The command to start the engines was given at 12:35pm.

The two-seater today is being driven by Katherine Legge. A first for her. Will Groulx a 6-time Paralympian gold medal winner and Navy veteran was the passenger

The field of 23 drivers took the green flag after three pace laps.

The ambient temperature at the start of the 105 lap race was 78F. The track temperature was 107F. The humidity was 55%

A total of 11 cars were involved in first corner, first lap incident that saw four cars come to a halt in the Festival Curves bringing out the yellow flag.

Rahal accepted the blame after running into the back of Veach, sending him into Hinchcliffe, while also collecting Daly, Pigot and his teammate Sato. Rahal, Daly, Veach and Hinchcliffe all came to a stop on track.

Rahal was given a stop and hold penalty for avoidable contact penalty if he was able to get back out on track and told NBC:

“I just messed up. Misjudged it bad. Gotta take it on the chin. I lost my depth in the pack. I misjudged it by not just a little, but a lot. Sorry for the guys we affected. We hurt Takuma. I screwed up.”

Veach told TV that:

“Hard to say. The start was tough. Got hit from behind by Graham or someone. Felt like the thing would flip over. I feel bad for everyone we got to…but we were just a missile. Mark (Bryant) my engineer has done a great job as well. Hopefully we can get it fix.”

Hinchcliffe, who has had significant contact on the first lap in three of the last four races, had this to say:

“Hard to say. The start was tough. Got hit from behind by Graham or someone. Felt like the thing would flip over. I feel bad for everyone we got to…but we were just a missile. Mark (Bryant) my engineer has done a great job as well. Hopefully we can get it fix.”

Sato took contact and came to pit road where the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing crew. They got him back on track but he was three laps down.

They brought the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No. 5 Honda to pit road, but James Hinchcliffe quickly climbed out.

It took ten laps to reorder the field, but when that happened the running order was Herta, Dixon, Harvey, Power, Hunter-Reay, Rossi, Rosenqvist, Kanaan, Kimball, Andretti, Newgarden, Ferrucci, Bourdais, Pagenaud, Lesit, Chilton, Jones, Pigot, Sato, Hinchcliffe, Daly and Veach.

The biggest gainers in that mess of a race start were – Tony Kanaan who went form 19th to 9th and Kimball who went from 22nd to 12th.

Ferrucci, Bourdais, Leist, Chilton, Jones and Pigot all came to pit road just before the green flag came out to start Lap 13.

On Lap 14, Hunter-Reay was defending against Rossi, blocking his teammate and moving to the inside line in Turn 1. He completely missed the turn and obliterated Jack Harvey, ending both their races.

Hunter-Reay was also given a 30 second stop and hold penalty for avoidable contact if he was able to get back on track. He was able to get back on track on Lap 26.

The green flag came back out to start Lap 18.

Amazingly, he said not sarcastically, they completed more than one green flag lap.

On Lap 19, Kimball had an off-track excursion in Turn 7, allowing a number of drivers to get past him.

By lap 20, Newgarden who was 11th on the Lap 13 restart had moved up to 7th.

On Lap 25, the top 10 were: Herta, Dixon, Power, Rossi, Rosenqvist, Andretti, Newgarden, Kanaan, Pigot and Bourdais.

The highest running driver who pitted just before the Lap 13 restart was Pigot in 9th.

On the Lap 27, Newgarden took a look at Andretti for sixth in Turn 1, but could not get the pass completed.

On Lap 27, Dixon turned the quickest lap of the rate to that point.

Newgarden lost a spot to Pigot on Lap 28, moving the championship leader down to 8th.

Pigot kept up his impressive charge, moving to 6th on the next lap.

Pitting on Lap 28 was Ferrucci and on Lap 30 it was Kanaan that came to pit road.

On Lap 31, Herta was still leading, but Dixon was right there, only a half-second behind the Harding Steinbrenner Racing rookie.

On Lap 33, Newgarden was finally able to get past Andretti.

Herta appeared to be struggling to get the power down out of the slow corners with Dixon hounding him. Power, Rossi and Rosenqvist were also right there.

On Lap 36, Dixon was able to pass Herta in Turn 10. Herta lost positions to Power and Rossi in Turn 1 on Lap 37 and fell to fifth when Rosenqvist got by him on the next lap.

Pagenaud pits on Lap 38.

Herta comes to pit road on Lap 39 after losing seven seconds to Dixon in three laps.

Kimball pits on lap 39 as well.

On Lap 41, Pigot pits from sixth.

Dixon, who had a 2.6 second lead pits on lap 41. Power, Rossi, Newgarden, and Andretti join him. That handed the lead over to Rosenqvist who pitted on the next lap

Rosenqvist was able to come out ahead of Rossi.

