Recap: Grand Prix of Portland

Qualifying

For the first time in 11 years, the IndyCar Series took to Portland’s 1.964-mile road course to set the starting grid. Despite finishing in the top four on the combined practice charts, Marco Andretti rolled off from ninth for Sunday’s 105-lap race, earned his eighth top-10 start of the season.

Chasing the Checkers

Marco Andretti was collected in a multi-car incident on the opening lap leaving the No. 98 upside down on track. Andretti emerged from the incident without assistance and was checked, cleared and released by IndyCar medical. With damage to the 98 not allowing the car to return to competition, Andretti was scored at a 25th-place result and moves on to Sonoma Raceway, where the veteran driver collected his first career win in 2006.

In their words

“I’m really lucky that when [I was upside down] nobody else hit me – that would’ve been bad, but it looked like the seas were about to part for me. As soon as I backed off for Hinch’s spin, I think Graham got into the back of me – at least that’s what he and I discussed. [Graham] didn’t see Hinch spin and I did so when I backed off he got into me. I almost thought we were going to make it through Portland Turn 1 – which we did. It was Turn 2 that got us though.”

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