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Circuit of the Americas joins 17-race schedule for 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018) – INDYCAR released its 2019 schedule today featuring 17 events, a newly announced race and a new event finale. All the action will be showcased in INDYCAR’s first full season with NBC Sports Group. Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the permanent road course in Austin, Texas, will make its debut […]

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Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary: Sebastien Bourdais drove the No. 18 Gorilla Automotive Products – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car to a third place finish today in the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway. Bourdais, who overcame a huge crash in practice Saturday morning, qualified the car, nicknamed “Frankenstein” because it was rebuilt […]

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Portland Grand Prix report

James Hinchcliffe No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda “Obviously a pretty disappointing day after a promising start. It was a kind of classic first lap deal — Zach [Veach] didn’t leave me enough room on the inside of Turn 3 there, and we got forced on to a pretty big curb. It kicked the […]

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Pigot Earns Third Top 6 Finish in Six Races; Jordan King Caught by Untimely Caution and Finishes 15th PORTLAND, Oregon (September 2, 2018) – Race Notes Spencer Pigot knew he had a better car than his qualifying effort showed and he proved that today during the Grand Prix of Portland. Though he started 17th, Pigot […]

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Gabby Chaves and Harding Racing Match Best Finish of Season at Portland Grand Prix

The Verizon IndyCar Series returned to Portland International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Portland after an eleven-year hiatus. The 105-lap race began with a multi-car crash on lap one. Gabby Chaves stayed clear of any contact or debris and was able to immediately bring the #88 up to 11th position after starting the day […]

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Top Nine Finish for Fittipaldi in Portland

Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi scored his best Verizon IndyCar Series result of the season thanks to a strong showing on Sunday at the Grand Prix of Portland by taking the checkered flag in ninth place aboard his #19 Paysafe Honda. His teammate, Santino Ferrucci in the #39 Cly-Del Manufacturing car wasn’t as fortunate when […]

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Sato, Honda Victorious in Indy Car Return to Portland

Takuma Sato leads 1-2-3 Honda sweep in front of large Pacific Northwest crowd Scott Dixon recovers from opening lap crash to finish fifth, increase championship lead 10th win of 2018 for Honda; with all five Honda teams have now visited Victory Circle Takuma Sato emerged the winner and headed a 1-2-3 podium sweep for Honda […]

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As Sato wins at Portland, Dixon recovers to retain points lead

Takuma Sato went to victory lane in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland, but Scott Dixon felt like a winner, too. Alexander Rossi had mixed feelings. Dixon salvaged what could have been a disastrous points day relative to the Verizon IndyCar Series championship by finishing fifth. Rossi had bad luck of a different kind but managed […]

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Grand Prix of Portland race

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was a tough day. I don’t know what else to say. We led some laps and I think we had a Verizon Chevrolet that was good enough to win it. It just didn’t fall our way. You can’t predict these INDYCAR races. I wish we could get […]

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Grand Prix of Portland Results

PORTLAND, Oregon – Results Sunday of the Grand Prix of Portland Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.964-mile Portland International Raceway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any): 1. (20) Takuma Sato, Honda, 105, Running 2. (5) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 105, Running 3. (4) Sebastien […]

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