GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
August 31 – September 2
GENERAL INFO – Portland International Raceway is owned by the City of Portland, Oregon, designated a city park and operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. Portland International is self-sufficient and does not receive public funding for operation. The track was opened in 1961 and sits on 291 acres of property, much which was once known as Vanport, Oregon, a city constructed to house shipbuilders and their families during World War 2. * The track now hosts 550 annual events. IndyCar returns to the facility after an absence of 10 years. The inaugural IC event was held in 1984 with Al Unser, Jr. the winner and the last IC event was in 2007. This event will be held over the Labor Day weekend and large crowds are expected.
Portland International Raceway is one of the few permanent road courses in the country that is within city limits, not in an obscure country setting. The track is 6 miles west of the airport, making it easily accessible by air. It is also listed in the National Historic Register. See * note on Vanport below.
Make sure to dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes. If you have a pit pass, you must wear closed toed shoes. As with all permanent road courses, to see the event, you’ll want to wander around, especially during practices and other events to fully appreciate the course and it’s 12 turns. IndyCar will share the track and the weekend with the Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Series and the USF 2000. General admission is inexpensive for all three days and kids 12 and under are FREE with a paying adult! This will include a paddock pass for the child! Inquire at ticket number for details.
Expect security at the entry gate. See prohibited items tab. Bring your binoculars, coolers, scanners, camera, purses, backpacks and seat cushions. Ok to bring folding camping chairs, strollers, umbrellas, and disability aids. Bring a lock to secure the wheelchairs, scooters or strollers under the grandstands. The track does not assume responsibility for these items. Coolers are ok, but no alcohol or glass. Come prepared for weather of any variety, hot, windy, chilly or wet or any combination. Track walkovers will require walking strenuous stairs. Disability animals are always welcome, pets discouraged. All animals must remain on a leash and you are responsible to clean up after the pet.
*City of Vanport was a bustling city during World War 2, developed by industrialist Henry Kaiser, of steel and aluminum background. Built in 1942 in just 110 days, it provided temporary housing for some 40,000 residents who worked in the shipyards. It flourished to become the second largest city in Oregon. Vanport was developed on unincorporated land between Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR. After the War, although the ship building business was in decline, many continued to live in the town. In the spring of 1948, dams failed, and a flood washed away the entire city in a matter of a few hours, leaving fatalities, causalities and some 17,000 residents homeless.
SPECIFIC LOCATION – 1940 B. Victory BL, Portland, Oregon. Take Interstate 5 to Exit 306B. Follow signs. Pacific Time Zone.
TRACK WEBSITE – portlandgp.com
TRACK CONFIGURATION – 1.967 permanent road course with 12 turns.
PREFERRED AIRPORT – Portland International Airport (PDX) 6 miles west of the track.
PARKING – Expect to pay for parking regardless of where you park. 3 day and individual day parking permits are sold for track parking. ADA parking is available with a fee charged. Parking is available outside the main entry gate, but highly recommend pre-purchase all parking. An alternative might be to use light rail to arrive at the track. You must get on the yellow line and exit at the Delta Park Vanport exit. Trimet.org (MAX is the name of the rail system) can provide additional information. Offsite parking lots have been established for race weekend in conjunction with Trimet/MAX, one particular is the Rose Quarter Moda Center. Each vehicle is charged $20 daily for parking, which includes one rail ticket. Additional rail ticket required for each passenger. If you decide to use the rail option, travel light, as it is a walk of approximately ¼ mile from the train station to the track entry.
CREDENTIALS – Credentials can be picked up at the Red Lion Hotel, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217. The Red Lion is 2 exits north of the track. For pit entry, everyone must wear close toed shoes.
ENTRY POINTS – Follow signs off Interstate 5, Exit 306B and follow the signs to the track. There is a light rail stop about a quarter of a mile from the track. See parking tab for further details.
TICKET INFO – A variety of ticket packages are available, including one that includes a paddock pass. General admission will not provide a grandstand seat, grandstand seating is sold separately. You can buy one day or all three days or general admission and/or grandstand seating. Smoking is NOT permitted in the grandstand or hospitality areas. General admission for kids 12 and under are FREE with a ticketed adult! Check the website at portlandgp.com or call 1-877-725-8849.
PROHIBITED ITEMS – No alcohol or glass containers to be brought in. No illegal drugs, fires, grills or fireworks. No weapons or scaffolding allowed. No banners, noise makers, horns, balloons or beach balls. Leave at home or in the car, camcorders and camera lenses that exceed 10”. No aerosol cans, bottles, skateboards, skates, scooters or bicycles. No golf carts for personal use. No distributing handbills or samples. No drones, laser pointers, motorcycles or off-road vehicles. No large duffle bags or luggage will get in. Prepare for security at the gate.
CAMPING – Limited camping is available including pricey RV Club Passes. The camping area does not provide electrical, water or utility hookups. You will be able to purchase sewage services on site. Fees are charged for camping, as you are not in a country setting, but in a metropolitan area. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
QUESTIONS? – portlandgp.com