Will Power knows he’s likely got to win both of the final two races to have any chance at overtaking Scott Dixon for the Verizon IndyCar Series title, so every point is precious.
Power stamped himself as one of the leading candidates to take the pole position for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland by posting the fastest lap in Friday afternoon’s practice period.
The veteran from Australia, with three wins and three poles so far in 2018, clocked a lap of 57.4053s (123.166mph) in the Verizon Chevrolet around the 1.964-mile Portland International Raceway.
Marco Andretti continued to shine in the US Concrete Honda with a lap of 57.4668s (123.035mph) and rookie Santino Ferrucci got everyone’s attention by leading the time sheet twice and laying down the third-best lap of 25 cars at 57.4818s (123.002mph) in Dale Coyne’s No. 39 Honda.
Dixon, with a 26-point advantage on Alexander Rossi in the championship, was fourth fastest at 57.5662s (122.822mph) in the PNC Honda and Jack Harvey had another good session with a lap of 57.6984s (122.541mph) in Michael Shank’s Honda.
Rossi was only 23rd best at 57.824s in the NAPA Honda and had to serve a drive-through penalty for a pit lane speed violation.
There were a pair of red flags as Takuma Sato and Simon Pagenaud hit the tire wall in Turn 11 but both were able to continue as Sato had to replace his front wing.
UP NEXT: Third practice at 11:10 a.m. PT and qualifying at 3:20 p.m. PT.