POSTED OCTOBER, 12, 2017
(Portland, OR) –
Green Savoree Racing Promotions, INDYCAR, and Portland Parks & Recreation announce 2018 race at Portland International Raceway
Green Savoree Racing Promotions (GSRP) and INDYCAR announced collaboratively with City of Portland leaders a Verizon IndyCar Series race at Portland International Raceway scheduled for Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 2, 2018.
“As a young man, I had the opportunity to attend the Indy 500,” recalls Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “I remember well the excitement and thrills that INDYCAR racing bring to a city and to race spectators. The return of INDYCAR racing to Portland will give us terrific international exposure, a great deal of revenue, new jobs, and an exciting experience for race fans.”
“It is very exciting to see INDYCAR racing coming back to the Rose City,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “An event of this magnitude means scores of jobs, $12-$15 million in economic benefits for the city and an exciting weekend of racing with new cars using clean-burning ethanol for fuel. Portland International Raceway continues to be an integral part of the City’s recreation portfolio. We will be working closely with neighborhoods to ensure that this is a successful event.”
The new event will serve as round 16 of 17 on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. In conjunction with this announcement, INDYCAR also released its complete 2018 race schedule today. This will be the first professional open-wheel event at Portland International Raceway since the former Champ Car World Series raced on the 1.967-mile, 12-turn permanent road course in 2007.
“INDYCAR couldn’t be more excited to again race in front of one of our strongest fan bases,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns the Verizon IndyCar Series. “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 – and the timing of our return couldn’t be better given the bold new look our cars will have in 2018. We expect this will be a show fans won’t want to miss.”
Indianapolis-based Green Savoree Racing Promotions (GSRP) will be the owner and operator of the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Portland International Raceway holding all of the commercial rights to the event. This will be one of four INDYCAR weekends GSRP will promote in 2018 including the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 9-11), Honda Indy Toronto (July 13-15) and the Honda Indy 200 (July 27-29) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“IndyCar fans in Portland and the Pacific Northwest have waited a long time for this day. Thank you to Mayor Wheeler, Commissioner Fritz and their teams at the City of Portland and INDYCAR for joining together to help us make this happen,” said Kevin Savoree, Co-owner, President and Chief Operating Officer of Green Savoree Racing Promotions. “Our due diligence proved without any doubt that it was time to bring a race back to Portland International Raceway. With a population of well over two million, the Scarborough research showed the Portland market as the number one target for a Verizon IndyCar Series race. It has a high concentration of IndyCar fans as well as being a popular choice for existing partners already involved with the sport.”
Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) or Champ Car World Series sanctioned events were held at Portland International Raceway continuously from 1984 to 2007. Portland race winners are a “Who’s Who” of INDYCAR. Of the 24 races held, 20 were won by drivers who also earned an INDYCAR championship in their career. Al Unser Jr. won the first race. Currently active Verizon IndyCar Series drivers who competed in the last race held at Portland were Sebastien Bourdais (winner), Will Power (fourth), Simon Pagenaud (eighth) and Graham Rahal (ninth).
GREEN SAVOREE RACING PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCES 2018 PORTLAND INDYCAR RACE - ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT LABOR DAY WEEKEND
August 31-September 2, 2018
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ABOUT GREEN SAVOREE RACING PROMOTIONS
Green Savoree Racing Promotions (GSRP) is an Indianapolis-based motorsports event ownership and management company that owns, operates and promotes race properties in Lexington, Ohio, home of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School, Portland, Ore., St. Petersburg, Fla., Toronto, Ontario. GSRP events showcase some of the most exciting racing series on the continent including the Verizon IndyCar Series, Mazda Road to Indy development series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli World Challenge and more. In working together since 1993, Kim Green and Kevin Savoree have won four IndyCar championships, three Indy 500 races and the 12 Hours of Sebring as team principals, and established the first IndyCar street race in 2004.
INDYCAR is the governing body of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in North America; the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires development ladder, which includes Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda; and the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BF Goodrich Tires. INDYCAR events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia platforms, highlighted by long-term and broad-reaching partnerships with ABC and NBCSN. INDYCAR is continually at the forefront of motorsports innovation with drivers, teams and tracks benefiting from safety and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel and chassis component tethers, chassis enhancements, advanced aerodynamic bodywork kits, high-definition in-car cameras and E85 ethanol fuel.
ABOUT THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
The Verizon IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel series in North America, competing on a challenging and diverse combination of superspeedways, short ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits. The Verizon IndyCar Series conducts races in the United States and Canada – all available in high-definition television worldwide through comprehensive, long-term agreements with ABC, NBCSN, ESPN International, Rogers Sportsnet in Canada and Canal+ in France. The Verizon IndyCar Series continues to be the fastest, most diverse and most competitive racing series that features an international cast of star drivers and venues.
Steve Bidlack, Manager of Marketing and Communications
Green Savoree Racing Promotions
EC Mueller, Manager
Portland International Raceway
Mark Ross - Public Information Officer
Portland Parks & Recreation
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