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City of Portland extends agreement for Grand Prix of Portland through 2023

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 20, 2020) – After reaching a three-year extension to their current agreement, City of Portland and Green Savoree Portland LLC officials announced today that the Grand Prix of Portland will return to the Pacific Northwest and Portland International Raceway (PIR) through at least 2023.

The 2021 date for the Grand Prix of Portland at PIR will be announced by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES later this year. The event was cancelled this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Oregon’s statewide restrictions on public gatherings.

“I was fortunate as a teenager to attend the Indy 500,” says Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “I remember the excitement then and we saw the same energy at the 2018 and 2019 Grand Prix of Portland races. As the only event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the race not only provides tremendous thrills but also contributes $12-$15 million in economic benefits for the city. I’m excited to see this premier race in Portland for at least the next three years.”

“We are very pleased to have ‘Portland’s Fastest Park’, the Portland International Raceway, hosting the Grand Prix of Portland NTT INDYCAR SERIES race for three additional years,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Adena Long. “The Grand Prix has established itself as a summer tradition as Portlanders enjoy the festival atmosphere, the cars, and camaraderie. We look to 2021 through 2023 with great anticipation.”

“We’re disappointed to not be able to bring IndyCar racing back to the great fans in the Pacific Northwest later this summer, but our team is excited to be back in 2021 and beyond through this continued partnership with the City of Portland and the Portland Parks & Recreation division,” said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Grand Prix of Portland. “We appreciate Mayor Wheeler, the commissioners, Director Long, E.C. (Mueller) and the entire PIR team for their ongoing support of the Grand Prix of Portland, and working with us to make the Grand Prix of Portland even better when it returns next year.”

Ticket purchasers on file for the 2020 event will receive a direct communication from Green Savoree Portland LLC soon on their available options. Ongoing Grand Prix of Portland updates will be posted to Race fans can also stay up to speed on the event via social media by following #PortlandGP.

Green Savoree Racing Promotions closes out a memorable 2019

Holiday offers available for last-minute gifts from all four of its motorsports properties
INDIANAPOLIS (December 19, 2019) – Indianapolis-based Green Savoree Racing Promotions is full speed ahead into planning for the 2020 racing season. With four different motorsports properties spanning Canada to the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Southeast portions of the U.S., it will promote eight major events and operate over 100 driving and motorcycle riding school courses next year.
Before the calendar turns to a new decade, it’s not too late for holiday gift buyers to deliver unique experiences and the thrill of racing excitement. Last-minute gifts guaranteeing memories for a lifetime are available at at special holiday savings through Dec. 25.
All promoted by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Honda Indy Toronto, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio and Grand Prix of Portland encompass four of the 17 events on the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule. In addition to the Honda Indy 200, the company owns and operates the renowned Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School which is based at the Lexington, Ohio facility as part of its motorsports portfolio.
“It was a very busy and productive year for our company and staff, and we can’t thank the teams, competitors, our dedicated fans and all our motorsports partners and sponsors enough for an awesome 2019,” said Kevin Savoree, said co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of our holiday specials on race tickets, season passes, and driving and motorcycle riding schools. Our team is looking forward to kicking off another season in March in sunny St. Pete!”
The 2019 season did not disappoint. Some of the notable racing highlights delivered from Green Savoree Racing Promotions events to fans and festival-goers included:
  • The NTT IndyCar Season kicked off for the ninth year in a row at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It started with a dominant win on March 10th for Josef Newgarden and ended with a season championship for the Team Penske driver.
  • The Team Penske duo of Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya, piloting the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi machine, won the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course the first weekend of May. The victory was key to another Team Penske championship-winning season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2019.
  • On the streets of Toronto in mid-July, 2019’s Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud had a near perfect weekend at the Honda Indy. The Team Penske driver started on pole and led 80 of the 85 laps including the last 63. It was also the fastest race in Honda Indy Toronto history concluding in 1:30:16.4388.
  • “Mr. Mid-Ohio” Scott Dixon claimed his record sixth Indy car win on the demanding 2.25-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 28th. Driving the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, the victory was by the narrowest of margins at 0.0934 seconds over his teammate Felix Rosenqvist, also the closest Indy car finish at Mid-Ohio and third closest on a road course in Indy car history.
  • The NASCAR Xfinity Series returned in early August to Mid-Ohio for the seventh time. Another Team Penske driver came out on top with Austin Cindric hustling his No. 22 PPG Ford to victory lane. It was a cherished and memorable victory for Cindric as his late grandfather Jim Trueman once owned Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • The 2019 trend continued making it five wins for Team Penske at Green Savoree Racing Promotions’ events. Will Power took top podium honors over Labor Day weekend in the Grand Prix of Portland. Power’s first win on Portland International Raceway brought his career full-circle as the 1.964-mile, 12-turn permanent road course is also where he did his very first Indy car test.
To find out more about all the action at Green Savoree Racing Promotions’ events in 2020 or buy a great holiday gift, visit the following websites: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at, Grand Prix of Portland at, Honda Indy Toronto at, and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School at

