PORTLAND, Ore – We all know that the favorites to win Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) will be among the “Big 4.” Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Will Power and Josef Newgarden have won 80-percent over the races in 2018 and led 72-percent of the laps. They’ve won all but one race since June 9.
They’ve also been strong this weekend as Dixon, Power and Newgarden have been in the top in literally every session.
But, what about some sleepers? There are three that are making some noise to me.
First off Jordan King has impressed me a lot this weekend. Out of the two test sessions on Thursday and the two practice sessions on Friday, King had his No. 20 Chevrolet fourth, 11th, sixth and ninth respectively. The Ed Carpenter Racing driver has three top 10 starting spots in nine races this season with a best finish of 11th in Toronto. With how he’s running, he could easily earn his first top 10 finish of the year.
Takuma Sato has also been strong in his No. 30 Honda. While he crashed in the final session of the day on Friday, he was still quick every other time. Sato, was ninth, 13th, eighth and 21st respectively and has also been strong on natural road courses in 2018. The Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing driver has finishes of eighth (Barber), 10th (Indy), fourth (Road America) and 17th (Mid-Ohio) in his four starts on natural road courses this season.
Jack Harvey has also been extremely quick in his No. 60 Honda as the England native was 23rd, 10th, 11th and fifth respectively. Harvey, is making just his second start in the series since the Indy 500 and has been rather impressive in his limited opportunities this year. He was 12th at Long Beach and 16th in the Indy 500 so far. He’s been the top Schmidt car this weekend as well.
Don’t be shocked if any or a combination of all three nab top 10’s on Sunday.