Herta shines despite brutal qualifying for Andretti in Portland
The 23-year-old Californian, Colton Herta, secured third place in the Fast Six shootout with a lap time of 58.4576s around the 1.964-mile road course. Herta was one of five drivers who chose to use the red sidewall tires for qualifying, while the rest went with the black sidewall compound. Herta expressed satisfaction with his performance and the progress of his team, Andretti Autosport. However, his teammate Romain Grosjean finished 15th and was angered by Christian Lundgaard from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing impeding him. Kyle Kirkwood came in 16th after performing well in the opening practice session, but struggled with the setup during qualifying. Overall, Graham Rahal claimed pole position while Josef Newgarden crashed during the session.