Colton Herta tops IndyCar Portland practice, Bourdais crashes

David Malsher
Autosport
Herta on top before FP2 leader Bourdais crashes
Herta on top before FP2 leader Bourdais crashes

Sebastien Bourdais topped the second practice at IndyCar's Portland round moments before crashing, while Colton Herta set the quickest lap across the two sessions.

Bourdais' Dale Coyne Racing-run car had just edged prior pacesetter Will Power of Penske by 0.0289s when he locked up going into the final corner and hit the tyre wall.

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But the Coyne team was able to change Bourdais's nose section to allow him to participate in the warm-up and pitstop practice session that followed.

The frontrunners were able to run their red tyres in the second practice session but were unable to extract the most from them.

Bourdais' time on the alternate compound was 0.5s off Herta's top time in the morning session, which was set on primary black-walled tyres.

Simon Pagenaud suffered a similar incident to Bourdais, with the Penske driver locking up and sliding off the track at the same corner before altering his trajectory in time to avoid the wall.

Penske's Pagenaud would end up seventh behind top rookies Felix Rosenqvist and Colton Herta in third and fourth, as well as fellow title protagonists Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi in fifth and sixth respectively.

Herta on top before FP2 leader Bourdais crashes
Herta on top before FP2 leader Bourdais crashes

Meyer Shank Racing's Jack Harvey was eighth just ahead of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' James Hinchcliffe.

Last year's Portland winner, and victor of the last weekend's race at Gateway, Takuma Sato placed his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-run car in 10th.

Scott Dixon was only 11th in the second Ganassi machine, while series returnee Conor Daly was 21st, this time within half a second of temporary team-mate Hinchcliffe.

Dixon had been third in the earlier session, splitting Newgarden and Rossi.

In the same practice, Marco Andretti, Zach Veach and Ryan Hunter-Reay had ensured all Andretti cars were in the top 10 after a test at the same venue two weeks ago.

Practice one result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

Laps

1

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

57.4293s

18

2

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.1245s

15

3

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.3629s

19

4

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.4211s

17

5

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

0.4713s

16

6

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.5186s

18

7

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.5326s

19

8

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.5969s

27

9

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.7325s

18

10

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.7613s

19

11

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.8050s

21

12

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.9001s

19

13

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.9088s

23

14

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.9143s

18

15

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.9963s

17

16

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1.0323s

19

17

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.0629s

20

18

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.0712s

9

19

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.1939s

18

20

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.2299s

14

21

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.4087s

15

22

Charlie Kimball

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.5602s

21

23

Conor Daly

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1.7535s

22

Practice two result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

Laps

1

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

57.9213s

12

2

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.0289s

15

3

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.1389s

20

4

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.1635s

14

5

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.1756s

17

6

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.2889s

13

7

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.2994s

11

8

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.3276s

22

9

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.3578s

13

10

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.3643s

15

11

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.3863s

13

12

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.4159s

15

13

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

0.4410s

14

14

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.5225s

17

15

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.5398s

17

16

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.5449s

17

17

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.6029s

12

18

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.6845s

17

19

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.6967s

17

20

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.7169s

14

21

Conor Daly

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.7898s

15

22

Charlie Kimball

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.9078s

17

23

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.9185s

12

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