IndyCar and support races coming to PIR on Labor Day weekend
Jake Drew loves to race at Portland. The ARCMenards Series West driver scored his first ARCA series victory at the NASCAR Pacific Office Automation 147 race weekend in early June. Since that time, the young stock car racer has been on a winning streak.
"Portland was the first ARCA win of my career," Drew said, "Since then we've taken it from one to two to three in a row."
After claiming sequential victories at Portland, Sonoma Raceway and Irwindale Speedway, Drew and the ARCA series will be back in Portland on Saturday, Sept. 3, for a chance to win in the Northwest for the second time this year. He will compete in one of several support races for the NTT IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland.
"I'm super excited to get back there," he said. "It's a very cool track to drive, with tons of grip and high speeds. I love it so much, I can't wait to get back!"
The 22-year old, second-year ARCA driver of the No. 6 Sunrise Ford Racing car has put together an impressive 2022 campaign with these three consecutive wins, plus two straight pole awards and top five finishes in all six ARCA Menards Series West races. Drew credits the team around him for his performance.
"I think it's just how hard the whole team works from the shop to the track," Drew said. "We're always doing our best. Even with all the success we've had, we're still just pushing like we're still hunting down that first win. It makes it fun when we're doing good, of course. That's what we're all here for."
Drew is based in Fullerton, California. The young driver spent his childhood racing in go-karts before making the jump to stock cars. He is approaching the upcoming race at Portland with confidence.
"I'm hoping it doesn't rain again. The rain was definitely tricky, but we did race there last year in the dry," Drew said. "We got the pole last year by a significant amount of time and pulled out some pretty big leads throughout the race. I think the competition will be a little bit closer than it was last year or even in the rain earlier this year, but I still think we have a super strong package. I bring 16 years of karting experience along with me when we go to the road courses, so that always helps."
In addition to the ARCA Menards Series West, the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will join the NTT IndyCar Series at PIR on Labor Day weekend, September 2-4. The Road to Indy includes three classes of the open-wheel development ladder: Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.
For ticket pricing, grandstand seating locations and additional festival information, visit portlandgo.com. Tickets start at just $20, and children 12 and under receive free general admission and access to the paddock. You can stay up to speed on the Grand Prix of Portland on social media by following #PortlandGP.
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