Palou and O’Ward bid farewell to IndyCar title; McLaughlin wins in Portland

Palou and O’Ward bid farewell to IndyCar title; McLaughlin wins in Portland

Palou was only able to finish twelfth in Portland, suffering from problems in the rear of his car as he ran fifth

Power, Dixon, Newgarden, Ericsson and McLaughlin head to final race with title shots

Alex Palou and Patricio O’Ward crash in IndyCar championship fight in Portland. Chip Ganassi is the victim of a rear axle problem which puts him from fifth to twelfth position. McLaren had a cleaner run, but in the end could only finish fourth and also ran out of options.

Palou wanted to limit the damage to try to make a splash next week at Laguna Seca, but halfway through the race he suffered a noticeable loss of performance and fell from fifth to a Top 10 drop. In the end, twelfth.

Championship leader Will Power finished second to Scott Dixon to extend his lead to 20 points with just 54 points remaining. Josef Newgarden, Marcus Ericsson and McLaughlin himself also have options.

At the start there was no clash and Scott McLaughlin claimed pole position to stay ahead. Behind, Christian Lundgaard passed Will Power to take second place and O’Ward snatched Palou for fourth position.

The race then entered a phase of stability, until Palou brought forward his first pit stop on lap 15. It didn’t work, as Malukas and Rosenqvist passed him on the next lap – although he was then able to return the maneuver to them. –.

Patricio O’Ward held on until lap 18 and took the track ahead of Palou, who at that point was still locked in a duel with David Malukas.

McLaughlin came out on top on lap 21 and Lundgaard entered a lap later in second, but when he got back on track he fell off the podium behind Ericsson and Power.

Ericsson extended his race until lap 32, clearly following a different strategy from the others. Power then finished second and Lundgaard third, with O’Ward and Palou fourth and fifth as they were earlier in the race.

Alex Palou made his second stop on lap 44, but from there it all went wrong for him. He reported issues with the rear of his Ganassi and began to noticeably lose performance.

The Catalan asked if he had a puncture, but his mechanic could not find any anomaly. Either way, the fact is that car number 10 had no speed and was easy prey for its rivals.

The second pit stop was particularly cruel for Lundgaard, who fell from the podium to fifth position. McLaughlin and Power were still first and second, but now third place was in O’Ward’s hands.

During the third and final pit stop, Lundgaard stalled the engine. He was able to restart, but lost a lot of time and dropped out of the Top 10.

McLaughlin, Power and O’Ward were still on the podium when, on lap 84, the yellow flag was declared due to a freak accident by Rinus VeeKay, who hit Jimmie Johnson – with the resulting drive-through .

The start is given on the 89th lap. The three riders on the podium keep their positions, even if O’Ward comes to challenge Power for second place. Behind, Dixon passed Newgarden to move up to fourth.

Dixon continued his offensive and also managed to steal O’Ward’s third place on the podium.

With his victory in Portland, Scott McLaughlin remains in a championship that Will Power now leads with a 20-point lead with barely a race left.

The champion will be crowned next week at Laguna Seca, the last round on the calendar. Alex Palou no longer has any math options for the title.

2022 PORTLAND RACE RESULTS

POS. PILOT CREW WEATHER REPORT V

01.

S.McLaughlin

Team Penske

01:56’15″6892

110

02.

W. Power

Team Penske

+1″1792

110

03.

S. Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

+1″6006

110

04.

P.O’Ward

Arrow McLaren SP

+13″8892

110

05.

G.Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

+14″8208

110

06.

C.Herta

Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian

+16″3039

110

07.

A. Rossi

Andretti Autosport

+17″0044

110

08.

J.Newgarden

Team Penske

+17″6062

110

09.

C.Ilott

Juncos Hollinger

+18″0978

110

ten.

F. Rosenqvist

Arrow McLaren SP

+18″6356

110

11.

Mr Ericsson

Chip Ganassi Racing

+23″5169

110

12.

Both

Chip Ganassi Racing

+27″5282

110

13.

K.Kirkwood

AJ Foyt Enterprises

+28″3322

110

14.

D.Malukas

Dale Coyne with HMD

+29″0288

110

15.

J.Harvey

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

+31″2329

110

16.

D.DeFrancesco

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

+32″5754

110

17.

H. Castroneves

Meyer Shank Racing

+33″8121

110

18.

T. Sato

Dale Coyne with RWR

+34″0886

110

19.

R.Grosjean

Andretti Autosport

+34″7299

110

20.

R.VeeKay

Ed Carpenter Race

+35″4454

110

21.

C.Lundgaard

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

+44″5500

110

22.

D. I had to

AJ Foyt Enterprises

+1 view

109

23.

S. Pagenaud

Meyer Shank Racing

+10 laps

100

24.

J. Johnson

Chip Ganassi Racing

abandonment

82

25.

C. Daly

Ed Carpenter Race

abandonment

67

CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING

POS. PILOT PLS.

1.

W. Power

523

2.

S. Dixon

503

3.

J.Newgarden

503

4.

Mr Ericsson

484

5.

S.McLaughlin

482

6.

Both

457

seven.

P.O’Ward

456

8.

C.Herta

362

9.

A. Rossi

361

ten.

F. Rosenqvist

360

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