Grand Prix of Portland

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Grand Prix of Portland
Grand Prix of Portland Logo 2007.gif
Portland international raceway.svg
Venue Portland International Raceway
First race 1984
Previous names Stroh's 200 (1984–1985)
Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 (1986, 1988–1992, 1994)
Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco (1987, 1993, 1995–1999)
Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco (2000–2001)
G.I. Joe's 200 (2002–2003)
Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland (2004)
G.I. Joe's Grand Prix of Portland (2005–2006)
Mazda Grand Prix of Portland (2007)
Most wins (driver) Michael Andretti (3)
Al Unser, Jr. (3)
Most wins (team) Newman/Haas Racing (8)
Most wins (manufacturer) Lola (12)

The Grand Prix of Portland is an Indy Car Series race held at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon. The race was held every year from 1984 through 2007 before falling of the schedule with the end of the Champ Car World Series. After a 10-year absence, the race will return to the Indy Car Series for the 2018 season.[1]

For nearly its entire existence, the title sponsor of the event was G.I. Joe's sporting goods and auto parts store.

Close finishes

The closest road course finish in Indy car racing history was set at this race at Portland. In the 1986 race, Michael Andretti ran out of fuel on the final lap, which allowed his father Mario to catch up and nip him at the line by 0.070 seconds. At the time at which it occurred, it was the closest finish of any race in Indy car history.

In 1997, the race set the now current all-time record for the closest two-car and closest three-car finish in Indy car racing history on a road course. Mark Blundell beat second place Gil de Ferran by 0.027 seconds, and beat third place Raul Boesel by 0.055 second, in a three-wide finish.

Race winners

Indy Car

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
CART/Champ Car World Series
1984 June 17 United States Al Unser Jr. Galles Racing March Cosworth 104 199.16 (320.516) 1:53:17 105.484 Report
1985 June 16 United States Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Cosworth 104 199.16 (320.516) 1:51:35 107.083 Report
1986 June 15 United States Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Cosworth 104 199.16 (320.516) 1:50:53 107.759 Report
1987 June 14 United States Bobby Rahal Truesports Lola Cosworth 104 199.16 (320.516) 1:50:02 108.59 Report
1988 June 19 United States Danny Sullivan Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 104 199.888 (321.688) 1:57:17 102.253 Report
1989 June 25 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 104 199.888 (321.688) 1:55:20 103.984 Report
1990 June 24 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 104 199.888 (321.688) 1:48:22 110.643 Report
1991 June 23 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 104 199.888 (321.688) 1:44:06 115.208 Report
1992 June 21 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 102 198.9 (320.098) 1:53:25 105.219 Report
1993 June 27 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 102 198.9 (320.098) 2:03:54 96.312 Report
1994 June 26 United States Al Unser Jr. Penske Racing Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor 102 198.9 (320.098) 1:50:43 107.777 Report
1995 June 25 United States Al Unser Jr. Penske Racing Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor 102 198.9 (320.098) 1:54:49 103.933 Report
1996 June 23 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 98 191.1 (307.545) 1:50:25 103.837 Report
1997 June 22 United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Reynard Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor 78* 153.426 (246.915) 2:00:12 76.575 Report
1998 June 21 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 98 192.766 (310.226) 1:54:06 101.355 Report
1999 June 20 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing Reynard Honda 98 192.962 (310.542) 1:47:44 107.457 Report
2000 June 25 Brazil Gil de Ferran Penske Racing Reynard Honda 112 220.528 (354.905) 2:00:46 109.564 Report
2001 June 24 Italy Max Papis Team Rahal Lola Ford-Cosworth 76* 149.644 (240.828) 2:00:20 74.606 Report
2002 June 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Lola Toyota 110 216.59 (348.567) 2:03:19 105.381 Report
2003 June 22 Mexico Adrian Fernandez Fernandez Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 100 196.9 (316.879) 1:56:16 101.602 Report
2004 June 20 France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 94 185.086 (297.867) 1:45:50 104.923 Report
2005 June 19 Brazil Cristiano da Matta PKV Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 105 206.22 (331.878) 1:51:51 110.616 Report
2006 June 18 United States A. J. Allmendinger Forsythe Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 105 206.22 (331.878) 1:48:32 113.989 Report
2007 June 10 France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing Panoz Cosworth 103 202.292 (325.557) 1:45:42 114.816 Report
2008

2017
Not held
IndyCar Series
2018 Sept. 2 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Report
[2]

Notes

  • 1997 & 2001: Race shortened due to time limit.

