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Ilott ends a good weekend in Portland with a 9th place finish – Race Review Online

The penultimate race weekend began Friday afternoon with a seventy-five-minute practice session on the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course located at Portland International Raceway. Ilott, who made his first appearance in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES last year in Portland, finished session 14e.

On Saturday morning, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returned to the track for a busy day with two practices and qualifying. The morning started with the second practice session where Ilott improved to ninth overall. Three knockout qualifying rounds followed a few hours later. Ilott, who was placed in the second group for the first round, narrowly missed the second round by one position and would qualify 14e globally. The day ended with the final practice session, where Ilott improved to eighth overall.

JHR appeared to have a strong run on Sunday in the 110 laps of the Portland Grand Prix. After the green flag was waved, the #77 JHR Chevrolet began moving forward from the seventh row. Ilott was able to take seven positions in the first 17 laps. JHR looked to adopt a different pit strategy after most teams pitted before lap 20. Ilott was the race leader before making his first pit stop on lap 25. Ilott would race just outside the Top-10, pitting twice more, until the first and only warning came out on lap 84. After four laps under caution, the race returned to green. Ilott was able to progress through the remaining laps to ninth place where he finished, earning his second Top 10 of the season.

“I’m really happy with that one,” Ilott said. “I think we maximized everything we could on the strategy we had and ended up P9. Great race, no mistakes. It was a good car. Big thanks to the team. All the guys have worked hard this weekend to do a bit better after qualifying. Great race and I’m happy with that one. Let’s move on to Laguna next week where hopefully we can build on that.” reason to be proud today, from where we started to where we finished in the #77 Chevrolet JHR,” said Ricardo Juncos, JHR Team Owner and Principal. was the first track this season that Callum has raced before, and the team had a good base from which to start. We showed the speed from the start, but unfortunately the tire grip eluded us and just a tenth at the seventh corner was the difference that took us from p4 to p7. That’s also the beauty of the NTT INDYCAR series, because we started from 14e and we knew we had the pace to fight for the race, but it was tough with just one warning the whole race. It was our best performance as a team during this entire championship. Callum did a great job. The engineers and all the mechanics were absolutely perfect during the pit stops. This is a continuation of what we are trying to do and build a top level NTT INDYCAR SERIES team at Juncos Hollinger Racing. We look forward to Laguna Seca next week and carry that motivation as a team into the final race of this season. I would like to thank once again all the crew, the families of our crew and the sponsors for their support.