Points leader Scott Dixon fastest as IndyCar returns to Portland

IndyCar Championship leader Scott Dixon topped the timesheets as IndyCar began its return to Portland, coming out on top ahead of Penske drivers Will Power and Josef Newgarden

Points leader Scott Dixon fastest as IndyCar returns to Portland

After five hours of testing, Dixon's fastest time was 58.3593 seconds, meaning he completed the 1.945-mile track at an average speed of 119.981mph, although the circuit will be remeasured.

A total of 21 cars were within one second of the leading Ganassi driver with Power a mere 0.0335s in arrears, and Newgarden a whole tenth of a second off top spot.

Marco Andretti, who was second fastest behind Power in the morning session, finished the day in fourth, a quarter of a second from the top spot, and half a tenth ahead of rookie Andretti Autosport team-mate Zach Veach, who survived an off-course excursion.

Sebastien Bourdais was sixth in the Dale Coyne Racing-Honda with Vasser-Sullivan entry ahead of Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dixon's team-mate Ed Jones in the second Ganassi entry.

Championship contender Alexander Rossi, who enters the weekend 26 points behind Dixon with two races remaining, finished the test in ninth.

Noteworthy performances came from both part-time entry Jack Harvey, running in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry that is run in affiliation with Michael Shank Racing, as he finished 10th.

Gabby Chaves continues in the Harding Racing-Chevrolet car after sharing the drive with Conor Daly in recent weeks, and was 14th at the end of the day.

Swelling the field to 25 cars this week are Santino Ferrucci in a third Dale Coyne Racing-run car, completing the day in 21st, and Juncos Racing's Alfonso Celis Jr., who finished last after sustaining front-left corner damage with an off at Turn 4.

Carlos Munoz, pictured above, is subbing for the injured Robert Wickens and was 19th in his first test of the 2018 Indycar on a road course, within 0.2s of SPM team-mate James Hinchcliffe.

Portland's open test marked the end of an 11-year absence from Indycar competition.

shares
comments
Formula E racer Rosenqvist's future 'complicated' amid IndyCar link

Previous article

Formula E racer Rosenqvist's future 'complicated' amid IndyCar link

Next article

McLaren F1 driver Alonso will test 2018-spec Indycar next week

McLaren F1 driver Alonso will test 2018-spec Indycar next week
Load comments

About this article

Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon
Author David Malsher
The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed Plus

The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed

Often unfairly characterised as a car-breaker, judged for his lack of an Indianapolis 500 win and a disappointing part-season of Formula 1 in 1993, Michael Andretti was highly respected by his rivals and only thwarted greater success by ill-fortune. When it all came together in 1991, he was a truly formidable force

IndyCar
Mar 6, 2021
How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite Plus

How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite

The second year of McLaren's full-time IndyCar return is looming, with Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up. Strong team personnel and work behind the scenes means that 2021 could be the year it joins the established elite

IndyCar
Feb 21, 2021
The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart Plus

The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart

Flashes of brilliance amid spells of obscurity have been too common for Marco Andretti. While the third-generation racer has opted to bring his full-time IndyCar career to a close, his peaks and troughs have never been for want of trying

IndyCar
Jan 20, 2021
Why American racing's top dog is without equal Plus

Why American racing's top dog is without equal

A byword for success in business and in motorsport for over 50 years, Roger Penske's importance to the US scene cannot be understated. In an exclusive interview, the custodian of the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway reflects on his journey

IndyCar
Jan 11, 2021
The McLaren that rendered its Indy rivals obsolete Plus

The McLaren that rendered its Indy rivals obsolete

When founder Bruce McLaren died in June 1970, his team could have folded. Instead, his loyal band rallied to produce a string of winners - including an Indycar game-changer that won its third Indianapolis 500 five years after its debut

IndyCar
Dec 22, 2020
Why Newgarden's best IndyCar season yet wasn't enough Plus

Why Newgarden's best IndyCar season yet wasn't enough

Josef Newgarden feels he didn't put a foot wrong in 2020, yet his finest season-long run of performances failed to yield a third series championship. But in a warning shot to Scott Dixon, Team Penske's team leader has vowed to redouble his efforts in 2021

IndyCar
Dec 21, 2020
How Dixon held on in IndyCar's most unpredictable season Plus

How Dixon held on in IndyCar's most unpredictable season

Three wins on the trot gave the Chip Ganassi Racing superstar the cushion he needed to hang on for a sixth title in the face of Josef Newgarden's late challenge. Here's the rundown of a typically frantic IndyCar campaign in an extraordinary year

IndyCar
Nov 28, 2020
The balancing act required for improving racing at Indy Plus

The balancing act required for improving racing at Indy

Calls for an improvement in the racing spectacle at the Indianapolis 500 have been met with small aerodynamic tweaks from IndyCar on superspeedways. But where such high speeds are involved, even minor adjustments require significant planning

IndyCar
Oct 31, 2020