Racing still happening at PIR
Racing is still taking place and scheduled at Portland International Raceway, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that is prohibiting spectators for now. Although most of the racing is sponsored by local or regional clubs, a number of larger events are also scheduled for later in the summer when spectators might be admitted.
A reorganized Portland Vintage Racing Festival recently announced for Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5 to 6. And the IndyCar Grand Prix is still scheduled from Sept. 11 to 13, with the decision about admitting spectators pending.
The vintage festival will include a Pirelli West Coast Series Tran Am race and races presented by two historic race car organizations, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVERN).
"Like everyone, we are navigating a challenging environment, so we adjust to deliver what is best for everyone involved." said Tony Parella, SVRA President and CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. "I think we have arrived at a great solution. Andy Collins and the team at SOVERN have been terrific partners in our Portland Vintage Racing Festivals, and I know they will deliver a successful event."
"We are extremely excited about this new approach and greatly appreciate Tony's confidence in us," said SOVERN President Andy Collins. "I want the racing community to know this will be the only vintage races at PIR this year, so this is the big opportunity for racers in the Pacific Northwest. Plus, we get to run with Trans Am — so how cool is that?"
Still to be decided is the annual All British Field will be held on the same weekend.
After postponing the start of its season, the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series kicked off on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway and now includes 14 planned races. They include the historic annual Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23 and the Portland race two weekends later.
In addition to the NTT IndyCar Series, races in Portland will include The Road to Indy Presented By Cooper Tires and the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires.
The season finale will be the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, Oct. 25, a new date recently announced after the originally scheduled season opener March 15 in St. Pete was postponed due to the global health crisis.
Portland International Raceway is located at 1940 N. Victory Blvd., Portland. You can find the complete schedule and updates at portlandraceway.com.
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