Scott McLaughlin Finishes P1 in Portland
Author: THE BLOCK
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NTT INDYCAR Series driver Scott McLaughlin (No. 3) scored a dominating win for Team Chevy at the Grand Prix of Portland.
McLaughlin qualified his Team Penske-prepared No. 3 Chevrolet on the pole and went on to lead a race-high 104 laps on the 1.945-mile, 12-turn circuit in the Pacific Northwest, only giving up control of the race when his team made each of its three pit stops.
The New Zealander McLaughlin ultimately crossed the start-finish line ahead of Team Chevy and Team Penske teammate Will Power by 1.1792 seconds to score his third INDYCAR win of the season and third of his career.
"The Freightliner Chevy all weekend has been fast," McLaughlin said. "It's been right there where we needed. This team – the Thirsty Threes – got the job done in the pits, and I'm really proud of them. We did exactly what we needed to do this weekend, which was win and get max points to keep ourselves in the championship fight. Yeah, we're a longshot. I don't care because we have a shot so I'm looking forward to it."
McLaughlin celebrates with his Team Chevy and Team Penske teammates.
McLaughlin's win at Portland was the 11th for the 2.2L direct-injected, twin-turbo V-6 Chevy engine through 16 events this season, and the 107th for Chevrolet since returning as an engine supplier for the 2012 campaign.
Entering next weekend's finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, three Chevrolet drivers remain mathematically eligible to win the championship: McLaughlin, Power and the third Team Penske driver, Josef Newgarden. Power extended his points lead at Portland and needs to finish third or better next week to score his second championship regardless of how his competitors fare.
In addition to McLaughlin and Power sweeping the top two spots on the podium in the Portland event, Pato O'Ward came home fourth to give Chevrolet three cars in the top-five. Newgarden also finished eighth, Callum Illot ninth and Felix Rosenqvist 10th to put the Bowtie in six of the top-10 spots in the final running order.
Chevrolet driver Will Power leads the point standings entering the final race of the season.