Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader Scott Dixon has signed a multiyear deal to remain with the team’s he’s driven for since 2002, where he has won all four of his series titles and all but one of the 44 race wins in his legendary career.

Zach Veach turns his first laps at Portland International Raceway

via Portland Tribune

Zach Veach is a 23 year-old rookie IndyCar driver from Stockdale, Ohio. He will race for Andretti Autosport in the Verizon IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland in September, but on Friday, Aug. 3, he was at Portland International Raceway to take his first test laps around the track.

"It's my very first time ever visiting Portland," Veach says. "It's great to be here. We've only done a few laps this morning, but this track is already on my top three favorite list."

Drivers have been known to say that about every track, but Portland's long straights and flowing, consecutive corners seem to suit Veach's driving style.

"It's very rhythmic," he explains. "You don't have this kind of rhythm at many racetracks, where it's three corners strung together with a single entry point. That's pretty fun, especially in an Indy Car!"

 

Veach traveled to Portland to gain some seat time on the track. By investing in this test day, he can clarify his strategy before the race weekend.

"I think the main thing's going to be starting up front, to be honest," he says. "I think it's going to be really hard to pass here, just because there are so many fast corners that you really need a lot of downforce, and you need to have clean air, which means not having a car in front of you."

Another goal of today's test session is to get the car balanced, with plenty of downforce in the corners, but not so much that the downforce reduces straight-line speed. A well-balanced car delivers a good qualifying time and places the driver up front at the start.

"I think if you start up front, you have a pretty good chance of staying up front, but like any IndyCar race, it takes smart choices and some dumb luck," Veach jokes. "My goal is to finish in the top 10; that's been our rookie goal all year. We achieved that the last two weekends in a row, so I'm hoping that we can keep that streak alive."

Veach will drive the No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda for Andretti Autosport at the Verizon IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday, Sept. 2. Information about the event can be found at portlandgp.com

Single day tickets for the Grand Prix of Portland are on sale now

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 27, 2018) – Single-day tickets went on sale today for Labor Day weekend’s Grand Prix of Portland, set for August 31-September 2, at portlandgp.com

This public launch marks 65 days until the green flag drops on an exciting weekend of entertainment in store for festival-goers attending the event at Portland International Raceway (PIR).  Prices start as low as $20 for single-day general admission and $70 for reserved grandstand seats. 

Three-day tickets are still available for purchase to secure the top seats at the best value in the grandstands for the entire race weekend.  Sold only in the three-day option and including a paddock pass to get up close to the stars and cars racing on track, a limited quantity of Gold Level reserved grandstand seats for the highest rows remain.

“Ticket demand has remained strong since Grand Prix of Portland sales for the multi-day passes opened in April,” said Jerry Jensen, general manager of the Grand Prix of Portland.  “We’ve added more motorhome spaces, and hospitality suites will line the track in prime locations offering great viewing and an exceptional experience.  These have proven to be a very popular entertainment option.  This is going to be a can’t miss major event in the Pacific Northwest to wrap up the summer season.”

Racing action will be non-stop headlined by Sunday’s 102-lap (200.94 miles) Verizon IndyCar Series race serving as Round 16 of 17 on the 2018 season schedule.  Doubleheaders will be held for all three open-wheel development series comprising the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires.  Championships will be on the line as PIR is the final stop in 2018.  Mazda Global MX-5 Cup will provide additional full-fender action.

The Grand Prix of Portland is a tremendous family value.  Kids 12 and under receive free general admission to the event and free admission to the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock throughout the weekend when accompanied by a ticketed adult.  Visit portlandgp.com for ticket information.

ABOUT GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

Portland International Raceway (PIR) is the home of the Grand Prix of Portland.  PIR is a 1.967-mile, 12-turn permanent road course owned by the City of Portland and operated under the Portland Parks and Recreation.  Opened in 1960 to host sports car and drag racing, the 268-acre property is the site of over 550 events annually including automotive and motorcycle road racing, motocross, cruise-ins and other special events including the Rose Cup Races.

The inaugural Indy car race PIR was held in 1984 and won by Al Unser Jr.  Current Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais was the winner of PIR’s last professional open-wheel event in 2007.  Indy car racing had a rich 24-year tradition racing at PIR from 1984-2007 which included many memorable races.  The Father’s Day race of 1986 featured Mario Andretti victorious over his son Michael on the last lap by less than a second.  There was also the closest three-way road racing finish in Indy car history in 1997 when the top three were covered by just 0.055 of a second.  The Grand Prix of Portland is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which also promotes Honda Indy Toronto (July 13-15, 2018), The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 27-29, 2018) and Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 8-10, 2019). 

For more information, visit portlandgp.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page @PortlandGP or follow updates on Twitter @Portland_GP and Instagram at @Portland_GP using #PortlandGP.

 


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