Herta Quickest in Practice 1

Colton Herta ran the fastest lap in Practice 1 for the Grand Prix of Portland as preparations for the NTT Indycar Series 16th round got underway. Herta’s 57.4293 second circuit beat out Alexander Rossi by 0.1245 seconds.  Andretti Autosport had all four cars in the top ten. Herta’s Harding Steinbrenner team has a technical alliance with Andretti.

Points leader Josef Newgarden finished the session in fourth place.  Newgarden was the only Chevrolet car in the top ten. Penske teammates Will Power and Simon Pagenaud were 11th and 12th. Conor Daly, filling in for Marcus Ericsson at Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, was 23rd.

The session was green the entire time, although there were a few off road excursions. Graham Rahal went off course in turn 11 near the end of the session but got back on track. Several drivers missed turn 1 and needed to take the chicane penalty.

James Hinchcliffe spun just past turn two near the end of the session. The car kept running and he continued. Max Chilton and Simon Pagenaud had a near collision as Chilton exited the pits. It appeared he didn’t see Pagenaud coming.

James Hinchcliffe gets going again after his turn 2 spin
Josef Newgarden heads for the smoke cloud left by Hinchcliffe

The next practice session is at 5:40 Eastern time followed by a 30 minute pit stop practice at 6:40 Eastern.