2022 NTT IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Portland Live Coverage

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The NTT IndyCar Series is heading to the penultimate race of the season, which is held in Portland. The championship is the tightest it's been in at least two decades.
Mathematically seven drivers are still eligible to win the championship. Will Power is the leading driver in the standings, and between him and the seventh driver are 58 points.

In second place is Will Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden only three points behind. Six-time series champion Scott Dixon trails by 14 points, with Marcus Ericsson (43 points difference), Alex Palou (minus-43), Scott McLaughlin (minus-54), and O'Ward also in the hunt.

Defending world champion Alex Palou is also the defending winner here at Portland. Scott McLaughlin took the pole, starting ahead of Will Power, Christian Lundgaard, Alex Palou, and Pato O'Ward. To complete the top ten, we have Felix Rosenqvist, Colton Herta, Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, and David Malukas.
Live updates (ended):

21:35 UTC  We are finished here in Portland, but stay tuned because in less than 30 minutes the first race of the NASCAR playoffs will unfold.

21:34 UTC 

21:34 UTC  The top ten at the end of the race:

  • Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske
  • Will Power, Team Penske
  • Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Pato O'Ward, Arrow McLaren SP
  • Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan
  • Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport
  • Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport
  • Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
  • Callum Ilot, Juncos Hollinger
  • Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP

21:28 UTC 

21:28 UTC  Will Power kept his ground. He was able to hold Dixon behind. Another lap and I believe that Dixon would have overtaken him.

21:27 UTC  Scott McLaughlin wins his third race of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series. What a race here in Portland for McLaughlin. He still has chances for the championship.

21:26 UTC  We are on the final lap. Dixon is right there with Power.

21:26 UTC  Incredible scenes! Dixon just came out of nowhere.

21:25 UTC  And with two laps to go Scott Dixon is right behind Will Power!

21:24 UTC  Scott McLaughlin is controlling everything so calmly and well.

21:23 UTC  We have less than five laps until the end. Only the fight between Ilott and Newgarden is interesting now.

21:22 UTC  Newgarden is out of a push-to-pass button. However, Illott, who is right behind him, could still use the push-to-pass system.

21:19 UTC  With seven laps to go things are looking pretty clear out in front.

21:18 UTC  Marcus Ericsson made a move on Palou and he is now in P11.

21:18 UTC  Scott McLaughlin extends his lead over Will Power. He is now in a safe zone. Meanwhile, Scott Dixon cannot close the gap to the top two runners.

21:13 UTC 

21:13 UTC  Lundgaard should have done a donut to lose that banner, and everything would have been much faster.

21:12 UTC  Lundgaard collected a banner on his front wing so he has to stop to get that thing removed. What a shame for Lundgaard.

21:11 UTC  Scott Dixon had a great restart. After overtaking O'Ward for third place he is now hunting Will Power.

21:10 UTC  Simon Pagenaud is making overtakes after his car was repaired.

21:09 UTC  The Jimmie Johnson incident:

21:09 UTC  Newgarden is falling and falling. He is now in P9 and will surely tumble from second place in the championship.

21:05 UTC  Takuma Sato made a double overtake and he is now in 19th.

21:05 UTC  We are back with racing with 22 laps to go.

20:58 UTC  And now we see the replay. Johnson was hit by VeeKay while he was overtaking Jimmie on the start/finish straight.

20:57 UTC  It was a big impact for Jimmie.

20:57 UTC  Jimmie Johnson made contact with the wall and surely we will see the pace car.

20:57 UTC  Pato O'Ward is trying to keep up with this two but he has no chance.

20:56 UTC  Will Power cut the differences to only one second. However, McLaughlin is starting to pull away a little bit.

20:52 UTC  The leader has entered the pit road. Everything went smoothly on his car. We have 30 laps to go until the end.

20:51 UTC  A huge number of cars are in the pits now.

20:51 UTC  Probably the last pit stop sessions just started.

20:49 UTC  Simon Pagenaud car has been repaired and he is now back in the race.

20:49 UTC 

20:48 UTC  With 35 laps to go, Power cut McLaughlin's lead to under four seconds. However, Scott is managing his tires and he controls the pace of the race.

20:46 UTC  Newgarden made ground and he is just outside the top three.

20:46 UTC  Conor Daly is out of the race with mechanical problems.

20:43 UTC  Scott McLaughlin is holding a steady lead over Power. He is driving fantastic.

20:41 UTC  Dalton Kellett is moving slowly but surely. Now he sits in P23.

20:39 UTC  Pato O'Ward had an underrated race, in my opinion. He has no mistakes, and now he is in third place, competing for a podium.

