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Portland Added to 2018 PWC Schedule

Portland International Raceway has been added to the 2018 PWC calendar…

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WC Vision announced Tuesday that Portland International Raceway will play host to the series on July 13-15 as part of the 58th Rose Cup Races.

The return to the popular 1.967-mile, 12-turn Delta Park road circuit near the Columbia River marks an important swing to the Northwest for PWC. The last event held at Portland was in 2005.

All seven of its classes will compete in doubleheader races including GT, GTS and Touring Car categories. The popular SprintX two-driver, 60-minute format will be a part of the PWC weekend at PIR.

Portland’s vast history includes some of the world’s greatest drivers and racing machines dating back to 1961 with the inaugural Rose Cup Races.

“We are very pleased to bring our entire Pirelli World Challenge field to the famed Portland International Raceway and the racing fans in the Northwest,” said Greg Gill, President and CEO of WC Vision.

“The tradition of the Rose Cup races has been a staple in the Portland area for nearly 60 years and we believe the PWC weekend will be another exciting chapter to the legacy of road racing at PIR.

“With many of the iconic automobile marques in our series, fans will see some outstanding competition at a great race track. We can’t wait to get back to Portland next July.”

The circuit was redesigned in selected corners (turns 5-7) in 2007 and 2008 and the entire track was repaved the same year.

The Rose Cup Races are now operated by the Friends of PIR, a 501(c3) nonprofit committed to the preservation and enhancement of the racing facility. PIR is financially self-sustaining and does not receive public funding.

“The Pirelli World Challenge road racing series is one of North America’s premier racing series and we are very excited to have many of the world’s top sports cars and drivers return to Portland International Raceway,” said Gary Bockman, president, Friends of PIR.

“The variety of PWC machinery that will come to PIR for the 58th Rose Cup Races will make for a great addition to the three amateur race groups forming a very attractive motorsports weekend in the Rose City. Our fans will enjoy the PWC action.”

PWC has been held at Portland on three occasions, with events in 2001, 2004 and 2005. Past race winners include Michael Galati (GT) and Neal Sapp (TC) in 2001, Tommy Archer (GT) and Pierre Kleinubing (TC) in 2004 and Dino Crescentini (GT) and Randy Pobst (TC) in 2005.

The Portland PWC weekend will have practice and qualifying on Friday, July 13, and racing events on Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15.

More information on the event will be announced in the near future.

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  1. Jeeeeez

    November 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Standalone, SprintX, LOL.

  2. Edgar Sanchez

    November 7, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Very excited to have PWC in my hometown Portland again. Certainly surprising to see it as part of the Rose Cup weekend and not the Indycar weekend. That ofcourse leaves the question about where PWC is going for the TBD date in September.

    • Rus'L

      November 7, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      “That of course leaves the question about where PWC is going for the TBD date in September.”

      Exactly what I came here to ask. I was sure the two TBDs were Mid-Ohio and Sonoma. But now that PWC is going the way of more stand-alone events, I’m not so sure anymore about Sonoma.

      Hey, the Labor Day weekend at Watkins Glen is now free for a stand-alone weekend. Just saying… 🙂

      • Paul

        November 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm

        Who says Watkins isn’t already planned for next year? 😉

        • Rus'L

          November 13, 2017 at 12:28 pm

          You just may be right from what I’m hearing…

    • Psychlops924

      November 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      I’ve read elsewhere that PWC is looking to be on the bill in Mexico City, in which case the September TBD would turn into an August date the week before they’re supposed to be in Utah. If that doesn’t happen they’ll be at Sonoma on IndyCar weekend again.

      • Rus'L

        November 8, 2017 at 8:24 am

        You mean if Indy car goes to Mexico City?

        Do the PWC competitors even want to go to Mexico? Do they and the sponsors get any value out of that?

  3. Harry Manback

    November 7, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Sooo…. no Mid-Ohio with IndyCar? Cuz there was only one “July” date TBD on the previously-released schedule. I mean, c’mon – this is really screwing up my travel plans for next year!!!! After losing Indy from WGI I figured “What the H, might as well combo Indy/PWC at Mid-Ohio…” but if both aren’t there together – screw that!!!!

    • Jeeeeez

      November 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      PWC are making it a point to race in front of empty stands these days. Moving away from where people already are to where they won’t be.

      Also, no Mid-Ohio probably means RealTime Acura is indeed gone. And Goober Gill was worried about “paddock space” at some tracks next year – LOL.

      • Harry Manback

        November 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm

        Win-Win-Win scenario for this noreasterner: Portland goes bankrupt around May and everything next year falls through/goes the way of Boston where IndyCar winds back up at WGI by default of PWC combos with Indy and Mid-Ohio.

        • Rus'L

          November 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm

          LOL. Maybe that’s Watkins Glen’s business plan — get the desparate sanctioning bodies to pay them to bail them out. 🙂

  4. daedalus

    November 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I think this is a good decision for PWC. Having a race the middle of two major cities in North america should improve it’s popularity compared to racing in the middle of nowhere (like utah), without the huge cost of a street track that usually produces poor racing. If they promote it locally in Portland and Vancouver they should get a pretty decent crowd compared to the other standalone events.

  5. Matt

    November 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    PWC better gets its act together and get on the bill for the Mid Ohio Indycar weekend. A standalone event is not enough content to make me drive all the way out to Ohio. I swear Greg Gill only hurts the series.

    • Psychlops924

      November 7, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Are you talking about the IndyCar race being a “standalone event”? Because it’s not. IndyCar will be there with Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000, totalling 7 races for the weekend. It’s not the 11 races there were this year, but it’s definitely not a ‘standalone’ race.

      • Rus'L

        November 8, 2017 at 8:22 am

        Yeah, Mid-Ohio’s Indy car weekend is still jammed packed with racing. PWC was the icing on the already delicious cake.

  6. Psychlops924

    November 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I have to add to this discussion that the one benefit to not racing on the IndyCar Mid-Ohio weekend is that it allows factory drivers (such as Alvaro Parente, Patrick Long, etc.) to race at the Spa 24. As disappointing as it is to see PWC leave Mid-Ohio, they have been the only major GT championship to race on the Spa 24 weekend. Makes it a bit harder for factories to want their drivers in PWC when the have to chose between a regular race weekend and the biggest GT race in the world.

  7. Change it up

    November 8, 2017 at 11:13 am

    um, PWC races standalone at Lime Rock. Tons of people were there this year. Though definitely not as many compared to IMSA

    • Rus'L

      November 9, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Of course it depends what track you are at. Lime Rock always gets good crowds no matter what is racing there.

      I think Mosport got a decent crowd, as they are like Lime Rock — the locals like their road racing. I wonder what VIR got?

      COTA was empty, but then outside of F1, they are empty for everything. I think Utah was pretty empty, too, but they never draw crowds either.

      I expect Portland to get a good crowd. Professional racing is returning there for the first time in a long time, so people are going to be starved. The only question is whether they decide to choose just one weekend (PWC vs. Indy car) or go to both.

      • DEJ

        November 12, 2017 at 12:33 am

        COTA stinks !!! period. Glad to see some decent racing coming to the Seattle ,Portland area… should draw a great crowd !!!

  8. SaskRacer

    November 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I’m very curious to know what constitutes “popular” as it pertains to Sprint X?

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