Track length notes

  • 1984–1987: 1.915 mile course
  • 1988–1991: 1.922 mile course
  • 1992–1996: 1.95 mile course
  • 1997–1998: 1.967 mile course
  • 1999–2004: 1.969 mile course
  • 2005–2007: 1.964 mile course

Indy Lights

Season Date Winning Driver Chassis Engine
1988 June 19 Republic of Ireland Tommy Byrne March Buick
1989 June 25 Republic of Ireland Tommy Byrne March Buick
1990 June 24 Canada Paul Tracy March Buick
1991 June 23 Belgium Éric Bachelart March Buick
1992 June 21 France Franck Fréon March Buick
1993 June 27 France Franck Fréon Lola Buick
1994 June 26 Brazil André Ribeiro Lola Buick
1995 June 25 Canada Greg Moore Lola Buick
1996 June 23 Brazil Gualter Salles Lola Buick
1997 June 22 Japan Hideki Noda Lola Buick
1998 June 21 United Kingdom Guy Smith Lola Buick
1999 June 20 Austria Philipp Peter Lola Buick
2000 June 25 Australia Jason Bright Lola Buick
2001 June 24 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Lola Buick
[3]

Atlantic Championship

Season Date Winning Driver
1984 June 10 United States Dan Marvin
1985 September 8 United States Jeff Wood
1986 August 24 United States Ted Prappas
1987 June 13 United States Dean Hall
September 13 United States R. K. Smith
1988 August 28 United States Mitch Thieman
1989

2001
Not held
2002 June 16 Mexico Luis Díaz
2003 June 22 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
2004 June 19 United States Jon Fogarty
June 20 United States Jon Fogarty
2005 June 18 Estonia Tõnis Kasemets
June 19 Estonia Tõnis Kasemets
2006 June 18 Canada James Hinchcliffe
2007 June 9 Canada Robert Wickens
June 10 Canada Kevin Lacroix
[4]

Broadcasting

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s) Pit reporters
1984 ESPN Art Eckman Larry Nuber Gary Lee
1985 ESPN Bob Jenkins Larry Nuber Jack Arute
Gary Lee
1986 ESPN Bob Jenkins Derek Daly Jack Arute
1987 ESPN Bob Jenkins Larry Nuber Gary Lee
1988 ESPN Bob Jenkins Johnny Rutherford Gary Lee
Larry Nuber
1989 ESPN Paul Page Johnny Rutherford Jack Arute
Gary Gerould
1990 ESPN Paul Page Derek Daly Dr. Jerry Punch
Sally Larvick
1991 ESPN Paul Page Derek Daly Gary Gerould
Jon Beekhuis
1992 ESPN Paul Page Derek Daly Gary Gerould
Jon Beekhuis
1993 ESPN Paul Page Derek Daly Gary Gerould
Jon Beekhuis
1994 ESPN Paul Page Derek Daly Gary Gerould
Jon Beekhuis
1995 ESPN Paul Page Derek Daly Gary Gerould
Jon Beekhuis
1996 ABC Paul Page Danny Sullivan Jack Arute
Gary Gerould
1997 ESPN Bob Varsha Danny Sullivan Gary Gerould
Marty Reid
1998 ESPN Bob Varsha Danny Sullivan
Tommy Kendall
Jack Arute
Gary Gerould
1999 ABC Paul Page Parker Johnstone Jon Beekhuis
Gary Gerould
2000 ESPN2 Paul Page Parker Johnstone Jon Beekhuis
Gary Gerould
2001 ESPN Paul Page Parker Johnstone Jon Beekhuis
Gary Gerould
2002 CBS Bob Varsha Derek Daly Ralph Sheheen
Jon Beekhuis
2003 CBS Bob Varsha Tommy Kendall Derek Daly
Calvin Fish
2004 SpikeTV Rick Benjamin Tommy Kendall Jon Beekhuis
Chris McClure
Bronte Tagliani
2005 CBS Rick Benjamin Jon Beekhuis Chris McClure
Ralph Sheheen
2006 CBS Rick Benjamin Derek Daly Jon Beekhuis
Cameron Steele
Michelle Beisner
2007 ABC Rick Benjamin Jon Beekhuis Bill Stephens
Cameron Steele
Michelle Beisner

References

  1. ^ Blue, Molly (October 12, 2017). "IndyCar racing will return to Portland International Raceway on Labor Day weekend 2018". The Oregonian. Advance Publications. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Portland International Raceway". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Portland International Raceway (Indy Lights)". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Portland International Raceway (Atlantic)". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 

External links

  • Official Site
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