The Grand Prix of Portland

IndyCar racing comes to life on this unique local course.

GrandPrix_RonKikuchi_viaFlickrIndyCars will race to the finish during Portland's Grand Prix.
Ron Kikuchi via Flickr

After more than a decade, Portland welcomed the return of open-wheel racing with the Grand Prix of Portland in 2018. Held from 1984–2007 under various names, the race came back at Portland International Raceway as the only Verizon IndyCar Series race in the Pacific Northwest.

The race returned Aug. 30–Sept. 1, 2019 with three full days of racing and festivities. Check out their website for information about next year’s festival.

Unlike the most famous IndyCar race — the Indianapolis 500 — the Grand Prix of Portland wasn’t on a simple oval. Portland’s 1.967-mile (3.166 km) course boasted 12 turns and several exciting passing opportunities, including a quick chicane at the end of the front stretch, a hard-breaking right leading into the backstretch and a three-turn complex leading back to the front stretch.

“Portland International Raceway has produced thrilling road racing throughout Indy car history — the 1997 finish still stands as the record for the closest finish on a road or street course,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, owners of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Can’t make the races? Head to World of Speed, a motor racing museum south of Portland where you can get behind the wheel of an IndyCar simulator.

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