Grand Prix of Portland

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Grand Prix of Portland
Portland international raceway.svg
Venue Portland International Raceway
First race 1984
Last race 2007
Duration 1 hour, 45 minutes
Most wins (driver) Michael Andretti (3)
Al Unser, Jr. (3)
Most wins (team) Newman/Haas Racing (8)
Most wins (manufacturer) Lola (12)
Not to be confused with Portland Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix of Portland was a Champ Car World Series race held at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon. The race has not been highly considered as an addition to the Indy Car Series, but is a likely candidate should the league desire a Pacific Northwest venue.[citation needed]

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

Close finishes[edit]

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.

Champ Car race history[edit]

Season Date Race Name Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team Report
1984 June 17 Stroh's 200 United States Al Unser, Jr. March Cosworth Galles Racing Report
1985 June 16 Stroh's 200 United States Mario Andretti Lola Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
1986 June 15 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 United States Mario Andretti Lola Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
1987 June 14 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 United States Bobby Rahal Lola Cosworth Truesports Report
1988 June 19 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 United States Danny Sullivan Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor Penske Racing Report
1989 June 25 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor Patrick Racing Report
1990 June 24 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 United States Michael Andretti Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Newman/Haas Racing Report
1991 June 23 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 United States Michael Andretti Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor Newman/Haas Racing Report
1992 June 21 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 United States Michael Andretti Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
1993 June 27 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor Penske Racing Report
1994 June 26 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 United States Al Unser, Jr. Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor Penske Racing Report
1995 June 25 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 United States Al Unser, Jr. Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor Penske Racing Report
1996 June 23 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Italy Alex Zanardi Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
1997 June 22 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Reynard Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor PacWest Racing Report
1998 June 21 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Italy Alex Zanardi Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Report
1999 June 20 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Brazil Gil de Ferran Reynard Honda Walker Racing Report
2000 June 25 Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 Brazil Gil de Ferran Reynard Honda Penske Racing Report
2001 June 24 Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 Italy Max Papis Lola Ford-Cosworth Team Rahal Report
2002 June 16 G.I. Joe's 200 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Lola Toyota Newman/Haas Racing Report
2003 June 22 G.I. Joe's 200 Mexico Adrian Fernandez Lola Ford-Cosworth Fernandez Racing Report
2004 June 20 Grand Prix of Portland France Sébastien Bourdais Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
2005 June 19 G.I. Joe's Grand Prix of Portland Brazil Cristiano da Matta Lola Ford-Cosworth PKV Racing Report
2006 June 18 G.I. Joe's Grand Prix of Portland United States A. J. Allmendinger Lola Ford-Cosworth Forsythe Racing Report
2007 June 10 Mazda Grand Prix of Portland France Sébastien Bourdais Panoz Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
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Indy Lights history[edit]

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 Eric 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
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Atlantic Championship history[edit]

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: No races 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
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portland International Raceway". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Portland International Raceway (Indy Lights)". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Portland International Raceway (Atlantic)". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.