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Portland pre-race notes!

By Patrick Stephan (@TSO_Patrick) Pre-Race conditions are 68 ambient and 92 with bright sunshine as of 11:47am. Read this then turn in for the green flag at 12:09pm PT! Last night’s social report is far less exciting than Friday’s. Once back to the hotel, I set out around 8pm to possibly go find something to…

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Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway – 2018 – Sunday, 9:15 a.m. – Race Day Open, Starting Lineup, MRTI Cooper Feature

Steve and I (Tony) took the pre-dawn, pre-6 a.m. TriMet MAX Light Rail in this morning on purpose to get to Portland International Raceway as quickly as possible. Patrick is gauging the crowd size on his light rail journey and reports in it’s standing room only. Having just stood in the Mazda Road to Indy…

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Portland Saturday End of the Day

By Patrick Stephan, Tony DiZinno, and Steve Wittich Before we head back to the hotel here are some final notes from yet another great day at the track, mostly from Tony! Veach’s maiden Fast Six Zach Veach became the 15th different driver to make a Firestone Fast Six this season. But speaking to the caliber…

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Portland Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Notes and Results!

By Patrick Stephan (@TSO_Patrick) Round 1 Group 1 of qualifying got started a few minutes late as things are running a little behind at the track. Max Chilton and Alfonso Celis, Jr., both started the session on Firestone Alternate Reds, the other 12 in Group 1 all went on the primary tires. The track is…

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Portland Saturday 12:30 p.m. – Bourdais Update; Qualifying Groups

By Tony DiZinno Bourdais OK, but DCR with Vasser-Sullivan crew faces repair job Sebastien Bourdais had just set the fastest time in third practice at Portland International Raceway, when his No. 18 Gorilla Automotive Products Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan snapped to the left at the Turns 9 and 10 chicane. Cars enter…

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Portland Verizon IndyCar Series P3 Notes/Results and MRTI Quals #2 Results

By Patrick Stephan (@TSO_Patrick) (MRTI below by Steve and Tony) As noted in the previous report, the third Verizon IndyCar Series practice of the weekend got started with the air temp at 63, humidity at 67% and the track at 83. I think that track number may be on the rise though as we started…

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Portland Saturday 11:10 Update!

By Patrick Stephan Good morning (from me). Tony and Steve already took care of the social report from last night as they covered our dinner at Jakes Famous Crawfish. I will only add that I too had a really nice time. Interesting that Tony, Steve, Bruce and myself were all able to make the scheduling…

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Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway – 2018 – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – Open, Great Friday Crowd, and an Epic Meal

Welcome to Saturday at the Grand Prix of Portland. Here’s what’s on tap today and a few other notes from Friday, including one of the best meals of the year for dinner. Saturday Schedule  The usual third Verizon IndyCar Series practice and qualifying sessions are up, along with qualifying and races for each of the…

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Portland Friday End of Day and MRTI Reports

By Patrick Stephan and Tony DiZinno Sebastien Bourdais (quickest overall) and Will Power came in to talk with the media. Pretty standard Friday press conference, so no great news broken. Will Power though made it very clear what he needs to do this weekend, “We simply have to finish ahead of Dixon and Rossi, there…

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Portland Verizon IndyCar Series Practice #2 Notes and Results!

By Patrick Stephan (TSO_Patrick) I went out and watched the first half of practice from “Festival Curves” grandstand on the inside of Turn 1 and 2. Fairly decent sized grandstand and it was pretty full for a Friday. Not cheek to cheek by any stretch, but you couldn’t get your own row or anything either….

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