Oregon Department of Transportation partners with Grand Prix of Portland

Transportation Safety Division’s Distracted Driving Program will be featured at this major motorsports event PORTLAND, Ore. (August 14, 2019) – The Transportation Safety Division (TSD) of Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has partnered, for the first time ever, with the Grand Prix of Portland, kicking off the Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1, at Portland International Raceway…

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Ticket renewals are available now for 2019 Grand Prix of Portland

Public sales will begin on December 13 PORTLAND, Ore. (November 13, 2018) – After an exceptional return to Portland International Raceway (PIR) earlier this year, IndyCar racing comes back to the Pacific Northwest for the Grand Prix of Portland over Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1, 2019. The exclusive renewal window is now open for those who purchased…

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Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts Named Grand Marshal for Grand Prix of Portland

Terry Stotts, head coach of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, will serve as the honorary grand marshal for the Grand Prix of Portland which began this morning and goes through Sunday at Portland International Raceway (PIR).

Entering his seventh season with the Trail Blazers this fall, Coach Stotts has Midwest roots as a graduate of Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Ind., where he developed an appreciation for Indy car racing.

“I couldn’t be more excited or honored to serve as the grand marshal for the Grand Prix of Portland,” said Stotts. “It’s terrific to see the series returning to Rip City, which has a long Indy car history. It promises to be an action-packed weekend, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.”

“It’s awesome to have Coach Stotts, the head of Portland’s most renowned pro sports team, involved in the event as Indy cars return to the Rose City,” said Jerry Jensen, general manager of the Grand Prix of Portland. “We’re expecting a great crowd, and can’t wait for his command for drivers to start their engines on Sunday.”

Amanda Fritz, Portland Parks Commissioner, will have the honor of waving the green flag on the field of 25 Indy cars. She has been a key supporter in bringing this race back to Portland International Raceway after an 11-year absence.

In addition to Sunday’s featured 105-lap (206.54 miles) Verizon IndyCar Series race set to take the green flag at 12:09 p.m. PT, a variety of off track activities are in store for race fans and festival-goers throughout the weekend. A diverse selection of food options also await visitors spread across the infield and outfield areas of Portland International Raceway.

Speed Zone will feature a display from the World of Speed Motorsports Museum based nearby in Wilsonville plus more exotic sports cars. It is also the place for games and fun and where to purchase the latest racing merchandise of fans’ favorite drivers and teams.

Autograph sessions will be held later today at four different times in INDYCAR Fan Village with drivers from all race series.

Those attending the Grand Prix of Portland can save a life this weekend. On Saturday, the Red Cross will be on the east end of Speed Zone helping race fans donate blood. At the end of the day Saturday on the Cooper Tires stage, The Week in IndyCar on the Marshall Pruett Podcast happens live with an opportunity to asks questions to a guest panel which includes Sebastien Bourdais, Dario Franchitti and Will Power.

