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Pedersen leads Lundqvist in Indy Lights Portland practice

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Travis Hinkle

Benjamin Pedersen led team-mate Linus Lundqvist in free practice ahead of the Indy Lights round at Portland.

Pedesen topped the times late on with a 1m04.4820s lap, a time which would keep him just 0.0427 seconds ahead of Lundqvist.

Practice was paused briefly early on when an incident for Hunter McElrea brought out the red flags.

McElrea had been running sixth when he locked up at the first corner and ran through the sandbag barriers designed to stop drivers cutting the corner. He made it back to the pits, but a brake issue meant he wouldn’t return to the track.

At that point, Matthew Brabham was top of the order ahead of Sting Ray Robb and Jacob Abel.

Pedersen topped the order after the track went green and gradually lowered his fastest time. Brabham also found improvements and was running comfortably in P2 before Lundqvist hit the track.

It wasn’t until the final 15 minutes of the session that the championship leader took to the track. His first flying lap put him third, but he improved to go second.

Brabham finished the session third, with a wide moment through the grass ruining a late flying lap.

Christian Bogle picked up fourth ahead of Robb and Abel. Kyffin Simpson and Christian Rasmussen took seventh and eighth.

Flinn Lazier making his Indy Lights debut put himself ninth in the session, seven tenths off the pace set by Pedersen but ahead of Danial Frost, Ernie Francis Jr, and McElrea.

Practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group with HMD 1m04.4820s 20
2 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport 1m04.5694s +0.0874s 22
3 Linus Lundqvist HMD Motorsports 1m04.6100s +0.1280s 5
4 Sting Ray Robb Andretti Autosport 1m04.9749s +0.4929s 20
5 Christian Rasmussen Andretti Autosport 1m05.0462s +0.5642s 23
6 Kyffin Simpson HMD Motorsports 1m05.0514s +0.5694s 21
7 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m05.0706s +0.5886s 26
8 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m05.1121s +0.6301s 19
9 Flinn Lazier Abel Motorsports 1m05.1873s +0.7053s 21
10 Danial Frost HMD Motorsports 1m05.2257s +0.7437s 14
11 Ernie Francis Jr. Force Indy 1m05.2331s +0.7511s 20
12 Hunter McElrea Andretti Autosport 1m05.4431s +0.9611s 8