I finally arrived in Portland after nearly 11 hours of travel time. I felt as if I was taking a trip to Europe. My body clock is still adjusting. The track opens soon and I will be there covering all Indycar sessions this weekend. Today’s schedule in Eastern time:
Practice 1- 1:50-2:35
Practice 2- 5:40-6:25
Pit Stop Practice 6:40
Yesterday’s big news was about Conor Daly replacing Marcus Ericsson in the number 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson car this weekend. Ericsson has been a reserve driver for Alfa Romeo all season. This situation was always a possibility.
ASPM will be the third team Daly has driven for in 2019. Including the finale at Laguna Seca, Daly will have participated in eight races this season. He has a chance to finish 20th in points with just eight races. I really hope this year’s efforts lead to his landing a full time ride next year.
Charlie Kimball returns in the number 23 Carlin car. Portland is an addition to Kimball’s announced five race schedule.
I’ll be back after the first practice session. All of today’s track action is on NBC Gold.