By dominating the Portland Grand Prix from start to finish, Scott McLaughlin (Penske) remains a candidate for the championship on the eve of the final.
Starting from pole position, the New Zealander of Team Penske easily won his third victory of the season ahead of his teammate Will Power.
The Australian veteran remains favorite in the title race before the last round at Laguna Seca next weekend as he has a 20-point lead over his other teammate Josef Newgarden and the best-placed of the Ganassi boys, the formidable Scott Dixon. third day before yesterday in Portland.
Two other drivers can still claim the title but with lower chances: respectively relegated to 39 and 41 points, the winner of Indy 500 Marcus Ericsson (Ganassi) and McLaughlin should win in California without their direct rivals registering big points to be crowned.
Excluded from the debate, Pato O’Ward (McLaren) failed at the foot of the Portland podium ahead of Graham Rahal (RLL), drivers Andretti Colton Herta and Alex Rossi, Newgarden and the excellent rookie Callum Ilott (JHR).
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As for the French Romain Grosjean (Andretti), penalized by a pit stop after an off-track excursion, and Simon Pagenaud (MSR), victim of a gearbox failure, they returned empty-handed from a Grand Prix from Portland to relive for Belgian viewers this Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. on VOO Sport World.