes

Alexander Rossi, No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA
Finished the day second overall with a best lap time of 0:57.5538
“We didn’t get a lap in on Reds, so I think our theoretical is being third quick. Overall, I’m super happy with the NAPA car. We’ll have to figure some things out overnight but overall I think the general pace is there and we just need to fine tune it."

Marco Andretti No. 98 OBERTO CIRCLE K / CURB HONDA
Finished the day fifth overall with a best lap time of 0:57.9006
“Practice 1 was alright – it’s always unclear with overtake. For Practice 2, I think we misread where the Reds were going to go so, we didn’t really wring it out. We ran the Warm Up on old tires, so we weren’t really anywhere. I think there’s more to come from the Oberto Circle K car."

Zach Veach No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA
Finished the day ninth overall with a best lap time of 0:57.9619
Finished the Warm Up second on the timing charts
“Today went really good. I’m really happy with today. We were P7 this morning, and then P14 in the second session – but we never got a clean run on our reds, so I feel like that explains it. In the final Warm Up today, we were P2 and I feel that is the pace we have with the Gainbridge car. I’m excited to see what we can do tomorrow. We got our first [Firestone] Fast Six here last year and I think we have a car that is capable of that again. We just need a few more details in our recipe.

Ryan Hunter-Reay No. 28 DHL HONDA
Finished the day 11th overall with a best lap time of 0:58.1618
Recorded the fastest time of the day's Warm Up session
“It was a busy day. We are trying to work through a few issues we’ve had throughout the day. In the end, I think we found the issue, but it made it so that we couldn’t run the Reds in Practice 2. We had to run our Reds in Warm Up, which is actually an extension of Practice 2, I guess. Overall a bit of a muddied mess, but we figured out some things and hopefully tomorrow is a smoother day."

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Pos No Name Time Diff Gap Speed Engine Team
1 18 Sebastien Bourdais 57.921 –.—- –.—- 122.069 Honda Dale Coyne Racing w/Vasser-Sullivan
2 12 Will Power 57.950 0.0289 0.0289 122.008 Chevy Team Penske
3 10 Felix Rosenqvist 58.060 0.1389 0.1100 121.777 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
4 88 Colton Herta 58.085 0.1635 0.0246 121.725 Honda Harding Steinbrenner Racing
5 2 Josef Newgarden 58.097 0.1756 0.0121 121.700 Chevy Team Penske
6 27 Alexander Rossi 58.210 0.2889 0.1133 121.463 Honda Andretti Autosport
7 22 Simon Pagenaud 58.221 0.2994 0.0105 121.441 Chevy Team Penske
8 60 Jack Harvey 58.249 0.3276 0.0282 121.383 Honda Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM
9 5 James Hinchcliffe 58.279 0.3578 0.0302 121.320 Honda Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
10 30 Takuma Sato 58.286 0.3643 0.0065 121.306 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
11 9 Scott Dixon 58.308 0.3863 0.0220 121.260 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
12 19 Santino Ferrucci 58.337 0.4159 0.0296 121.199 Honda Dale Coyne Racing
13 98 Marco Andretti 58.362 0.4410 0.0251 121.147 Honda Andretti Herta w/Marco & Curb-Agaj
14 26 Zach Veach 58.444 0.5225 0.0815 120.978 Honda Andretti Autosport
15 21 Spencer Pigot 58.461 0.5398 0.0173 120.942 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
16 4 Matheus Leist 58.466 0.5449 0.0051 120.931 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
17 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 58.524 0.6029 0.0580 120.812 Honda Andretti Autosport
18 15 Graham Rahal 58.606 0.6845 0.0816 120.643 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
19 20 Ed Jones 58.618 0.6967 0.0122 120.618 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
20 59 Max Chilton 58.638 0.7169 0.0202 120.577 Chevy Carlin
21 7 Conor Daly 58.711 0.7898 0.0729 120.427 Honda Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
22 23 Charlie Kimball 58.829 0.9078 0.1180 120.185 Chevy Carlin
23 14 Tony Kanaan 58.840 0.9185 0.0107 120.164 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises

Combined Results

Rank Car Driver Name Engine Session Time Speed Laps
1 88 Herta, Colton (R) Honda Practice 1 00:57.4293 123.115 32
2 27 Rossi, Alexander Honda Practice 1 00:57.5538 122.849 28
3 9 Dixon, Scott Honda Practice 1 00:57.7922 122.342 32
4 2 Newgarden, Josef Chevy Practice 1 00:57.8504 122.219 34
5 98 Andretti, Marco Honda Practice 1 00:57.9006 122.113 30
6 18 Bourdais, Sebastien Honda Practice 2 00:57.9213 122.069 29
7 5 Hinchcliffe, James Honda Practice 1 00:57.9479 122.013 31
8 12 Power, Will Chevy Practice 2 00:57.9502 122.008 36
9 26 Veach, Zach Honda Practice 1 00:57.9619 121.984 36
10 10 Rosenqvist, Felix (R) Honda Practice 1 00:58.0262 121.848 47
11 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan Honda Practice 1 00:58.1618 121.564 30
12 30 Sato, Takuma Honda Practice 1 00:58.1906 121.504 34
13 22 Pagenaud, Simon Chevy Practice 2 00:58.2207 121.441 30
14 60 Harvey, Jack Honda Practice 2 00:58.2489 121.383 42
15 19 Ferrucci, Santino (R) Honda Practice 2 00:58.3372 121.199 33
16 4 Leist, Matheus Chevy Practice 1 00:58.3381 121.197 40
17 59 Chilton, Max Chevy Practice 1 00:58.3436 121.186 32
18 21 Pigot, Spencer Chevy Practice 2 00:58.4611 120.942 32
19 15 Rahal, Graham Honda Practice 1 00:58.4616 120.941 36
20 20 Jones, Ed Chevy Practice 1 00:58.5005 120.861 26
21 14 Kanaan, Tony Chevy Practice 1 00:58.6592 120.534 26
22 7 Daly, Conor Honda Practice 2 00:58.7111 120.427 37
23 23 Kimball, Charlie Chevy Practice 2 00:58.8291 120.185 38

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