Ericsson enters this penultimate race, the Portland Grand Prix at Portland International Raceway, in fourth place in the standings, just 17 points off the lead.
« I feel very refreshed and ready now for the last two races. »
The other competitors are ready for the home straight
43 points behind the leader, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou (#10 Honda Ridgeline Lubricants) thinks his only chance of becoming champion again is to « win two races » to end the season.
« It’s not our only So we don’t have to worry about what the other title contenders are doing,” he said.
Scott McLaughlin (#3 Chevy Freightliner Team Penske) knows he’s no more than mathematically alive for the series title — 54 points off the lead in sixth — but he said he’ll try to win the race even if it is with one of his teammates.
Will Power (#12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) and Josef Newgarden (#2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet) are 1-2 in the standings, separated by just three points.
Power strategist Ron Ruzewski said they’ve benefited from their patience.
« The most important thing is that we didn’t force things, » said Ruzewski. “We took what we could get and made the most of every day. As most teams can tell, there were lost chances along the way, points we left on the table, but other times we really capitalized. If we had a fourth place car and got fourth place or better, we feel like we won that day. »
Adjustments to Turn 1
A second runway exit chicane has been added at Turn 1. The other was at the rear of the runway exit area, now there is one at the front.
The idea of the chicane is to slow the cars down so that when they return to the track they have not gained or maintained their position. If the drivers do not respect the procedure of the (two) runway exit chicanes, they may be subject to a penalty.
INDYCAR will assess how this is going and send out a memo to confirm the procedure for Sunday’s race.
Procedure and end
- The cars of Newgarden and Dalton Kellett (#4 K-LINE/AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet) will be penalized six starting grid positions for unapproved engine changes after the August 20 race at World Wide Technology Raceway.
- Felix Rosenqvist (#7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet) said the Portland circuit is « fun » because there are « no boring corners ». Of course, Turn 1 has always been difficult for NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers to negotiate on the first lap of the races.
- After the singing show that David Malukas (No. 18 HMD Honda of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD) delivered halfway through the race last month at World Wide Technology Raceway, the series rookie agreed to take song requests for Sunday’s race.
- On Saturday, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES races will begin with the second practice session at 12:00 ET, followed by qualifying for the NTT P1 prize at 3:05 p.m. The last practice session is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. All sessions will be broadcast on Peacock Premium, INDYCAR Live! and INDYCAR Radio Network.
- Linus Lundqvist (#26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing) took a step closer to the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship title by setting the second fastest time in Friday practice. Just ahead of him, his teammate Benjamin Pedersen (#24 Global Racing Group with HMD) clocked a lap in 1 minute, 4.4820 seconds. Lundqvist, who edged Matthew Brabham of Andretti Autosport by 108 points, clocked 1:04.5247. Brabham was third on Friday in 1:04.5694.
- Portland Grand Prix officials announced Friday that former Portland Trail Blazers forward and guard Martell Webster will be the grand marshal for the event.
- Andretti Autosport announced Friday that Hunter McElrea will return to its Indy Lights team for a second season in 2023. McElrea is third in the series standings, has two wins and is the top rookie in the championship.
- Indy Lights will conduct its final practice session of the weekend on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. ET and qualifying at 6:25 p.m. The sessions will be available on INDYCAR Live! and the INDYCAR radio network.
- Thanks to his victory on Friday in his first race of the weekend in Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tires, England’s Louis Foster won the series championship and will advance to Indy Lights in 2023.