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IndyCar: Bourdais leads first practice at Portland

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Sebastien Bourdais topped opening practice for Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) with a quick lap of 57.3975 seconds, bettering championship leader Scott Dixon by over two tenths of a second – Dixon’s best lap came in at 57.4221.

Josef Newgarden ranked third, and the top three drivers all broke the track record set by Justin Wilson in 2005 (57.597).

Marco Andretti and Will Power rounded out the top five in opening practice.

The session ran uninterrupted until a pair of stoppages in the final minutes for separate incidents. Zach Veach spun off in Turns 10 and 11, but came to a stop without hitting the barriers.

Alfonso Celis Jr., in the Juncos Racing No. 32 Chevrolet this weekend, also spun off in the same area in the final seconds before ending up in the grass off of Turn 11. However, like Veach, Celis Jr. did not hit anything, though his incident did bring the session to an end.

Of note: Dixon’s main championship rival Alexander Rossi ended up seventh, and Carlos Munoz was 22nd for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – Munoz is subbing for Robert Wickens, who was transferred to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Thursday, where he will continue to receive treatment for injuries sustained in a crash at the ABC Supply 500.

Pietro Fittipaldi did not set a time as Dale Coyne Racing battle brake issues on his No. 19 Honda.

Also of note: Tony Kanaan, who was 23rd in opening practice, and wife Lauren welcomed a new daughter, Nina, into the world on Friday. Kanaan tweeted the below picture of his new daughter in making the announcement.

Results for Practice 1 are below. Practice 2 is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. ET on Friday.

 

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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