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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 portlandgp.com for ticket information.

PARTNERSHIP ACTIVATIONS ARE ACCELERATING THE EXCITEMENT AROUND THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

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 OregonLive.com, 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 portlandgp.com for ticket information.

TRIMET’S MAX SYSTEM PROVIDES A QUICK AND CONVENIENT OPTION FOR GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND SPECTATORS 

   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 redlion.com/jantzen-beach.
 
“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 portlandgp.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

PUBLIC TICKET SALES BEGIN FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Support Series Races Add to the Weekend Excitement             Photo Courtesy:  INDYCAR      PORTLAND, Ore. (April 17, 2018) – Green Savoree Racing Promotions (GSRP) is excited to announce that tickets are on sale today effective 10:00 a.m. PT for the Grand Prix of Portland at portlandgp.com….

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GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND WEBSITE LAUNCHED FOR LABOR DAY RACE WEEKEND

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 portlandgp.com launched today, and its countdown clock is ticking off to the seconds for the Labor Day weekend race at Portland International Raceway.
 
Portlandgp.com 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.
 
ABOUT GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND
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 portlandgp.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page @PortlandGP or follow updates on Twitter @Portland_GP and Instagram at @Portland_GP using #PortlandGP.
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