McLaughlin leads Penske 1-2 in second practice at Portland
Scott McLaughin, the defending polesitter and race winner, led the second practice session for the BITNILE.com Grand Prix of Portland, followed closely by his teammate Josef Newgarden. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and Alex Palou also had strong performances, securing third and fifth place respectively. Several drivers, including David Malukas, Colton Herta, and Rinus VeeKay, were able to break the one-minute mark on the 1.964-mile Portland International Raceway. However, VeeKay’s time was ultimately disqualified. As the session progressed, Newgarden briefly took the top spot, but was quickly surpassed by Graham Rahal. McLaughin then regained the lead with an impressive lap time of 58.1516 seconds. The session was briefly interrupted by a red flag due to Sting Ray Robb’s spin, but resumed shortly after. Overall, the practice session showcased the competitiveness and skill of the IndyCar drivers as they prepared for qualifying.