Team Penske IndyCar Series Practice and Qualifying Report

August 31, 2019

Track:                  Portland International Raceway
Race:                   Grand Prix of Portland
Date:                   August 31, 2019

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Final Practice
Position:                                          2nd
Time / Speed:                                 58.1022 seconds / 121.689 mph

Position:                                           13th
Time / Speed:                                 57.9585 seconds / 121.991 mph

No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Final Practice
Position:                                          3rd
Time / Speed:                                 58.1732 seconds / 121.541 mph

Position:                                           2nd
Time / Speed:                                 57.8303 seconds / 122.261 mph

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Final Practice
Position:                                          17th
Time / Speed:                                 58.5284 seconds / 120.803 mph 

Position:                                           18th
Time / Speed:                                 57.9479 seconds / 122.013 mph

Fastest Time:

Final Practice – 57.9939 seconds (No. 88 – Colton Herta)
Qualifying – 57.8111 seconds (No. 88 – Colton Herta) 


It was a challenging day for Team Penske as the team's three Chevrolets had mixed performance between final practice and qualifying in preparation for Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland. Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet began the day with a strong run in final practice finishing the session in the second position. However, due to an on-track miscue during qualifying, Newgarden qualified in the 13th position. Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet team found considerable speed running third in final practice. Their efforts led to an even stronger performance during qualifying, as they will start on the front row in the second position. Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet team experimented with a number of changes in setup during final practice which led to a 17th-place finish in the session. Unfortunately, their efforts did not improve the speed of the car, which led them to qualify in the 18th position. Tonight, the teams will review their data collected over the weekend to prepare for final changes before tomorrow afternoon's race.


The Grand Prix of Portland will air on Sunday, September 1 at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage can also be heard on the INDYCAR Radio Network and on Sirius XM Channel 209.