Bourdais, who pitted on lap 13, took over the lead, but he came to pit road on Lap 43, to pass the lead back to Dixon.

On lap 46, Ferrucci came back to pit road.

The running order on Lap 47 after the first full round of pit stops was: Dixon who lead over Power was 3.0 seconds. The rest of the cars on the lead lap were: Rosenqvist, Rossi, Newgarden, Herta, Andretti, Pagenaud, Kanaan, Pigot, Kimball, Leist, Bourdais, Chilton, and Ferrucci.

The Dale Coyne Racing With Vasser-Sullivan crew had trouble engaging the fuel probe and Bourdais fell to 13th.

On Lap 52, Dixon dives into pit road and comes to a stop on pit road, where it had apparently lost power. The crew had to run down pit road to get him and push him into the box.

They took the engine cover off and replaced a battery. The got the No. 9 back on track, but he was three-laps down.

That handed the race lead to Power, who had a one-second lead over Rosenqvist. Rossi was third – Newgarden fourth – Herta fifth. Power and Herta were on Blacks. The other three were on Reds.

Rosenqvist moved to within a half-second of Power, but eventually dropped back to jsut over a second. Herta was able to gain on Newgarden.

On Lap 64, Pigot passed Pagenaud for seventh.

Herta moved to fourth on Lap 66, passing Newgarden in Turn 1.

On Lap 69, Pigot moved past Andretti for sixth and Bourdais, moved past Kimball for 9th. At the same time, Herta on Blacks was putting a lot of pressure on Rossi, who was struggling on Reds.

Herta was the first driver to make his final pit stop on Lap 72. Putting on a set of sticker Blacks. He was followed in by Pagenaud and Kimball.

On the next lap, Power, Rossi, Newgarden, and Andretti covered Herta by pitting. That handed the lead to Rosenqvist, who came to pit road on the next lap.

Andretti came back to pit road on the next lap to get a new nose. It was announced that an incident between Andretti and Pagenaud with contact in Turn 7 was under review. No action was taken.

After everybody had completed their final stops – Power’s lead over Rosenqvist was 3.1 seconds. The rest of the running order was Rossi, Herta, Newgarden, Pigot, Pagenaud, Bourdais, Kimball, Kanaan, Leist, Ferrucci, Chilton, Andretti and Jones.

With 28 laps remaining, the lead was 3.0 seconds. Rossi was over 10 seconds behind Rosenqvist with Herta 0.9 seconds back.

The tires for the top five in the final stint was:
Power – new Blacks
Rosenqvist – used blacks
Rossi – new blacks
Herta – new blacks

On Lap 80, Power’s lead had dropped to 2.7 seconds. Seven laps later it was 2.5 seconds.

The closest battle on track was Leist who was less than a second ahead of Ferrucci for 11th.

With 12 laps left, Power’s lead had grown to almost five seconds. With 10 to go the lead was 6.3 seconds.

The closest battles on track were Rossi and Herta, with the Andretti Autosport driver hold a 1.1 second lead with the final spot on the podium hanging in the balance.

With eight laps remaining, Ferrucci, who was running 11th came to a stop on the front straight, bringing out the third yellow of the race.

The top 5 and the seconds of PTP remaining were:
Power – 68
Rosenqvist – 47
Rossi – 26
Herta – 46
Newgarden – 83

The green flag came out with four laps remaining.

Power got a great restart and by the time they had completed a lap of the 1.964-mile, 12-Turn road course was 1.4 seconds.

Leist, who pitted for a fresh set of blacks, got past Kimball and Bourdais on that first lap back to green to move into eighth.

Power’s lead as the got the white flag was 2.4 seconds.

Newgarden was putting a ton of pressure on Herta, trying to move up one more spot, but was not able to get it done.

Power crossed the line first – his second win of the season and 37th of his career win. That moves him into a tie for sixth all-time with Sebastien Bourdais.

Grand Prix of Portland unofficial results

1 12 Will Power Team Penske Chevy 105 laps
2 10 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Honda 2.7885
3 27 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 1.7954
4 88 Colton Herta Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda 0.6441
5 2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevy 0.6259
6 21 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy 0.8938
7 22 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevy 1.1941
8 4 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevy 0.2480
9 18 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda 1.4059
10 23 Charlie Kimball Carlin Chevy 0.5708
11 59 Max Chilton Carlin Chevy -1 LAP
12 14 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevy -1 LAP
13 98 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian Honda -1 LAP
14 20 Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy -1 LAP
15 30 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda -2 LAPS
16 9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Honda -3 LAPS
17 19 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing Honda -9 LAPS
18 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda -24 LAPS
19 60 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM Honda -92 LAPS
20 5 James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda -105 LAPS
21 7 Conor Daly Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda -105 LAPS
22 26 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda -105 LAPS
23 15 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda -105 LAPS

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