Spectators are encouraged to use TriMet’s MAX Yellow Line. It is a quick and convenient option that drops off at the Delta Park/Vanport MAX Station, right next to Portland International Raceway (PIR). The main gate is less than a tenth of a mile from the rail station. Transfer to the MAX Yellow Line from other MAX lines at the Rose Quarter Transit Center. TriMet has a number of free Park & Rides throughout the MAX system to help passengers connect with trains.

The Grand Prix of Portland is a tremendous family value. Children 12 and under receive free general admission to the event and free admission to the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock throughout the weekend when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Visit for ticket information.


PORTLAND, Ore. (August 27, 2018)– The Grand Prix of Portland is proud to announce new corporate partnership and official sponsor additions to the event held at Portland International Raceway (PIR), August 31-September 2.

BMW, B. Young RV, Firestone, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, MillerCoors, Pepsi, and The Oregonian have joined in to support the Verizon IndyCar Series event bringing elite open-wheel racing back to Portland and Pacific Northwest after an 11-year absence. Previous partnership announcements included Cooper Tires, Lanphere Automotive Group and Motorcycles, Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach, TriMet and World of Speed Motorsports Museum.
“The interest in the Grand Prix of Portland is increasing in intensity with each day it gets closer, not only with race fans but also with the corporate community,” said Jerry Jensen, general manager of the Grand Prix of Portland. “In addition to the jam-packed racing schedule on PIR, these new partners’ activations are building awareness and will bring fantastic atractions to the weekend for both race fans and festival goers to experience.”
A long-time supporter and official tire supplier of Indy car racing, Firestone will have extensive trackside television signage and a large display presence in IndyCar Fan Village. Plus, Firehawk, Firestone’s popular racing mascot, will be greeting fans on the PIR grounds throughout the festival weekend. Green Savoree Racing Promotions, the owners and operators of the Grand Prix of Portland, holds a long-standing partnership with the tire manufacturer through its title sponsorship of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
BMW is the official luxury vehicle of the Grand Prix of Portland. Fans will spot these automobiles in the pre-race parade laps for all nine races, plus they will have numerous on site activations and displays. Portland-based B. Young RV is an official sponsor and supplier of the race weekend and will feature an executive motorcoach display during the Grand Prix of Portland.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise will have trackside signage and branding around the event site. MillerCoors is the official beer showcasing the Coors Light brand which will be served throughout the event site and hospitality suites. Coors Light will have off track signage in key spectator areas.
Pepsi is the official soft drink and water through its Aquafina brand. It will have exclusive pouring rights at the Grand Prix of Portland and has provided in-market activations through its Mountain Dew brand throughout the Portland metro area via Fred Meyer and Plaid Pantry. Pepsi is also supporting the event race week through Grand Prix of Portland IndyCar show car appearances at some of its key retail stores including Fred Meyer and Wal-Mart stores. Its brand new energy drink BANG will be featured during the Grand Prix of Portland.
The Oregonian, through both its print edition and online presence at, is an official sponsor and media partner for the event. It has run an extensive advertising campaign, sponsored content and special takeovers online to broaden the awareness for the Grand Prix of Portland. Look for The Oregonian’s on site display at PIR.
Racing action will be non-stop during the weekend, headlined by Sunday’s 105-lap (206.54 miles) Verizon IndyCar Series race serving as Round 16 of 17 on the 2018 season schedule. Doubleheaders will be held for all three open-wheel development series comprising the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires. Championships will be on the line as PIR is the final stop in 2018 for these three series. Mazda Global MX-5 Cup will provide additional full-fender action.
The Grand Prix of Portland is a tremendous family value. Children 12 and under receive free general admission to the event and free admission to the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock throughout the weekend when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Visit for ticket information.


