Bourdais leads opening Portland practice

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Bourdais leads opening Portland practice


Bourdais leads opening Portland practice


Sebastien Bourdais may not be in the title hunt but he’s still a major player in any IndyCar race as he showed Friday morning.

The four-time IndyCar champ was fastest of the 24 cars with s lap of 57.3975 seconds in the SealFast Honda of Dale Coyne. Scott Dixon, who takes a 26-point lead over Alexander Rossi into Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland, was second quick at 57.4221s in the PNC Honda around the 1.9-mile road course.

Josef Newgarden, still mathematically alive in third place, turned the third-best lap of the 45-minute session at 57.5836s in the Verizon Chevy, followed by Marco Andretti at 57.7114s in the U.S. Concrete Honda and Will Power at 57.7663s in the other Verizon Chevy.

Jordan King gave Ed Carpenter’s team the sixth-best time on the chart at 57.7873s in the Fuzzy’s Chevy and Rossi was seventh at 57.7892s in the NAPA Honda.

Rookie Pietro Fittipaldi never turned a lap due to brake issues, while Zach Veach and Alfonso Celis both had off-course excursions but didn’t incur any major damage.

UP NEXT: Second practice begins at 5:35 p.m. ET this afternoon.