Colton Herta tops IndyCar Portland practice, 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

Colton Herta tops IndyCar Portland practice, Bourdais crashes

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.

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.

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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