IndyCar re­turns to Ore­gon in change to 2018 sched­ule

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IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — Port­land In­ter­na­tional Race­way is back on the IndyCar Se­ries sched­ule in 2018.

The Sept. 2 race on the 1.967mile per­ma­nent road course will be IndyCar’s first trip to the Ore­gon track since races were held from 1984-2007 un­der CART and Champ Car sanc­tion.

“As a young man, I had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the Indy 500,” Port­land Mayor Ted Wheeler said. “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.”

The race will be op­er­ated by Green Sa­voree Rac­ing Pro­mo­tions, which also pro­motes the IndyCar events at St. Peters­burg, Toronto and Mid-Ohio.

Port­land re­places Watkins Glen, New York, on the sched­ule.

“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,” Mark Miles, CEO of se­ries owner Hul­man & Com­pany, said in a state­ment Thurs­day.

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