20:35 UTC 

20:34 UTC  Simon Pagenaud is command blue eligible and push to pass has been disabled.

20:34 UTC  Will Power recovered another second from Scott McLaughlin. The difference is under five seconds now.

20:33 UTC  Further back Dalton Kellett made a move for P24.

20:29 UTC  Rinus VeeKay, with a move on Palou, has entered the top ten.

20:28 UTC  David Malukas had a really impressive rookie year in 2022.

20:27 UTC  An intense battle between Rosenqvist and Ericsson helped Malukas to overtake both of them. He is now in P15.

20:26 UTC  Will Power recovered a full second from McLaughlin's lead, but the leader still has a six-second advantage.

20:24 UTC  Rossi made a nice move on Alex Palou for P10.

20:24 UTC 

20:20 UTC  Speaking of Newgarden, he just exited the pits. Will Power and McLaughlin followed him, and they also changed the tires.

20:19 UTC  Even if Will Power is in second place, he will gain some crucial points over Newgarden (currently P12) for the championship battle.

20:14 UTC  Meanwhile, Graham Rahal moved up to sixth place.

20:14 UTC  Will Power recovered two seconds from McLaughlin's lead. He did some fantastic laps.

20:10 UTC 

20:09 UTC  Pato O'Ward (P4) is told that his tires will keep up with the race pace for about fifteen laps.

20:08 UTC  McLaughlin has eight seconds over Will Power and almost ten seconds over Lundgaard. Seems like nothing can stop him in Portland.

20:05 UTC  Ericsson is on a different strategy and could be a real treat for the podium. If a pace car comes in the next few laps, Ericsson could have a big case for the win.

20:04 UTC  Ericsson enters the track in P18 just ahead Castroneves.

20:03 UTC  Marcus Ericsson is entering the pits after sitting in second place for quite some time. It's his first pit stop of the day.

20:02 UTC  Even more, Scott McLaughlin is establishing his lead, gaining 0.3 seconds every lap from his chasers.

20:01 UTC  Romain Grosjean recieved a penalty for shortcutting the course.

19:56 UTC  Illott exit the pits just ahead of Scott Dixon but on cold tires he is just a victim.

19:54 UTC 

19:53 UTC  Lundgaard has entered the pits where he lost some time with refueling.

19:52 UTC  McLaughlin enters the track in P4 just ahead Marcus Ericsson.

19:52 UTC  Alex Palou and Malukas have an intense battle for P11. Scott McLaughlin is entering the pits.

19:51 UTC  Lap 21 of 110 and Scott McLaughlin is keeping his form.

19:48 UTC  Alex Palou overtakes Felix Rosenqvist with a nice move.

19:46 UTC  Meanwhile, Callum Illot moved to seventh place after being in P10.

19:46 UTC  Alex Palou had a good stop in the pits.

19:44 UTC  Scott Dixon enters the pits and there are a number of cars behind him who are pitting as well.

19:41 UTC  Out in the front, things are pretty balanced. Pretty much the gaps are stable.

19:40 UTC  Meanwhile Grosjean is gaining places as well, sitting just outside the top 20.

19:39 UTC  Further back Jimmie Johnson made a nice move on Pagenaud for P24.

19:36 UTC  Every two laps McLaughlin is gaining half a second over Lundgaard.

19:35 UTC 

19:35 UTC  Graham Rahal made a move on Newgarden and he is now in the top ten.

19:34 UTC  Scott McLaughlin is now two seconds away from Lundgaard after four laps of racing.

19:33 UTC  Meanwhile, Pato O'Ward and Alex Palou have a battle of their own for P4.

19:33 UTC  Scott McLaughlin is pulling away from Lundgaard, having now one and a half seconds over him. Will Power is falling back as well from Lundgaard.

19:31 UTC  We had some incidents in Turn 1, but for now everything is alright. Romain Grosjean went a bit off-road outside the track.

19:31 UTC  The race is on. Scott McLaughlin had a great start.

19:27 UTC  A lot of talks around Colton Herta. He was linked with a Formula 1 seat in the future. Until then, let's see what he is capable of here in Portland.

19:22 UTC 

18:59 UTC  The top ten for today's race after qualifying:

  • 1st – Scott McLaughlin
  • 2nd – Will Power
  • 3rd – Christian Lundgaard
  • 4th – Alex Palou
  • 5th – Pato O’Ward
  • 6th – Felix Rosenqvist
  • 7th – Colton Herta
  • 8th – Josef Newgarden
  • 9th – Alexander Rossi
  • 10th – David Malukas

18:58 UTC 

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