   Race Fans and Volunteers Encouraged to Use MAX Yellow Line to Portland International Raceway PORTLAND, Ore. (August 21, 2018)- The Grand Prix of Portland is proud to partner with TriMet, the regional transit agency in Portland, Ore. TriMet’s MAX Light Rail provides a convenient, quick and cost-effective transportation option for race fans and festival-goers attending the event,…

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Red Lion On The River – Jantzen Beach Announced as an Official Hotel Partner for Grand Prix of Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 5, 2018) – The Grand Prix of Portland is proud to announce the addition of Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach as an official hotel partner of the August 31-September 2 event at Portland International Raceway (PIR).
A resort-style hotel with numerous features and amenities, premium hotel rooms and deluxe suites, Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach will be one of the top choices for race teams, organizers and fans from across the globe to stay during the Grand Prix of Portland.  This Portland, Ore. destination is located nearby PIR just over two miles north off of Interstate 5 and along the Columbia River featuring many scenic views.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with the Grand Prix of Portland and to actively participate in making this event a success,” said Rod Russell, general manger of the Red Lion.  “This race means so much to Portland and the local area that we are thrilled to be right in the thick of things and to being an extension of the festivities at the track. We look forward to welcoming everyone during race week.”
Red Lion will engage and host many first-time visitors to the area through its involvement with the Grand Prix of Portland.  It will also be the official credential pick up location for those working the race weekend.  Travelers interested in making reservations or wanting more information can visit
“Race fans and all festival-goers traveling in for the Grand Prix of Portland from across North America and internationally will enjoy all that Portland and Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach has to offer,” said Jerry Jensen, general manager of the Grand Prix of Portland.  “Holding a world-class event of this magnitude delivers a significant economic impact and tourism growth to Portland, Oregon and the entire Pacific Northwest region. Having strong hotel partnerships like this first one is critical to the success of our event and creating a great experience for all visitors.”
The Grand Prix of Portland serves as Round 16 of 17 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. Three-day grandstand and general admission tickets are on sale now at Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.


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Tickets Will Go On Sale Tuesday, April 17
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PORTLAND, Ore. (April 10, 2018) – Anticipation is building for the return of Indy car racing to the Pacific Northwest after an 11-year absence for the Grand Prix of Portland, August 31-September 2. A brand new website launched today, and its countdown clock is ticking off to the seconds for the Labor Day weekend race at Portland International Raceway. is the place for race fans and festival goers to get up to speed on all the event happenings and features. Special ticket packages, pricing, breaking news and all the fan features and attractions will be posted on this new website. Fans are also encouraged to sign up for Grand Prix of Portland E-Club on this website to be notified and remain in the know on the latest happenings.
“The Grand Prix of Portland is just over 142 days away, and the momentum is building amongst both race fans and corporate partners for this major event weekend,” said Jerry Jensen, general manager for the Grand Prix of Portland. “Next Tuesday (April 17) tickets will go on sale to the public. Customers are encouraged to visit the website now to check out all the options available and be ready to reserve the best seats.”
The Grand Prix of Portland serves as Round 16 of 17 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The popular Festival Chicane Grandstand and other reserved seating options will be offered to the public. General admission is also available for all three days or a single day including free admission for children 12 and under with a ticketed adult. All tickets, pit and paddock access, and parking passes go on sale at 10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 17.
The inaugural Indy car race at Portland International Raceway (PIR) was held in 1984 and won by Al Unser Jr. Current Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais was the winner of PIR’s last professional open-wheel event in 2007. Indy car racing had a rich 24-year tradition racing at PIR from 1984-2007 which included many memorable races.  The Father’s Day race of 1986 featured Mario Andretti victorious over his son Michael on the last lap by less than a second.  There was also the closest three-way road racing finish in Indy car history in 1997 when the top three were covered by just 0.055 of a second.  The event is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which also promotes Honda Indy Toronto (July 13-15, 2018), The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 27-29, 2018) and Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 8-10, 2019). 
For more information, visit, ‘like’ its Facebook page @PortlandGP or follow updates on Twitter @Portland_GP and Instagram at @Portland_GP using #PortlandGP.
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