2021 Portland IndyCar race set for Sept. 10-12
Although this year's IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland was cancelled because of COVID-19 pandemic resrictions, next year's event will be held from Sept. 10 to 12, the NTT IndyCar Series has announced.
"We can't thank our fans enough for their patience and understanding as we've navigated this fluid situation around the pandemic," said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions. "Our team has worked very, very hard to hold as many events as possible this year while keeping the health and safety for all involved as the top priority."
Earlier, the City of Portland and promoter Green Savoree Portland LLC agreed to extend the contract three years. This means IndyCar racing should continue at Portland International Raceway through 2023.
"I was fortunate as a teenager to attend the Indy 500," Mayor Ted Wheeler said in the announcement. "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 Race Series race for three additional years," said 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 www.portlandgp.com. Race fans can also stay up to speed on the event via social media by following #PortlandGP.
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