IndyCar Portland: Power leads Penske top three sweep of second practice

Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin completed a top three sweep of IndyCar second practice at Portland for Team Penske ahead of qualifying for the penultimate race of 2022.

IndyCar Portland: Power leads Penske top three sweep of second practice

All three Penske drivers ducked under the FP1 benchmark set by Newgarden during a session blighted by several red flags, including an 80-minute delay for a fallen trackside screen, but the best non-Penske entry in FP2 couldn't match the double champion's 58.576s Friday best.

Colton Herta came closest to breaking the stranglehold for Andretti Autosport, with Rahal Letterman-Lanigan Racing team-mates Christian Lundgaard and Graham Rahal completing the top six. 

McLaughlin was the first driver to crack the 59-second barrier around the 1.964-mile road course with a 58.938s effort, before Newgarden's closest challenger on Friday, rookie David Malukas of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD-Honda, grabbed top spot with a 58.864s.

Power, the winner at Portland in 2019, then deposed Malukas - who would eventually tumble back to 11th - with a 58.394s that held to the end of the session before McLaughlin slashed Power’s advantage to less than one tenth of a second.

Newgarden, who will serve a six-place grid penalty from his qualifying position after an engine change, re-emerged with 12 minutes to go to move up to fourth. His time promptly beaten by 2019 Portland poleman Herta, before Newgarden responded with a final flyer that put him to a mere 0.013s adrift of team-mate Power.

Scott Dixon moved up to fifth with four minutes to go before outbraking himself for Turn 1, slotting between two advertising hoardings in the run-off.

Colton Herta was the best non-Penske driver in fourth

Colton Herta was the best non-Penske driver in fourth

Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

That allowed rookie Lundgaard and Rahal to move ahead of him in the timesheets, although he still ended the session ahead of Alexander Rossi, Callum Ilott (Juncos-Holinger) and Pato O'Ward (Arrow McLaren SP) - the Mexican having caused one of the red flag periods in FP1 with a Turn 5 spin.

Dixon’s team-mates and fellow title contenders Alex Palou and Marcus Ericsson finished the session 13th and 15th respectively.

After off-track incidents in FP1 that also caused red flags, 2018 Portland winner Takuma Sato and Helio Castroneves ended FP2 in 22nd and 23rd positions.

Qualifying begins at 12.05pm local (Pacific) time.

IndyCar Portland FP2 Results

IndyCar Portland FP1 Results

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