The popular NASCAR Xfinity Series will make an appearance at Portland International Raceway on Saturday, June 4, 2022, potentially bringing millions of dollars of economic impact.
NASCAR and Green Savoree Racing Promotions officials jointly announced the race along with representatives from the City of Portland, Travel Portland, and Sport Oregon on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
"We are privileged and excited to host the NASCAR Xfinity Series here in Portland. Motorsports provide top-notch entertainment for the whole family," said Mayor Ted Wheeler. "We are looking forward to hosting thousands of spectators and racing enthusiasts from around the country. Events of this caliber help strengthen community and support our local economy."
"What an exciting day for Portland and Pacific Northwest race fans. This region of the country hasn't had a visit from a NASCAR national series in over two decades. We are thrilled the wait is over." said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and chief operating officer of Green Savoree Portland LLC. "When the NASCAR Xfinity Series stops at PIR next June, it will deliver great racing and strong economic impact to the region. The teams at Travel Portland and Sport Oregon were integral for this major sports series to select the Rose City to add to its national schedule."
The June race event will mark the first appearance of a NASCAR national series in the Pacific Northwest since 2000. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visited both PIR and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. that year.
"The Pacific Northwest is a region of the country where we haven't had a presence for quite some time, and as we continue to take steps to grow the sport, bringing the NASCAR Xfinity Series to Portland is an ideal and exciting next step," said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation. "Not only does this move give us the opportunity to reach new fans, but it also adds another new and unique road course to the schedule."
The NASCAR Xfinity Series stop at PIR is not only a major victory for race fans throughout the Pacific Northwest, but also a major boost for the local economy. The event has a projected total estimated economic impact of nearly $15 million. Portland will also benefit from live television broadcast exposure of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
"NASCAR at Portland International Raceway will mean millions of dollars for Portland's small businesses," said Commissioner Carmen Rubio. "This influx of money will benefit restaurants, hotels, shops, taxis, and similar businesses that have spent much of the last year and a half closed or at reduced capacity."
Ticket prices have not yet been determined. Ongoing event updates will be posted at www.portlandgp.com. You can stay up to speed on NASCAR's visit to Portland on social media all year long by following #PortlandNASCAR.
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