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Newgarden was weird, delayed start of Portland IndyCar practice

One of the strangest events we’ve seen during an IndyCar session took place at Portland International Raceway on Friday. A red flag lasting 1 hour and 21 minutes was necessary to ensure that the large trackside video display board was in danger of falling. The front straight near the start/finish line.

One of the hydraulic rams that held the board up high overhead on a giant telescoping lift failed, and a screen-adjacent NTT IndyCar Series team crew member saw the cap on the end of the ram fly off. reported that it started spouting hydraulic oil. As the lift started lowering, the left side of the board hit the trailer, leaving the display sitting at an awkward angle.

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After being squeezed into a tight space and much time lost in attempts to rescue the video board, it was decided to strap the back of the board to various mounting points on the back of the unit. backward. Satisfied with their efforts to secure the board, the session resumed 24 minutes after the start of the green, with Callum Ilott as the fastest driver, and a lengthy interruption.

With 53 minutes remaining on the green running, Alexander Rossi finally established a fast lap of 59.4390 seconds on the Firestone’s faster alternative tire, but in the final stanza a spin and crash involving Helio Castroneves, Takuma Sato and Pat O was shown a red flag. Ward delayed action.

As the clock approached 10 minutes, there was a constant shift to the top of the speed charts, with Team Penske’s Joseph Newgarden taking the lead in the No. 2 Chevy with a lap of 58.5769 seconds. Dalecoyne Racing’s David Marcus was second in his No. 18 Dalecoyne Racing for HMD Motorsports Honda in 58.7024 seconds, Penske’s Scott McLaughlin in his No. 3 Chevrolet in 58.7156 seconds he was third .

Elsewhere, championship leader Will Power, who was sitting in the pit lane at the start of the session before the long red flag, finished tenth with a lap of 59.0287 seconds. Having a problem was O’Ward getting stuck trackside after him and Romain Grosjean climbing out of his car in the pit lane after trying to pull away on the first lap on a different tire.

next: Practice 2, Saturday, 9am PT

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