Newgarden tops bizarre, delayed opening Portland IndyCar practice

One of the strangest incidents we’ve seen during the IndyCar conference took place on Friday at Portland International Speedway, as a red flag lasting 1 hour and 21 minutes was required to ensure a large trackside video display board that could have fallen was close The straight line ahead of the start/finish line.

Lifted high by a giant telescoping lift, one of the hydraulic cylinders that held the skid high overhead failed, and staff from the NTT IndyCar Series team reported near the screen that the cap on the end of the cylinder flew off and started spraying. out hydraulic oil. As the elevator began to descend, the left side of the board hit and stopped on the trailer, putting the display at an awkward angle.

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Squeezed into a tight space, trying to get the video board out, and after wasting a lot of time, decided to tie the back of the board to various mounting points on the back of the device to make sure it could only fall backwards. Satisfied with the effort to protect the boards, the race resumed after the opening 24 minutes of the green, and Callum Ilott was the fastest driver before a long stoppage.

With 53 minutes left to run the greens, Alexander Rossi eventually built a fast lap of 59.4390 seconds on Firestone’s faster spare tire, but in the final quarter, a team including Helio Castroneves, Takuma Sato and Pato O’ Spinning and crashing Red Flag Ward slowed down.

As the time approached 10 minutes, the constant change on the speed graph saw Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden take the lead in the No. 2 Chevrolet with a lap time of 58.5769 seconds. Dale Coyne Racing’s David Malukas was second in No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda in 58.7024 seconds, while Penske’s Scott McLaughlin was third in No. 3 Chevrolet in 58.7156 seconds.

Elsewhere, championship leader Will Power was sitting in the pit lane at the start of the race, before the long red flag, with a lap of 59.0287 seconds in 10th. Of those in question, Oward was stuck at the track behind him, while Romain Grosjean climbed off his car after trying to pull off with the spare tire on the first lap – the clutch problem was Suspicious question.

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